26 Jan 2013

Super-sub Duke lifts Mariners over Reds

6:52 am on 26 January 2013

The Central Coast Mariners have extended their lead at the top of Australia's A-League football competition with a come-from-behind 3-1 home victory over Adelaide United.

Mitchell Duke came off the bench to fire the Mariners into the front at Bluetongue Stadium, the young striker scoring twice in the second half to turn what had been a frustrating match for the Mariners in front of 8294 fans into a triumph.

Despite totally dominating the first half, the home side trailed 1-0 at half-time of the top-of-the-table cash after Reds defender Daniel Bowles' scored against the run of play.

But Duke's performance, and an inspired substitution by Graham Arnold, ensured Central Coast moved six points clear of second-placed Adelaide.

Midfielder and New Zealand international Michael McGlinchey sealed the win with a goal in the 89th minute.