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Central Coast Mariners FC

The Mariners fell to traditional rivals Newcastle on Wednesday, the Jets finishing 2-0 winners in the #F3Derby at Central Coast Stadium.

Goals to Roy O’Donovan and Lucas Mauragis in the first half were enough, as the Mariners missed out on the chance to secure their spot in the A-League finals.

Alen Stajcic made two changes to the Mariners side that beat Macarthur, with Daniel DeSilva replaced by Dan Bouman after picking up a knock in that game, while Dan Hall came in for Ruon Tongyik following his departure to link up with the Socceroos.

The Mariners looked dangerous early through Marco Urena as he forced a save from Jack Duncan after being set free by Kye Rowles, and then again after a superb releasing pass from Mark Birighitti only to then see his cut back intercepted.

It was to be the visitors who struck first though, as Roy O’Donovan finished off a counter attacking move, firing past Birighitti after being played in by Archie Goodwin.

Four minutes later it was two, this time Mauragis squeezing an effort home as the Jets broke once more, despite the best efforts of Birighitti and then Hall on the line.

Dan Bouman thought he had pulled one back just before half time only for the goal to be ruled out for offside in the build up, and Stajcic made two changes while down at the break, bringing on Alou Kuol for Matt Simon and Lewis Miller for Stefan Nigro.

Miller looked to cause problems down the right and was fouled a number of times for his troubles, while Stajcic introduced Michal Janota and Jaden Casella to the fray with 25 minutes to play for Oli Bozanic and Josh Nisbet.

Chances were few and far between as the Jets sat deep and got very physical with time winding down, and they held on to record a win and leave the Mariners still one point shy of a guaranteed finals berth.

Stajcic and his team will be looking to put it beyond doubt on Saturday though, when they host Western United in the final home game of the regular season. Click here to get your tickets!

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Central Coast Mariners FC

The Central Coast Mariners will celebrate the life of Archie King this weekend and at next Tuesday’s #F3Derby with a series of special initiatives across the Club.

Archie, aged 12 and a member of the Mariners Academy, was tragically killed in a car accident whilst travelling with his father and brother to Saturday morning training. Archie's brother has made a full recovery however, his father requires ongoing medical care.

This Sunday at Pluim Park, the Mariners NPL Men’s and Women’s First Grade teams will play their part of a day to celebrate Archie’s life, wearing a one-off ‘Fit for a King’ jersey, which the A-League team will also wear as warmup jerseys ahead of next Tuesday’s #F3Derby at Central Coast Stadium.

The NPL jerseys will be able to be purchased, while the A-League warm up shirts will be signed by the squad and auctioned off to raise money for the Kings.

Merchandise proceeds and donation collections from the day will go towards supporting the family, with father Neil still in hospital care in Sydney.

Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp said it was important for the Club to stand up and support the King family at an important time.

“This devastating tragedy has touched everyone at the club and the whole Football community on the Coast, as such it is so important for everyone at CCM to do what we can to support the family in the toughest of times,” he said.

“The Football community on the coast is one big family and to see the strength shown by the King’s has been nothing short of inspirational to all of us.”

“The Fit For A King fundraiser and Go Fund Me page are extremely important and special initiatives that I implore everyone to give as much support as you possibly can.”

“Sunday will be a very special day out at Pluim Park, as will Tuesday’s F3 Derby, and we encourage all fans to come out and support the King family and the Mariners in this endeavour.”

A fundraising dinner will be held at Mingara on June 19th, with tickets available to be purchased via the Fit for a King website here.

Mariners Academy Fixtures |
NPL2 Men | Sunday, 30th May @ Pluim Park
1st Grade: Central Coast Mariners v Mounties Wanderers – 3pm
U/20’s: Central Coast Mariners v Mounties Wanderers – 1pm

NPL2 Women | Sunday, 30th May @ Pluim Park
1st Grade: Central Coast Mariners v Inter Lions – 3pm
Reserve Grade: Central Coast Mariners v Inter Lions – 1:05pm
U/17’s: Central Coast Mariners v Inter Lions – 11:25am
U/15’s: Central Coast Mariners v Inter Lions – 9:55am
U/14’s: Central Coast Mariners v Inter Lions – 8:30am

NPL Youth | Sunday, 30th May @ Pluim Park
U/18’s: Central Coast Mariners v Manly United – 3pm
U/16’s: Central Coast Mariners v Manly United – 1:20pm
U/15’s: Central Coast Mariners v Manly United – 11:55am
U/14’s: Central Coast Mariners v Manly United – 10:20am
U/13’s: Central Coast Mariners v Manly United – 9am

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Mariners complete Bulls sweep with gutsy road win

The Central Coast Mariners moved closer to booking an A-League finals spot as they completed a clean sweep of Macarthur with a 2-1 win in Campbelltown on Thursday night.

Goals to Jack Clisby and Daniel DeSilva completed another comeback win for the visitors after they went behind early to Markel Susaeta’s goal.

Alen Stajcic made no changes to the side that lost narrowly to Melbourne City and with a point to prove the Mariners came out of the blocks quickly, Clisby firing over after he found space to shoot.

Macarthur fought their way back into the game though and went ahead after 17 minutes, a long ball over the top finding Susaeta running in behind and he deftly chipped Mark Birighitti to put his team in front.

