Perth Glory were left cursing their luck as Central Coast Mariners scored a goal in the dying seconds to defeat the home side 2-1 after being reduced to ten men in the final 20 minutes through Scott Jamieson’s serious injury.
It was a painful blow to Glory who were in the ascendency even though they were a man down. Jamieson was also the man of the match and to lose a player of his quality with him rupturing his achilles tendon just adds to the pain of defeat.
Glory Head Coach Alistair Edwards admitted that Jamieson’s season could be over and said, “like many others, I believed Scott was pushing for a Socceroos place so he is distraught.”
On the match itself, Edwards insisted he was going for the three points even with the numerical disadvantage.
“It was a deliberate decision to try and win the game. We want to get three points in our home games and three points are better than one. The gamble didn’t pay off but I thought we deserved at least a point as we finished very strongly.”
William Gallas was making his first start for the Glory and on the 17th minute mark he almost made a wondrous impact as he smacked an overhead kick inches over the bar.
The Central Coast Mariners replied however and Danny Vukovic had to be on top form to keep them at bay with a double save from Matthew Simon.
Those saves proved to be vital as Glory scored the first goal in impressive fashion. A defence splitting lofted ball from Jamieson handed Jamie Maclaren the opportunity to slot the ball home and he did so with a delightful chip that left Mariners goalkeeper Liam Reddy helpless.
There was bad news on the half-hour mark as Gallas was forced to come off with a slight niggle on his calf but Alistair Edwards believes he will be out for a week at most.
The news got worse for Glory as the Mariners equalised through a well taken goal by Michael McGllinchey as the ball broke to him on the edge of the box.
McGlinchey continued to cause Perth Glory problems as he broke through the middle of defence as it looked like he only had Vukovic to beat but Cameron Edwards done well to recover and deflect the ball wide.
The final five minutes of the half saw both sides issued with yellow cards as the players tempers frayed after some controversial decision by the officials.
HALF-TIME – Perth Glory 1-1 Central Coast Mariners
The second half begun in similar circumstances to the first as Glory looked to be the most threatening side as Michael Thwaite’s shot was spilled by Reddy and fell to Maclaren but the Mariners keeper recovered and tipped the ball round the post.
Ryan Edwards then showed the nib stadium the efforts he is capable of as his long distance drive brought the best out of Reddy who tipped the ball over the bar.
The Mariners had their first opportunity of the half as Mitchell Duke volleyed the ball harmlessly over the bar from close range.
The worst news of the night for Glory came on the 73rd minute as Jamieson was stretchered off with a ruptured achilles tendon, minutes after making their final substitution and therefore being forced to play with ten men.
Glory did not sit back and accept that the game was no longer winnable however as they continually ventured forward without having a clear strike at goal.
The Central Coast Mariners may have been on the back foot for the majority of the game but a swift counter-attack gave them a goal in the 3rd minute of injury-time.
As the Mariners strode forward, Glory were found to have a lack of numbers in defence and a ball from the left-hand side floated over Thwaite’s head and Simon Duke was there to volley the ball passed Vukovic as they picked up the three points and left a courageous Glory devastated.
Hyundai A-League 2013-2014 Season – Week 7
Perth Glory 1-2 Central Coast Mariners (Half-time 1-1)
Saturday 23rd November 2013
Referee: Adam Kersey
Perth Glory Squad: 1.Daniel VUKOVIC (GK), 4.Ryan EDWARDS, 6.Cameron EDWARDS (14.Steven McGARRY 71’), 7.Jacob BURNS (c), 8.Ryo NAGAI (9. Shane SMELTZ 63’), 10.Jamie MACLAREN, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA MORAES, 21.Scott JAMIESON, 23.Michael THWAITE, 24.Matthew DAVIES, 36. William GALLAS (5.Steve PANTELIDIS 31’)
Subs not used: 18.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 17. Chris HAROLD
Goals: 9. MACLAREN 24’
Bookings: 5. Pantelidis (42’), 16. Sidnei (62’)
Central Coast Mariners Squad: 3.Joshua ROSE, 6.Brent GRIFFITHS, 7.John HUTCHINSON (C), 8.Nick MONTGOMERY (17.Anthony CACERES 7’), 9.Mitchell DUKE, 10.Marcos FLORES (2.Daniel MCBREEN 78’), 12.Liam REDDY (Gk), 14.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 15.Storm ROUX, 16.Trent SAINSBURY, 19.Matt SIMON (21.Mile STERJOVSKI 87’)
Subs not used: 1.Justin PASFIELD (Gk), 4.Marcel SEIP
Goals: 14. MCGLINCHEY 34’, 9. DUKE 90+’
Bookings: 7. Hutchinson (44’), 3. Rose (46’), 17. Caceres (86’)