The Central Coast suffered another red heart attack in the A-League after losing 3-2 to Phoenix in Wellington.
The unlucky Mariners had to take a tenth consecutive defeat, but this was one of the toughest for Mike Mulvey's last place, having fully justified their lead in the first half at 2-0.
by defender Kye Rowles 40 seconds after the break he overturned the match in the lead, allowing Wellington to control the game and extend his unbeaten run to an eight-game club.
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History repeated for Central Coast, who also dominated the early stages of last week's 5-2 defeat against Sydney FC before defender Kalifa Cisse saw red. The sniper Phoenix Roy Krishna was the main beneficiary, scoring twice from the penalty spot.
On both occasions he won the spot, including the critical moment when Rowles was sent off due to a backbeat of the Fijian national when it was clear on goal.
The referee Alex King also did not hesitate when Krishna was knocked down by Jacob Melling 10 minutes later.
Krishna, who scored nine goals this season, ruled the 65th-minute winner with a final blow and help for fellow striker David Williams, who blew up at home from close range.
It meant that a high season crowd of 10.186 could mark a milestone for skipper Andrew Durante, who became the first player to appear in 300 A-league games. It seemed that the night would fall flat for the central defender while Central Coast possessed the initial exchanges, forcing seven corners in the first 13 minutes. Making the most of the first start in two months for Socceroos' influential front man, Tommy Oar, went ahead with a penalty in the eighth minute. It was converted by Matt Simon, who had been blocked by Steven Taylor. Andrew Hoole bagged his first goal of the season on 21st, a fine solo action after Melling snatched possession from Mitch Nichols.
The Mariners had visions of their first victory since they had defeated the Phoen ix in Gosford 11 months ago, but instead lost an advantage for the sixth time this season, exte with a total result without wins to 18 games.
A positive was the first appearance in over a year for former central defender Wanderers Jonathan Aspropotamitis after passing a serious knee injury.
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