Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Heart: A-League live scores, blog

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    Central Coast V Melb Heart

    BLUETONGUE STADIUM, GOSFORD, NSW, 26 NOVEMBER 2011

     
    Central Coast Match Completed Melb Heart
    3 FINAL SCORE 1
    1 HALF TIME SCORE 0
    10 SHOTS 6
    6 SHOTS ON GOAL 2
    11 FOULS 14
    3 CORNERS 4
    0 OFFSIDES 2
    51 POSSESSION 49

    Central Coast Mariners look to extend their unbeaten run against an improving Melbourne Heart at Bluetongue Stadium tonight. Join us for live score and updates and commentary from 5.30pm AEDT.

    After a relatively poor start to the season, including a 1-0 loss to bitter rivals Newcastle, the Mariners have hit their straps over the last four matches.

    Three wins out of four including impressive away victories against Sydney FC and Wellington has propelled them up to second place.

    Melbourne Heart has endured a much tougher start to the campaign, but they have shown in the past two matches why they should be in the mix come finals time.

    Heart have their injury problems, but what was distinctive about their victory against Gold Coast last week was the fight and determination they exhibited.

    Matt Thompson has been leading the way in terms of effort and his link-up play between defence and attack has been solid.

    The performance of in-form players such as Fred, Marrone and Dugandzic will be crucial if they are to grab a result.

    The Mariners meanwhile are pretty much at full strength and a return to the starting 11 for Mustafa Amini beckons.

    Whether Arnold is willing to change a winning formula is another matter though, with the majority of his side clicking together and showing glimpses of last year’s form.

    It will be a tough game for the Heart and with a small playing roster it could be too much to ask for the team to get all three points.

    Can the Heart make history and go six games unbeaten? Or will the Mariners make the title race interesting with a home win? Join us for live scores at 5.30pm AEDT, and give us your opinion on the match below.

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    27' YELLOW CARD - Patrick Zwaanswijk (Central Coast)

    40' YELLOW CARD - Wayne Srhoj (Melb Heart)

    45 + 1' GOAL - Matthew Simon (Central Coast)

    78' GOAL - Eli Babalj (Melb Heart)

    84' GOAL (PENALTY) - Daniel McBreen (Central Coast)

    87' GOAL - Patrick Zwaanswijk (Central Coast)

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    • Columnist

      7:29pm
      Janek Speight said | 7:29pm | ! Report

      FULL-TIME

      Central Coast Mariners 3-1 Melbourne Heart

      And the three points go to the home side. Very bad decision on the penalty. And the Heart can feel unlucky not to grab a point. Game was poor in the first half, real stale. The second picked up a bit, but both teams will hope to improve their performance next weekend.

      • 8:00pm
        Stevo said | 8:00pm | ! Report

        OMG, did we break some mirrors or run over a black cat ??? How on God’s earth did Heart deserve these poor decisions ????

        • Roar Guru

          8:06pm
          Rellum said | 8:06pm | ! Report

          Because we played like crap.

          • 8:20pm
            Stevo said | 8:20pm | ! Report

            I heard that CCM were not much chop either but looks like the dice rolled their way.

            • Roar Guru

              8:46pm
              Rellum said | 8:46pm | ! Report

              Compared to the Roar, both teams were abysmal

              • 11:55pm
                Whites said | 11:55pm | ! Report

                Compared to the Roar, especially tonight’s performance, every other team is abysmal.

    • Columnist

      7:28pm
      Janek Speight said | 7:28pm | ! Report

      90 +4′

      Central Coast Mariners 3-1 Melbourne Heart

      The crowd have picked up! As they should, it’s a good win for the Mariners. They’re in top form.

    • Columnist

      7:25pm
      Janek Speight said | 7:25pm | ! Report

      90 +2

      Central Coast Mariners 3-1 Melbourne Heart

      Eli Babalj. Jigsaw. Not really sure what he was doing there. Received the ball in the Mariner’s box but just fell to pieces!

    • Columnist

      7:24pm
      Janek Speight said | 7:24pm | ! Report

      90′

      Central Coast Mariners 3-1 Melbourne Heart

      Harsh on the Heart? Probably not, they didn’t deserve three points. Poor pen decision which probably changed the match, unlucky really.

      • Editor

        7:25pm
        Tristan Rayner said | 7:25pm | ! Report

        Yep, damage was done by the dodgy pen call (yet again), but the first half was some awful football, apart from Simon’s volley. Better in the second.

    • Columnist

      7:21pm
      Janek Speight said | 7:21pm | ! Report

      Central Coast Mariners 3-1 Melbourne Heart

      That’s game. Following a Joshua Rose shot which Bolton did well to keep out for a corner. Set-piece comes in and Zwaanswijk jumps high to give the Mariners all three points!!

    • Columnist

      7:20pm
      Janek Speight said | 7:20pm | ! Report

      85′

      Central Coast Mariners 1-1 Melbourne Heart

      Thoughts on the pen? Perhaps it was stupid to try it, but I still think it’s a heavy decision.

      Pellegrino comes on for Matt Simon

      • Editor

        7:20pm
        Tristan Rayner said | 7:20pm | ! Report

        Terrible decision.

        • 7:35pm
          Whites said | 7:35pm | ! Report

          +1

          Terrible call and the ref could not have been in a better position. After the Simon foul for the first goal the ref should spend a few weeks in the youth league.

    • Columnist

      7:17pm
      Janek Speight said | 7:17pm | ! Report

      83′

      Central Coast Mariners 1-1 Melbourne Heart

      Didn’t really explain what happened. Ball came into the Heart box, Germano controlled the ball with his shoulder/very very upper part of his hand and the ref had called a pen. Harsh if you ask me.

    • Columnist

      7:16pm
      Janek Speight said | 7:16pm | ! Report

      82′

      Central Coast Mariners 1-1 Melbourne Heart

      McBreen steps up and converts a nice pen, Bolton dived the right way but the kick was too good.

      That is a bad decision but, that is shoulder if anything. Surely?

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