WATCH: Highlights from Mariners’ semi-final win against nine-man Sydney

Two red cards and a 2-1 loss at home have given Sydney a football mountain to climb as they try to reach the men’s A-League grand final.

Ufuk Talay’s side gave up a 1-0 lead against the Central Coast Mariners at the Allianz Stadium to lose the first leg of their home and away semi-final.

Two sendings off in the second half — both after VAR reviews — will cause more problems with anticipated suspensions for Jack Rodwell and Corey Hollman.

Sydney were looking good as half-time approach, ahead through a Joel King effort midway through the half.

But the game turned in stoppage time of the first spell when Josh Nisbet pinched an equaliser.

Main photo: Josh Nisbet scores just before the half-time whistle.

A penalty scored by Mikael Doka in the 56th minute gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead, before Rodwell (63′) and Hollman (82′) got their marching orders.

Watch the highlights


Game played on Friday May 10, 2024

Sydney 1 (Joel King 25′)
Central Coast Mariners 2 (Josh Nisbet 45+3′, Mikael Doka 56′ pen)


Game to be played on Sunday May 12, 2024

Semi-final 2, first leg

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