Adelaide United 3 (Goodwin 60’, Sanchez 81’ & Dugandzic 92’) Central Coast Mariners 1 (Ferreira 67’)
The Run Down
The Central Coast Mariners have fallen to the in form Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium courtesy of goals to Craig Goodwin, Pablo Sanchez and Mate Dugandzic.
It was a lively match in the City of Churches where Adelaide pressured the Yellow & Navy from the get go.
Special mention goes to debutant goalkeeper Alastair Bray who put in an incredible shift to keep his side in the match through out the 90 minutes.
Congratulations to Tomislav Uskok who also made his Hyundai A-League starting debut and 17-year-old Central Coast local, Trent Buhagiar who featured off the bench for the first time.
60’ GOODWIN GOAL: It was a defensive mix match that resulted in the opener at Coopers Stadium. An Adelaide cross-landed at the feet of Craig Goodwin who blasted home his effort from just inside the box.
67’ FERREIRA GOAL: The former Adelaide United speedster returned to Coopers Stadium to haunt The Reds with a cracking goal. ‘La Flecha’ stood Tarek Elrich up on the edge of the box and his shot was placed perfectly to deflect off the upright to level the scores.
81’ SANCHEZ GOAL: It was a glancing header that gave Adelaide United the lead with 10 minutes remaining. A Jimmy Jeggo corner found the glancing head of Sanchez who made no mistake with a tidy header.
92’ DUGANDZIC GOAL: This time it was Craig Goodwin who played provider; the left-winger delivered a dangerous cross to substitute Mate Dugandzic who tapped home from close range.
31’ & 45’ MISSED PENALTIES: Two of the most confident penalty takers in the Hyundai A-League failed to capitalise on spot kick opportunities in the first half. Marcelo Carrusca (31’) and Fabio Ferreira (48’) both fired their penalties over the crossbar to keep the scores level at half time.
94’ FERREIRA FIRES: The Portuguese flyer looked to pull one back for the Mariners and double his lead in the final minute. Ferreira hit a laser beam dead ball from over 30-yards out that was on target but Daniel Margush was up to the challenge in between the sticks.
“We didn’t deserve to go 1-0 up in the first half, we had a poor first half but you’re thinking c’mon Fab just role this one in and we will put our balaclavas on and steal something here.”
“We didn’t put the young keeper under any pressure in the first half, Adelaide were much better than us and if it wasn’t for Al’ Bray on his debut who made a good contribution we would have been a couple of goals behind at half time.”
“We missed Poscoliero today, he played fantastically against Wellington & Victory but we had two guys making their starting A-League debuts today and they both get a commendation for putting in a good shift.”
“The league doesn’t lie, Adelaide were better than us and full credit to their run and their win today.”
“If you put three results together in the A-League you’re back in with a chance, it’s a tough task right now. We’ve got Wanderers at home who are one of the top teams in the league and let’s hope we get a big crowd at Central Coast to cheer us on.”
Adelaide United: 30.Daniel MARGUSH (GK), 2.Michael MARRONE, 3.Iacopo LAROCCA, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 7.Pablo SANCHEZ (17.Mate DUGANDZIC 84’), 8.ISAIAS, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Bruce DJITE (19.Eli BABALJ 71’), 16.Craig GOODWIN, 18.Jimmy JEGGO, 21.Tarek ELRICH
Unused substitutions: 80.John SOLARI (GK), 5.Osama MALIK, 14.George MELLS
Central Coast Mariners: 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Josh ROSE, 5.Harry ASCROFT, 6.Mitch AUSTIN (17.Francesco STELLA 61’) (16.Liam ROSE 45’), 7.Fabio FERREIRA, 8.Nick MONTGOMERY (c),13.Alastair BRAY (GK), 19.Josh BINGHAM, 21.Mickey NEILL (12.Trent BUHAGIAR 85’), 22. Jake McGING, 23.Tomislav USKOK
Unused substitutions: 40.Tom Heward-Belle (GK), 25.Adam BERRY
Yellow Cards: J. Rose 17′, Jeggo 28′, Marrone 45′, McGing 56′, L. Rose 76′, Neill 81′
Saturday January 16 2016
Adelaide United 3
Central Coast Mariners 1
Venue: Coopers Stadium
Attendance: 11 125