Torres on fire as Mariners run riot in Adelaide

Central Coast Mariners extended their unbeaten run to 13 in all competitions, with a stunning 4-0 victory away to Adelaide United in the Isuzu UTE A-League on Saturday evening.

The Mariners avenged the 3-0 defeat at Coopers’ on the opening day, and jumped up to 2nd in the Isuzu UTE A-League, with all the damage done in a scintillating first half.

Angel Torres once again stole the show with two goals and an assist in another Player of the Match performance. In doing so, the Colombian moved into double figures in the league and up to second in the scoring charts behind Bruno Fornaroli.

Torres’ quick-fire double came just before the break, after Christian Theoharous opened the scoring with his second goal in three games just after the half hour mark.

A professional and disciplined display in the second half saw the Mariners keep their clean sheet in tact, before Jing Reec netted the fourth from the spot in the 90th minute after great work from Bailey Brandtman to win the penalty.

Ryan Edmondson came into the starting eleven and played 80 minutes on his debut, the only change Mark Jackson made to the side that beat Brisbane Roar last weekend.

Torres was clearly in the mood from the start, playing with so much confidence especially in the attacking third. He had two sighters before the half an hour mark but James Delianov kept him out.

Angel turned provider as the deadlock was broken on 31 minutes, collecting the ball just inside the Adelaide half after some good hold up play from Alou Kuol, he found Theoharous who cut inside and curled the ball beautifully into the corner.

Torres then took centre stage with two late goals before the break, firstly collecting a pass from Mikael Doka and curling a peach into Delianov’s top right corner from the edge of the box, before rifling into the other top corner after some great build up play from Theoharous and Balard.

The Mariners defended their lead in the second half, with Josh Nisbet and Dan Hall notably making impressive blocks, with Danny Vukovic also remaining calm as ever between the sticks when called upon. The closest Adelaide came to a consolation was Hiroshi Ibusuki’s glancing header that hit the top of the bar.

Torres’ evening came to a slightly early end with Jackson giving him a few extra, well-earned minutes of rest, on came 18-year-old Brantman who would make an immediate impact, taking on Giuseppe Bovalina who brought him down in the box.

Jing Reec stepped up and kept his cool, firing low past Delianov for his third goal of the season and wrapping up a fantastic win on the road.

The win moves the Mariners up to second and lines-up a top-of-the-table clash with Wellington Pheonix on Tuesday afternoon.

The Mariners then return home for a HUGE Double Header next Saturday, as Jackson’s team host Sydney FC at 7:45pm, following our Liberty A-League side’s clash against Melbourne Victory at 5pm. Get 2-for-1 tickets now!