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Gold Coast encounter with Mariners rained off

The game between Gold Coast United and Central Coast Mariners was today abandoned after 19 minutes due to severe adverse weather conditions causing the pitch to be deemed unsafe to continue play by Match Referee Chris Beath.

Due to the match being abandoned before halftime the match will has been declared a postponed match.

"The decision was made to play the game and that's the way it is, but I knew that once there was one big downpour it was gone, it would be over.

"When Chris (Beath) stopped the game, he went to (captains) Alex (Wilkinson) and Jason (Culina), the timing was right. When the ball stops rolling and gets stuck in puddles it's not a spectacle for supporters, then you run a major risk of collisions, players can't change directions, and injuries can occur," said Mariners Head Coach Graham Arnold.

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