McCormack scores against former club, Vidosic is super sub as Mariners and City draw
A late goal from substitute Dario Vidosic has seen Melbourne City snatch a 1-1 draw with Central Coast Mariners at Gosford on Saturday.
The Mariners looked on course for victory after former City striker Ross McCormack scored against his old club midway through the first half.
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But Vidosic found the equaliser six minutes from time after a mad scramble in the box to ensure the spoils were shared.
City boss Warren Joyce was worried in the build-up that McCormack would come back to bite his former club and it proved to be the case on 21 minutes.
A poor defensive header from City’s Iacopo La Rocca fell to Connor Pain just outside the box, with the young winger taking the smart option to feed McCormack rather than shoot himself, with the Scotsman doing the rest.
City then dominated possession for the rest of the contest, especially after the break as the home side looked to hold on for a 1-0 win.
But the Mariners’ resistance was finally broken on 84 minutes by super-sub Vidosic.
After the Mariners failed to adequately clear a corner, the ball was pin-balling around the box before falling to Vidosic who fired home from close range despite the best efforts of keeper Ben Kennedy.
City almost won it in stoppage-time when Bruno Fornaroli blazed over the bar from inside the box but it finished all square to keep both teams unbeaten after two games.