A game for the ages, but not for all the right reasons…
Louis Fenton — 8
The flying fullback was critical in ensuring his side never took their foot off the gas, winning the ball back well and taking on the Mariners left side with a confidence not typically sighted in the right back.
Michal Kopczynski — 7.5
Did well to anticipate his tackles in midfield as the Mariners players’ tendency to over commit in an effort to maintain intensity played in to his hands. The Polish defensive midfielder was one of his side’s better players in a poor first half.
Mitch Nichols — 5
Akin to the rest of his side, Nichols started off poorly and was responsible for giving the ball away in midfield in the lead up to Hoole’s goal. Showed a bit of quality towards the end of the first period but was hooked off as the first half began.
Liberato Cacace — 7
The youngster had a solid all round game and continued a string of quality performances for his side.
Sarpreet Singh — 7.5
Made some positive movements when given time on the ball in the first half but was not able to show his true quality until the Mariners were forced to retreat.
David Williams — 8.5
Did well in moving the ball with his back to goal in the first half but the former Melbourne City man often found himself surrounded by the Mariners defence and thus had little room to manoeuvre.
To continue the theme, Williams was exceptional in the second period, looking to set up the likes of Krishna and Sheridan whilst positioning himself well to provide an option. Scored the tiebreaker following Krishna and Singh’s good work.
Roy Krishna — 9
Strode past the Mariners defence with sheer speedy dominance, earning two penalties and dispatching both with tenacity past Kennedy.
He dazzled when he needed to and worked when his side needed him most. Earned an assist as well as he laid off the ball to Williams following an impressive effort by Singh.
The Fijian’s second half performance was a far cry from he and his side’s first half showing. A near perfect performance if not for a quiet first half.
Cillian Sheridan — 8
The perfect substitution by Mark Rudan, instantly making an impact as he flicked the ball on to Krishna who raced through on goal and won a penalty.
The Irishman further displayed the quality that has previously earned him a Republic of Ireland international cap, entertaining the crowd with his desire and movement similar to how he captivates listeners on his “Misted Sherry” podcast.
Max Burgess — 6
The Phoenix’s weapon off the bench was brought on after his side had wrapped up the three points and thus could influence little.
Dylan Fox — N/A
Brought on late to provide defensive stability.