Mariners upset City, Roar win Grand Final rematch



Only days after sacking coach Phil Moss, the Central Coast Mariners defeated Melbourne City 1-0 to end a tumultuous week on a high note.

Brisbane Roar, meanwhile, won by the same margin to continue Western Sydney Wanderers’ miserable season.

The Mariners’ triumph came via a stunning free-kick from outside the area by striker Fabio Ferreira and maintained the Gosford side’s status as Melbourne City’s bogey team – John van ’t Schip’s men have only beaten the Mariners once in 14 attempts.

After winning just three games for the entire season the Mariners axed coach Moss midweek and replaced him with Technical Director Tony Walmsley.

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The sacking seemed to inspire the Mariners who played with a renewed defensive discipline and attacking intent to earn their fourth win for the campaign, while City failed to capitalise on any of the numerous chances they created.

Pressure will now begin to mount on Melbourne City, in particular van ‘t Schip, who, along with the club, benefited hugely from an off-season takeover by English giants Manchester City.

While the City Football Group said their Australian acquisition would have time to develop after the investment, performances like Sunday’s will not do that patience any good.

City dropped out of a finals spot after the loss, to now sit one point behind Brisbane, who with a game in hand moved into the top six by defeating Western Sydney at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane’s Brandon Borrello scored the game’s only goal after Jerome Polenz – playing against his old club – nicked possession from the Wanderers and neatly passed to Borello who struck low into the corner of the net.

Socceroos striker Tomi Juric went close to equalising for the Wanderers only to see his shot hit the frame of the goal and stay out by millimetres.

Tony Popovic’s side remain rooted to the foot of the A-League ladder with a diabolical record of one win in 18 games played.

In their third year of existence, Popovic and the Wanderers quickly became the darlings of Australian domestic football, narrowly missing two championships and achieving the remarkable feat of winning the Asian Champions League last season.

But as this campaign continues to deteriorate that favourable status keeps suffering in eyes of fans and media alike.

Their off-season signings have failed to impress and key injuries have hurt the Wanderers, meaning his season has been a dramatic fall from grace for the Parramatta-based club.

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