A-League live scores, blog: Melbourne Victory vs Central Coast Mariners

Round 14, 2018
Saturday January 6th, 6:00pm AEDT
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

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    Melbourne Victory and the Central Coast Mariners face off at Simonds Stadium in Geelong in the first of two Saturday A-League games. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 6pm (AEDT).

    The extreme heat has caused a slight change in timing for this game, with kick-off pushed back to accommodate for the cooler change which should come through an hour or so earlier.

    The Victory have started to roll in season thirteen and they sit inside the top six despite a very slow start to their campaign.

    With Leroy George slowly becoming more accustomed to his teammates, the conditions and the climate, their attacking potency continues to improve.

    The Mariners have improved enormously as a team under Paul Okon and he looks a representative manager of the future. However, with Daniel De Silva and Trent Buhagiar missing thanks to international duty, the visitors will find this a more than challenging task.

    New signing Jacob Melling will play his first game for the Club and there is still more than enough talent in the squad to threaten the Victory.

    Thomas Deng and Rhys Williams will be absent from the firm Victory defence thanks to international duty and suspension, however the home side should be able to cover their positions.

    Despite a promising start, chances are running out for the Mariners to apply some pressure to the bottom end of the six. For Victory, another win here sees them soaring.

    Prediction
    In an entertaining and attacking game, Victory will prove too strong for the Mariners who are struggling to find the back of the net.

    Melbourne Victory 3, Central Coast Mariners 1

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    Melbourne Victory
    1.Matt Acton (Gk), 2.Jason Geria, 3.Dino Djulbic, 5.Mark Milligan, 6.Leigh Broxham, 8.Besart Berisha, 9.Kosta Barbarouses, 10.James Troisi, 16.Josh Hope, 18.Matias Sanchez, 20.Lawrence Thomas (Gk), 21.Carl Valeri (C), 22.Stefan Nigro, 23.Jai Ingham, 31.Christian Theoharous, 41.Leroy George

    Central Coast Mariners
    1.Ben Kennedy (Gk), 2.Storm Roux, 3.Josh Rose, 4.Jake Mcging, 5.Antony Golec, 6.Tom Hiariej, 7.Andrew Hoole, 8.Blake Powell, 9.Asdrubal,, 11.Connor Pain, 13.Kwabena Appiah, 15.Alan Baro (C), 16.Liam Rose, 20.Adam Pearce (Gk), 21.Kye Rowles, 22.Jacob Melling, 23.Wout Brama, 24.Lachlan Wales

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    Final Scores

    Melbourne Victory

    1

    Match Complete

    Central Coast Mariners

    1

    76'L. Wales
    71'B. Powell
    B. Berisha49'
    35'A. B. Calabuig
    C. Valeri30'
    24'A. Hoole

    16
    Shots
    5
    5
    On Target
    2
    15
    Fouls
    11
    7
    Corners
    5
    2
    Offsides
    0
    0
    Red Cards
    0
    1
    Yellow Cards
    3

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    • 12:50am
      Midfielder said | 12:50am | ! Report

      Lachie Wales is a player to have a watch this space … could be nothing but also could become a first team player…

    • Columnist

      8:22pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 8:22pm | ! Report

      In an interesting encounter at an unusual venue in Geelong, the honours have been shared between the Melbourne Victory and the Central Coast Mariners.

      Frankly, the Victory should probably have won the game yet only have themselves to blame in terms of the poor attacking options they took at times. Central Coast were gallant and did well despite having key personnel missing.

      In saying that, the Mariners did create chances more frequently as the game progressed and finished the game strongly.

      After quite a tight start to the match and some ebb and flow more in favour of the Victory, the first goal came from the familiar boot of Besart Berisha after forty nine minutes and the Mariners seemed to have a case of post half-time blues.

      It wasn’t a special goal and really should have been stopped, however, Berisha does what Berisha does. Personally, I thought the goal might mean the end for the Mariners.

      The drinks break early in the second half provided them with some impetus and the goal to Blake Powell as soon as the game was back underway, shocked the Victory and rejuvenated the chances of the men from the Coast.

      As the Victory sought to make up for the error, they opened up a little at the back, at the same time created attacking opportunities for their front men.

      In the end, neither team had the poise to slot the winner, although Jai Ingham might not sleep tonight after his late miss.

      The Victory have missed a chance to start to threaten the upper levels of the six and the Mariners have claimed a valuable point against top class opposition.

      Final Score Melbourne Victory 1 Central Coast Mariners 1

    • Columnist

      8:04pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 8:04pm | ! Report

      Thanks for being on board for the blog and the match report will follow in ten minutes.

    • Columnist

      8:03pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 8:03pm | ! Report

      There will be much written about this game and some discussion on the Victory potentially deserving the Victory. Scoreboards don’t lie and the points will be shared tonight.

    • Columnist

      8:02pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 8:02pm | ! Report

      Full Time
      96‘ – the final moments are played out and the match finishes in a draw.


      Melbourne Victory: 1
      Central Coast Mariners: 1

    • Columnist

      8:01pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 8:01pm | ! Report

      96‘ – Not sure where the extra minute has come from?


      Melbourne Victory: 1
      Central Coast Mariners: 1

    • Columnist

      8:00pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 8:00pm | ! Report

      95‘ – Jai Ingham, who has been awful since he came on has missed a golden chance from in front.


      Melbourne Victory: 1
      Central Coast Mariners: 1

    • Columnist

      7:59pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 7:59pm | ! Report

      94‘ – Saved by Thomas, this is it for the Victory.


      Melbourne Victory: 1
      Central Coast Mariners: 1

    • Columnist

      7:59pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 7:59pm | ! Report

      Free-Kick
      94‘ – Free kick and one last chance for the Mariners.


      Melbourne Victory: 1
      Central Coast Mariners: 1