They were faced with one-way traffic towards their goal from the onset, surrendering territory for Neil Kilkenny to dictate the midfield tempo, pulling the strings to help the Glory to a 66 per-cent share of first-half possession. And half an hour in it was he who supplied the ball that broke the Mariners’ defence.
A quick through ball to Ingham played the winger into the box. His first touch cut inside his marker and his second – a fierce right-footed shot – rattled the far corner of the net.
The visitors came close to doubling their lead shortly after the restart through a Bruno Fornaroli free-kick denied by a fine save from Mariners goalkeeper Mark Birighitti.
The Mariners looked better going forward in the second half as Perth took their feet off the pedal. They played with more purpose in attack but lacked creativity to translate it into chances on goal. In that sense, the route was often too predictable; crosses, long balls or simple forward passes. Compounding their woes was an injury to forward Jordan Murray, who dislocated his shoulder after the hour.
The injection of Matt Simon added some excitement to their hopeful balls but the Glory defence were rarely stressed. The closest Central Coast came to scoring was a late goal-mouth scramble in the dying minutes. Even then, a shot on target could not be mustered.