Central Coast Mariners beat Adelaide 2-0

Last updated 00:04 25/03/2013
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ON TARGET: Daniel McBreen, centre, of the Mariners celebrates with teammates after opening the scoring.

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Central Coast kept alive their hopes of pinching the A-League's premier's plate with a commanding 2-0 away triumph against Adelaide United tonight.    

Daniel McBreen netted in the fourth minute and Mile Sterjovski scored two minutes from time at Hindmarsh Stadium as the second-placed Mariners closed the gap on table-toppers Western  Sydney.    

Central Coast (51 points, plus-25 goal difference) will steal the plate with a win next week - if the Wanderers (54 points,  plus-17 goal difference) lose to Newcastle.

McBreen's early strike stunned Adelaide, who remain fourth, one  point shy of third-placed Melbourne Victory.   

McBreen is favourite to win the Golden Boot with his 15th  goal this season, two more than Victory star Marco Rojas, after combining with Mitchell Duke to slice open Adelaide's defence.    

The duo's neat one-two played McBreen into space and an angled  run at goal from five metres out.    

As Adelaide goalkeeper Paul Izzo charged, McBreen slotted a low shot to silence Adelaide's 8069-strong home crowd.    

The early blow set a dominant tone for the well-drilled Mariners, who repeatedly forced the Reds backwards and sideways.    

But Adelaide rallied in the second half with Jeronimo Neumann and Iain Ramsay both narrowly missing scoring chances.    

Neumann dribbled a sliding right footer from less than a metre out into keeper Justin Pasfield, who tipped it centimetres wide,  before an audacious 15-metre volley from Ramsay five minutes later cracked into the cross bar.    

But the Reds were made to rue their missed chances when Sterjovski blasted a goal from near the penalty spot in the final minutes as the Mariners extended their winning streak against Adelaide to eight matches.

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