Central Coast Mariners 2 Perth Glory 1
Matthew Simon of the Mariners battles William Gallas of Glory. Photo: Getty Images
Central Coast Mariners have rubbed salt in to the wounds of the Perth Glory, by scoring a last-ditched 2-1 away win at nib Stadium.
A late goal from Mitchell Duke in stoppage time secured the Mariners their second win of the season - against an undermanned Glory.
The home side was left with just 10 men for the final 20 minutes of the contest after defender Scott Jamieson was stretchered from the pitch with a suspected Achilles injury.
Perth had already suffered an injury to its marquee signing William Gallas, who left the pitch in the first half with an ankle injury.
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And coach Alistair Edwards had just made his third and final substitution before Jamieson suffered his injury.
Despite the player disadvantage, the late goal was scored against the run of play, with Perth looking to have the run of play.
The Glory had several chances to break the 1-1 deadlock in the final 20 minutes, but couldn't find the back of the net.
The Mariners had only arrived in to Perth on the day of the game, even though it had been 13 days since they last played.
With the delay to the start time due to the Victory's 3-0 win over Adelaide in Melbourne running overtime, it meant effectively the Coasters were not kicking off until 10pm (Sydney time).
Yet the game seemed destined for a 1-1 draw before Duke got free in the box and scored with almost the final kick of the game.
Gallas had lasted just 31 mins before hobbling off the pitch with a calf injury that could keep the star defender out for up to a month.
Maybe it was the bicycle shot on goal that the former Arsenal skipper attempted from the middle of the box at 17 minutes that caused the 36-year old trouble.
Gallas was recruited as a defender, but obviously fancies himself to get on the scoreboard while playing in Perth.
In the first 17 minutes of the game he was the target in the box for several Glory forays into attack. When Davies found him with a perfect cross on the third attempt the French star's spectacular shot on goals sailed just over the crossbar.
While the Glory did most of the attacking in the first half, through Sidnei, Nagai and Jamieson, when the Mariners did manage to get on the break, they looked dangerous.
The Mariners suffered a set-back after just seven minutes when Nick Montgomery had to be substituted out of the game with a leg injury - replaced by Anthony Caceres.
But Simon had two opportunities to score within seconds at 22 minutes, only to be denied by Perth keeper Daniel Vukovic.
The home side finally scored at 24 minutes when a long ball from Jamieson found Jamie McLaren on the burst, who had too much pace for Trent Sainsbury and he managed to lob the ball Central Coast keeper Justin
Pasfield and into the back of the nett.
The departure of Gallas lifted the Mariners and three minutes later Marcos Flores and Simon combined to provide Michael McGlinchey a clear shot at goal that he didn't miss - tying the score at 1-1.
McGlinchey was unlucky not to score again four minutes later when he was released by a clever pass by Mitchell Duke, only again to be denied by Vukovic. He had yet another chance right on half-time, but his free kick, taken from just outside the box, hit the cross bar.
The Mariners were fortunate to be given the shot on goal, which came after a heated exchange between the respective side's captains, the Mariners John Hutchinson and Perth's Jacob Burns, who was celebrating his 100th game as captain of the Glory.
While Central Coast received a shot on goal, Hutchinson received a yellow card that could easily have been red, for his lash out at Burns.
The Glory opened the second half with realistic opportunities to break the deadlock in the first three minutes, but McLaren and Ryan Edwards shots on goal were brilliantly saved by Pasfield.