Full time: Sydney FC 1 – 0 Central Coast Mariners
An early Sydney FC goal was enough to get them all three-points in terrible conditions.
Filip Holosko punished the Mariners in the eighth-minute, and it looked as though Sydney were about to run all over Central Coast.
However, the pace of the game slowed down significantly, with a ruined pitch not allowing either side to play a passing style of football.
Central Coast had their moments, but never really looked like coming back, and it was their replacement keeper Ivan Necevski that kept them in the game
Necevski saved Bernie Ibini’s penalty attempt, before making two beautiful saves off efforts from Bobo and Brandon O’Neill.
Sydney FC, despite missed chances, managed to at least hold on to the ball for the majority of the game, and run down the clock to secure yet another victory.
The final score at AAMI Park, Sydney FC one, Central Coast Mariners nil.
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Sydney FC may have lost for the first time two weeks ago, however they bounced back to quickly regain their momentum.
The Sky Blues are coming gruelling off a 1-nil win over Melbourne Victory. Bobo put his side up in the 50th minute, the only man to convert in a game where both sides had plenty of chances.
The win put Sydney 11 points clear at the top of the table, and in need of just four points with five games left to play to clinch the minor premiership.
31-year-old goalkeeper Danny Vukovic’s career-best form has not got unnoticed, receiving the call up from Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou ahead of Mat Ryan.
While Sydney are leading the race for the premiership, Central Coast are fighting to clinch a spot in the top six.
Despite sitting second-last on the table, the Mariners are just five points behind sixth-placed Western Sydney Wanderers. However, with so many sides fighting for a finals spot, Central Coast can’t afford any more setbacks.
The Mariners haven’t won a game since they beat the Wanderers in early February, and are coming off a 3-2 loss to Melbourne City. They are also without keeper Paul Izzo, who was sent off in the controversial loss to City.
The last time these two sides played was in early January, when Bobo put Sydney ahead by two before Roy O’Donovan and Scott Galloway brought Central Coast level. In the end, it was 77th-minute effort by David Carney that clinched all three points for the Sky Blues.
Sydney look to be on a different level to the rest of the A-League, let alone a struggling Central Coast side. The Mariners are going to have to step their game up if they want to get anything out of this game, but given their recent form, that doesn’t seem likely.
Sydney FC 2-0 Central Coast Mariners