Bosnich leads Central Coast to a stunning win over Sydney

Sydney FC has been left with plenty to reflect on after falling to a three goal defeat this-afternoon in its Pre-Season Cup clash with the Central Coast Mariners.

Sydney FC has been left with plenty to reflect on after falling to a three goal defeat this-afternoon in its Pre-Season Cup clash with the Central Coast Mariners.

The visitors dominated possession for large parts of the opening period, but struggled to break down the home side-s defence, in a match dominated by the stunning return to Australian football of former Socceroo goal-keeper, Mark Bosnich.

The veteran custodian was brilliant in denying Sydney several times, including a 70th minute spot penalty save off Steve Corica.

At the other end of the field a first half goal to Bradley Porter, and second half finishes from Sasho Petrovski and Nik Mrdja sealed Sydney FC-s fate.

Their final preliminary game in the Pre-Season Cup will be played against the Wellington Phoenix in Wollongong next weekend.

Match Details

Sydney FC 1. Clint Bolton (gk), 2. Iain Fyfe, 3. Nikolas Tsattalios (Adam Casey 46-), 4. Simon Colosimo, 5. Mitchell Prentice, 7. Robbie Middleby (Adam Biddle 75-), 10. Steve Corica [c] (Chris Payne 75-), 14. Alex Brosque, 15. Terry McFlynn, 16. Chris Payne, 17. Jacob Timpano, 26. Dez Giraldi

Substitutes Not Used 20. Ivan Necevski [gk]

Unavailable 6. Tony Popovic (injury), 8. Stuart Musialik (Olyroos), 11.Brendon Santalab (injury), 19. Mark Bridge (Olyroos), 22. Mike Enfield (injury), 23. John Aloisi (injury)

Yellow Cards Steve Corica 49- Alex Brosque 63- Iain Fyfe 68- Simon Colosimo 74- Chris Payne 77- Dez Giraldi 90- Red Cards nil Goals nil

Central Coast Mariners 5. Bradley Porter, 7. John Hutchinson, 10. Adrian Caceres, 11. Dylan McCallister, 15. Andrew Clark, 18. Alex Wilkinson, 21. Ahmed Elrich (17. Matthew Osman 77-), 22. Sasho Petrovski (9. Nik Mrdja), 24. David D-Apuzzo, 26. Pedj Bojic, 40. Mark Bosnich [gk] (Danny Vukovic [gk] 81-)

Substitutes Not Used 2. Andre Gumprecht

Yellow Cards David D-Apuzzo 32-, Andrew Clark 34- Sasho Petrovski 56- Bradley Porter 70- Red Cards nil Goals Bradley Porter 43-, Sasho Petrovski 60- Nik Mrdja 69-

Referee Chris Beath Crowd 7,107