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Ross McCormack strike not enough for Mariners to shake off City hoodoo

12:32 PM GMT+4 27/10/2018
Ross McCormack Central Coast Mariners
Melbourne City keep finding ways to deny the Central Coast a win

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.

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.