Mariners win halts Sydney FC momentum
Graham Arnold's former club Central Coast ended the coach's unbeaten start to the season with Sydney FC, with a 2-0 win in Gosford.
Sydney FC had gone into the game top of the league after last weekend's win away to Melbourne City, who had a 100 per cent record up to that point.
But Arnold's return to Central Coast Stadium proved to be the Mariners' first win of the campaign, at the sixth attempt.
Andrew Hoole and Jake McGing scored the goals and the home side could have added to their tally.
Paul Okon's team kept their second consecutive clean sheet into the bargain as they opened Remembrance Round with a stirring display.
The Mariners opened well, stringing together long series of passes to keep Sydney on their toes, and took the led when Hoole fired home a composed finish.
Sydney FC had a good spell early in the second half before the home side re-asserted themselves when half-time substitute Kwabena Appiah introduced his pace into the attack and combined well with Danny De Silva.
They made their pressure tell 11 minutes after the break when McGing doubled their lead with a header that ricocheted off the bottom of the crossbar following Hoole's corner.
A third goal almost came in the 77th minute, with a clinical cut across the box from Hoole just out of reach for the Mariners front line.
Central Coast skipper Alan Baro was sent off for a second bookable offence six minutes from time, but the Sky Blues could not take advantage of the extra man.
Sydney FC are 3/10 to win the FFA Cup final.
The Sky Blues are 11/2 to beat Adelaide United 1-0.
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