It was an unsuccessful move to North Sydney Oval by the Central Coast Mariners as they failed both on the pitch and off the pitch. A crowd smaller than the season average crowd in Gosford saw the Mariners get thumped by a rampant Melbourne Victory side 3-0 on Friday night.
The buildup to the match was dominated by the decision to move the match to North Sydney and speculation that this could be a more common occurrence. It seems that the move will not be successful as the only success in the match was the Mariners successfully alienating their base.
It was one second half passage of just 11 minutes that saw Melbourne Victory score all three goals to completely take the Mariners out of the match. The result sees Victory put pressure on Perth Glory as they remain undefeated while Central Coast are still struggling as they can’t find a second win.
The match started tightly with neither side really breaking free of the other in the opening stages but an error could well have given Victory the lead in the 11th. Liam Reddy’s difficult clearance fell to Besart Berisha but he let the Mariners off the hook as he was called for a handball.
From there it really was all Melbourne Victory as they controlled proceedings in the match but they could not take advantage. Predominately it was bad shooting stopping Victory as the half ended scoreless.
The Mariners started the second half well as they looked to do something to threaten Victory and nearly had a shock goal. It came from a complete mix up at the back as Nathan Coe was forced to scramble for the ball and clear it.
Just after the hour mark Melbourne Victory had the opening goal after a nice through ball from Archie Thompson. Thompson sent in a through ball for Besart Berisha who ran on to it who placed a shot perfectly past Reddy to open the scoring.
It was absolutely all Melbourne Victory after the opening goal so it was unsurprising when Victory found another goal in the 67th minute. It was a phenomenal effort from Daniel Georgievski who was able to hit a shot from outside the box which hit perfectly in to the top right hand corner of the net.
Just five minutes later Victory completely took the match away from the Mariners, they went 3-0 up. Kosta Barbarouses sent in a stunning cross that caught out Reddy who wasn’t able to get to it and found Connor Pain who headed home the third.
As they have throughout the season, the Mariners just looked toothless in attack with just one chance coming after they went 3-0 down. But they thought they pulled a goal back as Mitchell Duke had the ball in the back of the net but the referee had already blown full time.