Late drama sees Glory sink spirited Mariners

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It was first against last and the league leaders eventually found a way to win

A sending off and goal in injury-time has seen Perth Glory sneak past a spirited Central Coast Mariners 3-2 at NIB Stadium on Sunday. 

Sitting top of the A-League, Glory started the match full of confidence and they quickly snatched the lead after just 12 minutes.

Chris Ikonomidis rifling the ball home after some superb build-up play from Neil Kilkenny and Joel Chianese saw the young attacker teed up for a routine finish inside the box.

Despite being on the back foot for most of the first-half, the Mariners found an equaliser in the 36th minute after Perth defender Tomislav Mrcela bundled the ball past Liam Reddy following a looping cross from Andrew Hoole. 

Glory would temporarily restore their lead in the 61st minute through Shane Lowry with the defender heading home after a brilliant cross from Kilkenny.

Mike Mulvey's side were refusing to roll over however and once again pulled level just minutes later through an Aiden O'Neill stunner.

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The midfielder, on loan from Premier League side Burnley, picking out the top left of goal from the top of the box in emphatic fashion.

On track for a valuable point, the Mariners were reduced to ten men in injury-time with Kalifa Cisse picking up a second yellow and Perth took full advantage as Ikonomidis bundled home a very late winner.

Perth now four points clear at the A-League summit, while Central Coast are rooted to the bottom of the table with one point from five games. 

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