Throwback Thursday: Melbourne Victory's other 6-2 loss

A 6-2 scoreline is something Melbourne Victory have experienced once before in a particularly memorable A-League game

Dumped out of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night courtesy of a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Ulsan Hyundai, Melbourne Victory have only ever copped six goals against them on one other occasion. 

The date was February 24, 2013 and the clash saw a now former and future Socceroos coach go head to head as Ange Postecoglou's Victory were smashed by Graham Arnold's Central Coast Mariners in the A-League.

In a race for the Premiers' Plate with A-League new boys Western Sydney Wanderers, the Mariners were desperate for a good result after a shock 2-1 loss to Perth the week prior and got it in spades.

Mitchell Duke opened the scoring for Arnold's side after some good work by Bernie Ibini before Mark Milligan equalised from the spot.

The Mariners would restore their lead not long after via another Duke strike to hand Central Coast a narrow 2-1 lead at the break. 

The floodgates would open in the second half however with a Michael McGlinchey hat-trick and Nick Fitzgerald strike ensuring Victory conceded six goals for the first time.

An own goal from Trent Sainsbury past an outstretched Mat Ryan was Victory's only response in the second 45 minutes to ensure a 6-2 scoreline but the result could have been worse with Daniel McBreen missing a penalty.


After the game, Postecoglou, who would become Socceroos manager just over a year later lamented his side's display.

"The Mariners were too good tonight," Postecoglou said.

"They were a far better side than us, they played better than us and deservedly won the game.

"The scoreline accurately reflected the difference in the two teams.

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"We were poor everywhere tonight. Young and old we were poor, beginning with the head coach."

The Mariners would ultimately finish the regular 2012/13 season in second place but go on to claim their first championship defeating the Wanderers 2-0 in the decider.

Victory would finish third and fall 1-0 to the Mariners in the semi-final with McBreen making the difference that night.