Ahead of the Central Coast Mariners Hyundai A-League Round 3 clash with Perth Glory, player of the week Danny De Silva spoke with media.

Danny De Silva scored his maiden Mariners goal against the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday evening which earned him player of the week and player of the round honours. De Silva reflected on the goal, spoke highly of Paul Okon’s influence on his game and the excitement of returning to face his first professional club, Perth Glory in his hometown.

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Match Details 
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Hyundai A-League Round 3
Match: Perth Glory vs. Central Coast Mariners 
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth 
Kick-off: 7:00pm (AEDT)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA 501
Hash-tag: Join the match conversation using #PERvCCM & #CCMFC 

Thanks to impressive lead up play which resulted in classy goals to Danny De Silva and Asdrubal, the Central Coast Mariners leave Spotless Stadium with a 2-2 draw against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Riera 39’ & Bonevacia 69’) Central Coast Mariners 2 (Asdrubal 21’ & De SILVA 60’)

The run down

Despite taking the lead twice and dominating majority of the match away from home against the Wanderers, the Mariners were forced to settle for a point in a game where they could easily have taken all three.

Spanish striker Asdrubal maintained his reputation as one of the most dangerous and quick-striking attackers in the Hyundai A-League with his second goal in as many appearances which was complimented by an outstanding piece of play that saw De Silva bag his maiden Mariners goal.

The match ended with 10-men after Andrew Hoole was shown his second yellow card in the 86th minute, However, the send-off should not sour the incredible performance of Hoole who played a major role in both of the Mariners goals on Saturday night. A proud Mariners debut performance for Hooley.

In the opening 30 minutes of play the Mariners starved Western Sydney of possession boasting almost 70% of the ball. Across the full 90, the Mariners ended up with 60% of the ball, a lot of that in the Wanderers area.

Although the Wanderers looked dangerous on the counter, their clearest chances of the first half fell to Riera in the box. The Wanderers’ Spanish striker let rip at a venomous strike but Tom Glover made a very sharp save to keep his side on level terms.

The Mariners continued to pressure in the front third and had to wait until the 20th minute to take a first-half lead. Storm Roux & Andrew Hoole combined on a crafty attack and Asdrubal was hunting the ball that he fired home from close range.

15 minutes later, Connor Pain had a prime chance to double his side’s lead after running onto a precision Josh Rose through ball. Pain steadied himself to shoot but Vedran Janjetovic stood tall to make the save.

Then, two minutes later at the other end Wout Brama was tracking back and made contact with Roly Bonevacia who was awarded a penalty. Glover dived the right way but Oriel Riera’s penalty was too tight in the bottom corner.

Both teams went into the sheds on level terms, shaping for an enthralling second half.

15 minutes into the second half, Hoole made a surging run into the 18-yard-box. With players screaming for the ball on both sides, Hooley threaded the needle to a charging Danny De Silva who found possession and chipped home with one of the tidiest finishes you’ll see.

Incredibly, Danny De Silva’s run started from well inside his own half and was timed to perfection.

But 10 minutes later the Wanderers hit back when a cross from Josh Rison on the right found the feet of Bonevacia who finished from inside the box.

Play heated up in the final twenty minutes with cards being shown to both sides, but neither team could break the dead-lock.

Danny De Silva was awarded man-of-the-match honours before travelling back to his former side, Perth Glory next round for a tough away trip in the west.


21’ ASDRUBAL GOAL: The combination on the right-hand side through Roux & Hoole paid dividends in the 21st minute and Asdrubal was there to fire home. Roux created space on the right and played the ball to Hoole who did well to beat his man before shooting. Hoole’s shot flew off Janjetovic and Asdrubal picked up the seconds to double his goal tally for the Mariners.

39’ RIERA GOAL (P): After a contentious penalty decision Riera stepped up to the spot. Glover moved well to the left and went agonsingly close to making a save but the strike was tucked into the bottom corner.

