Mariners delight as De Silva hits winner against Phoenix
Central Coast Mariners snapped an 11-game winless run with a deserved 1-0 over Wellington Phoenix at Central Coast Stadium on Friday night.
Attacking midfielder Daniel De Silva guided home the decisive goal moments before the break.
The three-pointer pushing Paul Okon's men into eighth on the ladder ahead of Perth Glory, who play Saturday.
Relive the game in the MATCH CENTRE
- CCM ON TOP Tommy Hiariej and Wout Brama with powerful shots from distance as the hosts dominate.
- SKAPETIS CLOSE Buhagiar with the excellent cross, but the CCM striker heads across the goal after 30 mins.
- HIARIEJ, HOOLE LET FLY More chances to the Mariners but they can't find their range.
- GOAL CCM! Finally, Central Coast in the lead courtesy of Danny De Silva.
- HALF TIME 1-0 Fully deserved lead with the hosts almost completely dominating the game.
- KRISHNA HITS BAR! Phoenix spring to life and with numbers in the box, but the Fijian hits the bar.
- OFF THE LINE! End to end stuff as final 20 mins approaches. Phoenix clear off the line and the ball is fed to Krishna in transition bursting through, he finds Kaluderovic but he blasts into the side netting.
- JUST WIDE McGlinchey snaps wide on the turn. Very close for Phoenix. 85 mins.
- 6 MINS OF STOPPAGE TIME Phoenix desperately trying to find a way through. Will it be too little, too late?
De Silva CCM 1-0, 46'
Lovely interplay on the edge of the box between Buhagiar and Hoole, who cuts back onto his right foot to curl a lovely ball into the danger zone. De Silva wanted it more than Tom Doyle to nip in and guide home the opener.