Mariners primed to Storm into finals

Central Coast right back Storm Roux says the Mariners are timing their run perfectly heading into the 2013-14 season finals.

The Mariners fought back courageously from a goal down to beat Melbourne Heart 2-1 at AAMI Park on the weekend.

The result pushes the club into equal third place on the A-League ladder with Melbourne Victory on 36 points.

After Orlando Engelaar’s wonder goal on 34 minutes, Kim Seung-yong pulled one back for the Mariners on the stroke of half-time before Bernie Ibini scored the winner with 13 minutes left on the clock.

“I feel we did well,” Roux said.

“It’s very hard coming off a midweek game in Asia to back it up in the A-League with all the travel and everything.

“And after going through a rough period a few weeks ago I think we’re coming into form at the perfect time heading into the finals.”

The Mariners have won three of their last four A-League games, turning their season around – after a four game losing streak – to secure wins over Heart, Newcastle and Sydney FC.

During the past month the Gosford outfit have also travelled to Beijing and Seoul for the Asian Champions League, winning one of its first three matches.

Roux, in his first season with the Mariners, said he’s enjoyed his introduction to Asia’s showpiece club tournament.

“I’m really enjoying the Asian Champions League,” he said.

“It’s a tough test playing against great teams and quality players.”

New recruits Eddy Bosnar, Matthew Sim, Seung-yong and Glen Trifiro have all found their feet at Central Coast Stadium in recent weeks.

“All four have brought something to the team and improved us in some way,” Roux added.

The Kiwi international has made 23 appearances for the Mariners this season after joining from Perth Glory.

Next up is a crunch clash against last season’s grand final opponents Western Sydney, as the Mariners look to climb up the table.

“Every game from here on out is massive,” Roux said. “They will be tough because both teams want second spot.”