Round 6 Isuzu UTE A-League action continued with two huge games in Gosford and Newcastle.
First up on Sunday, Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Industree Group Stadium.
The action wrapped up in the Hunter as Newcastle Jets fell to a 2-0 loss at home to three-time reigning premiers Melbourne City.
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Central Coast Mariners 2-2 Melbourne Victory – Industree Group Stadium
A 73rd-minute penalty from Angel Torres has ensured the spoils would be shared between Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory in a highly entertaining 2-2 draw at Industree Group Stadium.
Alou Kuol opened the scoring for the Mariners after 16 minutes, but Victory roared back into the contest through a stunning strike from Bruno Fornaroli on the brink of half-time, before Nishan Velupillay fired Tony Popovic’s side ahead after the break.
Victory looked on track to withstand a late barrage and come away with the win, before Torres fired home a penalty to tie the scores with 17 minutes remaining on Sunday.
However, had it not been for some crucial saves from Paul Izzo in the dying moments, Central Coast could have easily come away with all three points in Gosford.
Newcastle Jets 0-2 Melbourne City – McDonald Jones Stadium
Benjamin Mazzeo and Jamie Maclaren were on target as three-time reigning Isuzu UTE A-League premiers Melbourne City snapped their winless run away from home with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle Jets.
City had gone seven matches without a win outside of Victoria but that changed on Sunday thanks to 18-year-old A-Leagues starting debutant Mazzeo and the league’s all-time leading goalscorer Maclaren at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Mazzeo broke the deadlock in the 12th minute before captain and Socceroo Maclaren made it 2-0 approaching the hour-mark as City capped a taxing week of travel by clinching just their second league win of the season.