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90'
R. O'Donovan
Penalty Goal
2 - 3
66'
B. Diawara
B. Garuccio
1 - 3
61'
D. McGowan
J. Makarounas
1 - 2
56'
B. Diawara
Goal
1 - 1
44'
K. Appiah-Kubi
S. Roux
1 - 0

Match Stats

Possession
58% 41%
7
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 9
Total Passes 476 337
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FULL TIME - A late Mariners' penalty goal set up a thrilling finish to this match after Adelaide United appeared to be cruising to victory.  Adelaide United, on the back of a brace from Papa Diawara, have recorded an important 3-2 victory on the road over the Central Coast Mariners to drag themselves off the bottom of the table.
90' + 4' A late chance for the home side as a sizzling ball comes in from the left from Galloway but McGing is unable to take the heat off it and the moment is lost for the Mariners.
E. Babalj
B. Diawara
90' + 3' SUBSTITUTION UNITED - Diawara was an ever present danger and he leaves the field with two goals to his name - he will be replaced by Eli Babalj.
B. Garuccio
Yellow Card
90' + 2' YELLOW CARD UNITED - A professional foul from Benjamin Garuccio who virtually rugby tackles Montgomery to take some time off the clock.
90' We will have three minutes of additional time to be played in this second half.
R. O'Donovan
Penalty Goal
90' PENALTY GOAL MARINERS - Roy O'Donovan sends Galekovic the wrong way to find the back of the net.  A nervous couple of minutes ahead for Adelaide United who are clinging to a 3-2 lead over the Mariners.
89' PENALTY MARINERS - Kim Jae-Sung makes a hash of the bouncing ball which makes clear contact with his hand - it will be O'Donovan to take the spot kick to set up a thrilling finish!
89' The Mariners have won a corner - it is now or never for the home side.
85' The Mariners are throwing everything at United but have not been able to make any impression with the visitors content to wind the clock down to full time.
N. Montgomery
Yellow Card
81' YELLOW CARD MARINERS - Frustration for the Mariners is evident now with Nick Montgomery the first player of the match to go into the book.
A. Berry
H. Ascroft
80' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - Time is against the Mariners now who desperately need a score - Harry Ascroft comes from the field to be replaced by Adam Berry.
J. Bingham
C. Pain
80' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - Connor Pain, who was busy early, is replaced by Josh Bingham.
77' The cross from Cirio is not his best effort with the ball behind Diawara - the United forward is still able to attempt a spectacular shot on goal but it doesn't trouble the goal of Necevski.
M. Ochieng
N. Mileusnic
74' SUBSTITUTION UNITED - A second change for Adelaide with Nikola Mileusnic to make way for the fresh legs of Mark Ochieng.
73' A brilliant run from Storm Roux who weaves a path through the United defence to the top of the penalty box before firing at goal and forcing a diving save from Galekovic.
T. Buhagiar
K. Appiah-Kubi
72' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - The Mariners need a lift and need it immediately and they make a change with the goal scorer Appiah replaced by Trent Buhagiar.
T. Elrich
J. Makarounas
69' SUBSTITUTION UNITED - Adelaide United effect their first change with Jesse Makarounas replaced by Tarek Elrich.
B. Garuccio
Assist
66' Another perfectly executed set piece play from United - this time it was Garuccio who took the corner to set up Diawara's second goal.
B. Diawara
Goal
66' GOAL UNITED - Almost a carbon copy of the previous goal however this time from the opposite side - a delightful corner once again leaves the Mariners' defence wanting and Diawara makes sure of the header for his second goal.  United have raced to a 3-1 lead.
64' Crisp touch from Pain who, despite being surrounded by three defenders, manages to drive his shot at the goal of Galekovic - he has dragged it left but not by much.
D. McGowan
Goal
61' GOAL UNITED - A perfectly struck corner from Makarounas gives McGowan every chance - despite being surrounded by yellow shirts, he climbs high before thumping his header past a despairing Necevski.  In the blink of an eye, Adelaide United take a 2-1 lead.
J. Makarounas
Assist
61' A wonderfully executed corner from Makarounas was instrumental is setting up the goal for McGowan.
B. Diawara
Goal
56' GOAL UNITED - Cirio creates an opening with pace down the left hand side - Liam Rose fails to deal with the clearance and the ball falls to Diawara who coolly slots the equaliser!  We are 1-1 in Gosford.
55' It is real end to end stuff at the moment - all the signs are there for a thrilling second half!
54' Ferreira backs his pace with a lightning run that has the United defence scrambling - the visitors have little option but to concede a corner.
53' Mileusnic from a long way out on the right side delivers well with the swinging cross however there is no-one on the end of it for Adelaide.
52' Nick Montgomery comes through strongly but is deemed to have committed a foul - a free kick for United in a strong attacking position on the right side.
50' Makarounas forces his way inside the penalty box before slipping at the crucial moment allowing the Mariners' defence a chance to relieve.
