Monday, September 20, 2010

Gold Coast United attract barely 2,000 fans to home match

Gold Coast United were held to a 0-0 draw by the visiting Central Coast Mariners at Skilled Park yesterday afternoon.

There were few chances, although on the run of play, the home side were the more likely to win, especially in the second half.

The attendance of 2,037 was the lowest yet for a Gold Coast home game.

Gold Coast defender Michael Thwaite summed up the game when he said both sides were extremely reluctant to take any risks and it was more like a game of chess.

He said his side missed a couple of good chances, the best of which fell to Zenon Caravella, and there was much to do before their next game this coming Wednesday.

Gold Coast United have now failed to score at Skilled Park in their past three matches, while Central Coast Mariners’ 18-year-old keeper, Matthew Ryan, has now kept a clean sheet for three matches.

Patricio Perez was making his return for the Mariners after a two-match suspension, but he was unable to swing the tide in the visitors’ favour.

The Mariners’ central defensive pairing of captain Alex Wilkinson and Patrick Zwaanswijk were excellent and played a huge part in keeping the home side scoreless.

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