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N. Montgomery
Yellow Card
75'
I. Necevski
Penalty Save
75'
B. Ibini-Isei
Penalty Miss
75'
Liam Rose
Yellow Card
8'
F. Hološko
M. Zullo
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41% 58%
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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 1
Total Passes 370 519
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FULL TIME - SYDNEY 1-0 CENTRAL COAST: The Sky Blues have got the job done through Holosko's first half effort despite a spirited effort from the Mariners. Necevski also saved a second half penalty from Ibini. Sydney will win the Premiers Plate if Victory lose against Perth tomorrow night.
90' + 3' The corner is poor though and Simon clears at the near post.
90' + 3' The Mariners have a corner in the final minute of stoppage time.
90' + 2' Pain nearly springs free down the left but the ball just rolls out of play. Inches in it. 
90' + 1' There will be three minutes of added on time here.
90' The Mariners are pushing hard but haven't managed to create an opening.
86' O'Neill curls it over the wall and Necevski dives well to palm away for a corner.
86' O'Neill to strike the free kick...
N. Montgomery
Yellow Card
85' YELLOW CARD MARINERS - Nick Montgomery is booked for the challenge on Matt Simon.
85' Simon is fouled just outside the area and Sydney will have a chance from a direct free kick.
M. Simon
Bobô
82' SUBSTITUTION SYDNEY - Bobo is replaced by Matt Simon.
81' CHANCE - Necevski makes a brilliant save low to his left after Bobo got one-on-one around the outside. He is having some game the former Sydney FC keeper.
T. Buhagiar
K. Appiah-Kubi
80' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - Kwabena Appiah-Kubi is replaced by Trent Buhagiar.
H. Ascroft
J. Poscoliero
80' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - Jacob Poscoliero is replaced by Harry Ascroft.
78' CROSSBAR - Ibini smashes a shot off the crossbar after turning his defender inside the area. Sydney edging closer to finishing the game off.
78' Ninkovic shapes to cut inside but his shot is blocked by Rose.
Liam Rose
Yellow Card
75' YELLOW CARD MARINERS - Rose received a yellow card for the challenge on Ibini that conceded the penalty.
Penalty Save
75' PENALTY SAVED - Terrible penalty from Ibini. Lacked power and Necevski guesses the right way to save low to his left. Mariners still alive.
75' PENALTY - Ibini is brought down by Liam Rose and Shaun Evans points to the spot. Probably a fair call.
74' Buijs nearly gets through the Mariners defence after a clever backheel from Brosque but the away side get a foot in.
72' Buijs puts in a corner and it bounces out to O'Neill at the back of the penalty area, but he can't send a good ball in. Mariners defending well. Need to damage the other way though.
72' Corner for Sydney FC...
71' Montgomery is accusing Sydney FC of wasting time. The Sky Blues are under the pump a bit at the moment.
B. Ibini-Isei
F. Hološko
69' SUBSTITUTION SYDNEY - Filip Hološko is replaced by Bernie Ibini-Isei.
67' O'Donovan flashes the ball across the six-yard box and Grant clears for a corner with Pain looming behind.
67' Montgomery sends in a nice free kick into the box but the rock solid Sydney defence get it clear. Been a muted performance from the Sky Blues tonight. They are still winning though.
65' Ibini readying to come on for Sydney FC.
64' Pain will provide more pace down the flanks and try to exploit the space in behind Grant when he bombs forward.
C. Pain
J. Bingham
62' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - Josh Bingham is replaced by Connor Pain.
60' CHANCE - Holosko nods O'Neill's deep ball down to Bobo, but Rose does enough to put the striker off and he sidefoots wide under pressure.
60' Still no yellow cards however. Referee Shaun Evans has been lenient.
59' Plenty of niggle in this game. Been plenty of fouls in the past few minutes.
58' O'Donovan crashes into the back of Zullo and the left-back looks very sore after that challenge.
56' The game has continued in a similar pattern to the latter stages of the first half. Mariners working hard but Sydney managing to contain. 
54' Ferreira dinks in a nice cross from the left but Vukovic claims right as Bingham arrives at the back post.
51' Galloway goes in late on Grant and the right-back is not happy. Bit of tension here.
50' Zullo has been good tonight. Sends in another teasing cross from the left but Rose gets a head on the ball to clear. 
49' Mariners are pressing high so far. They are keen to get back in the match early in this half.
47' Rhyan Grant appears to have recovered from the knock he got in the latter stages of the first half.
45' The second half is underway. Can the Mariners continue their resurgence and make it count on the scoreboard?
HALF TIME - SYDNEY 1-0 CENTRAL COAST - Holosko has the only goal but the Mariners have been working hard to get back into the game. See you for the second half in 10 minutes.
45' + 1' One minute of added on time.
45' + 1' Ninkovic tries to dink it over the defence for Brosque but it is just too heavy and Necevski claims.
