Playing at home for the first time this season, the Central Coast Mariners hosted Melbourne City on Saturday night.
It was an important game for Mariner’s forward Ross McCormack, playing against his former side for the first time this season.
The Mariners dominated the opening few minutes of play, with Schenkeveld conceding two corners early on.
It was the 20thminute that saw McCormack open the scoring, served by an unselfish Connor Pain. The Scottsman was now full of confidence, taking a ballsy strike from outside the box shortly after.
Not to be outdone, Bruno ‘FallNRoli’ looked confident after Lachlan Wales set him up to return the message to McCormack, but his open shot was sent wide.
City once again had the chance to equalise leading up to the half time mark but failed after a shot from Baccus was deflected.
This became the theme of the first half as the Mariners looked desperate in defence and City once again lacklustre in their final third.
The first half ended with a free kick taken by McCormack but his shot was saved by Galekovic. The home side entered the sheds on top.
Melbourne City looked revitalised in the second half, desperate to take control of the ball and execute their attempts on goal.
Despite majority of the half being played in City’s final third however, the Mariners played deep and stood strong in their defence.
The 67thminute saw Warren Joyce (finally) send Scott Jamieson and Luke Brattan on to add some fresh legs and creativity to their final third.
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Some relief finally arrived for City after some excellent play from Riley Mcgree sent the ball straight to the box. After three attempts on goal, it was Dario Vidosic that provided the equaliser. Unfortunate for Mariners keeper Ben Kennedy who had made some brilliant saves throughout the match.
After dominating the beginning of the game, the Mariners lacked the desire to get forward throughout the second half and ultimately payed the price. Central Coast Mariners once again sharing the points in their first home game this season.
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