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Mariners uninspired in Glory loss

  • Mariners uninspired in Glory loss

There is something in the water in Gosford, so its time for a new drinking source, as the Central Coast Mariners slumped to their third consecutive loss in the A-League - this time going down 1-0 to Perth.

A sumptuous Nebosja Marinkovic free kick two minutes out from the interval was enough to earn the Glory their fourth win of the season, their first ever victory on Central Coast soil, and a spot at the summit of the league after five rounds.

Meanwhile, the heat surrounding Phil Moss and his chargers only burns hotter after another lacklustre performance in the attacking third, while at times the defence appeared paper thin repelling the advances of Andy Keogh and co.

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Again the team selections of the former Manly United coach came into question, with Isaka Cernak being pulled from left field to start ahead of livewire Senegalese striker Malick Mane. Michael Niell started ahead of veteran left back Josh Rose, and was one of only a few to leave Central Coast Stadium with an enhanced reputation, while Nick Montgomery missed out entirely. 

And just where is Zac Anderson? Cleo's Bachelor of the Year nominee has been absent from the Mariners last three fixtures; his last appearance came in the last gasp 1-0 win over Newcastle last month. Anderson's strength and experience makes him an asset to the club and, with no disrespect to Jacob Poscoliero intended, would surely warrant him a starting spot in a struggling yellow and navy lineup. 

Whatever stands in his way, be it a tiff with staff or players to an unknown injury, we hope for the benefit of the club to see Zac play again soon.

Mitchell Duke, ever the optomist, worked on the smell of an oil rag for 90 minutes with little reward for his endeavour, as the Mariners struggled for cunning and craft in and around the 18 yard box. 

The killer blow was landed in the 43rd minute when John Hutchinson conceeded a needless free kick 25-yards from goal and fairly central. Marinkovic, the Serbian known for his guile from the dead ball, the stepped up to fire the ball over the wall and past the outstreched arms of a diving Liam Reddy to find the top corner, giving the purple-whites just reward for an enterprising first half.

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