Central Coast Mariners 4-0 Sydney FC
Central Coast Mariners moved into 3rd place on the A-League ladder with a fine 4-0 win over 8th-placed Sydney FC at Bluetongue Stadium this evening.
Sydney were completely outplayed and trailed by 3-0 midway through the first half. It was 4-0 17 seconds into the second half and that was the ball game.
The Mariners’ Adam Kwasnik and Matt Simon were deadly in attack, while Patricio Perez made a long-awaited comeback from injury during the second half.
Terry Antonis and Dmitri Patratos went close to scoring for Sydney, the latter hitting the crossbar in the second period, but the reigning champions’ defence was atrocious as the Mariners attacked down the flanks and destroyed their opponents.
Alex Brosque was an absentee for Sydney because of injury, while defender Stephan Keller stayed on the bench.
The Mariners hit the front after just 29 seconds when Mustafa Amini released Simon down the right and his low cross was swept home by Kwasnik, who was making a rare start.
It was 2-0 in the 5th minute when Rose and Kwasnik combined down the left and presented Simon with a simple goal.
In the 24th minute, Simon set up Kwasnik for the Mariners’ third after a fluffed clearance by Hayden Foxe and that was the end of the visitors’ hopes.
Seconds after the resumption, an attack down the left by the Mariners resulted in Sebastian Ryall putting a cross from Simon past his own keeper to complete the scoring and the humiliating demise for Sydney.
Central Coast Mariners: Ryan - Bojic (Doig 67), Wilkinson, Zwaanswijk, Rose - McGlinchey, Griffiths (Hutchinson 78), Amini (Perez 62), Bozanic - Simon, Kwasnik (Sub not used: Henderson)
Goals: Kwasnik 1, 25, Simon 5, Ryall 46 og
Sydney FC: Necevski - Cole, Foxe, Ryall, Sung-Hwan - Antonis, Musialik (Moriyasu 40), Gann (Danning 62), McFlynn - Bridge, Petratos (Subs not used: Keller, Reddy)
Booked: Ryall, McFlynn,
Ref: M Breeze