Wurigumula wonder strike helps Mariners to away win

The Central Coast Mariners recorded an impressive 3-0 victory in the Liberty A-League on Saturday evening, defeating Canberra United in the Capital.

Wurigumula starred with a goal either side of half time – her first, a goal of the season contender. Peta Trimis sealed the win with her first professional goal on 74 minutes.

Emily Husband named an unchanged team from the side that battled to an impressive point against Melbourne City last time out.

Husband had asked for more creativity in attack and she got just what she wanted, as her side recorded their biggest win of the season so far.

It was an end to end start to the game as both sides looked for the opener. Canberra’s brightest spark on the day, Liberty A-League top scorer Vesna Milivojevic, hit the post with a cross-shot early on.

At the other end, Coco Majstorovic produced a fine save to tip Bianca Galic’s powerful effort onto the crossbar.

Langman then saved from Milivojevic’s low drive, doing well to get down and keep her eye on the ball as it came through a crowd of bodies.

In a first half full of speculative efforts, it was no surprise that the opening goal came in quite sensational fashion. Our number nine with a Liberty A-League Goal of the Season contender.

Coming in off the right, Wurigumula lifted her head up and assessed her passing options before deciding the top corner was where she was going to put it, most definitely the right decision.

Mariners had their tails up and immediately went in search of a second, Rola Badawiya saw an effort from a tight angle saved, before Wurigumula rattled the crossbar with another effort from outside the box.

Faye Bryson came close on 40 minutes, her curling effort after a short corner routine had to be palmed round the post by Majstorovic.

Mariners’ dominance continued into the second period, Galic was denied by another Majstorovic save just three minutes after the restart, as she continued to search for her elusive first Mariners goal.

Trimis was heavily involved after being introduced at half time, on 56 minutes she was denied by another fine Majstorovic stop after some nice work from Wurigumula and Badawiya to unlock the Canberra defence.

At the other end, Taren King made a brave block to deny Canberra an equaliser, putting her head in the way of a shot that looked destined for the corner of Langman’s goal.

Mariners’ second goal came on 69 minutes, Wurigumula latching on to a ball over the top from Paige Hayward, she took a smart touch past the final Canberra defender before rounding Majstorovic and sliding home her second of the evening.

Our number nine could have had a hat-trick on 72 minutes as she tried an audacious lob from range but couldn’t quite find the target.

The Mariners did make it three two minutes later though, Trimis putting the icing on the cake with a composed finish.

Husband’s side now return to Gosford for consecutive home games. They welcome Perth Glory as part of our eagerly-anticipated New Year’s Eve Double Header, before Sydney FC make the short trip up to the Coast on January 7th.

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