Central Coast Mariners have lifted themselves from the bottom of the A-League ladder with a win over Adelaide.
Central Coast have breathed life into their A-League season with an upset 2-1 win against fifth-placed Adelaide United on Sunday night.
Their third win of the season couldn't have come at a better time, lifting them from the bottom of the ladder above the Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar.
Previously, Adelaide had won the past eight match-ups against the Mariners, including the last six games at Central Coast Stadium.
A 1-0 loss to ladder-leaders Sydney FC last week affirmed the Mariners were nearing their next win.
"Coming into today I had a real sense of belief against Adelaide who for me, if Sydney are the form team of the competition at the moment, Adelaide are a very close second, winning the FFA Cup and where they are on the ladder with still games in hand as well," said coach Alen Stajcic.
"We've come up against probably two of the best teams in the competition and shown we can compete.
"A lot of belief we get from that, but that needed to transfer to 90 minutes of football rather than just 45 or 50."
To the delight of the crowd of 4848 at Central Coast Stadium, the Mariners went into the sheds with a 2-0 lead after a dominant first half.
However, a rousing half-time speech from Adelaide coach Gertjan Verbeek had immediate effect, with Ben Halloran nailing a screamer little more than a minute after play resumed to set up a tense final term.
The Reds returned to the field a different-looking team and the Mariners had a few lucky escapes midway through the second half as they battled to hold on for their home fans.
They had plenty to cheer about earlier when youngster Kye Rowles swept in a goal in the fourth minute, starting the match on a high note for the inexperienced side.
Milan Duric, who scored a brilliant goal from outside the box late in the first half, was given a standing ovation from fans when he was subbed off in the 69th minute.
The Mariners will play Perth at Central Coast Stadium on New Years Eve - a rematch to their round four win at HBF Park, while Adelaide will face Western Sydney Wanderers at Coopers Stadium on Friday.