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Mariners earn A-League draw

  • Mariners earn A-League draw

Irishman Roy O'Donovan notched his third A-League goal in as many home games for Central Coast as the Mariners salvaged a fighting 1-1 A-League home draw with Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.

The attack-minded Mariners had 19 shots to seven but only had two more on target than the visitors.

O'Donovan's 75th minute header from a set piece cancelled out a ninth minute strike from former Mariners fan favourite Michael McGlinchey.

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"It was very disappointing that we gave that goal away," McGlinchey told Fox Sports of O'Donovan's equaliser.

The Kiwi international produced a sublime piece of finishing, cutting in from the left and lashing a right foot shot past goalkeeper Paul Izzo.

They could have doubled their lead with midfielder Roli Bonevacia hitting the post.

Those opportunities and the odd counter attack apart, Wellington spent most of the match defending.

Phoenix goalkeeper Glen Moss made first half saves to deny Liam Rose and the dangerous Fabio Ferreira, while O'Donovan netted just before the break, but it came just after a correct offside decision.

The Mariners continued to pile on the pressure after the break and got their reward when O'Donovan produced a superb bullet header from a right-wing corner.

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