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Highlights from Dramatic AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Final: Macarthur FC vs Central Coast Mariners

The AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Final between Macarthur FC and Central Coast Mariners was a thrilling contest that had fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle. Central Coast Mariners emerged victorious with a 3-2 win, thanks to a goal from substitute Ronald Barcellos in the 120th minute.

Central Coast Mariners head coach Mark Jackson emphasized his team’s ability to perform under pressure, stating that they are most dangerous when their backs are against the wall. This mentality helped the Mariners secure the win and advance to the Inter Zonal Semi-Final against India’s Odisha FC.

The game saw Macarthur FC take the lead in extra time, only for Central Coast Mariners to stage a comeback with goals from Mikael Doka and Ronald Barcellos. The dramatic victory not only earned the Mariners a spot in the next round but also a prize money of $100,000.

Despite the heartbreaking loss, Macarthur FC head coach Mile Sterjovski remains optimistic about the club’s future and is determined to see them succeed. The Bulls are currently fourth in the Isuzu UTE A-League and are looking to bounce back in their upcoming match against Newcastle Jets.

The AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Final showcased the competitive spirit and resilience of both teams, leaving fans eager for more exciting matches in the future. With Central Coast Mariners set to face Odisha FC in the next round, the excitement continues to build as they aim for AFC Cup glory.

Stay tuned for more updates and highlights from the AFC Cup as the competition heats up and teams battle it out for ultimate victory!

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