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Central Coast Mariners
Adelaide are winners, thanks to a George Blackwood stoppage-time header for a 2-1 win over a valiant Central Coast Mariners.
Andrew Hoole’s first half lead for the Mariners was a classy finish and strike, and the Mariners looked good for an upset win.
But ultimately, the class and quality of Adelaide shone through, with goals to Isaias and Blackwood giving Adelaide a hard-fought and deserved win.
The Mariners will rue missed chances and a moment’s drop in concentration, but can take a lot out of the game.
As for Adelaide, they stay in the conversation for contenders this season, with everything to continue to play for.
Adelaide United 2
Central Coast Mariners 1
It is the twilight game from Coopers Stadium, with Adelaide United will be looking to keep pace with the top four, while Central Coast will be looking to steal a win. Join The Roar from 6pm (AEDT) for live scores and blog of the game.
Come into the second half of the season, Adelaide will be looking to put their Jekyll and Hyde identity behind them, as they head into the stretch for finals.
Wobbly at home, sturdy away, Adelaide have a fantastic opportunity to rubber stamp a win and three competition points and start the push for a position to host a final.
After yet another strong showing away to Perth mid-week, how the Reds back up from that clash may determine how they perform here, although having had three full days’ rest should assist.
It is time for Craig Goodwin to rediscover his early season form again, in particular if Adelaide are to re-gain that attacking flair that made them so appealing in the opening rounds.
As usual, Isaias will be the machine in the middle for the Reds again.
Central Coast have hit form, on the back of the drought-breaking win over Melbourne, the hard-fought draw against Brisbane, and the hugely unlucky loss against Newcastle mid-week.
How Central Coast didn’t register a goal against Newcastle, only higher beings will know, and had Newcastle not pulled out their singularly best defensive performance of the year, the Mariners may well be coming into this match off the back of a famous win.
Mike Mulvey will be looking to his troops to bottle the energy they have now displayed consistently, with the likes of Matt Simon, Connor Pain and Jacob Melling all lifting in their output and creating havoc for Central Coast opponents.
It is worth noting that Adelaide are on a five-game unbeaten streak against the Mariners at the moment, while Central Coast have not won an away game in almost a year.
Central Coast have looked good, but you have to wonder what the soul-sapping loss to Newcastle will do to an already battered psyche.
Adelaide on the other hand come home having held the ladder leader goalless. Adelaide at home should be too strong.
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