60’ DE SILVA GOAL: A moment of absolute class gave the Mariners the lead. Hoole burst forward down the right then up the middle. Hoole went up the middle and found De Silva who made an exceptional run. Still with plenty to do, De Silva composed himself to chip home a very tidy finish.

69’ BONEVACIA GOAL: Risdon made a run down the right and whipped a dangerous ball into the box. The ball found its way to Bonevacia who fired home from close range.

Paolo in the press

“I think it’s a game we should have won,” Okon said. “There’s a little bit of disappointment in the end but I am really proud of the players and their response after last week. The work they put in during the week was tremendous.

“When you come here you know if you don’t perform or you’re not on your game you are going to leave here with a few in the back of your net. So, credit to the players and we’re just a bit disappointed that we didn’t take all three points.

“Are you asking me if I’m surprised about Daniel’s performance? ‘cause I’m not surprised. He’s a world class player and we are very lucky to have him with us. He’s worked really hard to get to where he is today in terms of his fitness. We know what Daniel brings and we’re fortunate because we see it every day at training.

“If he [Danny] performs like that consistently all season, I don’t think we will be talking about it or anyone will be surprised because everyone will just expect it.

“I don’t want to whinge about it [refereeing decisions] it’s done. The important thing for us is focusing on our response after last week. I don’t know how many teams will come here and perform like we did today.

“We were excellent, we played some good football. We’re an exciting team and once we can get that ball moving we’re going to be very difficult to stop. For us, the important thing is can we do it consistently? We did it away from home tonight in a place that’s very difficult to come.

“We’re off the mark now, we’ve got a point. We have a tough away trip next week against Perth but we’ll go there and look to bring back three points,” Okon said.

Central Coast Mariners: 18.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Storm ROUX (4.Jake McGING 83’), 3.Josh ROSE, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 9.ASDRUBAL (17.Josh BINGHAM 76’), 10.Danny De SILVA, 11.Connor PAIN, 15.Alan BARO, 23.Wout BRAMA

Substitutes not used: 1.Ben KENNEDY, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 13.Kwabena APPIAH, 16.Liam ROSE

Yellow cards: Hoole 15’ & 86’, Golec 55’, De Silva 87’

Red card: Hoole 86’

Western Sydney Wanderers: Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 4.Josh RISDON, 8.Roly BONEVACIA (11.Brendon SANTALAB 83’), 9.Oriol RIERA, 10.Àlvaro CEJUDO, 14.Jumpei KUSUKAMI, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 18.Robert CORNTHWAITE (c), 24.Raúl LLORENTE, 25.Chris HERD, 33.Michael THWAITE (5.Brendan HAMILL 50’)

Substitutes not used: 30.John HALL (gk), 6.Jacob MELLING, 19.Mark BRIDGE,

Yellow cards: Herd 57’, Cornthwaite 89’, Santalab 87’, Risdon 89’

Saturday, 14 October 2017
Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Central Coast Mariners

Thanks to Brightfield Group Services the Central Coast Mariners will trade its Yellow & Navy stripes to wear bright pink against Melbourne Victory in support of women’s cancer research, prevention and support services on the Central Coast. The match will be played in Hyundai A-League round four on Sunday October 29. 

For the sixth consecutive season, the Mariners will dedicate a Hyundai A-League home match to women’s cancer support services on the Central Coast. 

Since 2012 the Mariners have raised almost $80 000 by donning pink jerseys, followed by an online auction of the kits along with bucket collections and other collaborative fundraising initiatives between the Mariners, Cancer Council NSW – Central Coast and Brightfield Group Services.  

In a major boost for the Mariners, Brightfield Group Services have extended their support for the club’s Pink Round for the fourth season running, a relationship that commenced in the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season. Brightfield have signed a contract extension that will see them continue their support for Cancer Council NSW – Central Coast for at least two more seasons!

This season, the Central Coast Mariners have teamed up with Cancer Council NSW – Central Coast to raise funds for its Family Meals @ Home as part of their Home Help service on the Central Coast. The goal is to help ease the stress of daily living so that families can relax for an evening and enjoy a shared moment with loved ones.

