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The Central Coast Mariners extended their lead at the top of the A-League thanks to a 2-0 win over Wellington Phoenix, with 10 men.
The hosts operated with reduced numbers for more than an hour of the contest after David Ball received a well-deserved direct red card for a reckless lunge on Matt Simon.
Simon recovered well enough to give Central Coast the lead five minutes before half-time, finishing off an excellent pass from Marco Urena home.
Afterward, the striker praised the experienced Costa Rican playmaker.
“You can see Marco’s quality on the field and that pass was just another demonstration of how good he is,” Simon said.
And it’s only going to get better. I think he’s still a little bit away from getting into 100 percent shape, but I think he’s shown his qualities so far. “
Oliver Bozanic made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after another misguided challenge from Phoenix, this time from Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi over Daniel De Silva, and from that point there was little doubt the Mariners would open a four-point gap. . Macarthur, second classified.
Brisbane Roar had a chance to beat the Sydney club, but drew 0-0 at home to Newcastle Jets.
The Jets are seventh with two wins in eight games so far, with Valentino Yuel close to being a topical winner Sunday when his 25-yard drive bounced off the post.
.@KuacYuel It’s the closest thing to opening the scoreboard today.
– League A (@ALeague) February 14, 2021
Wellington is only kept out of the bottom by Melbourne Victory on goal difference, although he has only played six times.