47' A positive start for United in the opening stages of this second half however the flag is up for offside - Diawarra is the offender on this occasion.
45' SECOND HALF - Adelaide kick off to get play back underway here in Gosford.
HALF TIME - After a free flowing first half in which the pendulum swung one way and then the other, it was a lapse in defence from Adelaide that allowed the Mariners to break the deadlock just before the half time whistle.  At half time it is the Central Coast Mariners 1, Adelaide United 0.
45' There will be one minute of additional time played in this first half.
S. Roux
Assist
44' It was an excellent cross from Storm Roux that set up the goal for Appiah whose perfectly timed header found the back of the net.
K. Appiah-Kubi
Goal
44' GOAL MARINERS - The Adelaide defence make a hash of the clearance which allows Storm Roux a chance to swing a cross into the hot spot and it is Appiah, working clear of his marker, who heads delightfully past the outstretched hand of Galekovic.  The Mariners lead 1-0.
44' Best opportunity of the match so far for Adelaide!  Cirio drags his cross past the keeper however a lunging Diawarra is unable to get a boot on the ball into the open net.
42' A lack of imagination there from Connor Pain who decides against the options inside the box instead electing to fire at goal however his effort is high and wide.
39' After Adelaide enjoyed a dominant patch in the middle of this first half, the wave of possession has completely swung the Mariners' way approaching the break.
38' This game is really starting to open up as the tempo begins to lift - is there a score on the cards before the half time break?
35' The space opens up in front of Mileusnic who runs to the top of the area - with no options inside the box he drives a shot at Necevski however the Mariners' keeper is up to the task.
33' A lovely one-two from Ferreira who unleashes a shot at goal after combining with Appiah - the shot is not cleanly saved by Galekovic however the Reds' keeper gets enough on the ball to keep it out.
31' It's not pretty from the Mariners but they force their way inside the penalty box before Regan, on the second attempt, concedes the corner.
30' After receiving treatment, Kim Jae-Sung eventually gets to his feet and he looks to be ok to continue.
27' Kim Jae-Sung looks to be in plenty of discomfort after he was cleaned up by O'Donovan after attempting to clear the corner kick.
25' O'Donovan does well with strength to win the ball in the middle however his attempted  pass comes up short and is chopped off by the Reds' midfield.
24' Taylor Regan drives a long pass out to the left hand side however Storm Roux has read the play well and he heads the ball away to safety.
22' A neat pass from the Mariners to O'Donovan who does well to trap the ball inside the box however his shot on the turn is well blocked - the home side have their first corner of the match.
21' It's been a good five minutes for Adelaide who are currently dominating possession though they haven't been able to convert their pressure into opportunities.
19' Adelaide win their first corner of the match but are unable to trouble the defence with the Mariners clearing the ball comfortably.
17' Cirio makes a run down the right hand side before sending the cross toward the goal mouth but he has only succeeded in finding a nest of yellow shirts.
15' Mileusnic finds some space at the top of the box but he slips at the crucial moment and is forced to scramble to his feet to retrieve the ball.
13' Storm Roux delivers a dangerous ball right into the goal mouth however Dylan McGowan is in perfect position and he does brilliantly to clear the ball safely off his own line.
12' The majority of the match so far has been played in the middle third with few attacking opportunities in the opening minutes.
10' The Mariners work the ball around deep inside their own half before winning a free kick right on the half way line.
8' Pain has been busy in the early stages - on this occasions he drags the cross back for Appiah however the Mariners' forward is muscled off the ball.
6' Ferreira lays off the pass to Pain who has found some space inside the box however McGowan does brilliantly on the last line of defence to close down the Mariners' attack.
4' Diawarra unleashes a long shot from outside the penalty area forcing Necevski to make the save though the Mariners' keeper has it well covered.
3' A confident opening from the Mariners with Pain getting involved with some early touches down the left wing.
1' Perfect conditions in Gosford where it is mostly cloudy with a temperature of 23 degrees.
1' FIRST HALF - The Mariners kick off and we are underway in the first half!
Adelaide United (4-3-3): Galekovic (C) (GK); Marrone, McGowan, Regan, Garrucio; Kim, Isaias, Makarounas; Diawarra, Cirio, Mileusnic. Subs: Margush (GK), Ochieng, Mells, Elrich, Babalj.
Central Coast Mariners (4-3-3): Necevski, Roux, Galloway, Ascroft, Rose; Ferreira, Montgomery (C), McGing; O'Donovan, Pain, Appiah. Subs: Izzo (GK), Buhagiar, Berry, Bingham, Faty.
The team sheets are in so lets have a look at how the two sides will line up this afternoon.
Both sides will be desperate for victory this afternoon with the result going a long way to deciding which team takes the 2017 wooden spoon.  Both sides will be buoyed by last week's results - Adelaide United scored a last gasp victory at home whilst the Mariners went down narrowly to the all-conquering Sydney FC.
Round 24 of the 2017 A-League season continues at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford with the cellar-dweller clash between the Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United.