May 11, 2021

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Central Coast Mariners vs Brisbane Roar, news, scores, results, video, red card,

The Central Coast Mariners’ hopes of capping off their fairytale season with a Premiers Plate...


The Central Coast Mariners’ hopes of capping off their fairytale season with a

Premiers Plate trophy have taken a massive blow following a 4-0 loss at home

to Brisbane that gives the Roar another boost in their quest for finals football.

They may have provided one of the best stories in Australian sport this year

but the Mariners have now gone four games without a win, hurting their

chances of keeping track with Melbourne City at the top of the table.

Compounding matters, they are set to be without their Costa Rican star Marco

Urena for up to three games following a horrible challenge on Brisbane

schemer Jay O’Shea that saw him issued with a straight red card.

“I thought it was a bit innocuous, I thought he went for the ball and got him

high after that. I don’t think he meant to get him high at all,” Mariners coach

Alen Stajcic said.

The Roar’s win, their third in a row and all away from home, came courtesy of

a first half goal from defender Macauley Gillesphey before winger Joey

Champness, substitute Alex Parsons and Japanese international Masata Kudo

buried the home side in the second half.

Brisbane’s win catapults them up to seventh place in the league and with

games in hand on those above them in the finals spots they’re in a sweet spot

to make the top six in Warren Moon’s first full season in charge.

“It’s obviously helped that as a group we know we need to win games (to make

the finals) so that’s been the mindset going into our matches we’ve been

positive, attacking and tonight; s been no different and we got the result,”

Moon said.

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Gillesphey gave Brisbane the lead when he slammed home a cross from close

range at the back post.

The Englishman, who is reportedly set to leave the club after a break down in

contract negotiations, looked off-side when the ball was played but a flick on

from Jack Clisby in the build up played him back on.

The Mariners thought they had a golden chance to equalise moments later

when referee Alex King awarded a penalty against Jack Hingert for a handball

only for him to change the decision after a second look at it via the VAR.

Champness, who took a year off football to pursue a rapping career, then

made the ball sing with a long range effort after 56 minutes in his 50th A-League

game that beat Mark Birighitti at his near post.

The Mariners’ misery only worsened five minutes later when Urena showed his

frustrations with a despicable challenge on O’Shea that was deservedly met

with a straight red card.

Brisbane cashed in late on the personnel advantage with Parsons and Kudo

scoring their first A-League goals.

NO ROCKING THE ROAR

It’s been a tumultuous week for Brisbane with veteran striker Scott McDonald

leaving the club after a bust up with coach Warren Moon and contract talks

with defender Macauley Gillesphey said to have broken down. None of that

seemed to bother them in Gosford as they cruised past the Central Coast.

PARTY TIME

As if the win wasn’t enough the Roar squad had plenty more to cheer late on

with 21 year old Queenslander Alex Parsons netting his first A-League goal with

an excellent strike, as did four time Japanese international Masato Kudo with a

tap in from a superb team move.



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