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90' + 1'
D. Bouman
D. De Silva
83'
T. Buhagiar
K. Barbarouses
2 - 2
45' + 2'
M. Ninković
L. Brattan
2 - 1
41'
M. Simon
J. Nisbet
2 - 0
6'
M. Ureña
O. Bozanić
1 - 0

Match Stats

Possession
42% 57%
3
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 8 5
Total Passes 395 507
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Commentary

90' + 6' FULL TIME: CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 2 SYDNEY FC 2 - A chance for everyone at Central Coast Stadium to catch their breath as the final whistle sounds to bring a spectacular contest to an end!  The Mariners had chances early in the second half to extend their lead but were denied by some outstanding work in goal from Andrew Redmayne.  Trent Buhagiar scored an equaliser in the 83rd minute to set up a thrilling finish - a pulsating final ten minutes followed but neither side was able to find a winner.
90' + 4' The ball is pinging from one end of Central Coast Stadium to the other as both sides desperately search for a winner!
D. Bouman
D. De Silva
90' + 1' SUBSTITUTION CENTRAL COAST MARINERS - A last roll of the dice for the Mariners with Daniel Bouman to make an appearance in place of Daniël De Silva.
90' There will be five minutes of additional time played in this second half.
90' CHANCE!  Buhagiar toes a pass past Birighitti and into the path of Patrick Wood who has the goal open in front of him but the ball beats him over the goal line.
P. Wood
Bobô
88' SUBSTITUTION SYDNEY FC - Searching for a spark late in the game, Sydney make a change with Bobô to make way for Patrick Wood.
88' Corner to Sydney FC!  You can cut the air with a knife as Brattan prepares to deliver the ball from the left.
87' CHANCE!  Alou Kuol nods the ball in the direction of Daniel De Silva who has a good look at goal however he scuffs his shot and the ball rolls wide of the target.
86' Brattan delivers a spearing ball all the way to the goal mouth however the Mariners have the numbers in the air to scramble the ball clear.
K. Barbarouses
Assist
83' A delightful ball from the by-line from Kosta Barbarouses opened the goal up for Buhagiar who nailed the equaliser.
T. Buhagiar
Goal
83' GOAL SYDNEY FC (Trent Buhagiar) CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 2 SYDNEY FC 2 - There's no denying Sydney FC this time as the Sky Blues draw level inside the final ten minutes!  Trent Buhagiar makes amends for his previous effort by getting on the end of the pass and burying the ball into the back of the net.
82' Trent Buhagiar gets on the end of a long cross but he succeeds only in directing the ball straight into the hands of Birighitti.
80' Sydney FC have dominated general play with 67% of possession in this second half however they haven't been able to break down the disciplined Mariners' defence.
A. Kuol
M. Ureña
78' SUBSTITUTION CENTRAL COAST MARINERS - A huge response from the crowd as Marco Ureña, a goal to his name from the first half, comes from the field to be replaced by Alou Kuol.
77' CHANCE!  After a weaving run, Ureña lays the ball off to Simon who pulls the trigger however Redmayne, once again, is in an excellent position to make the save.
75' The ball slides across to Daniel De Silva who has time and space at the top of the area - it's a disappointing result for the hosts with the shot barely testing Redmayne in goal.
73' Oliver Bozanic finds Simon at the far post but his volley is well covered by Redmayne who has been superb in goal for Sydney in this second half.
71' The home crowd are not happy as referee Beath awards a free kick to the visitors - a chance for Sydney FC to build from half way.
P. Retre
H. Van Der Saag
70' SUBSTITUTION SYDNEY FC - It's a double change for the visitors with Paulo Retre coming on to replace Harry Van Der Saag.
T. Buhagiar
A. Baumjohann
69' SUBSTITUTION SYDNEY FC - The Sky Blues first change will see Alexander Baumjohann replaced by Trent Buhagiar.
69' There is movement on the sidelines with Sydney FC preparing to inject some fresh legs onto the pitch.
66' The atmosphere here on the Central Coast is electric with the crowd of just over 10,000 at fever pitch - they have been treated to an outstanding contest that is still very much on a knife's edge.
62' CHANCE!  The Mariners blow an almost unmissable opportunity to extend their lead!  Ureña gets on the end of a beautiful ball down the left - he cuts inside his marker and has almost the whole goal to aim at however Redmayne stands tall and comes up with a brilliant save.
59' NO GOAL!  Sensational scenes at Central Coast Stadium as Sydney FC are denied a goal for the second time this evening!  The VAR Check concludes that the Sky Blues were offside from the free kick and so the goal to Bobô will not stand.
58' VAR CHECK - Bobô has nodded home from the goal line but the VAR wants to have a look at a potential off-side in the lead up.
L. Miller
D. Hall
56' SUBSTITUTION CENTRAL COAST MARINERS - A forced change for the Mariners with Daniel Hall succumbing to cramp - he will be replaced by Lewis Miller.
53' Despite the scoreline, Sydney FC have an excellent second half record and they will still fancy their chances - the Sky Blues are unbeaten in their last three A-League games when they've trailed at half-time.
52' Bobô tries to get on the end of a through ball down the right hand side however he has mistimed his run and the linesman's flag is up for offside.
50' Whatever was said in the Central Coast rooms at half time has certainly had a huge impact - the Mariners are dominating at the start of this second half and are creating plenty of opportunities.
48' Ureña goes within a whisker of notching up a double however his mis-hit cross narrowly clears the crossbar.
46' CHANCE!  The Mariners almost have a dream start to the second half!  Simon gets on the end of a delightful through ball with just the keeper ahead however Redmayne comes up with an outstanding reflex save.
45' SECOND HALF - The Mariners kick off to start the second half!
