De Silva lining for the Mariners

Round 4 concluded with the Central Coast Mariners travelling across the country to take on Perth Glory on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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De Silva breathes a sigh of relief after making amends for his earlier poor effort in front of goal.

The Mariners started strong with Milan Duric deciding to launch a third rocket in three games. It was like a sniper’s shot in the movies, Liam Reddy didn’t see the shot, he only heard it when it rattled into the bar. Unfortunately for the Mariners, the resultant rebound fell to Danny De Silva who looked like he was playing a game of Twister at the time and Reddy came and claimed the ball and extinguish the danger.

All would be forgiven for De Silva in the 17th minute when he got on the end of a great cutback from Jack Clisby and calmly placed his shot in to the bottom corner to give the team from Gosford a deserved 1-0 lead.

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The Glory draw level but it wouldn’t last long

The Mariners had the chance to go 2-0 up but it was Perth who struck back when Diego Castro teed up Juande who’s shot was saved by Mark Birighitti. The rebound fell to Ivan Franjic who hit it towards goal and the ball managed to find it’s way in to the back of the net to level things up.

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That first A-League goal feeling!

At this point, the scoreline didn’t accurately reflect the way the Mariners were playing. Thankfully Sammy Silvera picked the pocket of Jacob Tratt and cut in to the box and unleashed a shot that cut the top off every blade of grass that it passed over before sneaking inside the right-hand upright and giving the Mariners a deserved lead at the half-time break.

The second half was all the Glory, they kept pushing the Mariners deeper and deeper but the Mariners held strong to claim a wonderful win out West and leave Perth wondering was last year’s Glory just a flash in the pan.