Mariners run riot in Adelaide to go 2nd in A-league

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.

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.

The deadlock was broken on 31 minutes when Theoharous cut inside and curled the ball beautifully into the corner.

Torres netted two before half time to make it 3-0, first 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.

18-year-old Brantman came off the bench and 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!