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Australian Football: Cummings opens Mariners account

Central Coast Mariners coach Nick Montgomery says there is plenty more to come from new signing Scott Cummings after he opened his account on debut against Sydney FC.

The Mariners are priced at 6/4 to finish in the top six of the A-League and Cummings could be the man to take them there after already showing his eye for goal.

Impressive debut

Cummings could not prevent Central Coast slipping to a 3-2 defeat against Sydney but his 60-minute appearance and goal was a huge positive for the Mariners.

The former Dundee striker swapped a cold winter in Scotland for a hot afternoon at Leichhardt Oval but adapted well and grabbed the second goal to give Central Coast a 2-1 lead.

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Montgomery was delighted with the display and is in no doubt Cummings will be a big hit.

"To come off the plane a few days ago it was a big ask to throw him in," Montgomery told reporters. "He's a top player and the shift he put in coming from minus temperatures in Scotland. He's going to get better."

Sydney snatch the win

Montgomery was disappointed his side could not at least take a point from the game as Sydney struck two late goals, but says they will quickly turn focus to the FFA Cup final against Melbourne Victory on Saturday.

"I think at 2-1 we just needed to keep controlling the game," he added. "We prodded and probed in the second half. I think a draw would've been a fair result, but we'll dust ourselves down and get those who have been off sick fit for the final."

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