Last week's hat-trick hero Daniel McBreen continued his
goal-scoring spree as Central Coast Mariners downed
Wellington Phoenix 1-0 in their sixth-round A-League match at
Westpac Stadium on Sunday.
The Mariners, who demolished Sydney 7-2 the previous weekend,
weren't allowed the same space or time on the ball by the
But they still managed to notch up their fourth win of the
season and jump to the top of the ladder.
McBreen's 67th minute strike came after a scoreless first
half, and was set up by Tomas Rogic's superb run and pinpoint
cross into the middle.
Both teams had struggled for accuracy in the attacking third
in a fast-paced first half which featured plenty of
The Mariners' defence has been miserly in their first five
matches of the season, conceding four goals and keeping a
clean sheet on three occasions.
Although midfielder Alex Smith proved a handful on occasion,
and Phoenix strikers Paul Ifill and Stein Huysegems
threatened at times, there were very few clear-cut chances
for the home team despite pressing hard in the closing 10
Patrick Zwaanswijk calmly marshalled the Mariners' back four,
the experienced Josh Rose and Pedj Bojic combining with
20-year-old up-and-comer Trent Sainsbury to hold off a series
of Phoenix forays as fulltime approached.
At the other end of the field, the return of Ben Sigmund
after his one-match suspension gave the Phoenix a more
settled look at the back.
But the defence was kept increasingly busy as Mariners
playmakers Rogic and Michael McGlinchey ran with power and
purpose, silencing the 6568-strong crowd desperate to see the
Phoenix add to their solitary win of the season.