Victory snatch an away point

by Chris Dunkerley

Hyundai A-League – Season 13 – 2017/2018 – Round 4
7.07pm, Sunday 29 October, 2017 – Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 1 (Connor Pain 58′)
drew with
Melbourne Victory FC 1 (Leroy George 65′)


Central Coast Mariners were close to gaining their full 3 points with an improved display at home on Sunday night.

Alas for the thin crowd the woodwork did its job to deny the home side 3 times, giving Melbourne Victory the 1-1 draw.

If not a great day and time for a family club it was certainly a great night for football, with perfect conditions and the pink charity kits of the Mariners contrasting distinctly with the mostly white away strip of the Victory. Perhaps the other only down side was a less that expected pitch quality.

There was early action at both ends, with an attacking mindset from the go.

Melbourne had the ball in the net in the 18th minute, but it was correctly ruled from an offside location.

At the 36th minute the Victory had a header rebound off the left post with Mariners ‘keeper Tom Glover out of reach.

It was almost disaster for the Mariners eight minutes into the 2nd half, when a clearance rebounded strongly off Wout Brama, and toward the net but Glover was able to cover it at close range.

Connor Pain opened the scoring in the 58th minute for the home side, when after solid Mariners pressure up field, the ball was played short to Pain. He cut inside and when challenged shimmied further toward the area and partly side on he struck a curling shot into the top right corner of the goal from 30m. 1-0

The Mariners conceded a free kick wide on their left, in the 65th minute, and Leroy George curled a classic shot over the wall and curling outward into the top right of the net. 1-1

Connor Pain almost draw the home side ahead a minute later when he latched on to the rebound from defence and hit the top right of the woodwork.

The Mariners pressed for a win, and in then 81st minute substitute Kwabena Appaih-Kubi worked a move down the right and shot onto the right upright.

Mariners coach Paul Okon was animated throughout, and though he should be pleased with the performance if not the result. Kevin Muscat was probably relieved that a point was gained, but won’t be happy with the lack of penetration.

Match details

Crowd: 5,519

Central Coast Mariners FC: 18. Tom GLOVER (gk), 2. Storm ROUX (4. Jake McGING +45′), 3. Josh ROSE, 5. Antony GOLEC, 6. Tom HIARIEJ, 7. Andrew HOOLE, 9. ASDRUBAL (17.Josh BINGHAM +90′), 10. Daniel De SILVA, 11. Connor PAIN (13. Kwabena APPIAH-KUBI +74′), 15. Alan BARO (c), , 23. Wout BRAMA
Subs Not Used: 1. Ben KENNEDY (rgk), 16. Liam ROSE

Yellow Cards: Asdrubal 31′, Andrew Hoole 90+2′
Red Cards: Nil
Coach: Paul Okon

Melbourne Victory FC: 20. Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 2. Jason GERIA, 4. Rhys WILLIAMS, 5. Mark MILLIGAN, 6. Leigh BROXHAM, 9. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10. James TROISI, 11. Mitch AUSTIN (23. Jai INGHAM +62′), 14. Thomas DENG, 19. Pierce WARING, 21. Carl VALERI (c) (18. Matias SANCHEZ +84′), 41. Leroy GEORGE (31. Christian THEOHAROUS +79′)
Subs Not Used: 1. Matt ACTON (rgk), 22. Stefan NIGRO

Yellow Cards: Leigh Broxham 63′, Thomas Deng 48′, Carl Valeri 72′
Red Cards: Nil
Coach: Kevin Muscat

Referee: Adam Fielding 6/10
Assistant Referee 1: James Tesoriero; 2: Andrej Giev
Fourth Official: Ben Abraham; Video Assistant Referee: Strebre Delovski

Ratings and points

Game 7/10
Pitch: 7/10

Player points:
3. Connor Pain (CCM)
1. Leroy George (MV)
1. Antony Golec (CCM)
1. Rhys Williams (MV)

By Chris Dunkerley