McKinna relieved with win

Central Coast coach Lawrie McKinna was a relieved man after the Mariners scored a late goal to beat Perth Glory in a crunch A-League match at Gosford on Wednesday night.

Central Coast coach Lawrie McKinna was a relieved man after the Mariners scored a late goal to beat Perth Glory in a crunch A-League match at Gosford on Wednesday night.

In-form midfielder John Hutchinson scored from long range to give the Mariners a deserved 1-0 win in front of 15,546 fans at Bluetongue Stadium.

The win put the Mariners in top spot, while Perth will now need a miracle to make the top four.

"It was a game we had to win," McKinna said after the match.

"The first half we dominated and played some good stuff. In the second half they came at us."

"It was going to take a special goal to win it, it was a great strike from Hutch, I was very pleased to see it hit the net. "

Hutchinson said he thought his shot from 25m was missing.

"The ball bobbled off my bad touch but I hit it and didn"t think it was going in," Hutchinson said.

"I was happy with the strike."

Disappointed Perth coachh Dave Mitchell said the defeat ends the club"s semi-final hopes.

"It was a great goal that beat us," Mitchell said.

"We played well as a unit but they put us under a lot of pressure. I think that"s it for us now, we"ve run out of games."

"We"ve got some good young boys coming through so there"s plenty of positives to take out of the season so far."