McGlinchey inspires Phoenix win over Mariners

Wellington Phoenix came from behind to beat Central Coast Mariners 2-1 at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Nathan Burns and Michael McGlinchey goals cancelled out an own goal scored by Wellington defender Tom Doyle as the away side leave the Central Coast with all three points.

An own goal by Wellington’s Tom Doyle got the Mariners on the scoresheet first before Michael McGlinchey slotted home a rebound with his head into the bottom corner past the outstretched Liam Reddy.

The Mariners had all the momentum after the own goal, but the Phoenix got themselves back into the contest threatening the home side’s goal. They were able to square things up when Jeremy Brockie was released on the right side and debutant Jacob Poscoliero brought down the Phoenix man in the box with Ben Williams immediately pointing to the spot.

WHAT THEY SAID

McGlinchey: ‘’We were desperate to get the three points and we wanted to dig deep. It’s coming together well, we’ve worked hard in pre-season and it’s a positive sign. We need to stop conceding sloppy goals’’

GOALS 

12’ Doyle gets on the end of a ball from Kim Seung-Yong meant for Matt Sim and inexplicably pokes it past Glen Moss into the back of his own net. 

35’ Brockie wins a penalty from debutant Jacob Poscoliero before hitting the crossbar with his attempt, but the rebound is headed home by Michael McGlinchey past custodian Liam Reddy who is livid with his defence. 

54’ Nathan Burns tucks home a sweeping Wellington move with Doyle’s cross finding Brockie at the back post who heads back across for Burns to smash the ball in. 

KEY MOMENT 

The away side earned a penalty through striker Jeremy Brockie as he was fouled from behind in the penalty area by debutant Jacob Poscoliero 

HIGHLIGHTS REEL

Nathan Burns goal in the 54th minute was enough for the Phoenix to grab all three points on the Central Coast with his tap in assisted by Brockie’s back post header. 

COACH KILLER  

Ernie Merrick would be upset with the own goal conceded in the first half but delighted with the way his side wrestled back the momentum and got on the front foot which ultimately led them to victory. 

Phil Moss would be unhappy with his side’s inability to defend the penalty after and the way in which his side handed back momentum to the away side through some sloppy play in midfield. 

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD  

Both sides would be looking at their defensive structures during the week with both side’s showing some lapses at the back which led to goal scoring opportunities for their opponents. Both squads will also be looking to address their passing inadequacies and ball distribution for their next games. 

THE FINAL WORD  

The Mariners were quickest out of the blocks controlling the ball and possession which led to Doyle tapping it into his own net, but the Phoenix were allowed back into the contest and took full advantage through goals to McGlinchey and Burns as Wellington controlled large portions of the match and they went on to earn a victory.

The Mariners would feel unlikely with their late surge towards the Phoenix goal drawing blanks. The away side would be happy with the efforts today as they leave Gosford with all three points. 

TEAMS:

Central Coast: Reddy, Roux, Bosnar, Poscoliero, Hutchinson, Montgomery (Caceres 64’), Sim, Kim (Trifiro 56’), Duke, Mane, (Fitzgerald 71’) 

Subs: Nash, Anderson, Caceres, Fitzgerald, Trifiro.  

Wellington Phoenix: Moss, Doyle, Durante, Sigmund, Muscat, Riera, Rodriguez, Bonevacia (Fenton 71’), McGlinchey (Lia 85’), Burns, Brockie (Cunningham 79’). 

Subs: Italiano, Boxall, Cunningham, Fenton. Lia. 

Scorers: Doyle (12’) (OG) McGlinchey (35’), Burns (54’) 

Red Cards: N/A 

Yellow Cards: Roux (48’), Brockie (77’), Reddy (90’) 

Conditions: 20’c dry 

Attendance: 7, 237