A Ross McCormack strike against his former club wasn't enough for Central Coast Mariners to end a now 10-game winless run against Melbourne City.
After a pretty even first 20 minutes, Central Coast would take the lead in the 21st minute when McCormack slotted home from close range after a poor clearance and neat pass from Connor Pain.
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City almost found an instant reply minutes later only for Bruno Fornaroli to fire an effort high having been played through on goal.
Just before half-time, McCormack stepped up for one of his trademark free-kicks and nearly put the Mariners further ahead only for Eugene Galekovic to tip it wide.
Despite having the bulk of possession, City were struggling to break down a stubborn Central Coast defence and that trend continued into the second half.
After a half-hearted penalty appeal in the 74th minute for a challenge on Fornaroli, which was cleared by VAR, Warren Joyce's side would find a fortunate breakthrough 10 minutes later when Dario Vidosic forced the ball home after a scramble inside the box.
With all the possession and momentum, City pressed for a late winner with Fornaroli shooting over in injury time as Mike Mulvey's men managed to hang on for a deserved 1-1 draw.
A game to remember for: Ross McCormack
The Scottish striker took his one real chance well and looked dangerous whenever he was on the ball.
A game to forget for: Lacopo La Rocca
The Italian defender was culpable for the Mariners goal after a poor clearance and generally struggled to link up with his teammates.