Mariners & Jets to play inaugural ‘Legends Challenge’

Mariners & Jets to play inaugural ‘Legends Challenge`

The history of the #F3Derby plus footballers who have made a significant contribution to the game in the Central Coast and Newcastle regions will be recognised with the first ever ‘Legends Challenge’ at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday 9 April 2017.

The squads will be made up of former greats from Central Coast Mariners & Newcastle Jets as well as potential representation of players from the National Soccer League (NSL) era.  Whilst the ‘Legends’ squads for both the Central Coast and Newcastle are yet to be finalised, Hyundai A-League Championship winning players Patrick Zwaanswijk (Central Coast) and Matthew Thompson(Newcastle) will represent the respective teams.

The inaugural ‘Legends Challenge’, supporting Men of Football, will kick-off at 3:30pm and feature two 15 minute halves in a 7-v-7 half-pitch format.

The game will take place shortly before the commencement of the final #F3Derby of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 regular season, which starts at 5:00pm.

The participating players will also form a guard of honour for the current #F3Derby combatants as they take to the pitch in Gosford for the round 26 encounter.

It is envisaged that the ‘Legends Challenge’ will be held annually, with the location of the match rotating between Central Coast Stadium in Gosford and McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle. The Chief Executive Officers of both Clubs Shaun Mielekamp and Lawrie McKinna agree that the ‘Legends Challenge’ has the potential to add to the fabric and folklore of the #F3Derby.

Mielekamp was quick to fire the first shot ahead of the inaugural ‘Legends Challenge’.“So I asked Lawrie if he would coach his old players but I must admit the response was quite awkward,” Mielekamp said “This is a really good concept and one that will stand the test of time to build on the fierce rivalry that exists between the two clubs.

“I know Lawrie really wants to coach the Mariners in this but then when the request came back for Paolo [Paul Okon] to be the captain of the Jets Legends I knew that the spice and rivalry for this match will be as engaging as the A-League proper,” Mielekamp said.

McKinna said that recognising the history of such an iconic rivalry is crucial to growing the #F3Derby.

“It is important that we continually look to build the history and culture associated with the #F3Derby and the rivalry that generally exists between the regions,” McKinna said. “This is just one way that we can continue to engage players and people that have made a remarkable contribution to football, while also educating others about their achievements.”

Further highlighting the significance of the inaugural ‘Legends Challenge’, FOX SPORTS Australia has agreed to throw their support behind the joint Club initiative by featuring highlights of the match in their #F3Derby pre-game show. The winning Club in the ‘Legends Challenge’ will also be presented with a perpetual trophy.
Men of Football is a not for profit organisation that seeks to assist football participants in times of need. Men of Football focus on initiatives such as assisting past football participants who may have fallen on hard times; providing support and assistance to the families of past and present football participants who have passed on or need their support; and assisting current football participants to realise their potential.

‘Legends Challenge’ - Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 26
Central Coast Mariners Legends vs. Newcastle Jets Legends
followed by Central Coast Mariners vs. Newcastle Jets (#F3Derby)

Date: Sunday 9 April 2017

Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Kick-off: 3:30pm


Gates Open: 3:00pm

Social Media: #F3Derby

Mariners vs Jets #F3Derby

The Yellow & Navy have returned from Canberra with some bumps and bruises that will see Jacques Faty sidelined for the weekend, providing a test for Paul Okon’s defensive depth.

In addition, Jacob Poscoliero is still battling for full fitness and will need at least another week before making his return to the Hyundai A-League.

Scott Galloway made an early exit to last week’s remembrance round match against Wellington Phoenix due to a hamstring complaint and will be given until game day to prove his fitness ahead of what could be his first #F3Derby.

Much to the delight of Mariners’ supporters Harry Ascroft returns from a groin injury that has kept him out of Okon’s plans since his arrival and will provide an option for his side’s back four.

Ascroft started and played a full 90 minutes in the club’s first Foxtel National Youth League match on Sunday.

The attacking stocks remain unchanged for Okon’s provisional squad with everyone pulling up well this week at training.

Looking at the other end of the freeway, our opponents will also front with depleted defensive options including the omission of former Mariner and Jets Skipper, Nigel Boogaard who was injured against Melbourne City.

With more reasons than ever to be excited about the #F3Derby, who’s travelling with us to Newcastle?