The Mariners limited edition pink jerseys will be available for purchase at Rebel Erina & Tuggerah from Thursday October 19. Members & fans will be invited to Rebel Erina for a retail launch of the jersey which will be the first opportunity to purchase the pink kit and meet Mariners players.

The Central Coast Mariners are also contributing to the following awareness and fundraising initiatives: 

  • Trading Yellow & Navy jerseys for Pink to raise awareness for women’s cancer
  • Auctioning off the player-worn kits with all profits going to Cancer Council NSW – Central Coast
  • Bucket Collections at our match on Sunday October 29 against Melbourne Victory
  • Hosting an event on Friday October 27 to raise funds and educate women on the positive role football can play within our community

Brightfield Group Services – who offer flexible, specialist facilities management solutions tailored to each individual client and business – will have their brand re-appear on the Club’s pink kits and team up with the Mariners to help raise awareness and funds towards the prevention of women’s cancer.

Brightfield’s National Business Development Manager, Daniel Campbell, said the company is delighted to continue its support for the Mariners in the name of a great cause. for the fourth consecutive year. 

“Both Brightfield and the Mariners have always had their base on the Central Coast,” Campbell said. “We are proud to be the Pink Day sponsor – our office has been touched by cancer so to have the opportunity to sponsor the Mariners and support the Cancer Council is something that really means a lot to Brightfield.

“Whilst Brightfield Group Services has a national footprint, we love our home. Our home will always be the Coast. The Mariners and their supporters are what makes the Coast so great. They have enjoyed enormous success over the years but they have never lost their grounding – the Members remain the real focus. Brightfield has that same focus and commitment to the same people that have supported us over the last fifteen years,” he said.

Supporters can find out more about Brightfield Group Services by visiting www.brightfield.com.au  Match Details
Hyundai A-League 2017/18 – Round 4
Sunday, October 29 2017
Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne Victory 
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford 
Tickets: CLICK HERE 
kick-off: 7:00pm (AEDT)
Official hash-tags: #CCMvMVC & #CCMFC
TV Broadcast: Fox Sports 501
Radio Broadcast: 96.3 Coast FM

Ahead of the Central Coast Mariners Hyundai A-League Round 2 clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers, Paul Okon has named a provisional 18-man-squad. Kick-off on Saturday is 5:35pm at Spotless Stadium.

In great news for Mariners fans, Storm Roux and Andrew Hoole are both eligible for selection this week after missing the opening round against Newcastle.

Roux missed the Mariners opener due to tightness in his back and Andrew Hoole had an accumulation of yellow cards which carried over from last season.

The inclusions give Okon selection headaches, specifically on the right-side where Hoole & Roux partnered at right-back and right-wing for majority of the pre-season.

Josh Rose will be hoping to retain his spot in the starting line up as he is in contention to make his 200th Hyundai A-League starting appearance. If he achieves that proud milestone, Rose will become just the ninth outfield player in the history of the league to reach 200 starts. Incredibly, Rose has a grand total of 201 appearances in the Hyundai A-League from his time at the New Zealand Knights, Mariners and Melbourne City coming off the bench just twice.

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Jake McGING, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 9.ASDRUBAL, 10.Daniel De SILVA, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 13.Kwabena APPIAH, 14.Adam BERRY, 15.Alan BARO (c), 16. Liam ROSE, 17.Josh BINGHAM, 18.Tom GLOVER (gk), 23.Wout BRAMA
***Two to be omitted***

Ins: 2.Storm ROUX (return from injury), 7.Andrew HOOLE (return from suspension)

Outs: nil

Unavailable: 21.Kye ROWLES (knee – 1 week)

Match Details
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Hyundai A-League Round 2
Match: Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Central Coast Mariners
Venue: Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
Kick-off: 5:35pm
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA 501
Hash-tag: Join the match conversation using #WSWvCCM & #CCMFC

Despite a goal to Spanish striker, Asdrubal in the fifth minute of play, the Central Coast Mariners have fallen to a clinical Newcastle Jets side at home in the opening round of the Hyundai A-League.


