It was an entertaining match at Allianz Stadium with six goals between the two teams but the result played out as expected. Sydney FC ran out the winners, managing a 4-2 win over Central Coast Mariners on Saturday and piling the pressure on Mariners manager, Phil Moss.
It was an impressive late showing from Sydney FC, as scores were level with ten minutes to play but Sydney pushed on for the win. Two goals in the final nine minutes, including one in stoppage time, sealed the three points for the Sky Blues as they look to keep pace with the top sides in the league.
The first chance of the match fell to the Mariners as Nick Fitzgerald sent a long ball up the field, which caused problems in the Sydney box. The ball fell for Isaka Cernak but he was denied as Vedran Janjetovic was able to rush out and claim the ball.
But the Mariners were made to pay for that missed opportunity as just three minutes later Sydney FC had the opening goal of the match. It came from a perfect corner as Milos Dimitrijevic sent in the ball, with plenty of movement from Sydney it found Marc Janko who headed home powerfully.
It was wasteful football from the Mariners, which was costing them dearly and they blew another chance in the 27th minute. Ferreira was again a key part of the build up as he was able to find Fitgerald who slid in to the ball, and sent his effort wide.
Only an impressive Liam Reddy save kept it at 1-0 as a free-kick gave Sydney FC the opportunity. Dimitrijevic took the free-kick which saw him clear the ball over the wall and seemingly heading to the top corner but Reddy leaped and made an acrobatic save.
Right before the break Central Coast finally made one of their chances count as they managed a counter-attack for a goal. A quick ball found Anthony Caceres who linked up with Ferreira who cut in to space and shot under Janjetovic from close range to make it 1-1 at the break.
A mistake from the Mariners gave Sydney FC an early chance in the second half as the errant ball allowed Terry Antonis to run. Antonis took a shot at goal which he scuffed and fell for Janko whose header went wide of goal from close range.
Central Coast stunned Sydney FC, after a good start from the Sky Blues, and they hit the lead in the 58th minute. Cernak made a run down the left to get on the end of a long ball, allowing him to set up Ferreira who yet again snuck the ball under Janjetovic.
Another piece of impressive work from Janko was able to get Sydney FC back on level terms as the match entered its final 20 minutes. Janko played the ball for Alex Brosque who sent the ball straight on to Rhyan Grant who unleashed a powerful swerving shot that left Reddy no chance.
With nine minutes to play Sydney FC restored their lead after fighting back in to the match and it came thanks to a Terry Antonis cross. Antonis was able to send in a cross for Shane Smeltz who cut inside and was able to get inside Zac Anderson and send the ball away from Reddy and in to the bottom corner.
Sydney FC finally sealed the win in the 92nd minute after they really controlled the final 20 minutes of the match. Alex Gersbach kept the ball alive which allowed him to send the ball back for Janko who was able to score with a simple tap-in to seal the 4-2 win.