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H. Delbridge
N. Atkinson
84'
P. Kekeris
L. Wales
49'
B. Fornaroli
S. Jamieson
1 - 0
39'
C. Pain
Yellow Card
34'
D. Arzani
Yellow Card

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57% 42%
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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 0
Total Passes 570 413
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FULL TIME: CITY 1-0 MARINERS - Bruno Fornaroli's superb strike gets the points in a relatively forgettable game.
90' + 4' The ball in is disappointing and Bouzanis claims easily.
90' + 4' Jamieson concedes a corner. Hoole to take.
90' + 3' City are back in their penalty box. Mariners push numbers forward.
90' + 2' The Mariners are passing the ball around but not getting out wide for a cross.
90' There will be four minutes of added on time.
89' Only a few minutes to go here. Can the Mariners get the equaliser? They aren't exactly pushing.
H. Delbridge
N. Atkinson
87' SUBSTITUTION CITY - Atkinson is withdrawn for Delbridge.
87' Atkinson has cramp so we have had a short break here.
85' Fitzgerald slides Fornaroli through on goal but the Uruguayan can't finish past Kennedy, who blocks the dink shot. Impressive goalkeeping. That should have been game over.
P. Kekeris
L. Wales
84' Substitution Lachlan Wales Peter Kekeris
E. Muscat
S. Mauk
82' SUBSTITUTION CITY - Muscat comes on into midfield with Mauk being withdrawn.
81' Mauk has a crack from the top of the area but Baro gets down to block. Quality defending.
B. Powell
J. Rose
78' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - Striker Blake Powell comes on for Josh Rose.
77' The Mariners have numbers forward. They have really started to push for this equaliser.
74' Fornaroli nicks it off Kennedy's feet, tries to dink the cross over the top but only succeeds in putting it into the arms of the keeper.
73' The Mariners are pushing further forward now and leaving some pretty significant gaps at the back.
J. Melling
T. Buhagiar
69' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - Melling comes on for Buhagiar.
68' Further details on Arzani's substitution. Was not an injury. The player says he is 100% fit so definitely a tactical substitution.
67' Brattan earns a corner after driving through to the right byline.
65' Pain gets around the Atkinson and attacks the byline, he feeds Buhagiar in the six-yard box, but the Mariners attacker can't turn and shoot. Jakobsen eventually clears.
63' Atkinson looks for Fornaroli at the back post but Kennedy comes out to claim.
61' CHANCE! Kennedy denies Fitzgerald with his legs. That was a good save. City squeezing Mariners at the moment.
59' Brattan's corner is cleared by the Mariners.
59' Fitzgerald wins a corner off Rowles.
58' The sting has gone out of this game at the moment. Central Coast need to up the ante and push for an equaliser.
N. Fitzgerald
D. Arzani
55' SUBSTITUTION CITY - Arzani is surprisingly taken off for Nick Fitzgerald.
54' Mariners win a corner. Hoole overhits the corner and it goes out for a goal kick. That was a disappointing effort.
54' City have withdrawn a little after going ahead and are letting the Mariners come on to them.
51' Can the Mariners respond? They need to come of their shell now that they are 1-0 down.
Goal
49' GOAL CITY - Baro gives the ball away in a horrible position and City capitalise. Fornaroli was given the ball just outside the area and he steered the volley into the bottom left corner. Deadlock broken.
48' Brattan puts in a nice corner to the back post but Mariners defend well and Kennedy eventually catches.
47' If City don't win tonight, they will be leaving the door open for Victory to leap frog and finish in second.
46' Jamieson gets played down the left and he puts in a low cross but the Mariners clear.
45' SECOND HALF - The ball has been kicked off and we are underway.
HALF TIME: CITY 0-0 MARINERS - City have huffed and puffed but failed to blow the Mariners' house down. The away side have looked dangerous on the break. Hopefully a better second half.
45' There will be one minute of added on time.
42' Fornaroli weaves his way through two defenders but fires his shot into the side netting from a tight angle.
