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Mariners upset Perth 2-0 in A-League

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/01/2017 Emma Kemp

Central Coast have again proved a thorn in Perth's side, pulling off another upset win in Gosford to climb off the bottom of the A-League table.

The Mariners scored twice within five minutes after halftime at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday to secure their first win since defeating Kenny Lowe's side nine weeks ago by the same scoreline at the same venue.

And the struggling minnows didn't even need club top-scorer Roy O'Donovan to get the job done, as the suspended Irishman's replacement as striker Josh Bingham netted the opener before Fabio Ferreira buried a penalty.

The result lifts the Mariners into ninth on 13 points and means they have more points against Perth (seven) than all other rivals combined.

For the Glory, it snaps a revival of five unbeaten matches and leaves their top-six position vulnerable. They will have to prepare to host Newcastle without in-form goalkeeper and former Mariner Liam Reddy after a late red card.

Perth brought their mettle but were overrun out wide and could have been punished further, while they fluffed several opportunities including a phenomenal miss from Adam Taggart.

The Mariners had all the early possession as half-chances came and went at both ends, but the visitors might have taken control had a key few moments played out differently during a dominant late first half.

First, Diego Castro skied a straightforward shot over the bar.

Then, Trent Buhagiar was lucky to stay on the field after laying a late sliding tackle on Joseph Mills, catching the Glory defender's ankle with his studs and leaving him prone for some minutes.

Compounding the pain, Taggart was set up at point-blank range courtesy of a pinpoint Andy Keogh cross and even better Castro cutback.

But the in-form marksman, with five goals from his past six games, appeared to slip and failed to connect with the ball.

Perth were left the rue their inability to capitalise after the break when Bingham netted his first goal of the season.

Mariners coach Paul Okon reacted furiously when the flag went up for offside, before referee Kris Griffith-Jones ruled Perth midfielder Milan Smiljanic had touched the ball last.

The hosts doubled the lead after Josh Risdon handballed in the box, allowing Ferreira to convert from the spot and the Glory began to chase a game slipping through their fingers.

Paul Izzo twice brilliantly denied Castro from close range, but the result was determined by the time Reddy was sent off in the 83rd minute for tripping Buhagiar.

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