October 14, 2012
Mariners happy for scrappy win over Glory
Central Coast coach Graham Arnold is delighted to have come away with the full three points after beating Perth 1-0 on Sunday with a performance that was far from the Mariners' best.
Last season's A-League minor premiers, who opened the new campaign with a scoreless draw against Western Sydney, looked like remaining winless and goalless until second-half substitute Daniel McBreen scored in the 70th minute of the scrappy encounter at Bluetongue Stadium.
"It wasn't pretty at all but that's what happens sometimes when you play Perth and it's important that you match them in the fight," Arnold said.
"It's just important at the beginning of the season, when you're not playing your best football and you haven't found your rhythm, that you pick up points and we've gotten four from six so far and we're not playing fantastic yet so I'm very happy."
It was a heated contest that featured more yellow cards than shots on target with six players booked.
Jacob Burns' foul on Mile Sterjovski created the first chance of the match midway through the opening half when Patrick Zwaanswijk stepped up to take the free-kick, forcing a diving save from Glory gloveman Daniel Vukovic.
Central Coast skipper John Hutchinson made a potential game-changing error in the 69th minute when he gave the ball away to Travis Dodd who was charging toward goal only to be denied by Trent Sainsbury, a standout in the match.
Sainsbury turned provider a minute later when he played a beautiful cross to McBreen who showed great skill to control the ball with his left foot before slotting it home with his right to give the hosts the 1-0 win in front of 9,192 cheering faithful.
"I'm obviously very disappointed in the manner which we lost the goal," Glory coach Ian Ferguson said.
"There wasn't too much in the game today I just felt that chances were going to be few and far between.
"But fair credit to McBreen, he's taken a fantastic touch.
"I'm probably more disappointed, we put that effort in and we come away with nothing."
Central Coast, wearing pink kits in support of the cancer charity event Pink Ribbon Day, got to avenge their heartbreaking preliminary final loss to Perth last season.
The Mariners lost the controversial match last April after Glory striker Shane Smeltz, who on Sunday was on national duty with New Zealand, scored the equaliser from an offside position before Perth went on to book their grand final berth on penalties.
But Arnold said his men weren't fuelled by memories of that fateful day.
"It wasn't even mentioned. Last season is history," he said.
"A penalty shootout in the finals series is always a lottery and in my opinion we had a great season last year ... so that match wasn't even talked about."
|Central Coast Mariners||Perth Glory|
|Daniel McBreen (70')|
|Central Coast Mariners||Perth Glory|
|1 Matthew Ryan||1 Daniel Vukovic|
|6 Patrick Zwaanswijk||3 Bas Van den Brink|
|4 Pedj Bojic||8 Dean Heffernan|
|3 Joshua Rose||21 Scott Jamieson|
|16 Trent Sainsbury||23 Michael Thwaite|
|7 John Hutchinson||19 Joshua Risdon|
|10 Tomas Rogic||10 Liam Miller|
|21 Mile Sterjovski||7 Jacob Burns|
|9 Bernie Ibini-Isei||4 Billy Mehmet|
|19 Mitchell Duke||13 Travis Dodd|
|18 Nick Montgomery||14 Steven McGarry|
|20 Justin Pasfield||Devon Spence 39|
|5 Zachary Anderson||Steve Pantelidis 5|
|8 Adriano Pellegrino||Nick Ward 6|
|2 Daniel McBreen||Ryo Nagai 12|
|Daniel McBreen for Mitchell Duke (63)||Ryo Nagai for Dean Heffernan (76)|
|Adriano Pellegrino for Mile Sterjovski (78)||Nick Ward for Steven McGarry (79)|
|Zachary Anderson for Tomas Rogic (90)|
|Patrick Zwaanswijk (35)||Michael Thwaite (12)|
|Pedj Bojic (60)||Jacob Burns (23)|
|Billy Mehmet (81)|
|Liam Miller (90)|
|· Squads: Central Coast Mariners | Perth Glory|