Adelaide United has taken care of Central Coast in Gosford on Sunday afternoon after Pablo Sanchez ended his goal- drought for the Reds with a brace to sink the Mariners.
Sanchez, who joined United at the start of the current A-League season, had come close to scoring his first goal for his new club in recent weeks but hadnít been able to find the back of the net.
[quote]The Spaniard made the most of his opportunities on Sunday, however, scoring two goals in quick succession just before half time in wet conditions at Gosford.[/quote]
The Spaniard made the most of his opportunities on Sunday, however, scoring two goals in quick succession just before half time in wet conditions at Gosford.
The 2-0 victory lifts the Reds back to second spot on the A-League ladder ahead of its blockbuster Friday night away-clash with Melbourne Victory.
It was a case of more of the same for both sides, with United making the most of its chances while Central Coast were at times sloppy in defence and ultimately toothless in attack.
The Mariners did start well, however, sharing possession with the visitors and having a number of shots on goal.
AS the first half wore in, it looked like the Mariners of old had come to play.
That all changed in the 40th minute.
Pablo Ferreira sent in a cross from the right that deflected off Mariners defender Michael Neill and was gleefully accepted by Sanchez at the far post, who headed home for his first goal in a Reds shirt.
The Spaniardís second was the result of a stunning run by Reds defender Tarek Elrich.
Elrich took possession of the ball in his own half and made his way down the left side of the pitch, fired a cross into the area that deflected off the boot of the hapless Neill straight to Sanchez, who slotted home his second in two minutes.
The Mariners were clearly deflated and lost all impetus from then on, culminating in the sending-off of Nick Montgomery in the 70th minute for a second yellow card.
Unitedís form rolls on ahead of the clash with Victory and the FFA Cup final against current A-League leaders, Perth Glory.
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