Ahead of our return to Central Coast Stadium on Saturday for a clash against the high-flying Central Coast Mariners, we’ve picked out three of our most memorable away clashes against the Gosford club. Take a look and tell us which match is your favourite.
2007/08 Round 15
Central Coast Mariners 4 – 5 Sydney FC
Perhaps one of the greatest ever games in the A-League. Sydney FC and the Mariners played out a nine-goal thriller that saw two red cards and a stoppage time winner, as the Sky Blues secured a memorable three points at the then Bluetongue Stadium.
With a 10-man Mariners side drawing level at 4-4 with less than five minutes to play, the crowd were already bearing witness to a memorable clash, however deep into injury time a red card and penalty for Sydney FC allowed Ufuk Talay to step up and sweep home the winner from 12-yards. “It’s 5-4 and that is full time!” blared Fox Sports commentator Ange Postecoglou.
2017/2018 Round 24
Central Coast Mariners 1 – 2 Sydney FC
Already dubbed “The Record Breakers” following their historic 2016/17 double, Sydney FC went within three points of becoming the first ever club to seal back-to-back Premierships with a determined win on the coast.
Cruising courtesy of a first half Milos Ninkovic header, Sydney FC were pegged back by and 82nd minute equaliser from the Mariners, only for current Central Coast hitman Matt Simon to pop up at the far post and nod home a 93rd minute winner.
2014/15 Round 15
Central Coast Mariners 1 – 5 Sydney FC
Graham Arnold’s return to face his former club for the first time as Sky Blues’ boss was always going to be memorable, but with a “Arnie Money” PR gaffe from the home side raising the stakes it was all the impetus Sydney FC needed to record a comfortable win.
Three goals to the good before the break, the Sky Blues continued their impressive showing in the second half in one of their performances of the season with marquee Marc Janko bagging two goals amongst strikes to Chris Naumoff, Bernie Ibini and Alex Brosque.