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Australian Football: Mariners last-minute woes continue

Central Coast Mariners boss Nick Montgomery says his side must have a mental issue with conceding last-minute goals but believes there is plenty of time to turn things around.

The Mariners are joint-bottom of the A-League ladder following Saturday's 2-1 loss to Adelaide United and are in danger of picking up the wooden spoon unless they can turn their season around quickly.

Same old story

The Mariners have fallen into a bad habit of conceding injury-time goals and did so again on Saturday when 16-year-old substitute Nestory Irankunda scored the winner for Adelaide in the 92nd minute.

It is not the first time. Melbourne Victory recently snatched a 94th minute winner and Perth Glory a 92nd minute equaliser, and Montgomery now thinks it is in the players' heads.

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There is still a long way to go in the season but Montgomery accepts they have to get out of the habit of conceding late as soon as possible.

"We've got to turn it around, there's lots of games left," Montgomery told reporters after the game. "We have to look at ourselves and try and get over this mental thing of conceding injury time goals because it's obviously not helping."

Late blow

The first half had gone well for the Mariners as Adelaide struggled to get into the game and they deservedly took the lead on 35 minutes thanks to a goal from Beni Nkololo.

Adelaide hit back after the break when Japanese striker Hiroshi Ibusuki equalised in the 52nd minute before Irankunda popped up at the death to break Mariners hearts once again.

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