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D. Williams
R. Krishna
3 - 2
58'
R. Krishna
Penalty Goal
2 - 2
48'
R. Krishna
Penalty Goal
1 - 2
21'
A. Hoole
J. Melling
0 - 2
8'
M. Simon
Penalty Goal
0 - 1

Match Stats

Possession
64% 35%
7
2
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 5
Total Passes 470 251
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FULL TIME: WELLINGTON PHOENIX 3 CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 2 - Talk about a game of two halves. The Mariners came out of the sheds holding a 2-0 lead and in the box seat. It took only a minute for it to all fall apart. Rowles gives away a penalty and is red carded in the 46th minute and Krishna converts. Melling brings down Krishna in the box in the 58th minute, with Krishna converting the penalty again. The death blow came from Williams in the 65th minute to give the Phoenix the lead. The Mariners had a disallowed goal in the 85th minute, but the Phoenix steadied and were able to keep their cool to capture the three points.
90' + 6' Durante's 300th game will be a celebration after it looked unlikely in the first half.
90' + 4' A win today will take the Phoenix into fifth position on the ladder.
D. Fox
M. Kopczynski
90' + 2' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - The Phoenix clear their bench as Kopczynski's night is done and Fox replaces him.
90' + 2' Williams pulls the trigger on goal but Clisby is able to block the shot on goal.
90' We have six minutes of additional time to play for the match.
L. Cacace
Yellow Card
88' YELLOW CARD PHOENIX - Cacace is awarded the yellow card for time wasting as he kicks the ball away.
86' Murray with a shot on goal and he finds the bottom corner of the net. The flag is up for offside and the goal is disallowed. The VAR is looking at it and the offside decision stands.
M. Burgess
S. Singh
85' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - The Phoenix make their second change, as Singh is off and Burgess is on.
84' The Phoenix are looking for a way to seal the game. It is likely they will go to a club record of eight undefeated games.
M. McGlinchey
J. Melling
82' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - Third and final change for the Mariners as Melling heads off for an early shower and he is replaced by McGlinchey.
J. Clisby
Yellow Card
81' YELLOW CARD MARINERS - Clisby with a sliding studs up tackle on Fenton and he is lucky the referee only awarded a yellow card.
80' The Mariners are out on their feet at the moment as fatigue and playing with 10 men is starting to get the better of them.
78' Fenton takes it into the box, he lifts it for goal and it rests on top of the net.
76' The game is still being dictated by the Phoenix as they are looking more and more likely to record a victory.
J. Murray
A. Hoole
74' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - The Mariners make their second change of the match as Hoole is replaced by Murray.
73' Williams with a little chip into the box but the Mariners defence are able to clear it away safely.
71' The Mariners need to make another change. It is just not working out for them.
69' Play has been stopped as we have an intruder on the pitch. The security guards are chasing him into the stands and we are back under way.
67' This one will add to the heartbreak of all Mariners fans, as they are starting to become impatient with their current squad.
D. Williams
Goal
65' GOAL PHOENIX (David Williams) Wellington Phoenix 3 Central Coast Mariners 2 - Krishna feeds it through to Williams inside the box, he takes a shot on goal as Kennedy dives for the save and Williams kicks it over him. The Phoenix have the lead after 20 minutes into the second half, after trailing by two goals.
64' The Mariners are clinging onto hope, but their confidence of the first half has disappeared.
J. Clisby
T. Hiariej
62' SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - The Mariners make their first change as Hiariej is off and Clisby is on.
60' Pain is brought down inside the box by Durante. The Mariners appeal for the penalty and it is not given. 
R. Krishna
Goal
58' PENALTY GOAL PHOENIX (Roy Krishna) Wellington Phoenix 2 Central Coast Mariners 2 - Krishna takes the penalty kick as he puts some power behind the kick and it is through the fingers of Kennedy and into the back of the net. The scores are level.
57' Krishna is brought down inside the box by Melling and the referee has pointed to the spot and awards another penalty to the Phoenix. This is out of control!
56' It has been all Wellington in this second half.
54' Krishna lines up the goals, but it is pushed away at the near post by Kennedy.
53' Krishna gets in front of Melling and heads it for goal but it is over the crossbar.
52' It would be absolute heartbreak for the Mariners if they can't seal the deal and register the win today.
50' The Phoenix have the momentum and are looking for a way to level the scores. This is looking dangerous for the Mariners.
R. Krishna
Goal
48' PENALTY GOAL PHOENIX (Roy Krishna) Wellington Phoenix 1 Central Coast Mariners 2 - Krishna takes the penalty kick, he heads for the lower left corner of the net, Kennedy dives the right way as it bounces off him and in to the back of the net.
C. Sheridan
M. Nichols
46' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - The Phoenix make their first change of the match as Nichols is on with Sheridan making way.
K. Rowles
Red Card
46' RED CARD MARINERS - Kye Rowles has been sent off by the referee after the deliberate push in the back on Krishna inside the box.
