Mariners tame Reds

Central Coast has jumped to second place in the Hyundai A-League after a convincing 3-0 victory against a tired Adelaide at Gosford on Saturday night.

Central Coast has jumped to second place in the Hyundai A-League after a convincing 3-0 victory against a tired Adelaide at Gosford on Saturday night.

The Mariners went into the match with an attacking mindset and the move paid off with the Central Coast team scoring one of its most impressive victories of the campaign at Bluetongue Stadium.

Coach Lawrie McKinna wanted to put pressure on Adelaide early, expecting the visitors to struggle to respond after losing the Asian Champions League final on Wednesday night.

It was tight for 15 minutes but the Mariners got a deserved opener in the 18th minute when Matt Simon capitalised on some good lead up play by strike partner Dylan Macallister to score from close range. It was Simon-s eighth goal of the season.

Adelaide had chances to equalise though Cassio and captain Travis Dodd but it was the Mariners who went to the break full of confidence after a second goal in the 44th minute.

Veteran striker Sasho Petrovski netted his fourth goal of the season after he lashed in a loose ball from a Brad Porter corner.

Adelaide began the second half strongly with Cassio firing a shot over the bar three minutes after the resumption.

The last time the teams met the Mariners came from three goals down to secure a point at Hindmarsh Stadium but any chance Adelaide had of a fightback were gone when Adrian Caceres put the match beyond doubt with a powerful strike from the edge of the box in the 49th minute.

Central Coast dominated possession for the rest of the match but failed to score a fourth goal, despite creating several chances.

Striker Nik Mrdja replaced Simon with 13 minutes to play and him and John Hutchinson should have scored from numerous chances late in the game.

Central Coast 3 (Matt Simon 18-, Sasho Petrovski 44-, Adrian Caceres 49-)

Adelaide 0

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