The traditional post-January Central Coast Mariners form slump has struck badly as they fell to a comprehensive 2-0 loss to Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.
Adelaide United, meanwhile, have had some impressive form as of late and have now jumped above the Central Coast on the A-League ladder to third place.
The result could, and probably should, have been even better with Adelaide United completely dominating the 90 minutes as the Mariners never really looked in the match.
Bernie Ibini could well have put the Mariners up early as he had the first chance of the match, against the run of play, but he couldn’t hit the target, and it would become a big regret for the Mariners.
It took just 13 minutes for Adelaide’s dominance to show as Diogo Ferreira made an impressive run down the right, a sign of things to come.
The Mariners defense was working hard to keep out the Adelaide attack that was constantly threatening and a deflection kept things scoreless in the 17th minute when Bruce Djite had a shot.
In the 33rd minute Adelaide’s pressure finally told when Osama Malik’s tame shot was deflected by the Mariners defense, right to Marcelo Carrusca, who took a touch and then slammed the ball home.
As the half drew to a close the Mariners did manage to get some chances as Matt Simon’s two chances bounced off the post from close range.
In stoppage time Adelaide managed to double their lead as some incredible passing tore the Mariners apart and ended when Ferreira was able to tuck home the second goal, for a 2-0 half-time lead.
The second half saw much the same pattern, the Mariners again started with the first chance, and again it was Ibini who saw his effort saved by a full stretch save from Eugene Galekovic.
From there it was absolutely all Adelaide, as they tore the Mariners apart with wonderful flowing football, leaving the Mariners helpless.
The scoreline could have been much higher had Liam Reddy not had a phenomenal performance in goal for the Mariners, as Adelaide constantly peppered the Mariners’ keeper with shots.
In the 76th minute Adelaide should have made it three as Awer Mabil finished off an impressive run and ran off celebrating, only to be denied by an offside flag, that appeared to be an incorrect decision.
It mattered little as Adelaide completely dominated proceedings with a 2-0 victory that really flattered the visitors as it could have easily been double or triple that scoreline.
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