Pablo Pounds Mariners
By Chris Dunkerley:
Hyundai A-League Season 10 – 2014/15 – Round 7
5:00pm, Sunday 23 November, 2014 – Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Central Coast Mariners FC 0
Adelaide United FC 2 (Pablo Sanchez 40′, 43′)
Central Coast Mariners were shocked by a late first half brace from Adelaide’s Pablo Sanchez and were unable to change the ledger in the second half.
Playing at the end of a very hot day, with high humidity and occasional showers the game didn’t rise to great heights but both teams gave a committed physical display (perhaps misinterpreted by the referee, who gave out 8 yellow cards and a red).
Despite matching the higher flying visitors in the firsat half, some defensive confusion by the home side allowed the Reds the ascendency.
In the 40th minute Fabio Ferreira had the ball wide on the right goal-line, and crossed inside. the ball altered course and dropped just outside the left upright, where Storm Roux was trying to mark two players. It fell sweetly for Pablo Sachez and he blated it in from point-blank range. 0-1
Just three minutes later Tarek Elrich made a surging run down the left, beating off the attentions of three Mariners, to steer a cross into the box. Storm Roux tried to clear with a back-heel, but that man Pablo was lurking unmarked and put his shot confidently past an otherwise solid Liam Reddy in the Coast goal.
The loss leaves the normally ‘there or about at season end’ Mariners, languishing at the wrong end of the table. They have been playing periods of nice football, interposed with dross, as well as some ‘can’t hit a barn door with a banjo’ shooting. The visitors however look genuine Premiers material.
Central Coast Mariners FC: 12. Liam REDDY (gk), 2. Storm ROUX, 3. Josh ROSE, 5. Zac ANDERSON, 7. John HUTCHINSON (c) (18. Glen TRIFIRO +65’), 8. Nick MONTGOMERY, 9. Mitchell DUKE (23. Isaka CERNAK +46’), 10. Anthony CACERES, 11. Nick FITZGERALD, 15. Matthew SIM (17. Richard VERNES +57’), 21. Michael NEILL
Substitutes not used: 1. Matthew NASH (rgk), 25. Eddy BOSNAR
Yellow cards: Roux 12′, Montgomery x2 , Rose 48′, Reddy 90’+2
Red cards: Montgomery 71′
Coach: Phil Moss
Adelaide United FC: 1. Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (c), 2. Michael MARRONE, 3. Nigel BOOGAARD, 5. Osaka MALIK, 7. Pablo SANCHEZ (4. Dylan MCGOWAN +74’), 8. ISAIAS, 9. Sergio CIRIO, 16. Craig GOODWIN, 18. James JEGGO, 21. Tarek ELRICH (24. Bruce KAMAU +67’), 22. Fabio FERREIRA (17. Awer MABIL +60’)
Substitutes not used: 14. Cameron WATSON, 30. John HALL (rgk)
Yellow cards: Jeggo, Malik 37′, Marrone 90’+1
Red Cards: Nil
Coach: Josep Gombau
Ratings and points
Referee: Jarred Gillet 4/10 – all the important decisions and many small ones were wrong but he showed up, in uniform, and to be truthfull didn’t decide the result.
Assistants: David Walsh, Adriej Giev; 4th official – Adam Gehrig
BOTN Player Points:
3. Tarek Elrich (A
2. Osama Malik (AU)
1. Pablo Sanchez (AU)
Pitch rating: 7/10 – green, but played uneven pace and cut up
Game rating: 7/10
By Chris Dunkerley