Central Coast Mariners 1 (Asdrubal 5’) Newcastle Jets 5 (O’Donovan 9’, 27’, 38’, Champness 81’, Petratos 90’)

The run down

Former Mariner, Roy O’Donovan left Gosford with a hat-trick to his name alongside goals to Dimitri Petratos and Joey Champness at Central Coast Stadium.

In the highly anticipated opening match for the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season, the Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets battled it out for pride and three points at Central Coast Stadium.

The legendary #F3Derby did not disappoint. Gosford was buzzing with energy, as 12,044 Jets and Mariners fans gathered to watch both teams debut newly revitalised squads.

The high-octane energy that would define the first half became apparent almost immediately. In under 30 seconds, a Newcastle challenge on Asdrubal sent the Spanish striker flying, and the Mariners took the first of a series of free kicks in the first half.

Central Coast took the reins in the opening minutes, starving the Jets of possession and putting in a number of goal-scoring chances.

A floating ball over the box found Alan Baro, who sent a strong head into the top right corner, giving Duncan cause to stretch to save the scoreline. Danny De Silva and Kwabena Appiah also created notable difficulties for the visitors, the speedy forwards causing havoc amongst the Newcastle defence for the opening flurry of chances to the home side.

A corner from Hiariej in the fifth minute landed in a group of Mariners inside the box, where a quick pass from McGing allowed Asdrubal to sink the first goal of the match and put the home team 1-0 up.

The Mariners lead was unfortunately short-lived. Minor contact from Baro on Roy O’Donovan gave referee Jonathon Barreiro cause to give a penalty to the visiting Team in extremely controversial circumstances.

O’ Donovan made no mistake with the penalty in the 9th minute.

Stepping up to win back the lead, the Mariners attacking force worked tirelessly to create chance after chance for the home side, but they just couldn’t deliver that final pass.

Bolstered by their penalty success, Newcastle were able to regain their rhythm, and had an opportunity in the 22nd minute that was denied by an outstanding Tom Glover save.

Only minutes later, a cool and collected long pass from Vargas found Petratos and Nabbout on the left wing, where teamwork and a short pass to O’Donovan in the 18-yard box put the Jets ahead 2-1 in the 27th minute.

A perfectly weighted cross from Nabbout on the left wing found O’Donovan just outside the six-yard box in the 38th minute. A decisive header from the Newcastle number 9 went just past Glover's outstretched hands to put the Jets up 3-1 before half time.

A scurry of heated activity in the three minutes of added time saw the rivalry between the two teams reach a peak, with yellow cards awarded to Daniel Georgievski, Steven Ugarkavic and Josh Rose before the break.

Both teams returned from the sheds with a more measured approach, after the intense nature of the first half, the Mariners looked to pace themselves, building momentum from the back to create plenty of attacking chances.

Towards the backend of the second half Connor Pain played a role in the Central Coast’s attacking efforts, pushing up the left wing to create opportunities. A cross from Pain slid perfectly across the goal, but just missed final contact from Asdrubal.

Appiah again stood out for the Mariners attack, his pace and tenacity causing problems for Newcastle defender, Nikolai Toppor-Stanley.

Another yellow card was awarded to the Newcastle Jets, this time to Andrew Nabbout, for an illegal challenge in the air that sent Jake McGing to the ground.

After an outstanding showing from Appiah, Paul Okon substituted speed for speed, putting Buhagiar in for Appiah in the 67th minute.

Substitutes Bingham and Buhagiar made an immediate impact on the game, both with shots on goal that came achingly close to doubling the Mariners' tally. A very sharp save from Duncan was the only thing that prevented Buhagiar from putting a crushing shot into the top corner.

After seemingly endless chances for both teams, Newcastle managed to score again, with a goal for debutant, Joseph Champness to make it 4-1.

