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Central Coast Mariners
2 - 8
J. Clisby (61)
S. Mallon (69)
S. Graham (8 og)
R. Krishna (12)
D. Williams (21)
R. Krishna (45+1)
L. Cacace (51)
S. Singh (57)
L. Fenton (59)
S. Singh (88)
Central Coast Stadium
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FULL TIME; CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 2, WELLINGTON PHOENIX 8 - It's all over at Central Coast Stadium and this has been a night to forget for the Central Coast Mariners, who concede the joint-level highest number of goals in an A-League encounter. A record coincidentally set by the Mariners themselves last year against the Newcastle Jets. On this occasion, an electric performance from the Phoenix has seen them belt the stuffing out of a very ordinary Mariners outfit. Wellington threatened a scoreline of 10-0 at one point before a mini-resurgence saw the hosts able to pull two back. At the end of the night, it's a resounding 8-2 win for the Victory.
GOAL WELLINGTON PHOENIX! CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 2, WELLINGTON PHOENIX 8 - There's the eighth for the Phoenix as a surging run from Burgess sets the Phoenix up on the counter. With three players to choose from, he opts for Sheridan who draws out Kennedy before outlaying it for Singh to smash home from close range.
WOODWORK! - So close to Krishna racking up his hat-trick as a clinical through ball is weaved into his path. Running onto at pace, he clears the Central Coast defence with ease and sets sight for home. Closing to the top of the box, Krishna unleashes a right-footed volley which cannons off the woodwork and out of play.
Strong defending from Central Coast as Singh and Elliot swap passes inside Wellington's right channel. With Elliot steering in a powerful cross, Aspropotamitis is on hand with a steady clearance to quell the danger.
SAVED - Good link up play from the Mariners as Mallon combine to see the hosts into action. With Murray receiving 10 yards out from home, he works the ball onto his right boot and swings it towards home. Kurto makes great room for himself though and spreads himself to clutch it.
Central Coast with a pep in their step as Murray and Karacan combine to put the hosts in motion. Closing in on the area, the ball is shuffled around for too long and allows Durante to step in dispossess. Good little spell of play for the hosts despite the mounting scoreline.
GOAL CENTRAL COAST MARINERS! CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 2, WELLINGTON PHOENIX 7 - Central Coast with two in a row as thoughts of one of the most ridiculous comebacks passes fans lips. Whilst unlikely, this free kick from Mallon is superb. From the right of goal, Mallon steers a rocket of a left-foot kick through traffic, across Kurto and into the top left netting. Ooooft.
GOAL CENTRAL COAST MARINERS! CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 1, WELLINGTON PHOENIX 7 - Potentially the best strike of the night and it's come from the side that is down by six goals at the moment. With Clisby receiving in the left channel, he cuts inside and works his way to 30 yards out. Sizing up Kurto, he unleashes a curling effort which snips the right post and deflects its way in.
GOAL WELLINGTON PHOENIX! CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 0, WELLINGTON PHOENIX 7 - Superbly crafted from the Phoenix as Fenton wins the ball for the Phoenix and immediately plays it to Singh. With Singh criss-crossing towards the right of the box, he plays a sublimely disguised through ball back to Fenton. Drawing out Kennedy, Fenton slides it through Kennedy's legs. Madness.
GOAL WELLINGTON PHOENIX! CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 0, WELLINGTON PHOENIX 6 - It's an avalanche. A training drill. A glorified running exercise for the Phoenix as Singh helps himself to the ball with a mazy run through midfield. With defenders holding off, Singh costs into the penalty area, loads up and slides it into bottom left corner.
YELLOW CARD MARINERS - This is late, high and pretty crude to be honest from Melling as Cacace is caught very late after ridding himself of the ball. With Referee Beath in a forgiving mood, he only issues for a challenge that caught Cacace on the upper thigh.
SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - M'Mombwa ON
SUBSTITUTION MARINERS - McGlinchey OFF
GOAL WELLINGTON PHOENIX! CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 0, WELLINGTON PHOENIX 5 - Wellington are well and truly on their way to a spectacular scoreline as Krishna's pace sees him firing down the right. With a precise low cross played into the box, Williams smartly steps over the ball before it falls to Cacace who rams it into the bottom left corner.
Underway in the second half..
HALF TIME; CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 0, WELLINGTON PHOENIX 4 - We've reached the end of a scintillating first half for the Wellington Phoenix as they've absolutely burnt the Central Coast. With the Mariners defence unable to find an answers, Krishna is running amok as he helps himself to a first-half double as the Phoenix smack four past the hosts in the first. It's the Phoenix with a thumping 4-0 lead at the interval..
GOAL WELLINGTON PHOENIX! CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 0, WELLINGTON PHOENIX 4 - The first half rout is complete as a beautiful long ball is played up the park by Burgess. Splitting the lines with precision, it finds Krishna who gallops into the area before drawing out Kennedy. Rounding the 'keeper to work the ball onto his left, it's hammered into the bottom left corner.
YELLOW CARD MARINERS - That's Central Coast's third card of the evening and perhaps the toughest one to take for the Mariners. With Nisbet tracking a ball in midfield, and clearly winning it, his sliding effort also takes down Burgess. Referee Beath sees it as intentional and awards the Phoenix a free kick. Not the best call.
