April 12, 2015 09:12:02 UK
Central Coast Mariners sent skipper John Hutchinson and striker Matt Simon out winners in their final home match as they beat Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0.
A second-minute goal from Josh Rose was enough to deliver the Mariners’ fifth win of the season in Gosford.
Hutchinson is hanging up his boots at the end of the season – though staying on as assistant coach – while club record scorer Simon has been told his contract won’t be renewed.
It’s an amazing feeling the reception I got from the fans and the members.. I’m so grateful.
For Hutchinson, who has been with the club since the inaugural A-League season and has played more games in the competition than anyone else, it was a special night.
He said: “It’s the last time I’m going to play here, I just want to thank my team-mates for sending me out a winner at home. It’s an amazing feeling the reception I got from the fans and the members … I’m so grateful.”
Central Coast are 3.75 to win their next match against Wellington Phoenix, who are 1.80 with the draw 3.75.
The Mariners bounced back from last weekend’s 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Brisbane Roar to edge the contest courtesy of Rose’s strike from their first attack.
Anthony Caceres dispossessed Romeo Castelen and Anthony Kalik, on his starting debut, delivered a pass that cut through the defence and allowed Rose to run on and fire past Dean Bouzanis.
It broke the Mariners’ drought against Western Sydney, having not scored in their previous four matches against Tony Popovic’s side, who are 34.00 to win the Asian Champions League.
The home team should have been able to make more of the chances they created in a good attacking performance, though Wanderers – who have now lost 11 of their 13 away games this term – will feel disappointed in their lack of a cutting edge.
They had two good chances in quick succession midway through the first half, Alusine Fofanah having his shot blocked by onrushing keeper Liam Reddy and Nick Kalmar then seizing on the loose ball but being denied by Nick Montgomery.
Iacopo La Rocca should have done better when Reddy missed an attempted punch from Kalmar’s free-kick, but could only balloon his header over an empty net.
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