In the dying moments of the game, an assist from O’Donovan and some fast footwork from Petratos put the scoreline 5-1 in favour of the Jets.

Full focus now turns to an away trip to Western Sydney Wanderers next Saturday night at Spotless Stadium.


5’ ASDRUBAL (1-0): An expertly taken corner from Hiariej floated in front of the home team’s goal, where Spanish striker Asdrubal was waiting to strike, using his upper thigh to send the ball to the back of the net and make the first mark on the scoresheet.

9’ O’DONOVAN GOAL(1-1): Roy O’Donovan stepped up to the penalty spot for the Jets, with a direct strike giving Glover no chance.

27’ O’DONOVAN GOAL (1-2): Vargas, Petratos and Nabbout all had a hand in putting the ball to O’Donovan in front of goal, and the Irishman doubled his tally.

38’ O’DONOVAN GOAL (1-3): A sharp cross from Nabbout created the perfect opportunity for O’Donovan to head the ball into the back of the net.

81’ CHAMPNESS GOAL (1-4): Barely minutes after coming onto the pitch, substitute Joseph Champness capitalised on a cross from O’Donovan and dodged the Central Coast defence to make his mark.

90’ PETRATOS GOAL (1-5) Petratos again proved to be a dangerous attacking force, with a final strike that claimed the game for the Newcastle Jets.

Paolo in the press

“I don’t think that we played bad tonight I just thing that in key moments of the game we didn’t handle it well and unfortunately that resulted in goals against us,” Okon said. “The goal just before half time was maybe the killer, mentally that’s tough.

“In the second half we had most of the ball, they sat back and waited for a mistake and hit us on the counter. It’s a disappointing result, not a great start but there’s 26 games to go. We will analyse it, be critical of it as we often are and move on to next week.

“Right now it’s hard to see any positives because we’ve lost. We’ve lost a derby by a big score. We congratulate the Jets and we move on.
“Our final pass wasn’t what it could have been, but I’m not going to be critical of the players who didn’t stop trying. Our energy was there, our intentions were good but it’s not good enough to concede five goals.

“We know Roy can score goals, he scored a number of goals for this football club. We never planned for Roy to score a hat-trick in the first half, he took his goals well and one was a pen.

“One area that we were really poor tonight was winning second balls. Kantarovski and Ugarkovic won nearly everything that dropped down to them. We were a bit too stretched and the longer balls from Topor-Stanley and Boogaard caused us a few issues there.

“I don’t think lifting the players for next week will be an issue. We need to look at it and make sure we improve on it. There’s more games to come and we’re not going to lose our confidence or lose belief we will continue to work and prepare as best as we can for a tough away trip to the Wanderers next week.

Central Coast Mariners: 18.Tom GLOVER (gk), 3.Josh ROSE, 5.Antony GOLEC (77’ 16.Liam ROSE), 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 9.ASDRUBAL (77’ 17.Josh BINGHAM), 10.Danny De SILVA, 11.Connor PAIN, 13.Kwabena APPIAH (67’ 12.Trent BUHAGIAR), 15.Alan BARO, 23.Wout BRAMA

Unused substitutes: 1.Ben KENNEDY,14.Adam BERRY,

Yellow cards: 3. Josh ROSE

Newcastle Jets: 1.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 4.Nigel BOOGAARD, 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI (84’ 16.Nicholas COWBURN), 6.Steve UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimitri PETRATOS, 8.Ronald VARGAS (59’ 10.Wayne BROWN) 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 12.Ivan VUJICA, 15.Andrew NABBOUT (77’ 24.Joseph CHAMPNESS), 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI 44. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

Unused substitutes: 20.Glen MOSS (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON,

Yellow cards: 17. Daniel GEORGIEVSK, 6. Steven UGARKOVIC, 15. Andrew NABBOUT

Saturday, 7 October 2017
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Central Coast Mariners vs. Newcastle Jets