A game for the ages, but not for all the right reasons…
Central Coast Mariners
Ben Kennedy — 6
Leaped fantastically to deny a looping header in the first period and nearly prevented Krishna’s first penalty, ultimately it was not enough. Still uncertain in the air at times.
Kye Rowles — 4
A tale of two halves as the youngster had a solid first half as a part of a three man defence but brought down Krishna who was racing through on goal in the second period to earn a red.
Jake McGing — 6
Opted to put pressure on the likes of Williams and Cacace to great effect in the first half. Maintained his good quality, putting in a well-timed tackle against a stampeding Sheridan in the second half.
Jonathan Aspropotamitis — 6
Signed on as an injured player in pre-season and finally got his chance to play in the A-League following nearly a year out with an ACL issue.
A tumultuous return for the former Wanderer who could do little more than try and savour anything for his side.
Jacob Melling — 6.5
A brilliantly timed tackle set Andrew Hoole on his way to put the Mariners in heaven at 2-0, a place they have not known all season.
Fearless in his tackling, even as he was reverted to a left back role after Rowles’ red card. In defence, Melling was industrious, rarely letting anyone past him until Krishna bested him, forcing an already frustrated Melling to bring down the striker.
Can hold his head up as he was quality beyond the penalty.
Tom Hiariej — 6
Brought in for Aiden O’Neill and Hiariej’s first half performance proved that the Dutchman is indispensable.
But he went missing in the second period as his side played second fiddle to an onslaught of Wellington attacks.