Mariners grab late equaliser to deny City
Captain John Hutchinson struck a long-range equaliser deep into stoppage time to grab a 2-2 draw for the Central Coast Mariners against Melbourne City in Australia`s A-League on Sunday.
Sydney: Captain John Hutchinson struck a long-range equaliser deep into stoppage time to grab a 2-2 draw for the Central Coast Mariners against Melbourne City in Australia`s A-League on Sunday.
It was an emotional goal for Hutchinson who rushed to the sidelines to celebrate with team-mates and hug under-siege coach Phil Moss.
Melbourne City relinquished a two-goal lead after strikes by Mate Dugandzic and Erik Paartalu had City on track for a first home win of the season under Dutch coach John van`t Schip.
But Glen Trifiro`s free-kick and Hutchinson`s last-ditch goal salvaged a point for the struggling Mariners.
Perth Glory remain on top of the league after six rounds following a dominant 2-1 win over Asian club champions Western Sydney Wanderers at home on Saturday.
Glory scored a goal in either half through Dino Djulbic and Scott Jamieson to secure the points despite the Wanderers scoring a late goal by Joshua Sotirio.
The loss for the Wanderers means they remain last in the A-League without a point.
Adelaide United`s Spanish attacker Sergio Cirio scrambled a last-gasp match-winner in a 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix to lie second in the standings.
Wellington`s Dutch import Rolieny Bonevacia scored with a sweet strike before Nigel Boogard equalised with a header.
The match was seemingly heading towards a draw when Cirio`s 93rd-minute goal delivered the Reds victory.
Great goalkeeping and wasteful finishing ensured glamour clubs Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory remained unbeaten after six rounds, as they slugged out a 0-0 draw in Sydney on Saturday.
Victory were held goalless for the first time this season, while Sydney recorded a fourth successive clean sheet for the first time since January 2010.
Brazilian super-sub Henrique scored a hat-trick and set up Brisbane`s other goal as the defending champions finally got on the board for the season with a 4-0 win over the Jets in Newcastle.
Without a competition point heading into the round-six game on Friday, the Roar dominated the lacklustre Jets in the second half.