Mariners Try To Hit A Roar Nerve

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The Mariners can break their home duck against Brisbane. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
After three straight losses, including two defeats in a row at fortress Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Roar desperately needed a win and they got it against a Sydney FC side which was an absolute rabble at the back. That victory could be a turning point in their season, but whether they’re back in the groove yet, or not, will more than likely be found out when they take on the ever-consistent Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.

Considering the Mariners have twice been A-League minor premiers and qualified for the finals in five of the competition’s seven seasons, Brisbane has a remarkably good record against the Gosford-based side. In particular, their record at Bluetongue Stadium is just incredible, having never lost a game there. In thirteen matches there Roar has won nine and drawn four, including a 2-0 win in round 18 last season and a 3-2 win in the second leg of the teams’ semi-final clash.

The Mariners have had a shocking draw to start the season, with five matches away from Gosford and just two at home. They’ve won both of those; a 1-0 decision over Perth Glory and a 7-2 shellacking of Sydney FC. Despite being on the road for most of the season, Graham Arnold’s side sits second on the ladder with just one loss, to the Newcastle Jets. Three of their five wins have been by a score of 1-0, while three of Brisbane’s losses have been by the same scoreline. 

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