Round 17 - Mariners vs Glory

Hyundai A-League Round 17 – Jacob Poscoliero

Ahead of Saturday’s Central Coast Mariners’ Hyundai A-League home match against Perth Glory Jacob Poscoliero spoke with media.

Poscoliero was sidelined with injury in Hyundai A-League Round 2 against Sydney FC and spoke about his road to recovery after playing 90 minutes in the Mariners’ Foxtel National Youth League side on Saturday

Match Details
Hyundai A-League 2016/17 – Round 17
Saturday 28 January 2017
Central Coast Mariners vs. Perth Glory
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
kick-off: 5:35pm (AEDT)
Official hash-tags: #CCMvPER & #CCMFC
TV Broadcast: Fox Sports 505
Radio Broadcast: 96.3 Coast FM & 92.5 ABC Central Coast

Mariners accept one match ban for O’Donovan

Mariners accept one match ban for O’Donovan

The Central Coast Mariners can today advise that the club will accept a one match ban for Roy O’Donovan resulting from an incident that occurred in Round 16 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.

The independent Match Review Panel (MRP) – consisting of Simon Micallef (Chair), Alan Davidson, and Alan Contini – convened today to consider an incident involving Roy O’Donovan (Central Coast Mariners) that arose in or around the 23rd minute of Central Coast Mariners’ Hyundai A-League Round 16 match against Melbourne City FC on Thursday, 19 January 2017.

The MRP has the authority to consider the incident as the Player was expelled from the match by the Referee. The MRP determined that Roy O’Donovan committed the offence of “Serious foul play (e.g. when challenging for the ball)”.

The MRP has proposed a sanction of one match (the Mandatory Match Suspension), being the Minimum Sanction for the offence.

“Whilst we accept the decision and understand the process, this hurts as a double whammy,” Mariners’ CEO Shaun Mielekamp said. “Not only did Roy miss out on 70 minutes against City but he now also misses an additional match. “The MRP did what they could within the regulations they have before them and as a club we could not risk the possibility of missing Roy for an additional week if we put in an appeal for an obvious error that has such a high threshold. “To ensure better consistency there should be parameters or avenues that protect the player and the club from being dealt a double blow,” Mielekamp said.

O’Donovan will serve his one match suspension this Saturday when the Central Coast Mariners host Perth Glory at Central Coast Stadium.

The Central Coast Mariners will make no further comment on this matter.

Cahill double sees City beat 10-man Mariners

Cahill double sees City beat 10-man Mariners
Thursday, 19 January 2017
Damien Bellemore @DamienBellemore

A first-half brace from Tim Cahill has guided Melbourne City to a dominant 2-1 win against a 10-man Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on Thursday night.

A set-piece straight out of City’s playbook saw Cahill open the scoring for the home side after just three minutes but the Mariners hit back shortly after via the boot of Roy O’Donovan.

Having got his side back in the contest the Irishman dealt the visitors a cruel blow midway through the first half when he was shown a straight red card for striking an opponent.

City peppered Central Coast’s goal thereafter with Bruno Fornaroli, Cahill and Nicolás Colazo all spurning chances, before Cahill put his side in front with a trademark header before the break.

Michael Valkanis’ side continued to dictate play after the interval with Colazo hitting the post for a second time, while an unmarked Fernando Brandán headed over the bar from the six yard line.

Some tricky from Bruno Fornaroli carved out a couple of late chances but as has happened so often this season City failed to put the result beyond doubt.

To the Mariners credit they stayed in the contest, putting in a dogged defensive effort with 10-men but they never really threatened to grab a second equaliser.


1-0 Melbourne City: Tim Cahill, 3’
Luke Brattan played a set-piece short to the front post from a wide position where Cahill had peeled off his marker and fired past Paul Izzo to notch his sixth goal of the season.
1-1 Central Coast Mariners: Roy O’Donovan, 9’
Connor Pain got the better of Ivan Franjic down the left wing before squaring the ball into the box where O’Donovan was lurking to hammer it home with a first time strike.
2-1 Melbourne City: Tim Cahill, 39’
City got two bites of the cherry from a corner ball, with the Cahill getting on the end of another cross from Brattan to head home virtually unchallenged at the back post.

The Mariners have now conceded the first goal in 13 of their 16 matches this season.
Melbourne City striker Tim Cahill has now scored five headed goals this season.

Roy O’Donovan was shown a straight red card midway through the first half after he flung out an arm while trying to win the ball and connected with the head of Michael Jakobsen right in front of the linesmen.

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