Daniel De Silva’s heroics helped snap the Central Coast Mariners 11-game winless streak, at the expense of Wellington Phoenix on Friday night.
The under pressure Mariners desperately needed their fortunes to change to win the match. While, the hot-and-cold Phoenix went into this clash with a slight boost of confidence following their 2-1 win over Perth Glory last week.
An encouraged Mariners went on a rampaging start, as they threw balls into the area and nullified their opponents the chance to go on the counter-attack for most part of the first half.
But Paul Okon’s men lacked the final product, which has played a huge part in their downfall this year. Until a hungry De Silva broke the deadlock on the eve of half-time, to showcase how it is done.
Wellington couldn’t take or create clear-cut chances, and De Silva’s opener ultimately secured the 1-0 result.
Central Coast Mariners
Ben Kennedy (GK) - 6.5
Had little to do in the first half as Wellington relied on counter-attacking football to get balls into the area. Made a few routine saves in the second.
Storm Roux - 6
Took the game on and regularly made cut-backs and runs forward. Gave possession away several times.
Alan Baro - 7
Halted attack on countless occasions and stood firm for most of the game.
Antony Golec - 7.5
Stood his ground in the first 45, and anticipated interceptions in key areas. Few minor errors but wasn’t troubled after they were made.
Jake McGing - 6.5
Applied pressure and made positive moves and passes.