The Central Coast Mariners are celebrating their second A-League Men title in history after outgoing forward Jason Cummings snared a hat-trick in a 6-1 grand final obliteration of Melbourne City on Saturday night.
As Cummings rounded out his time in Gosford with a three-goal blitz ahead of his likely departure to India, the Socceroos star led the Mariners to their first title since 2013.
The man known as “Cumdog” scored the first goal of the night in the 20th minute and added another two goals through penalty kicks in the second half, steering the Central Coast outfit to victory in front of a 26,523-strong crowd at Parramatta’s CommBank Stadium.
Cummings’ first goal of the night came on the back of a Beni Nkolo cross, with the Frenchman firing in a low ball from the right wing and watching Cummings win a scrap and bunt it past goalkeeper Thomas Glover.
Sammy Silvera, Nkololo and Moresche also netted goals as the Mariners dealt City the heaviest grand final defeat since 2007.
The Central Coast triumph rubber-stamped a remarkable revival by the Mariners, who were dealt three consecutive wooden spoons between 2018 and 2020.
City dominated the regular season, finishing 11 points clear of the second-placed Mariners, but again failed to deliver when it mattered most.
City have contested the last four grand finals but have just one title to show.
The defeat made for a terrible way for City captain Scott Jamieson to sail into retirement.
Cummings and the Mariners are sure to be partying long into the night.
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