Hyundai A-League classic clashes: Reds’ surge stuns Mariners

Adelaide United and Central Coast Mariners are set to play out a thriller on Saturday night with both sides refreshed after a week off as part of the Hyundai A-League’s Split Round.

Both sides love to attack and score goals and if this Round 20 clash is anything like the five-goal thriller we saw late last season then this will be one not to miss.

The Reds were playing for pride on that occasion and looked unburned by expectation in snatching three points.

Baba Diawara was the star man for the visitors as the first of his brace cancelled out Kwabena Appiah’s first-half opener.

Dylan McGowan completed the turnaround by heading home a quick-fire second on the hour before Diawara made it three in a scintillating 10-minute spell.

Roy O’Donovan cut the deficit from the penalty spot to inspire late hope for the Mariners, but Adelaide survived stoppage-time to earn their fifth victory of a difficult title defence.

Re-live the highlights from an entertaining encounter in the video player above!