Central Coast Mariners Squad: 1.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 5.Harry ASCROFT, 6.Blake POWELL, 7.Fabio FERREIRA, 8.Nick MONTGOMERY (c), 9.Roy O”DONOVAN, 10.Mickael TAVARES, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 13.Kwabena APPIAH, 14.Adam BERRY, 16.Liam ROSE, 17.Josh BINGHAM, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 21.Michael NEILL, 22.Jake McGING **two to be omitted**

Ins: 5.Harry ASCROFT (return from injury), 13.Kwabena APPIAH (promoted), 17.Josh BINGHAM (promoted)
Outs: 19.Jacques FATY (knee injury – 1 week)

Unavailable: 23.Jake Adelson (ACL – indefinite), 4.Jacob POSCOLIERO (quad strain – 1 week)

Newcastle Jets Squad: 3. Jason HOFFMAN, 5. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6. Steven UGARKOVIC, 7. Andrew HOOLE, 8. Mateo POLJAK, 9. Aleksandr KOKKO, 10. Wayne BROWN, 11. Labinot HALITI, 13. Ivan VUJICA, 15. Andrew NABBOUT, 16. Nicholas COWBURN, 18. MA Leilei, 19. Morten NORDSTRAND, 20. Jack DUNCAN (Gk), 23. Devante CLUT, 28. Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 30. Pierce CLARK (Gk) **one to be omitted**

Ins: 5. Ben KANTAROVSKI (returns from injury), 18. MA Leilei (promoted), 30. Pierce CLARK (Gk) (returns from injury)

Outs: 4. Nigel BOOGAARD (knee - 6 weeks), 40. Jim FOGARTY (Gk) (short-term contract ended)

Unavailable: 1. Ben KENNEDY (achilles - season), 2. Daniel MULLEN (knee - 5-7 weeks), 4. Nigel BOOGAARD (knee - 6 weeks), 21. Daniel ALESSI (knee - season), 22. Lachlan JACKSON (ankle - 3-4 weeks)

Match Details Hyundai A-League 2016/17 – Round 7 Sunday 20 November 2016 Newcastle Jets vs. Central Coast Mariners Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, New Lambton kick-off: 5:00pm (AEDT) Pre-Game Function: 3:30pm Sunnyside Tavern, New Lambton Official hash-tags: #F3Derby & #CCMFC TV Broadcast: Fox Sports 505 Radio Broadcast: 96.3 Coast FM

Berisha brace guides Victory past Mariners

Melbourne Victory have made up ground in the Premiership race after accounting for the Central Coast Mariners 3-0 in Gosford on Sunday afternoon.

The visitors produced a dominant performance in the final match of Round 20, with Besart Berisha - playing in his 150th Hyundai A-League match - opening the scoring midway through the first half.

Victory could’ve been out of sight at the break with a long range shot from James Troisi cannoning off the woodwork, while Marco Rojas skewed an effort just wide of the far post.

The Mariners, who had been chasing their fourth straight win, enjoyed long stretches of possession throughout the contest but failed to really trouble Lawrence Thomas.

Instead Troisi grabbed his fifth goal of the campaign after the interval with a thumping strike, while Berisha iced the result in the final minute of regulation time.

The win sees Kevin Muscat’s side close the gap to league leaders Sydney FC to eight points ahead of their original rivalry clash against the Reds next weekend.

Meanwhile the Mariners are now five points adrift of the top six following the Wanderers win in the Sydney Derby, with their upcoming F3 Derby shaping as a must-win.

0-1 Melbourne Victory: Besart Berisha, 26’
The visitors showed great poise around the Mariners box, with Marco Rojas picking out the overlapping run of Daniel Georgievski, who squared the ball expertly to give Berisha a tap in.
0-2 Melbourne Victory: James Troisi, 58’
The Victory forward picked the pocket of Jake McGing, darting into the box before unleashing a thumping left-footed strike from an acute angle that flew into the roof of the net.
0-3 Melbourne Victory: Besart Berisha, 90’
An errant back pass from the Mariners allowed the Albanian striker to pounce and he took full advantage, dribbling around a defender before firing past Paul Izzo.

