Sunday’s A-league matches End In 2-1 To The Visitors

The two Hyundai A-League matches played out last Sunday ended in a 2-1 victory for the visitors at Central Coast and Suncorp Stadiums.

The first match between Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers saw the visitors reignite their finals push with a crucial win.

The visitors dominated the first 45 minutes, scoring two goals before the break, but the home team pulled one back in the second half and could have equalised.

Jaushua Sotirio opened the scoring in the 14th minute after a corner found him on his own on the edge of the area and his slick sidefoot volley deflected off Mariners defender Liam Rose into the net.

Their lead was doubled in the 30th minute after Riera powers a header past Kennedy’s left and the ball hits the underside of the bar then keeper and ends up in the net.

After coming off the bench Peter Skapetis pulled a goal back for the Mariners with 15 minutes to go.

Meanwhile Brisbane Roar suffered their 10th defeat of this campaign, missing a penalty as Melbourne City held on for a 2-1 win.

The homeside had gone ahead in the 14th minute through Massimo Maccarone, but the lead lasted only 5 minutes as City’s Daniel Arzani generated the equaliser, threading an inch-perfect ball through two defenders for Marcin Budzinski, who fired home from close range.

In the 66th minute, following an error from City’s Jamie Young, Budzinski skipped past before doubling back and sending a cross for an on-rushing Stefan Mauk, who did well to time his jump and crane his neck for a neat headed finish.

Maccarone had a golden chance to make it 2-2 from the penalty spot in the 78th minute after Michael Jakobsen brought down Fahid Ben Khalfallah, but his limp attempt was saved easily by Dean Bouzanis.