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Mariners win A-League home opener v Glory

  • Mariners win A-League home opener v Glory
  • Mariners win A-League home opener v Glory

Central Coast have delivered on their intent to entertain with a 3-2 opening-round win A-League home win over Perth.

Two Diego Ferreira penalties in nine second-half minutes on Saturday earned the home team a win.

Portuguese forward Ferreira was also involved in the Mariners' first goal, when his shot was pushed out by goalkeeper Ante Covic onto Irish striker and A-League debutant Roy O'Donovan, who knew little about it as the ball cannoned off him and into the goal from close range.

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The Glory equalised in the 23rd minute with a fine stooping long-range header from captain Richard Garcia following a precise right wing cross from Chris Harrold.

The Mariners scored three goals in only one game last season, but played with plenty of enterprise, having 11 shots to Perth's four in the first half.

Central Coast finished with 24 shots to 12, although Perth had two more on target.

Hungarian midfielder Gyorgy Sandor capped a late Glory surge with a stoppage-time goal.

The Mariners had good attacking value out wide from Ferreira on the right and another A-League debutant Mitch Austin on the left, with playmaker Anthony Caceres also prominent.

The Glory had a couple of opportunities early in the second half, but Antony Golec and Harrold both shot straight at Mariners goalkeeper Liam Reddy.

A couple of rash penalty area challenges cost Perth dearly.

New Dutch striker Guyon Fernandez fouled Ferreira who slammed the spot-kick high into the net.

He smashed the ball into a similar spot nine minutes later after Golec brought down Storm Roux.

Reddy produced three smart saves late on from Josh Risdon, substitute Sidnei Sciola and Diego Castro to preserve the home team's two-goal buffer until Sandor's late stoppage-time goal.

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