46' It has all gone pear shaped for the Mariners as Krishna is on the burst, runs into the box and Rowles brings him down with a push in the back. The ref points to the spot. It's a penalty.
46' SECOND HALF - We are back under way for the second half as the Mariners kick off to get us started.
HALF TIME: WELLINGTON PHOENIX 0 CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 2 - The Mariners will be ecstatic going into the half time break holding a 2-0 lead over the Phoenix. It all started with the belief from the Mariners. When Simon was brought down in the box, he was able to score the first goal in the eighth minute. The Mariners continued to dominate as Hoole found a way past Kurto in the 21st minute. The Phoenix applied the pressure late in the first half, but they weren't able to reduce the Mariner's lead.
A. Hoole
Yellow Card
45' + 3' YELLOW CARD MARINERS - Hoole goes into the ref's book after a late challenge.
45' We have two additional minutes to be added for the first half.
44' The Mariners would love to go into the half time break holding a two goal lead.
42' Krishna is found to be offside as the Phoenix were looking very dangerous on goal.
40' Pain was able to thwart another Phoenix attacking play. The momentum has certainly shifted in the last few minutes.
38' The Mariners have had the ball inside their attacking area 16 times compared the Wellingtons 4 times.
36' Krishna with a bullet like header on goal and Kennedy pushes it over the crossbar. The Mariners are on notice.
35' Krishna has been brought down from behind outside of the box. The tide is starting to turn.
33' The Phoenix push it into their attacking half. They are starting to get some traction now.
31' Oar with a little nutmeg through Tom Doyle's legs, but nobody is home for it inside the box.
29' The Mariners are still spending the bulk of their time inside their attacking half.
27' The Phoenix need to dig deep and find something. Perhaps the loss of Mandi and Rufer has affected them more than they thought.
25' This would almost certainly be the upset of the season if the Mariners can seal the deal.
23' Where has the Phoenix of the last seven matches gone? An APB has been put out in New Zealand.
A. Hoole
Goal
21' GOAL MARINERS (Andrew Hoole) Wellington Phoenix 0 Central Coast Mariners 2 - Melling sends it into the Hoole direction as Hoole runs it into the box. It is like slow motion action as he stops, props and slides it past Kurto and into the back of the net. Could this be the Roar's first win this season?
J. Aspropotamitis
Yellow Card
19' YELLOW CARD MARINERS - Aspropotamitis is issued a yellow card after a push in the back on Krishna.
18' The Phoenix are looking for a way to slow down the game.
16' Singh takes the set piece 20m from the box, but he blasts it over the crossbar for a goal kick.
14' Millar climbs high inside the box with a looping header and it is easily saved by Kurto. 
12' The Mariners are already up to their sixth corner kick of the match.
10' The Phoenix have been sparked into action, as they take the ball into attack. The Mariners defence are able to block the shot on goal.
M. Simon
Goal
8' PENALTY GOAL MARINERS (Matt Simon) Wellington Phoenix 0 Central Coast Mariners 1 - Simon steps up to take the spot kick. He kicks it for the middle of the net as Kurto dives to his left. The Mariners have the early lead.
7' Taylor gets all over Simon inside the box and brings him down. The referee points to the spot and awards a penalty.
6' The Mariners are taking control of this one. Could they chalk up their first win of the season.
4' Interestingly, the Mariners have had 58.5% of the possession. The Phoenix are lagging with 41.5%.
2' It has been a slow start from both teams today.
1' FIRST HALF - The Phoenix kick off and we are under way.
TEAMS: CENTRAL COAST MARINERS (5-3-2) STARTING XI - Ben Kennedy (GK), Matthew Millar, Jake McGing, Jonathon Aspropotamitis, Kyle Rowles, Connor Pain; Tom Hiariej, Tommy Oar, Jacob Melling; Andrew Hoole, Matt Simon. SUBS - Adam Pearce (GK), Jack Clisby, Michael McGlinchey, Mario Shabow, Jordan Murray. 
TEAMS: WELLINGTON PHOENIX (3-4-3) STARTING XI - Filip Kurto (GK); Steven Taylor, Andrew Durante, Tom Doyle; Louis Fenton, Mitch Nicholls, Michal Kopczynski, Libarato Cacace; Roy Krishna, Sarpeet Singh, David Williams. SUBS - Oliver Sail (GK); Ryan Lowry, Dylan Fox, Cillian Sheridan, Max Burgess. 
The Mariners have failed to keep a clean sheet for 17 games in a row. The only longer streak than this was also set by the Mariners over the 2015/2016 season and that streak was 36 games.
Wellington Phoenix have gone seven games without a loss, which equals a club record. They have never gone eight games without a loss. We could be witnessing a new club record in the making today.
Welcome to Westpac Stadium for the match between Wellington Phoenix and the Central Coast Mariners.
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