42' City appeal for handball by Liam Rose but the referee waves the calls away. The home side are really pressing now.
40' Nearing half time. Wayne O'Sullivan will be delighted with his team's defensive resilience.
C. Pain
Yellow Card
39' YELLOW MARINERS - Pain goes into the book for the challenge on Atkinson.
39' Pain brings down Atkinson and City will get a chance to swing the free kick in.
36' Bozanic and Arzani get in each other's way and Hoole springs clear. But he can't find the run through the middle by Pain. That was a good counter attack opportunity. 
D. Arzani
Yellow Card
34' YELLOW CITY - Arzani goes into the book after a poor tackle.
32' Arzani lashes a cut back through the box but Mauk can't stab it home and he pushes it wide. That was a decent chance.
31' City take the corner short, Schenkeveld rises high but just can't get good contact. City won another corner but offside is called. Mariners get some respite.
30' Arzani gets down the right and wins a corner.
27' Arzani drives through the right channel, he tries to pick out the right corner but the shot is bending away. He has been pretty quiet tonight.
26' It's Bozanic's turn to shoot from distance but the effort has too much elevation and goes well over the bar.
25' Brama has a crack from 30 yards but the low shot goes well wide of the left post. It's all the Mariners at the moment.
24' City haven't had an attack for a while. Mariners doing well.
23' Jakobsen rises highest to clear Hoole's delivery. Mariners having a good period. They are getting numebrs forward.
22' Wales floats a dangerous cross through the six-yard box but Atkinson clears. Another corner.
21' Pain drives into space down the left and he wins a corner off Brattan.
20' Game is still wide open. But neither side making much of an incursion in the past few minutes.
17' Mariners have had a good few minutes on the counter. Melbourne City have to be careful.
15' Hoole has a chance for a strike at goal in the penalty area but he almost completely misses the ball.
14' It only looks like a matter of time until Melbourne City score.
13' CHANCE! Arzani atatcks down the right.  Atkinson's cross was nearly finished by Fornaroli before the ball fell to Mauk, whose shot was somehow deflected wide.
11' Arzani has been lively early but he hasn't managed to be all that effective.
9' CHANCE! Kennedy makes a brilliant save to deny Fornaroli after Brattan's wonderful through ball. That was close.
8' The Mariners seem to be sitting back with their back five protecting. It will very much be a counter-attacking performance.
7' City threatening again. Arzani and Fornaroli looking to link up. The young Aussie goes down a bit easy and a foul is not given.
5' Hoole whips in the corner but Mauk boots it clear.
4' Wales wins a corner off Atkinson after a good burst down the left.
4' The Mariners have only won one match in their last 16. It has been a poor run of form.
3' City are doing the early attacking but a couple of floated crosses into the penalty area have been easily cleared by the Mariners.
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1' FIRST HALF - The ball has been kicked off and we are underway.
Join me for kickoff in approximately 10 minutes.
The Mariners have made 362 successful passes per game this season - the second most of any team behind Sydney FC (394).
The Mariners have lost their last 10 games at AAMI Park - and havent won at the venue 2-1 win against City in March 2014.
Melbourne City are undefeated in their last eight games against the Mariners (W6,D2) - scoring 22 goals in total during this period.
TEAMS - Central Coast (5-1-2-2): Kennedy; McGing, L.Rose, Baro, Rowles, J.Rose; Brama; Wales, Hoole; Pain, Buhagiar. SUBS - Glover, Kekeris, Melling, Berry , Powell.
TEAMS - Melbourne City (4-2-3-1): Bouzanis; Atkinson, Jakobsen, Schenkeveld, Jamieson; Brattan, Bozanic; Vidosic, Mauk, Arzani; Fornaroli. SUBS - Galekovic, Muscat, Delbridge, Fitzgerald, Budzinski.
The Mariners are two points ahead of last-placed Wellington - and will want to avoid finishing bottom of the league.
City are in second place on the A-League table - two points clear of rivals Victory - with a win destined to give them a stronger grip on the position.
Welcome to AAMI Park for tonight's match between Melbourne City and Central Coast.