Melbourne City have heaped more misery on the Mariners, scoring five goals for the second week in a row to register their first win in Gosford on Thursday night.
Striker Harry Novillo scored a double and Bruno Fornaroli edged ahead in the golden boot standings, while Stefan Mauk and Aaron Mooy also found the back of the net for the visitors.
Central Coast were not without their own chances – especially in the first-half but only had a late penalty to Mitch Austin to show for their efforts.
The Mariners were missing captain Nick Montgomery to suspension for the Round 9 opener but had winger Austin back from injury who was lively throughout.
Conversely, City welcomed back their captain Patrick Kisnorbo to help shore up their backline, while Mauk replaced the injured Corey Gameiro.
0-1 Novillo (26’) A turnover from the Mariners on the half-way line gifted City possession and they needed no invitation to stream forward on the counter. Fornaroli darted away with the ball and produced a well weighted pass to unleash Novillo on goal. The Frenchman duly obliged slotting his one on one chance with Paul Izzo under the onrushing goalkeeper to open the scoring.