O'Donovan double fires Mariners to third straight win


Mariners 2 def Wanderers 0
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Damien Bellemore @DamienBellemore

A slick second-half brace from striker Roy O’Donovan has seen the Central Coast Mariners stun Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 at Spotless Stadium on Sunday.

Despite dominating proceedings for large stretches the home side were made to pay for their profligacy when O’Donovan converted a penalty and then beat Vedran Janjetovic for a second time with a delightful chip.

Western Sydney’s Nico Martinez and Terry Antonis both had strong chances to open the scoring in the first-half after they were teed up by Mitch Nichols but weren’t able to capitalise.

Substitute Brendon Santalab was also wasteful when he meekly shot wide of the post despite finding himself unmarked at the back post just minutes after coming on.

Instead it was the Mariners who made the most of their chances to register their third straight win, a result which lifts them to within two points of the top six.

It was just the second time Central Coast have beaten the Wanderers away from Gosford but they’ll be without captain Nick Montgomery for next week’s home clash against the Victory after he picked up his fifth booking of the campaign.

The Wanderers remain winless at their temporary home at Olympic Park and will also be without their skipper for next week’s pivotal Sydney Derby after Dimas was also shown his fifth yellow card of the season.

0-1 Central Coast Mariners: Roy O’Donovan (pen.) 65’
Wanderers defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis was penalised for holding in the box from a Mariners corner, with O’Donovan stepping up and emphatically burying the spot-kick.
0-2 Central Coast Mariners: Roy O’Donovan, 78’
A chip over the top from Nick Montgomery played O’Donovan in behind the Wanderers backline and the Irishman subsequently chipped a stranded Vedran Janjetovic to register his tenth goal of the season.

The result was the first time in 27 games the Mariners have kept a clean sheet away from home.
Mitch Nichols became the 19th player in Hyundai A-League history to make 200 appearances.

Mariners goalkeeper Paul Izzo and Wanderers defender Scott Neville clashed in the air as they contested a cross before the break but both were able to continue after being assessed.


Sizzling Mariners edge Glory in Gosford

Two goals in five minutes sink Perth Glory

Saturday, 28 January 2017
Josh Bennett @JoshBennett50

A second-half blitz has helped Central Coast Mariners to an impressive 2-0 win over Perth Glory in Gosford on Saturday afternoon.

The Mariners rode their luck in the first stanza before quick-fire goals to Josh Bingham and Fabio Ferreira handed Paul Okon’s side just their third win of the season.

Central Coast started the brighter and looked threatening in the early stages but failed to truly test Liam Reddy in the Glory goal.

Perth settled into the contest and should have taken the lead into the half-time interval with Diego Castro, Adam Taggart and Andy Keogh all wasting clear-cut chances in the opening period.

The Mariners raced out of the blocks at the start of the second stanza and blew a golden opportunity to open the scoring with Trent Buhagiar smacking the post from close range with only Reddy to beat.

But their pressure told less than 60 seconds later with Josh Bingham firing home a loose ball after a mistake from Glory midfielder Milan Smiljanic.

And they doubled their advantage just five minutes later with Fabio Ferreira firing home from the penalty spot after Glory fullback Josh Risdon was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box. Glory star Diego Castro had a glorious chance saved with just over 10 minutes remaining before a red card to keeper Liam Reddy ended any chance of a comeback in the latter stages.

1-0: Central Coast Mariners: Josh Bingham, 47’
Mariners skipper Nick Montgomery was dispossessed inside the box with the ball falling to Bingham who buried the ball home from close range. The referee’s assistant initially flagged for offside but the goal was correctly awarded after Glory’s Milan Smiljanic was adjudged to have steered the ball into Bingham’s path.

2-0 Central Coast Mariners: Fabio Ferreira, 52’
The Mariners were awarded a spot kick after Glory’s Josh Risdon handled the ball inside the area and Ferreira made no mistake from 12 yards, dinking a cheeky ‘panenka’ past the helpless Liam Reddy.

Adam Taggart will be wondering how he didn’t put the Glory ahead in the 40th minute after absolutely butchering a certain goal. Perth burst forward on the counter attack and Diego Castro fired a brilliant ball across the face for Taggart but the striker inexplicably missed the ball completely with the goal at his mercy from six yards.

Glory keeper Liam Reddy was shown a straight red card after being caught with the ball outside of the area before cutting down Trent Buhagiar with the goal at his mercy.

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