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Key Events

89'
T. Buhagiar
Goal
85'
T. Buhagiar
C. Pain
76'
M. Beister
B. Berisha
73'
D. Georgievski
J. Troisi
63'
J. Ingham
M. Rojas
62'
K. Appiah-Kubi
Fábio Ferreira
62'
A. Berry
L. Rose
59'
M. Rojas
Goal
58'
M. Rojas
Goal
50'
J. Donachie
Goal
45' + 3'
C. Pain
Yellow Card
45' + 1'
N. Montgomery
Yellow Card
40'
J. Faty
Yellow Card
28'
J. McGing
Own Goal
17'
J. Geria
Yellow Card
14'
J. Donachie
Yellow Card
Kick Off
3
2
3
3

Stats

Possession
% %
3
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 11 5
Total Passes 486 473

Commentary

FULL TIME - The final whistle sounds as Melbourne Victory continue their winning run, beating the Central Coast Mariners 4-1. Ben Khalfallah was fantastic for Melbourne Victory, combining with Rojas for both of his goals.
90' + 2' Donachie appeals for a free kick, saying he was pulled off the ball by Buhagiar. However the referee is not so convinced.
90' We have four minutes of stoppage time remaining in the match.
T. Buhagiar
Goal
Central Coast Mariners
89' GOAL MARINERS - Montgomery passes it over to Buhagiar, Thomas comes off his line as Buhagiar chips it over Thomas, finding the back of the net. The Mariners trail Melbourne Victory 1-4.
87' Melbourne Victory will make it three wins in a row whilst the Mariners will have four losses in a row.
T. Buhagiar
C. Pain
Central Coast Mariners
85' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - The Mariners clear their bench with Connor Pain jogging off the ground and Trent Buhagiar running on to replace him.
84' The Mariners have gone backwards today, after building up their reputation in the last month.
82' It appears that the sting has well and truly gone out of this game, with both teams becoming a bit sloppy with the ball.
80' Georgievski with the chase on the ball, forcing Faty to pass it back to Izzo, but his kick back into player is a shocker.
78' This is an opportunity for the Victory players not in their best eleven to show what they can do.
M. Beister
B. Berisha
Melbourne Victory
76' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Melbourne Victory make their third and final change with a goal-less Besart Berisha coming off for Maximilian Beister.
75' Melbourne Victory appear to be shielding their stars, as they have a very heavy workload coming up, with seven matches to play over the next month.
D. Georgievski
J. Troisi
Melbourne Victory
73' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - As we resume play from the drinks break, Melbourne Victory make their second change with James Troisi making way for Daniel Georgievski.
71' A drinks break is called before we enter the final quarter of the match.
69' Ben Khalfallah with a long range shot on goal and Izzo has no problems making the save for the Mariners.
67' It appears that Melbourne Victory are not done with yet, as they continue to stalk their attacking half.
65' Montgomery with a sloppy backpass, almost becomes fatal, as Berisha chases the ball. Luckily for Montgomery, Izzo gets to the ball first.
J. Ingham
M. Rojas
Melbourne Victory
63' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - A round of applause sweeps around the ground as two goal hero, Marco Rojas comes off for an early shower and he is replaced by Jai Ingham.
K. Appiah-Kubi
Fábio Ferreira
Central Coast Mariners
62' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - In a double change, Fábio Miguel Lourenço Ferreira also make Kwabena Appiah-Kubi.
A. Berry
L. Rose
Central Coast Mariners
62' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - Liam Rose is the first player to have his number flash on the board, as he is replaced by Adam Berry.
61' It may be time for the Mariners to look to their bench for some inspiration, as their current flock of players are looking a little sad and feeling sorry for themselves.
M. Rojas
Goal
Melbourne Victory
59' GOAL VICTORY - Ben Khalfallah takes it into the box as Izzo comes off his line, Ben Khalfallah crosses it over to Rojas, who just taps it into the back of the net. Melbourne Victory lead Central Coast Mariners 3-0.
M. Rojas
Goal
Melbourne Victory
58' GOAL VICTORY - Ben Khalfallah takes it into the box as Izzo comes off his line, Ben Khalfallah crosses it over to Rojas, who just taps it into the back of the net. Melbourne Victory lead Central Coast Mariners 3-0.
57' Pain with a lovely ball into the box for O'Donovan, who attempts to kick it over the top of Thomas, but ends up kicking it straight to him.
55' It appears that the Mariners have been stung into action, but it could well be a case of too little too late.
53' Pain with the volley on goal forces Thomas to work hard to make the save.
52' A 2-0 lead may just be enough to nab the three points tonight, for the Melbourne Victory.
J. Donachie
Goal
Melbourne Victory
50' GOAL VICTORY - The ball is whipped into the box by Troisi, as Donachie rises up and heads it past Izzo, finding the back of the net. Melbourne Victory lead Central Coast Mariners 2-0.
50' Montgomery has conceded five fouls tonight and he is also in the ref's book. He needs to be really careful going forward.
48' Berisha takes the turnover from the Mariners, he pulls the trigger from the edge of the box and Izzo makes a diving save, he spills it but he recovers in time.
46' SECOND HALF - Berisha kicks off for the Victory to get us back under way,
