Melbourne Victory halted Central Coast's A-League revival to put themselves within eight points of Sydney FC a day after the leaders suffered their first defeat of the season.
Golden boot leader Besart Berisha celebrated his 150th league appearance with a goal in each half on Sunday, alongside James Troisi's 58th-minute strike in Gosford.
The result stopped the ninth-placed Mariners claiming a fourth consecutive win in their push for an unlikely play-off spot.
For Victory, it was a valuable three...
In-form Central Coast Mariners striker Roy O'Donovan says the A-League club want him to extend his contract beyond this season.
O'Donovan is yet to commit to the Mariners, but he says he's enjoying playing for the club more than any other point in his time down under.
The striker is one of many finding their feet during the club's resurgence under coach Paul Okon.
The 31-year-old has netted 10 goals this campaign, sitting below only star duo Besart Berisha and Bruno Fornaroli on the scoring charts.
Central Coast Mariners coach Paul Okon admits his battle to re-sign striker Roy O'Donovan grows more difficult with every goal the Irishman scores.
O'Donovan's value spiked again on Sunday when he buried a second-half brace against the Western Sydney Wanderers to secure the club's third successive A-League win for the first time in nearly three years.
It took his season tally to 10, equal with Melbourne Victory's Marco Rojas and Brisbane Roar's Jamie Maclaren, despite the fact the Mariners sit second-last.