First shot of the night towards the target for Central Coast as Karacan is played into space at the top of the box. Being encouraged to shoot by the patient Mariners fans, he puts full purchase behind it. An honest enough volley however it lifts late and clears the crossbar from 20 yards.
YELLOW CARD PHOENIX - The first card for Wellington as Kopczynski heads into Beath's notebook for a blatant foul on Mallon. With the latter's pace causing issues down the left, Kopczynski is well beaten and tugs at Mallon's arm to bring him down. Bronx cheers from the Mariners fans in attendance.
YELLOW CARD MARINERS - Probably not a deserved yellow card for the Mariners for the initial contact as Murray chases a ball inside the hosts penalty area. With Durante using his frame and all his experience to shield it, Murray comes from the side to nip the ball. Referee Beath views it as a foul which Murray objects to with dissent. Not a good look.
Concern for the Mariners as injury is added to insult with Clisby going down clutching his leg. In a fair display of sportsmanship, Williams comes over to ensure his stricken opponent is okay before the Central Coast medicos arrive to check Clisby out. He's alright as he limps off to the sideline.
SAVED - Kennedy keeps the damage at three for the Mariners as a precise free kick is delivered from the right for the Phoenix. With Krishna left alone to roam inside the area, he gets up smartly and surely to the curlling delivery and nods in on-target. Kennedy, somewhat fortuitously, slips and keeps the ball out by falling on it.
YELLOW CARD MARINERS - This is starting to turn even worse for the Mariners, if that's possible, as Karacan heads into the book. Reacting to a foul which he didn't believe was there, he reacts strongly to Referee Beath and may have dropped an expletive or two for good measure. Lucky to see yellow for the tirade.
SAVED - Oh dear. This is going to be a long night for Central Coast as a straight through ball through the heart of midfield picks out Krishna. With his first time shot deflected, Singh follows it up but from in front of goal, Kennedy somehow gloves it wide from 18 yards out.
GOAL WELLINGTON PHOENIX! CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 0, WELLINGTON PHOENIX 3 - It's Wellington by how far as the Mariners flimsy defence is again put on show with a through ball opening up their midfield. With Krishna providing for Williams, the latter advances into the area, cuts back onto his left and slides the ball into the bottom right corner.
SAVED - Kennedy is forced into action for Central Coast as Williams now turns provider as Krisna provides the overlapping run. With Clisby holding off making any contact in defence, Krisna is allowed to wheel onto his right. From the top of the box, it's a low drive and thumped straight towards goal where Kennedy dives straight to nab the ball.
Wellington with a real intensity about them as they chase their third, and more than likely inevitable goal. With Williams using his pace down the left, only a last ditch piece of defending from Aspropotamitis saves the day as the Mariners manage to clear.
GOAL WELLINGTON PHOENIX! CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 0, WELLINGTON PHOENIX 2 - Complete and utter composure and class from Krishan as the Phoenix hit the Mariners with a one-two blow. With Golec latching onto a loose ball in midfield, he lobs the ball upfield to Krishna's run. With Kennedy trying to sweep and caught off his line, Krishna smartly chips him from 25 yards out. Brilliance.
Almost a chance for the Phoenix as a deep back pass is played back to Kennedy inside Central Coast's goal. With Krishna arriving quickly, Kennedy has to hurry his clearance and almost slips over as he just manages to scuff the ball clear.
Wellington now with their own foray down the right as Fenton and Burgess work their way inside the Phoenix's attacking half. Smart defending from Melling and Graham however see the Mariners clear the ball before Murray is followed on the halfway line.
SAVED - Central Coast almost on the board inside the first three minutes as Clisby fires from just inside the box. With Kurto unable to pouch the first chance, the ball bobbles free but is somehow squirted wide by McGlinchey as Kurto recovers to smother the follow-up effort.
Our referee for tonight's encounter is Chris Beath and on a wet and pretty cold night in Gosford, he brings us underway. It's the Mariners with first usage of the ball and moving from left to right..
OWN GOAL WELLINGTON PHOENIX! CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 0, WELLINGTON PHOENIX 1 - A tragic start for the Mariners as they concede one against the run of play. With Krishna's pace seeing him able to fire down the left unopposed, he closes in on the box. Playing a low cross into the area, Graham sticks out his right boot to try and clear it but deflects into the bottom left corner.
Wellington Phoenix Starting XI; Kurto, Golec, Durante, Kopczynski, Fenton, Cacace, Mandi, Burgess, Singh, Krishna, Williams. Substitutes; Sail, Lowry, Elliot, Sheridan.
Central Coast Mariners Starting XI; Kennedy, Melling, Clisby, Graham, Aspropotamitis, Nisbet, Millar, McGlinchey, Karacan, Mallon, Murray. Substitutes; Gauci, Miller, M'Mombwa, Kekeris.
Welcome to Central Coast Stadium as Round 21 action in the Hyundai A-League continues with the Central Coast Mariners playing host to the Wellington Phoenix. With a dire season lurching from bad to worse for the Mariners, a crop of youth players will take the pitch tonight in a bid to impress coach Mike Mulvey. For the Phoenix, they'll be keen to cement a spot inside the Top 6 as victory tonight would see them leapfrog Melbourne City into 5th spot. Team news to follow...