Hyundai A-League classic clashes: Sydney FC deny Mariners in five-goal thriller

Sydney FC will be out for redemption when they welcome Central Coast Mariners to Allianz Stadium on Saturday night following the end of their long unbeaten run earlier this season.

That clash was the latest chapter in a rich history of thrillers between the two clubs, a rivalry that came close to throwing up another upset back on 8 January, 2017.

Undefeated over their first 13 games of the 2016/17 season and shaping as firm title favourites, the Sky Blues visited Gosford in search of a fourth successive victory.

And they were on track to do just that as Bobo scored a brace either side of half-time to carve out a two-goal advantage.

But the Mariners began to shine on a sunny afternoon, Roy O'Donovan pulling one back from a free-kick and Scott Galloway making up for Fabio Ferreira's missed penalty by equalising in the 75th minute.

Their joy would ultimately be short-lived, though, as Sydney immediately went up the other end and snatched a dramatic winner through David Carney's close-range header.

It was the response of would-be champions, and they'll be expecting something similar this Saturday night.

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