Brisbane overcome by Mariners

Brisbane Roar were beaten 4-1 by Central Coast Mariners on Saturday evening at Industree Group Stadium. 

Central Coast opened the scoring early in the 15th minute where Jason Cummings took a left-foot strike to the bottom right corner that was saved by Jordan Holmes.  

Marco Tulio followed up on the save and buried the ball into the back of the net at the near post.  

Mariners’ Josh Nisbet found the back of the net just two minutes later, after beating Roar defence in the goal box and placed it to the left of goal.  

In the 30th minute, Marco Tulio crossed the ball in for Max Ballard to header it into the roof of the net, putting Central Coast up 3-0 at the break.  

After a handball in the box by Jordan Courtney-Perkins, Jason Cummings converted a penalty for the Mariners in the 58th minute, tucking the ball away in the bottom left corner. 

In the 82nd minute, Jay O’Shea converted a penalty that he calmly dispatched in the bottom left of goal after a handball by Brian Kaltak.  

Interim Head Coach Nick Green believed his side ultimately weren’t good enough against Central Coast.  

He knows his side is better than Saturday’s performance and looks forward to his squad working hard at training before their next home game.  

“The first half today wasn’t good enough, the goals that we let in were really soft and really poor. I felt like Central Coast are a good team but we just stood off them, we didn’t take enough responsibility and accountability,” Green said.  

“We’ll put it right. We’ve got a week to prepare for our next home game,” he added.  

“It’s really important that we move on from it, we learn from it, but from my personal perspective, I know we’re better than that.” 

The Roar face Newcastle Jets at Kayo Stadium this Saturday in hopes of making it three consecutive wins at home. 

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