45' Grant appears to be struggling with an injury.
44' CHANCE - Roux puts in a great ball from the right channel, O'Donovan misses the header and the ball hits Grant and deflects to Vukovic. That could have been an own goal.
43' Mariners getting numbers forward into the box but they can't get good delivery in.
41' Sydney break quickly through Brosque but Poscoliero gets back to make the challenge just as the Sky Blue attacker was about to break free.
40' Mariners win a corner after good work from O'Donovan.
36' CHANCE – Zullo gets to the byline, drives in a low ball, it falls to Grant in the six-yard box but his finish is blocked on the line. Brosque then blasts over from the edge of the area. Very close to a second goal.
34' Zullo attacks on the overlap down the left, he feeds Bobo but he gets himself into trouble. He gives it back out to Zullo, who’s first time cross is nearly met by Brosque at the back post but the Mariners head it clear. They look dangerous when they get numbers forward.
32' The Mariners have dropped Josh Bingham out to the left hand side in a bid to exploit the height of Rhyan Grant.
30' Hasn’t been a chance for a while. Sydney are just sitting back absorbing pressure at the moment. The Mariners haven’t been good enough to break them down…yet.
28' The pitch is not in the best condition tonight. An NRL game was played here last night.
26' The Mariners are really digging in at the moment. Manager Paul Okon will be happy with their response to the goal.
25' Appiah tries to pick out the run of Bingham into the six-yard box but the cross is too high and Sydney clear. Good few minutes for the Mariners.
23' Appiah looking dangerous for the Mariners down the right. He looks most likely to create an opening.
21' Bit of a lull in the game at the moment. Sydney are containing the Mariners and will be looking to pick them off soon.
19' Mariners have had 57% possession but are not really doing much with it.
16' Ferreira has a free header from just outside the six-yard box but he makes a meal of it and it goes high and wide. There is definitely other players you would rather on the end of that.
15' Appiah terrorizes the right side of Sydney's defence. Montgomery eventually flashes a low cross in but a Sky Blue defender slides in to clear. Dangerous attack by the Mariners.
13' Grant surges into the area after making a brilliant run down the right but he is cross at the byline is blocked by Galloway and the double ricochet means it's a goal kick.
11' CHANCE - Brosque bursts through the middle of the Mariners defence from Ninkovic's backheel, but the shot is straight at Necevski. That would have been a brilliant goal. The shot just didn't have enough power.
10' Fabio Ferreira has been winded by a ball to the ribs. He is up but looks very proppy.
F. Hološko
Goal
8' GOAL SYDNEY - Zullo crosses in a delightful ball first time from the left channel and Holosko arrives on the back post to smash it into the net. Perfect start for the Sky Blues.
8' CHANCE - O'Donovan flicks the ball to the on-rushing Appiah, who brings it under control but shoots straight at Vukovic from a tight angle.
7' Sydney have established their dominance already. Mariners are playing on the counter.
5' Grant will be full of confidence after his maiden call-up to the Socceroos squad during the week. Sydney goalkeeper Danny Vukovic was also called up.
4' O'Neill loops a pass over to Grant in the box, who is just onside, but the right-back can't bring the ball down and get an effective shot off.
3' Grant plays a lovely diagonal ball to Buijs, who is still up from the corner. He cuts inside of the defender, takes a touch into the box, but blasts the ball way over the bar. Sydney with the first shot in anger.
2' The corner is played short to Ninkovic but he is swamped by Mariners defenders and the ball is cleared.
2' Bobo does well to force Rose to concede a corner. The Sky Blues to swing it in...
1' The crowd is building. Looks just north of 10k at the moment.
1' The ball has been kicked off and we are underway at Allianz Stadium.
The players are coming out of the tunnel. Not long until the start now.
Join me for kickoff in approximately 20 minutes.
The Mariners are in second-last position - five points clear of bottom-placed Adelaide. They will be looking to get a result tonight, with the Reds improving as the season progresses.
TEAMS - Central Coast (4-4-2): Necevski; Galloway; Poscoliero; Rose; Roux; Ferreira; Montgomery; McGing; Appiah-Kubi; Bingham; O'Donovan. SUBS - Pearce; Ascroft; Pain; Buhagiar; Berry
TEAMS - Sydney FC (4-2-3-1): Vukovic; Zullo; Wilkinson; Buijs; Grant; Brilliante; O'Neill; Brosque; Ninkovic; Holosko; Bobo. SUBS - Redmayne; Dimitrijevic; Ibini; Carney; Simon
With only five matches to play until finals, first-placed Sydney will be looking to extend their lead over Melbourne Victory to 14 points, with Kevin Muscat's team due to play Perth tomorrow night.
Welcome to tonight's clash at Allianz Stadium as Sydney FC host the Central Coast Mariners on this fine night in the Harbour City.