Photos (Top to Bottom): Mariners captain Alex Wilkinson was pleased with result and catching up with Gold Coast; Mariners coach Graham Arnold was frustrated but happy to take the 3 points [PlessPix]
Central Coast Mariners 1-0 North Queensland Fury
Central Coast Mariners drew level on 33 points with third-placed Gold Coast United after downing North Queensland Fury 1-0 at home at Bluetongue Stadium this evening.
The Fury remain third last and they have scored just once in their past five games.
The Mariners play second-placed Adelaide United on Sunday and will be looking to catch the second-placed outfit as they have a couple of games in hand.
The goal came in the 28th minute when Patricio Perez played the ball forward to Michael McGlinchey in the inside-right channel. He spread the ball wide to Matt Simon, whose cross to the far post was headed home by Adam Kwasnik, who out-climbed defender Simon Storey, for his eighth goal in nine games.
There were very few chances for both sides in what was a drab affair.
The most beautiful aspect of the game was the glorious summer sunset visible over the coast, which turned the sky a delightful pink.
Mariners’ coach, Graham Arnold said the that the only good thing about the game was the 3 points.
He said his side were sloppy and it was frustrating. He expected his team to play better at home.
Central Coast Mariners: Ryan - Bojic, Wilkinson, Zwaanswijk, Rose - McGlinchey, Griffiths, Bozanic - Kwasnik, Perez (Amini 61), Simon (Doig 89) (Sub not used: Henderson)
Goals: Kwasnik 28
North Queensland Fury: Pasfield - Storey, Hughes, Tavsancioglu, Kilian - Edds, Talay (Spagnuolo 77), Nikas (Grossman 81) - Williams, Payne (Daal 61), McDonald (Sub not used: Usai)
Booked: Kilian, Tavsancioglu
Ref: R Shepheard