It was Diego Castro’s 100th for the Glory but his appearance was for nought, as Mariners shock the world outside of Northern NSW and bag three points away from home…seriously.
The Mariners bloody did it! I expected Popa and Glory to be all over Central Coast today but Staj and the lads had other ideas. A heartbreaking moment of the other teams in the running for the wooden spoon this season.
Even the big man himself, Stan Lazaridis doubted the Mariners at the start of the match by stating Glory’s front three were going to be the difference. Sure they’ve looked good so far but it’s the fourth round so maybe we should all calm down. Can’t get on board with him calling them Liverpool-ish either. I do love a bit of Lazaridis but Liverpool comparisons are never justified/needed/wanted.
You’d be forgiven for thinking Mariners were the home team, looking very comfortable from the outset. Their first big chance coming in the 8th minute when Milan Djuric hit the upright with a brilliant long-range strike, Danny DeSilva just failing to put away the rebound that fell to his feet.
We didn’t have to wait long for the breakthrough, Jack Clisby with the cut back to tee up DeSilva who slots it into the bottom left in the 17th.
Just when you thought #CCMFC could make it 2-0, the Glory pull one back. With their first real chance in front of goal, Juande forced Mark Birighitti into a save but he could only parry it as far as Ivan Franjic. From close range he was never going to miss, his emphatic touch levelling the game in the 32nd.
More surprising than CCM’s early dominance, we had to wait till the 44th minute for the commentators to mention Zlatan. The ‘is he actually coming to Perth/oh wait he’s here for another, more obvious reason’ was a big talking point this week. Fair play to them for holding off as long as they did
Who needs Zlatan when you have players like Sammy Silvera lighting up the HAL on his first start. After a decent first half from the former Wanderers Academy player, Silvera bagged a brilliant goal in the 45th, making Jacob Tratt looking like a mug and before curling his shot into the far bottom corner.
HT: Per 1-1 CCM
Whatever threat Popa used a half time must have done the job. Glory came out with a different attitude as they chased elusive second goal.
Fornaroli with a peach of a chance in the in the 49th but Birighitti managed to palm his volley away before collecting. Ballsy move by Chris Ikonomidis to try and push Birighitti over the line while he was holding the ball. You know it’s a foul when you do it, but in a world of VAR it’s worth a shot.
From there the chances kept coming for the men in purple (side note: loving the purple and yellow contrast in the game), but Birighitti was too good or the shots were going just wide.
Even with a flurry of chances from 73-79 minutes, Glory were as successful as the guys sliding into TLL DMs.
How this game stayed at 1-2 is beyond me but fair play to the Mariners. The win sees them move to sixth and a point behind the Glory. For a team that’s already had a bye they’re sitting pretty plus the away win over last year’s Premiers has got to bring a smile to the Mariners’ five fans.
FT: Per 1 – 2 CCM
By Bree Reidy