HALF TIME - The whistle sounds for half time and Melbourne Victory go into the sheds holding a 1-0 advantage over the Central Coast Mariners.
C. Pain
Yellow Card
Central Coast Mariners
45' + 3' YELLOW CARD MARINERS - Connor Pain goes into the referee's book for dissent.
45' + 2' Troisi chips it for goal and it is just wide of the mark.
N. Montgomery
Yellow Card
Central Coast Mariners
45' + 1' YELLOW CARD MARINERS - Nick Montgomery goes into the ref's book for a late challenge on Bozanic.
45' We have three minutes of stoppage time remaining in the first half.
44' Melbourne Victory go backwards once again, as Thomas has another possession, looking to jolt the Victory into action.
42' Melbourne Victory are not feeling any pressure from the Mariners, thinking they have this game pretty much under control.
J. Faty
Yellow Card
Central Coast Mariners
40' YELLOW CARD MARINERS - Faty goes in late on Ben Khalfallah and becomes the third player to be booked with a yellow card tonight.
40' Ferreira works Thomas, as he fires a shot on goal, but he swats it away. O'Donovan is there on the follow up, has a shot on goal and finds the side netting.
38' The Mariners rush into attack with Ferriera and O'Donovan figuring, but the Victory defence have it under control.
36' There have been a few defensive kicks back into Thomas from the Victory defence, as they keep going backwards to find a way forward.
34' Melbourne Victory find a way back into attack. They have had the taste of a goal, but now they want to score one for themselves.
32' A bit of a lull in the game at the moment, as the Victory midfield looks to have taken their foot off the gas a bit.
30' You could sense a goal coming from the moment the game starting, but probably not an own goal. Either way, the Mariners have themselves some work to do.
J. McGing
Own Goal
Central Coast Mariners
28' GOAL VICTORY - Ben Khalfallah crosses it into the path of Berisha, but McGing cuts it off and slides it past Izzo for an own goal. Most of the crowd were celebrating thinking Berisha had broken the A-League goal scoring record. Not this time Besart! Melbourne Victory lead Central Coast Mariners 1-0.
27' Berisha takes it on the edge of the box, he floats it right to left and Izzo is able to make an easy save.
25' We are back under way, as players from both teams are refreshed. The current temperature on the ground is 36 degrees, but the humidity is high.
23' Play is held up momentarily, as the ref calls for a drinks break, in an effort to combat the hot conditions.
21' You have to admire how the Mariners have been able to hold their nerve, despite the constant pressure they have been under tonight.
19' Geria centres it for Ben Khalfallah, who has a shot on goal but Izzo does well to swat it away and deny Melbourne Victory of the first goal of the match.
J. Geria
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
17' YELLOW CARD VICTORY - Jason Geria with a blatant tackle on Ferreira on the left wing, gives the referee no alternative but to put him on the list of players in receipt of a yellow card.
17' Broxham is on the receiving end of the corner kick, he has a shot on goal and it takes a deflection off a Mariner's player for another Victory corner kick.
16' The Mariners are finally enjoying some time inside their attacking half. It has been a long wait.
J. Donachie
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
14' YELLOW CARD VICTORY - James Donachie goes into the referee's book for a reckless tackle on O'Donovan.
12' Melbourne Victory continue to have the better of the Mariners with a goal to confirm their dominance, not too far away, one would think.
10' Rojas takes the ball from Ben Khalfallah, he looks to get around Neill, but in the end the Mariners defender has the better of the contest.
8' Troisi is in a dangerous position, inside the box, he scissor kicks a shot on goal and it bounces straight into Izzo's hands. He spills it but has enough time to recover.
6' It appears Ben Khalfallah is showing signs of having a night out, as he whips another ball into the box, but it is cleared away by McGing.
4' Ben Khalfallah finds his way around Scott Galloway, as he delivers it into the box, but the Mariners defence were able to clear it away.
2' It has been a slow start to the game from both sides, but Melbourne Victory have maintained most of the possession.
1' FIRST HALF - The Mariners kick off to get us under way.
TEAMS - Central Coast Mariners (4-3-3)  STARTING XI - Izzo (GK); Neill, McGing, Faty, Galloway; Montgomery (C). Rose, Powell; Pain, O'Donovan, Ferreira.  SUBS - Necevski (GK), Ascroft, Buhagiar, Appiah-Kubi, Berry. 
TEAMS - Melbourne Victory (4-3-3)  STARTING XI - Thomas (GK); Geria, Donachie, Baro, Broxham; Valeri (C), Troisi, Bozanic; Rojas, Berisha, Ben Khalfallah.  SUBS - Acton (GK), Ansell, Georgievski, Beister, Ingham. 
Central Coast Mariners need to get back on the winners list, as they have lost their last three games in a row. Prior to that they were showing a bit of promise with a draw and a win.
Melbourne Victory have hit a bit of a purple patch, winning four of their last five games and are currently sitting pretty in second position in the ladder. They are looking to add to their two match winning streak.
Welcome to AAMI Park for the clash between Melbourne Victory and the Central Coast Mariners. It is currently a sweltering 37 degrees in Melbourne.
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