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Casey Dumont leads Central Coast Mariners past Melbourne Victory and into ALW semi-final

Mariners teammates mob goalkeeper Casey Dumont after their shootout win over Melbourne Victory.

Mariners teammates mob goalkeeper Casey Dumont after their shootout win over Melbourne Victory. Photo: Getty

Casey Dumont has returned to haunt Melbourne Victory, making two saves and scoring in a penalty shootout against her former club to deliver Central Coast a 0-0 (4-2) A-League Women elimination final win.

Dumont departed Victory in acrimonious circumstances amid her move to play AFLW with Hawthorn and linked up with the Mariners for their return to the league.

But Dumont’s heroics – her fifth ALW penalty shootout win – tees up a semi-final match-up with Sydney FC, to be played over two legs from next week, while ending Victory’s season.

Victory was without Emily Gielnik after the striker suffered a calf injury in Matildas camp.

Central Coast could have opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Faye Bryson lifted a wonderful ball towards Kyah Simon, whose glancing header nudged just wide.

Victory screamed for a penalty in the 29th when Ashley Irwin slipped over and Rachel Lowe’s shot clearly caught her in the hands on the edge of the area, but nothing was forthcoming.

Three minutes later, Simon put another chance over the bar.

Victory skipper Kayla Morrison headed over in the 45th minute.

Central Coast should have taken the lead in the 50th minute when Wurigumula, from point-blank range, blasted over the bar.

Mariner Paige Hayward was potentially lucky to stay on the pitch on the hour mark when, already on a yellow card, she brought down Alex Chidiac.

Chidiac dragged a long-range shot wide in the 65th minute.

Mariners forward Peta Trimis headed over the bar in the 89th minute and less than a minute later, Simon had a would-be winner blocked to safety.

Victory should have taken the lead four minutes into extra time when Rachel Lowe met Lia Privitelli’s deflected cross with a diving header but turned it wide from point-blank range.

Casey Dumont batted away a Chidiac shot in the 98th minute.

Lowe seemed certain to score the winner in the 109th minute after a brilliant interchange with Kurea Okino and Chidiac, but her slow-moving shot was cleared off the line by Isabel Gomez.

Courtney Newbon made a double save to deny Wurigumula in the 110th minute, then Okino was stopped at the other end.

For the shootout, Lowe buried the first penalty in commanding style, putting it into the top corner, before Dumont stepped up and scored the Mariners’ opener.

Chidiac smashed home Victory’s second, then Bryson coolly scored hers.

Dumont saved Alana Murphy’s third penalty and Wurigumula scored the fourth to put the Mariners on top.

The goalkeeper then denied Paige Zois before Bianca Galic stepped up to bury the winner.

-AAP

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