A-League CC Mariners Round one

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A late penalty decided by the Video Assistant Referee brought the Central Coast Mariners undone, as they fell 2-1 to Western Sydney Wanderers at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night.


It was an even start but there were good signs for the visitors as they repelled a wave of Wanderers attacks before beginning to win much of the ball and just after the half hour mark Milan Djuric put the Mariners ahead in stunning fashion on his Hyundai A-League debut.

Working in from the left Jordan Murray fought through a challenge before the ball fell to the Serbian and he let fly with a stunning effort that took a slight deflection before richoeting off the underside of the crossbar and in.

The lead lasted only five minutes though, when Mitch Duke found space from a corner to sneak a header inside the near post and restore parity.

There was controversy on the stroke of half-time when Daniel Georgievski flew through the feet of Murray in front of the Mariners’ bench, but the Wanderers man was only issued a yellow card and the game remained level in both score and players as the half-time whistle went.

The second half began as a tight affair but there were no clear cut chances at either end in the opening exchanges.

Sam Silvera was introduced by Alen Stajcic to provide a spark and did just that as the Mariners looked to get out on the counter attack, however Daniel Lopar kept out a big chance from Jordan Murray before the striker was denied by a block on another occasion.

With 13 minutes to play the Wanderers appealed for handball off a low cross and after an extended passage of play, a penalty was awarded via the Video Assistant Referee and Duke made no mistake to score his second goal and put the Wanderers ahead inside the final 10.

Despite a good passage of sustained pressure in the dying moments it was not to be for Stajcic’s men and the Wanderers secured the three points.

Attention for the Mariners now turns to Saturday’s monster #F3Derby against the Newcastle Jets at Central Coast Stadium.

Hyundai A-League 2019-20 Season Draw

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2019/20 fixtures

Central Coast Mariners: Alen Stajcic Post-Match

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Central Coast Mariners FC

The Central Coast Mariners had their FFA Cup run ended on Wednesday night, as Riley McGree’s late goal helped Adelaide United progress to the 2019 Final.

Post-match, Alen Stajcic spoke briefly about the match and audio and vision is available below to download.

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Alen Stajcic Vision – Click here to download

Alen Stajcic Audio – Click here to download

Central Coast Mariners launch new Umbro playing kit

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Central Coast Mariners launch new Umbro playing kit

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The Central Coast Mariners are excited to launch the club’s brand new Hyundai A-League 2019/20 playing kit with Umbro Australia.

The new strip was debuted at the Member exclusive ‘MarinerPalooza’ event on Friday night on the Coast, and the design harks back to that worn by the club in the inaugural season of the Hyundai A-League.

The blue-striped right shoulder is a throwback to the early days, with the Mariners traditional yellow serving as the base of the jersey.

Four palm trees and the words ‘The Community Club’ adorn the back just below the collar, a nod to the Mariners’ presence on the Central Coast and the role the club plays locally.

With the Masterfoods logo once more on the front of the jersey, it is assured the famous sauce bottles will be on display during the 2019/20 season at Central Coast Stadium.

Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp said the kit was an exciting chance to connect the club with its roots once again.

“This kit follows on from our recent FFA Cup kit launch, paying homage to the past in particular our original jersey with one navy sleeve and one yellow sleeve,” Mielekamp said.

“We have gone with the traditional, clean yellow base of the jersey and it bears strong resemblance to our kit from the 2012/13 Grand Final kit, which remains an important moment for our club and supporters.”

“Ultimately, it gives our fans something to connect to the core values of the club, and all of us at the Mariners are excited for this to become an iconic strip in the history of our club.”

Mielekamp admitted that there was a late change to the strip ahead of the planned launch, which caused a stir in social media during the week.

“We did have a design that made it most of the way through the process, before it was changed at the very end,” he said.

“Some people would have seen that kit doing the rounds yesterday thanks to a little prank from Danny DeSilva, this ensure there was some hype and mystery around what the kit would be.”

The kit is now available for pre-order, and is available in a range of styles and sizes including a Ladies cut and children’s sizing.


Mariners to face Adelaide on the Coast in FFA Cup semi-final blockbuster

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CC Mariners media release

The Central Coast Mariners will host an FFA Cup Semi-Final for the first time, with Alen Stajcic's side drawn to face Adelaide United for a spot in the 2019 final on Wednesday, 2nd October at Central Coast Stadium.

The match represents the second time that the Mariners have made the semi-finals, with the first coming back in the inaugural edition of the FFA Cup as we fell to Adelaide away from home.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic said he is looking forward to the game, and implored the Coast to get behind their team on a big stage.

"The team are all really excited now to be at this stage of the competition, and in particular the chance to play in front of our home fans," Stajcic said.

"We have had a few away games the last couple of rounds, so to be able to bring a game to our Central Coast supporters and let them show their passion is great."

"It's a great chance for our fans to show their support for the badge and the club, so the whole group is hoping to see as many fans at Central Coast Stadium as possible."

Ticketing details for the match will be released soon.

Match Details |
FFA Cup Semi-Final
Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United
Wednesday, 2nd September - 7:30pm
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford