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Key Events

90'
F. Ben Khalfallah
Goal
85'
J. Makarounas
Guilherme
83'
S. Galloway
Yellow Card
78'
J. Bingham
Luis García
72'
A. Thompson
B. Berisha
67'
R. O'Donovan
Yellow Card
53'
J. Poscoliero
L. Rose
43'
J. Ingham
Yellow Card
35'
B. McDonald
M. Austin
26'
Luis García
Yellow Card
21'
T. Deng
Yellow Card
12'
B. Berisha
Goal
7'
M. Neill
Yellow Card
Kick Off
3
1
2
3

Stats

Possession
% %
4
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 0 6
Total Passes 328 575

Commentary

90' + 5' That's all for today's A-League action. We will be back tomorrow for Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets.
90' + 5' The win consolidates Melbourne Victory in fifth position on 33 points. They are three points ahead of Sydney and two behind Melbourne City in fourth position. For the Mariners the loss confirms they are mathematically no chance to make the finals. It also firms up the likelihood they will win the wooden spoon.
90' + 4' FULL TIME - A dominant performance by Melbourne Victory sees them back in contention after a 2-0 win over the Central Coast Mariners.
F. Ben Khalfallah
Goal
Melbourne Victory
90' GOAL VICTORY - Fahid Ben Khalfallah seals the deal for Melbourne Victory after putting away Jai Ingham's cross to secure the three points for the defending champions.
88' Ingham runs down the right and shoots, but he can only manage to find the side netting.
J. Makarounas
Guilherme
Melbourne Victory
85' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Finkler slowly makes his way off the field and he is replaced by Jesse Makarounas.
85' Bingham is posing some threat to the Victory defence but the extra man the visitors have is certainly having an impact in the closing stages.
S. Galloway
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
83' YELLOW CARD - Scott Galloway is the seventh player booked this afternoon.
82' Bingham races down the right but his cross is cut out.
80' Ben Khalfallah is caught offside as another Victory attack ends prematurely.
J. Bingham
Luis García
Central Coast Mariners
78' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - Luis García is replaced by Josh Bingham.
78' Vukovic is fouled in the box and a rare Mariners attack is ended.
75' Victory are totally dominating the play but they can't score a second goal.
74' Ingham with another run down the right. He sends the cross in and it's cut off by Rose. Corner to Victory.
A. Thompson
B. Berisha
Melbourne Victory
72' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Besart Berisha is replaced by Archie Thompson.
71' Archie Thompson is warming up. Can he lift and inspire the Victory?  
70' Ingham with a run down the right and he wins the corner. It is taken short and it doesn't really achieve anything.
69' How many chances do Victory need? Mahazi is the latest to sky the ball over the cross bar from close range.
68' Ingham shoots off the angle and Izzo makes a good save.
R. O'Donovan
Yellow Card
Central Coast Mariners
67' YELLOW CARD - Roy O'Donovan over stretches in the challenge and he brings down Mahazi. He is shown the yellow card.
66' Luis Garcia with a shot on the turn but it's no threat to Vukovic.
64' Super ball in by Ben Khalfallah. The ball drops for Finkler but he can't get the shot in.
63' Poscoliero has a conversation with the referee after a couple of reckless challenges.
62' Victory have the corner as they look to double their advantage. Finkler's ball in is cleared before it goes back to him. He sends it back in and Broxham can't get a hold of the volley.
60' Berisha is through in the box but he sends his shot ten rows deep.
59' The band starts playing Yellow Submarine. Hopefully that's not a metaphor for the Mariners being under water in this match.
56' Ben Khalfallah and Berisha combine with Berisha getting underneath it and shooting over an empty net.
54' Victory will need a second goal here for some breathing space because they will get tired.
J. Poscoliero
L. Rose
Central Coast Mariners
53' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - Liam Rose is replaced by Jacob Poscoliero.
50' Michael Neill becomes the Mariners' eighth red card of the season. Remarkable!
48' RED CARD - Michael Neill fouls Ingham and is shown a second yellow card. He is out of here!
47' Not that the Mariners will make finals but if they lose today that will officially be confirmed.
46' Melbourne Victory kick off to start the second half.
The Mariners had a couple of chances but that's just about it. Victory should be expected to use their bench to keep fresh and take the points home. However, stranger things have happened. We will be back for the second half after the break.
HALF TIME - A first half largely controlled by Melbourne Victory comes to an end with Besart Berisha's goal separating the two teams.
45' One minute of stoppage time to be played.
J. Ingham
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
43' YELLOW CARD - Jai Ingham is booked after his challege on Josh Rose.
41' The Mariners are enjoying a good spell.
39' Garcia has a shot but he never really gets a hold of it and it's well wide.
B. McDonald
M. Austin
Central Coast Mariners
35' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - The Mariners make a forced change with Mitchell Austin replaced by Brad McDonald.
34' Finkler's free kick goes off the wall and it's out for a corner.
33' Uskok concedes the foul and Victory have the set piece just outside the box in Finkler Territory.
32' Victory happy to just pass the ball around and wait for the Mariners to take the game to them.
30' Mahazi has become a regular in the line up this season with his thirteenth start today.
28' Austin plays in Ferreira but he is caught offside.
Luis García
Yellow Card
Central Coast Mariners
26' YELLOW CARD - Luis Javier García stops Ben Khalfallah in his tracks and he is shown the yellow card.
24' The Mariners really need to lift here knowing that their opponents will get tired later in the match.
T. Deng
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
21' YELLOW CARD - Thomas Deng has been shown the yellow card for his challenge on O'Donovan.
20' Victory coach Kevin Muscat is always happy to offer his assistance to referees when they miss any Victory infringement. On this occasion he was disappointed Ingham wasn't paid the free kick.
18' Berisha lays it off to Ingham who has a lash at it but he completely misses the ball.
14' The early goal is just what Victory needed and they are good enough to hold the Mariners out from this position provided they don't get tired.
B. Berisha
Goal
Melbourne Victory
12' GOAL VICTORY - A quick strike by the Victory and they land their target! A good run by Ingham down the right. He crosses to Besart Berisha who heads it past Izzo to score the first goal of the match. Victory leads 1-0.
11' The Victory just have to get the three points here today. If they do it will be a magificent effort give their travels this week.
9' Victory win the corner with the ball knocked away from Ingham. The corner is swung into the box before it is easily cleared by the Mariners defence.
M. Neill
Yellow Card
Central Coast Mariners
7' YELLOW CARD - Michael Neill is booked for a tug of the shirt of Ingham.
6' It has been a scrappy start to the match with Melbourne Victory slow to warm to the match being played in warm weather.
3' Victory concede the foul and O'Donovan is in a real hurry to take it. He gets into the box and his effort just misses.
1' The Mariners kick off to get proceedings underway.
Kick off is not too far away.
Melbourne Victory (4-3-3): Vukovic (GK); Galloway, Delpierre, Deng, Geria; Mahazi, Finkler, Broxham; Ben Khalfallah, Berisha, Ingham. Subs: Thomas (GK), Makarounas, Gallifuoco, Georgievski, Thompson.
Central Coast Mariners (4-2-3-1): Izzo (GK); Ascroft, Uskok, J Rose, Neill; McGing, L Rose; Ferreira, Garcia, Austin; O'Donovan. Subs: Bray (GK), McDonald, Bingham, Poscoliero, Stella.
Lets take a look at the line ups.
The Mariners welcome back Roy O'Donovan from suspension after his headbutt on new years eve against Wellington.
Melbourne Victory on the other hand have had an inconsistent season winning just 10 of their 22 matches. The defending champions will need the three points on offer here to keep pace with the top four.
The Mariners are having a season they would rather forget, ten points adrift of the team directly above them with just three wins from their 21 matches.
Good afternoon and welcome to Gosford for the Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne Victory.
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