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Coast Stun J-League Champ

  • Coast Stun J-League Champ

The Central Coast Mariners have left a heavy underdog status and a string of recent losses in their wake to record what is arguably the biggest win in the clubs history, disposing of J-League giants Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1 in Gosford overnight.

The Mariners squad, littered with 6 changes to keep Moss' side fit for the F3 Derby against Newcastle on the weekend, were aided by a standout performance by veteran striker Mile Sterjovski, whos two goals cancelled out Tsukasa Shiotani's opener for the visitors. 

It was a Mariners turn over that lead to Sanfrecce's goal on 21 minutes, with a clumsy change of posession on half way seeing Yojiro Takahagi pounce on the loose ball, and send a speculative half volley from 50 yards on target, only for Central Coast stopper Liam Reddy to parry thankfully away for a corner, saving the keeper some blushes. 

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It was to be Korean midfielder Kim Seung-Yong who would be blushing mements later, however, with the resulting corner headed towards goal by Shiotani, only to bounce on the six yard box and over the head of the crouched Kim, who could only blame poor ball judgement for the error.

This goal was just reward for a possessively dominant Sanfrecce Hiroshima outfit, who's class and skill had been on display from the first whistle. 

It took only two minutes for the Coast to find an equaliser, and for Kim to attone for his mistake. A long ball from Eddy Bosnar was won by Matt Simon, touching the header on for Kim in open space. He ran deep into opposition territory, before hitting a pin point through ball to find the feet of a charging Sterjovski, who beat the keeper to the ball and placed it perfectly in the bottom right corner at the Yellow Army end.

Just after the half hour mark, the Mariners took the lead.

Sanfrecce, attempting to play out from the back, sent a sloppy pass from the goal line and found Sterjovski 25 yards out near the far touchline. One touch for control, and a second to strike the ball, he sent a screamer whistling past keeper Takuto Hayashi, with the aid of a slight deflection, and into the net for the Mariners second and the eventual winner.

The away side continued to pressure the Mariners goal late into the second half, but the Central Coast held on for a famous victory, and one that gives them great confidence heading into the weekends fixture.

 

 

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