4 Nov 2012

Mariners smash Sydney FC 7-2

7:26 am on 4 November 2012

The Central Coast Mariners have thrashed Sydney FC 7-2 at home to equal the highest score in A-League football history.

The star attraction Alessandro Del Piero was missing for Sydney with a hamstring problem, but a bumper Gosford crowd of 15,686 - the Mariners' biggest in five seasons - was treated to the nine-goal extravaganza.

The All Whites midfielder Michael McGlinchey was instrumental with a goal and plenty of good work for the Mariners, while Daniel McBreen netted the club's first hat-trick.

The Mariners scored four of their goals in a 13-minute blitz in the second half.

Afterwards the Sydney coach Ian Crook apologised to Sydney's fans.

Elsewhere, the former England striker Emile Heskey's goal-scoring run came to a halt as Perth Glory secured a pulsating 3-2 home victory over Newcastle Jets.

Perth go second equal behind the Mariners, who lead the table by a point after Saturday's games.