Wellington Phoenix vs Central Coast Mariners: A-League live score, blog

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    The Phoenix host the Mariners in Christchurch. (AAP/NZN Image/SNPA, Ross Setford)

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    Central Coast V Wellington

    BLUETONGUE STADIUM, GOSFORD, NSW, 7 FEBRUARY 2013

     
    Central Coast Match Completed Wellington
    5 FINAL SCORE 0
    1 HALF TIME SCORE 0
    20 SHOTS 5
    15 SHOTS ON GOAL 2
    6 FOULS 15
    8 CORNERS 4
    3 OFFSIDES 1
    62 POSSESSION 38

    The A-League’s top-two leading scorers will feature in a clash between A-League leaders Central Coast Mariners and ninth-placed Wellington Phoenix tonight in Gosford. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 7.00pm AEDT.

    Current leading scorer Danny McBreen (14 goals) and Jeremy Brockie (11 goals) will be the men to watch in what could prove to be an intriguing match-up.

    The Mariners’ strong form has slowed somewhat with three draws in the last four weeks while the Phoenix won last week against Perth, ending a five-game losing streak.

    Last weekend the Mariners drew 2-2 with rivals Brisbane, holding a narrow three-point lead over the rest of the competition and they will hope to improve that in this game.

    Wellington’s season is not yet in dire straits, as they are only one point behind sixth place – and a spot in the finals – eight weeks away from the end of the season.

    If Wellington manages to salvage their season, it will be the fourth year in a row that the team has made the finals.

    In their last game in Wellington in round 12, the Mariners controled possession (54 percent ) and chances (17 shots to Wellington’s 9), and McBreen scored a tap-in right before halftime.

    Thanks to a late equaliser from Dani Sanchez (and some rare poor defending from the Mariners) the final result was 1-1.

    The first game of the season between these teams also featured a goal from Danny McBreen and very poor finishing from Wellington (who were unable to record a shot on target in the whole match) with the Central Coast winning 1-0.

    Last week a report came out that the Central Coast had investment interest from a number of Asian syndicates – reports that could be interpreted as either desperation from a cash-strapped club or a promising opportunity for the Mariners to get fiscally stable (a stability that might stop the sale of young talent that could help the Mariners to that elusive title).

    Meanwhile, the focus in Wellington has been on the debut of two new players last week.

    Central defender Ian Hogg, who looked impressive against Perth and midfielder Isaka Cernak, recently purchased from Melbourne Victory.

    Both players have the opportunity to carve out a starting role with strong performances against the Mariners.

    Keep an eye on the form of Phoenix keeper Mark Paston in this game – the New Zealand national keeper is only two saves behind the current A-League leader in saves (Ante Covic).

    Also, Dutch international Patrick Zwaanswijk of the Mariners had a man-of-the-match performance in the last game between these teams. If he has another top game, it’s going to be very difficult for Wellington to win on the road.

    Join us for live commentary on The Roar from 7.00pm AEDT.

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    7' YELLOW CARD - Patrick Zwaanswijk (Central Coast)

    30' GOAL - Bernie Ibini-Isei (Central Coast)

    32' YELLOW CARD - John Hutchinson (Central Coast)

    50' YELLOW CARD - Jeremy Brockie (Wellington)

    65' GOAL - John Hutchinson (Central Coast)

    69' GOAL - Daniel McBreen (Central Coast)

    80' YELLOW CARD - Tyler Boyd (Wellington)

    86' GOAL - Bernie Ibini-Isei (Central Coast)

    89' GOAL - Mitchell Duke (Central Coast)

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    • 11:46pm
      Midfielder said | 11:46pm | ! Report

      The worst team I have seen at Bluey for a long while

      • 12:14am
        Nathan of Perth said | 12:14am | ! Report

        And we lost to them.

    • Roar Guru

      9:51pm
      langou said | 9:51pm | ! Report

      Missed the game, seen the stats, what a thrashing

    • 9:06pm
      Stevo said | 9:06pm | ! Report

      Ouch, Ricki surely can’t be long for this coaching gig could he?

      • 9:40pm
        pete4 said | 9:40pm | ! Report

        I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Phoenix board looking to go in a new direction sooner rather than later. Copped 7 goals v SFC and now another 5 away to CCM

    • Roar Guru

      9:01pm
      Nigel Wakeley said | 9:01pm | ! Report

      FULLTIME Wellington Phoenix 0 – 5 Central Coast Mariners

      The Mariners stay top of the table and could not have wished for a better outcome, although if there was slightly better finishing they could have had ten goals. They’ll play Perth Glory next week in what looks like another lopsided battle.

      If this was a tennis match, I’d say Wellington lost in straight sets and can blame it on unforced errors – they were very poor in the middle third and rarely kept possession long enough to threaten the Mariners goal. Herbert was disadvantaged this week with high turnover of his playing group and hopefully will get some more consistency next week when they face Brisbane Roar.

      Thanks for joining us with the Roar’s live coverage of this game.

    • Roar Guru

      8:57pm
      Nigel Wakeley said | 8:57pm | ! Report

      FULLTIME Wellington Phoenix 0 – 5 Central Coast Mariners

      The whistle blows mercifully for the Nix and the Mariners have put out a statement to the Wanderers and the Victory that stories of a Central Coast ‘slump’ has been grossly exaggerated. Excellent performances from the whole squad, especially Bernie Ibini and Danny McBreen.

      For Wellington, they entered the game with high hopes after a win last week but they were never really in this game, having only two or three good chances on goal and not looking convincing anywhere on the pitch.

    • Roar Guru

      8:52pm
      Nigel Wakeley said | 8:52pm | ! Report

      90′ + 1 Wellington Phoenix 0 – 5 Central Coast Mariners

      Zwaansijk comes off for Anderson, and there will be three minutes added on – maybe the Mariners can get a sixth? It would be their biggest margin of victory ever!

    • Roar Guru

      8:51pm
      Nigel Wakeley said | 8:51pm | ! Report

      89′ Wellington Phoenix 0 – 5 Central Coast Mariners

      GOAL! Mitchell Duke races past his defender and slots the ball through a hapless Paston’s legs. A great through ball again from McBreen, and the Mariners are home and dry!

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