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The Central Coast Mariners’ hopes of capping off their fairytale season with a

Premiers Plate trophy have taken a massive blow following a 4-0 loss at home

to Brisbane that gives the Roar another boost in their quest for finals football.

They may have provided one of the best stories in Australian sport this year

but the Mariners have now gone four games without a win, hurting their

chances of keeping track with Melbourne City at the top of the table.

Compounding matters, they are set to be without their Costa Rican star Marco

Urena for up to three games following a horrible challenge on Brisbane

schemer Jay O’Shea that saw him issued with a straight red card.

“I thought it was a bit innocuous, I thought he went for the ball and got him

high after that. I don’t think he meant to get him high at all,” Mariners coach

Alen Stajcic said.

The Roar’s win, their third in a row and all away from home, came courtesy of

a first half goal from defender Macauley Gillesphey before winger Joey

Champness, substitute Alex Parsons and Japanese international Masata Kudo

buried the home side in the second half.

Brisbane’s win catapults them up to seventh place in the league and with

games in hand on those above them in the finals spots they’re in a sweet spot

to make the top six in Warren Moon’s first full season in charge.

“It’s obviously helped that as a group we know we need to win games (to make

the finals) so that’s been the mindset going into our matches we’ve been

positive, attacking and tonight; s been no different and we got the result,”

Moon said.

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Gillesphey gave Brisbane the lead when he slammed home a cross from close

range at the back post.

The Englishman, who is reportedly set to leave the club after a break down in

contract negotiations, looked off-side when the ball was played but a flick on

from Jack Clisby in the build up played him back on.

The Mariners thought they had a golden chance to equalise moments later

when referee Alex King awarded a penalty against Jack Hingert for a handball

only for him to change the decision after a second look at it via the VAR.

Champness, who took a year off football to pursue a rapping career, then

made the ball sing with a long range effort after 56 minutes in his 50th A-League

game that beat Mark Birighitti at his near post.

The Mariners’ misery only worsened five minutes later when Urena showed his

frustrations with a despicable challenge on O’Shea that was deservedly met

with a straight red card.

Brisbane cashed in late on the personnel advantage with Parsons and Kudo

scoring their first A-League goals.

NO ROCKING THE ROAR

It’s been a tumultuous week for Brisbane with veteran striker Scott McDonald

leaving the club after a bust up with coach Warren Moon and contract talks

with defender Macauley Gillesphey said to have broken down. None of that

seemed to bother them in Gosford as they cruised past the Central Coast.

PARTY TIME

As if the win wasn’t enough the Roar squad had plenty more to cheer late on

with 21 year old Queenslander Alex Parsons netting his first A-League goal with

an excellent strike, as did four time Japanese international Masato Kudo with a

tap in from a superb team move.

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Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea could copy Bale, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alli transfer plan

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Premier League clubs could look to raid the lower leagues this summer.

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Man Utd have made already made Facundo Pellistri transfer decision for next season

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Manchester United youngster Facundo Pellistri is yet to make his first-team debut for the club.

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Melbourne City vs. Adelaide United, 4-1 win, Andrew Nabbout injury

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Melbourne City have extended their lead to 11-points at the top of the table, seeing off fellow finals contenders Adelaide United 4-1 at AAMI Park.

However, the win came at a cost for City, who lost Andrew Nabbout to a nasty left leg injury inside the opening half – potentially putting his season and a Socceroos recall in jeopardy.

First-half strikes from Melbourne’s full-back pairing Scott Jamieson and Scott Galloway put the home-side ahead before Ben Halloran pulled one back for the visitors after the break.

Jamie Maclaren’s second-half brace sealed the win for City who edge even closer towards the club’s first Premiers Plate.

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In his 100th game for City, it didn’t take long for Jamieson to make an impact, as the milestone man’s long-range effort deflected in off Jordan Elsey – continuing his ‘purple patch’ of attacking form.

Adelaide began to grow into the game but ultimately found themselves two behind – coming undone from another short-corner routine.

Craig Noone’s cutting ball found an unmarked Galloway who surged into the box and cleverly slid the ball past James Delianov for City’s second.

Adelaide found an avenue back into the contest shortly after the break as Glover’s reflex save fell in the path of Halloran to slam it into the roof of the net.

However, Adelaide’s fightback came to a halt as substitute Stefan Colakovski won a penalty – leading to Maclaren opening his account for the evening from the spot.

Maclaren soon after had his second, getting on the end of a well-timed cross by Marco Tilio to tap home the sealer.

NABBOUT INJURY BLOW

It was the win which came at a cost as Andrew Nabbout succumbed to yet another injury.

The winger, who has already missed six games due to setbacks in his hamstring and groin, went down in the first half with a nasty looking left leg injury – a hammer blow to City and the Socceroos who lost Mitch Langerak and Callum Elder in the past 24 hours to retirement and injury respectively.

With Nabbout in the side, City have only lost one game, as the forward has caused problems for opposition defenders throughout Melbourne’s surge towards the Premiers Plate.

Adelaide United were unable to wrestle the lead from City at any point on Thursday night. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

DELIANOV RE-CALL

Despite conceding four goals, it was a solid return for James Delianov who was given a late re-call into the Adelaide line-up.

Delianov was thrusted into the starting XI when Joe Gauci went down with a quad injury during the warm-up and didn’t look out of place making some smart saves throughout the contest – in particular when the game was still alive.

His performance creates a selection dilemma for Carl Veart who has now two in-form goal-keepers at his disposal heading into the run home.

MACLAREN RECORD BREAKER, AGAIN

Jamie Maclaren is not only scoring goals for fun, but he continues to break record after record.

Maclaren’s second-half brace makes it 58 goals in all competitions for Melbourne City, leaping Bruno Fornaroli for the most goals scored in a City jersey.

The 27-year-old’s double puts him within touching distance of a third Golden Boot crown as he has now scored 25 goals this season, only two behind Bobo who has the most goals scored in a single A-League season back in 2018 with 27.

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