From there the Mariners responded strongly, and drew level just after the half hour mark. A darting run from Marco Urena drew a number of defenders, before he played the ball to strike partner Matt Simon.

A deft touch from Simon put the ball into the path of Clisby and he gave Adam Federici no chance with a rocket into the far side of the goal.

The fullback almost had two as he struck the side netting moments later, and appeared to have a second when he put the ball in the net once more, only for an offside to be flagged in the leadup to the goal.

The Mariners fluency and width was causing problems for the hosts, while in the middle Oli Bozanic and Gianni Stensness controlled proceedings and the two sides went into half time locked at 1-1 but with the visitors on top.

It took just nine minutes of second half action for Stajcic’s side to pull ahead, with some wonderful combo play up front again.

Urena was at his best, getting to a long ball and cutting back inside before drawing a defender and laying the ball off to DeSilva, who curled an inch perfect strike past Federici and into the top corner.

From there it was a gutsy defensive effort as the Mariners dug in to keep at bay a Macarthur side pushing hard for an equaliser.

Federici kept Urena out after a good combination on the right, and Mark Birighitti was on hand to deny Macarthur at close range and from set pieces.

Alou Kuol almost pulled off a stunner after coming on as he turned two defenders inside out before having his shot saved, but the visitors were resolute and kept the Bulls out to finish victorious.

Attentions now turn to Tuesday’s #F3Derby at Central Coast Stadium. Get your tickets now!

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Mariners fight but fall just short in Melbourne

A strong performance against the ladder leaders fell just short on Saturday night for the Mariners as Melbourne City claimed the A-League Premiership at AAMI Park with drama right up until the final stages.

In Oliver Bozanic’s 150th A-League match, the Mariners captain was set to attempt to level the scores from the penalty spot in stoppage time before VAR intervened, rubbing out the chance and leaving Craig Noone’s second half strike as the only goal of the contest.

Alen Stajcic named an almost unchanged side from last week’s #F3Derby win, Daniel DeSilva returned to the starting lineup after two matches out through injury, with Daniel Bouman moving to the bench.

The hosts looked to come out fast but spurned two early chances, and the Mariners settled into the flow of the game after a frenetic opening 15 minutes.

Kye Rowles and Ruon Tongyik were in great touch at the back, while Bozanic and Gianni Stensness grew into the game and began to dictate the flow in midfield.

Bozanic nearly teed up Simon on the half hour mark with a lovely chip in behind, but Curtis Good was on hand to clear the ball away and the two sides headed into the break all square.

Aiden O’Neill headed wide early in the second half and Mark Birighitti was called into action from a set piece, and Stajcic made his first changes of the game as Alou Kuol and Lewis Miller replaced Simon and Stefan Nigro 12 minutes into the half.

City would strike first though, as Noone climbed over the back of Lewis Miller to head into the far corner, with the goal standing despite protests following it.

That spurred the visitors on though, and City were forced into a number of rash fouls, with Jack Clisby, Bozanic and Miller all brought down in promising positions as the Mariners looked to get back into the game.

Jaden Casella and Bouman were introduced and added to the attacking impetus with time winding down, and Stajcic’s side pinned City back.

The hosts thought they had their second with five minutes to play but it was brought back for a handball, and late drama unfolded as Birighitti headed up for a stoppage time corner.

As the ball hung over the area the Mariners goalkeeper appeared to be dragged down, and the referee pointed to the spot, before the decision was overturned via VAR, leaving City to see out the game as 1-0 victors.

The result leaves the Mariners in third spot, with an important clash against fellow finals hopefuls Macarthur up next on Thursday.

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The Central Coast Mariners returned to outright second on Saturday night, with a resolute display on the road in Newcastle helping them to a 1-0 victory over the Jets.

Marco Urena returned for the Mariners with Alou Kuol back to the bench, while Daniel DeSilva missed his second game in row through injury.

The hosts had the first proper chance just three minutes in through Jason Hoffman, but Mark Birighitti was equal to the task with an important save and Ruon Tongyik was on hand to deny Matt Millar with a crunching follow up tackle.

Matt Simon and the returning Urena looked to combine but Simon was denied by the side netting and offside flag before earning the Mariners first corner not long after.

Gianni Stensness and Tongyik were both yellow carded as the contest got physical through the half, and the visitors looked to impose themselves on the match.

It remained all square after 45 minutes though, and the Mariners came out of the blocks much quicker in the second half.

Josh Nisbet forced a save from Lewis Italiano early on, and six minutes came the best chance of the match as Dan Bouman was collected in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.

There was a delay as VAR confirmed the call but when it did, Simon made no mistake, firing low into the corner to put the Mariners ahead with his 10th goal of the A-League campaign.

Simon was replaced not long after by Alou Kuol, and the Jets were pushing for an equaliser when Birighitti acrobatically tipped Roy O’Donovan’s shot over the crossbar before punching clear from the resulting corner.

Kye Rowles was on hand with a big intervention to deny Valentino Yuel as the game entered the final 20 minutes, and he was important bringing the ball out of the backline, forcing a number of Jets players into fouling.

There were some nervy moments as the Jets pushed for a goal late, but it was to no avail as the Mariners held strong for a second #F3Derby win of the season.

The win sets up a big match for the Mariners next weekend as the team travels to Melbourne to face ladder leaders Melbourne City.

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