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Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners
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The Central Coast Mariners have collected their first win of the new season after a solid second-half defensive display from the visitors followed two very well taken first-half goals from Danny De Silva and Samuel Silvera.
Perth Glory endeavoured to find an equaliser but could not breach the wall of yellow in front of them. That is the first defeat of the season for Tony Popovic’s side who travel to Newcastle Jets next Saturday.
Perth Glory 1
Central Coast Mariners 2
Perth Glory welcome Central Coast Mariners to HBF Park on Sunday afternoon in Round 4 of the 2019-20 A-League season. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 6pm (AEDT).
With all the talk surrounding a European super Swede this week it was a homegrown prize-winner that earned Perth Glory their first victory of the season last Sunday.
Chris Ikonomidis scored Glory’s winner away at Wellington Phoenix to kick-start the defending Premiers’ campaign.
Having also netted in Perth’s opening game against Brisbane Roar, the Harry Kewell Medal winner has become a real asset in Tony Popovic’s side.
Alongside new signing Bruno Fornaroli and Diego Castro, Ikonomidis completes a well balanced attacking threat of strength, trickery and speed for Glory.
Following the F3 Derby draw with the Jets two weeks ago the Central Coast Mariners had a bye last week and arrive in the West looking for their first win of the new season.
Head Coach Alen Stajcic has been trying to set the Mariners’ ship on a steady course since replacing Mike Mulvey in March.
After a difficult few years for the club, the former Matilda’s coach is keen to instill a mental toughness this season – an attribute he feels will help the club become successful again.
Glory have beaten the Mariners in seven of the last eight encounters and are firm favourites to secure their first home win of the season.
In terms of team news, Glory’s Nick D’Agostino and Jake Brimmer could both feature after passing fitness tests, but Kristian Popovic is away on international duty with the Young Socceroos.
The visitors have a fully fit squad after Dylan Fox and Jordan Murray both recovered from minor injuries against Wellington.
The Mariners are usually good for a goal against Perth and I do see them scoring. Glory conceded a stoppage-time equaliser their season opener against the Roar in a game they should have seen out.
I can’t see them allowing that to happen in consecutive home games.
Perth Glory 3 – 1 Central Coast Mariners
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Where: HBF Park, Perth
When: Sunday 3rd November 2019, 6pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Sports 505, MyFootball Live App, Kayo
Perth Glory squad
1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Jacob TRATT, 4.Gregory WUTHRICH, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 12.Kim SOO-BEOM 13.Osama MALIK, 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Brandon WILSON, 17.Diego CASTRO (c), 18.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 27.JUANDE, 28.Gabriel POPOVIC, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY
Central Coast Mariners squad
1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 2.Ian Zygmunt GORDON, 3.Jack CLISBY, 4.Eunsun KIM, 6.Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, 7.Milan DURIC, 8.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 9.Jordan MURRAY, 10.Thomas OAR, 11.Daniel DE SILVA, 12.Adam PEARCE (gk), 14.Abraham MAJOK, 15.Kye ROWLES, 16.Dylan FOX, 17.Samuel SILVERA, 18.Gianni STENSNESS, 19.Matthew SIMON, 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22.Jacob MELLING, 26.Joshua NISBET