HALF TIME: CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 2 SYDNEY FC 1 - Referee Chris Beath blows his whistle to bring an exhilarating first half to an end on the Central Coast!  Despite Sydney controlling the majority of possession, Central Coast made the most of their opportunities and the Mariners put two past the reigning champions.  However, Sydney FC pulled one back virtually right on half time to set up what should be a thrilling second half.
L. Brattan
Assist
45' + 2' A perfectly places ball into the area from Luke Brattan set up Ninković who finished expertly.
M. Ninković
Goal
45' + 2' GOAL SYDNEY FC (Miloš Ninković) CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 2 SYDNEY FC 1 - Inside the last minute of half time, Miloš Ninković drags one back for Sydney with a goal from the top shelf!  Brilliant control from midfielder who flicks the volley past Birighitti giving the Mariners' keeper no chance.
45' + 2' GOAL SYDNEY FC (Milos Ninkovic) CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 2 SYDNEY FC 1
45' There will be two minutes of additional time played in this first half.
J. Nisbet
Assist
41' It was brilliant play from Joshua Nisbet whose perfect vision and execution with the overhead pass set Simon on a path to goal.
M. Simon
Goal
41' GOAL CENTRAL COAST MARINERS (Matt Simon) CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 2 SYDNEY FC 0 - Against the run of play, the Mariners double their lead on the back of some Matt Simon magic!  The forward had no right to score from that position but he squeezes the ball through the legs of Ryan McGowan and past the despairing dive of Redmayne.
37' Sydney FC have responded well since conceding the opener and are pressing hard late in this first half - the Sky Blues have conceded just three goals in the final 15 minutes of the first halves of games, fewer than any other team in the competition.
36' After scoring the opening goal, the Mariners have not seen much of the ball but they have a chance here with a free kick just short of half way.
34' Controversy at Central Coast Stadium with the replay showing that, whilst Bobô was in an offside position, the last touch came off a Mariners' player.
31' NO GOAL! Sydney FC fans are up as Bobô hammers the ball into the back of the net however the celebrations are short-lived with the linesman's flag up for offside.
29' CHANCE! Kosta Barbarouses swings a pass inside to the goal mouth where the ball falls for Milos Ninkovic - he has time and space to measure his shot but has blasted it straight at Birighitti.
28' Joel King gets to a dangerous position on the left but his cross is ill-directed and is comfortably dealt with by the Mariners' defence.
24' CHANCE! Daniel Hall soars through the air at the far post to get on the end of the corner kick but his header is off target allowing Sydney a chance to clear.
23' Simon works hard to win the ball and he turns the ball towards a central position in front of goal however there are sky blue shirts everywhere.
22' Gianni Stensness looks to release the goal-scorer Ureña down the left but there is too much on the pass and the ball beats everyone over the side line.
20' CHANCE!  Stefan Nigro floats an excellent cross in from the right and finds Matt Simon in front of goal but the header is safely taken by Redmayne. 
18' Harry Van der Saag has made excellent ground down the right and he whips the cross in however Mark Birighitti has read the play well and he safely scoops the ball up for the Mariners.
17' Although in excellent condition, the surface is a little slippery - in the opening quarter hour, we have already seen several players losing their feet.
16' Excellent defensive structure from Sydney FC on this occasion - the visitors have blunted the Central Coast's attacking move and forced the Mariners all the way back inside their own half.
14' Joshua Nisbet is bowled over by Alex Wilkinson in the middle of the field and the Mariners have a chance to go on the attack from the resultant free kick.
11' Alexander Baumjohann tips one over the top for Kosta Barbarouses who is lurking dangerously however Mark Birighitti is up quickly to save the day for the Mariners.
O. Bozanić
Assist
6' Outstanding play from Oliver Bozanić whose pass released Marco Ureña for the memorable opener.
M. Ureña
Goal
6' GOAL CENTRAL COAST MARINERS (Marco Ureña) CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 1 SYDNEY FC 0 - The home crowd rises as one as the Mariners get off to a flyer!  Marco Ureña times his run down the left to perfection - he runs onto the ball, weaves his way into the box and coolly slots the ball past Andrew Redmayne and into the back of the net.
4' Conditions on the Central Coast are perfect for this early evening clash - there's a good crowd in and the pitch looks to be in terrific nick.
2' Central Coast Mariners cough the ball up in the middle of the field but fortunately they have plenty of numbers back to deny Sydney on the counter-attack.
1' An early attacking opportunity for Sydney FC who have won a corner inside the first minute of this first half.
1' FIRST HALF - Sydney FC kick off and we are underway in the first half!
The Anzac Day formalities are complete and we are just moments away from kick off.
Sydney FC (4-4-2) Redmayne (GK), Van der Saag, King, McGowan, Wilkinson; Brattan, Baumjohann, Caceres, Ninkovic; Barbarouses, Bobo. Subs: Heward-Belle (GK), Buhagiar, Flottmann, Warland, Retre, Ivanovic, Wood.
Central Coast Mariners (4-4-2): Birighitti (GK); Clisby, Rowles, Hall, Nigro; De Silva, Stensness, Bozanic, Nisbet; Urena, Simon. Subs: Pearce (GK), Miller, Kuol, Cassella, Janota, Hatch, Bouman. 
Let's have a look at how the two sides will line up for this evening's clash.
Currently sitting in fourth position on the ladder, Sydney FC are once again right in the mix in season 2020-21.  The reigning champions could have been in an even better position however they were only able to secure a point last week after letting a 2-0 lead slip against Adelaide United.
After finishing in last position in season 2019-20, the second-placed Central Coast Mariners have been one of the standouts this season.  However, they will be desperate to halt a recent form slump that has seen them win just one of their past six matches.
Welcome to Central Coast Stadium where Matchweek 18 continues with a blockbuster clash between the Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC.