MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 11:05:52
Nov 8, 2015 at 6am UK at ​Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford
Central CoastCentral Coast Mariners
1-1
WellingtonWellington Phoenix
O'Donovan (76')
FT(HT: 0-1)

Result: Roy O'Donovan strike secures point for Central Coast Mariners

Central Coast Mariners play out a 1-1 draw against the Wellington Phoenix as a second-half strike from Roy O'Donovan cancels out Michael McGlinchey's opener.

Roy O'Donovan scored a second-half equaliser to earn a point for the Central Coast Mariners in their A-League clash against the Wellington Phoenix.

The visitors took the lead in the eighth minute when Roy Krishna sent the ball to the back post for Michael McGlinchey, who cut back onto his left foot to drill his strike into the net.

Roy Krishna of the Phoenix contests the header against Jake McGing of the Mariners during the round five A-League match between the Central Coast Mariners and the Wellington Phoenix at Central Coast Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Gosford, Australia.© Getty Images

The Mariners thought they had a got back into the game as O'Donovan raced onto a through ball behind the Phoenix defence and lifted the ball over Glen Moss, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Liam Rose almost brought the home side level on the stroke of half time when he unleashed a powerful effort towards the top corner, but the keeper palmed the ball away from goal.

In the second half, Wellington almost doubled their advantage as Roly Bonevacia raided to the edge of the box and fired at goal, but Paul Izzo tipped his effort onto the post and clear.

Central Coast got back into the game in the 76th minute when Anthony Caceres lifted the ball into the box from a corner and O'Donovan rose highest in the box to guide a headed effort past Moss.

The Mariners pushed for a winner late on and substitute Josh Bingham almost got the goal, only to be denied by a fine save from Moss, which was enough to earn the visitors a point.

The result leaves Central Coast in eighth place in the table, while the Phoenix are one place above them in seventh.

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