Daniel McBreen scored the only goal of the game as he helped the Central Coast Mariners to their first win of the season in a 1-0 result over Perth Glory at Bluetongue Stadium.
|By HAMISH NEAL
Super-sub Daniel McBreen scored the decisive goal as the Central Coast Mariners secured their first win of the A-League season, defeating Perth Glory 1-0 at Bluetongue Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The crowd of 9,192 was brought to their feet in the 70th minute when former Glory striker McBreen scored after only being on the ground seven minutes.
Graham Arnold's men had the best of the early exchanges as Joshua Rose, Bernie Ibini and Mitchell Duke caused headaches down the right.
However, they weren't able to strike any efforts on goal as Glory held firm.
In the 22nd minute, Perth skipper Jacob Burns went into the book after fouling former team-mate Mile Sterjovski on the edge of the penalty area.
Mariners defender Patrick Zwaanswijk took the resultant free-kick, but former Mariners stopper Danny Vukovic saved easily down to his right.
A free-kick gave Perth their first chance of scoring after 28 minutes, but Steven McGarry's header went over the crossbar.
Four minutes later, Liam Miller released the ball down the left channel and Central Coast goalkeeper Mat Ryan raced out of his area and headed the ball out, winning the challenge against Dean Heffernan and giving home fans a slight scare.
Both sides had key players cautioned in the first half with Zwaanswijk booked for the Mariners and Glory pair Burns and Michael Thwaite both picking up yellow cards.
Mariners defender Trent Sainsbury, one of their best on the day, had a golden opportunity late in the first half to open the scoring but his free header from a Sterjovski free-kick sailed well over the crossbar.
McBreen's game-winner in the 70th minute was set up by Sainsbury, who nailed a pin-point ball from inside his own half.
McBreen controlled the ball with his left foot before slotting home with his right.
In the 78th minute, Mariners defender Pedj Bojic spurned a chance to double the lead when he shot wide.
Five minutes later Perth substitute Nick Ward shot wide with what was Glory's best chance late on as the Mariners held on for their first win of the campaign.