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 Clinical Adelaide beat Mariners on the Coast

The Mariners fell to their first home defeat of the season on Saturday, going down 3-1 to Adelaide United after taking an early lead through Milan Ðurić at Central Coast Stadium.

Alen Stajcic made two changes to the side who faced Melbourne City in Round 4 with Jordan Murray coming in for Danny De Silva and Ruon Tongyik making his first start of the season in place of Kyle Rowes.

The game burst into life early on when Sam Silvera latched on onto a ball headed down on the edge of Adelaide’s area, and the winger took a deft touch to burst past the first challenge before being fouled by defender Michael Marrone and awarded a penalty.

It was Ðurić who stepped up and calmly dispatched his effort high into the net to give the Mariners an early advantage, his third goal of the season and becoming the first Mariner to score in three of the first five games since Matt Simon in 2008/09.

Adelaide drew level after 26 minutes when Michael Maria darted inside and fed Ben Halloran on the edge of the area and the winger exchanged passes with Riley McGree before firing low inside Mark Birighitti’s near post.

The Mariners almost regained the advantage when a short corner was worked to Tommy Oar and his cross to the back post was won in the air by Murray, only for his goal bound header to be cleared off the line by Michael Jakobsen.

Moments later the hosts were made to pay for their missed chance and fell behind to an impressive strike by Nikola Mileusnic.

A cut back by Maria found Mileusnic 12 yards out and he adjusted his body to side foot a volley past Birighitti into the top corner and put his side ahead.

The momentum swing further shortly after when Kristian Opseth got on the end of Halloran’s low cross to fire home after the latter was released by James Troisi’s searching clearance from the backline.

Oar was denied by Paul Izzo after the restart, seeing a speculative effort palmed over the bar from the corner of the box and the deficit remained two goals at the break.

Stajcic made one change at the half with young defender Lewis Miller replacing Dylan Fox in the backline, and the second half began quietly right up until the Reds were awarded a penalty as McGree went down under contact just before the hour mark.

But Birighitti was up to the task, staying low and saving the spot kick from Opseth with his legs to keep the score at 3-1 as the game entered the final 30 minutes.

Giancarlo Gallifuoco had a header saved by Izzo not long after as he got on the end of Silvera’s cross, and Matt Simon also had an effort saved by the visiting goalkeeper after coming on as the Mariners pushed to get back into the game.

That was how it finished though with Adelaide two-goal victors, and the Mariners are back home again next weekend as league newcomers Western United visit Central Coast Stadium.

Buy your tickets for that game now, with $2 from every ticket purchased going to support the Rural Fire Service.

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Central Coast Mariners Media Alert

The Central Coast Mariners will celebrate McHappy Day this Saturday 16 November when they host Adelaide United in round six of the Hyundai A-League at Central Coast Stadium.

With Ronald McDonald House as a charity partner of the club, the Mariners have a proud history of working with McDonald’s and McHappy Day to provide support for sick children and their families during testing times.

Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp said it was an important opportunity for the club to be able to celebrate McHappy Day coinciding with a home match at Central Coast Stadium.

“The work we do as a club in the community is so important to us, and McHappy Day coinciding with Saturday’s game gives us a great chance to raise funds and provide support for sick children in the community.”

“Ronald McDonald House is such an important charity partner for us, and the support that they give children and families on the Central Coast is invaluable for those people.”

“Ronald McDonald House is very close to my own heart as they there for me and my family when we needed them and it made a huge difference for us, for which I will be forever grateful.”

CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern NSW Ross Bingham said the Charity was grateful for the support of the club and community for McHappy Day.

“We’re excited to be celebrating McHappy Day on Saturday 16th November,” Bingham said.

“It’s the biggest annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities and is instrumental in helping the charity to make a big difference to the lives of seriously ill children and their families.

“We’re grateful for the support of the Central Coast Mariners and we hope the community head into their local McDonalds can dig deep to help raise as much money as possible to keep families close.”

The charity will benefit further, with a $2,500 donation being made by the Central Coast Mariners playing group from their FFA Cup Quarter Final win prize money.

Captain Matt Simon spoke about the importance of services such as the Ronald McDonald House Family Room in Gosford Hospital for local families.

“Services like Ronald McDonald House are so important to our local community, and provide valuable support to families in time of need,” he said.

“It’s crucial as a community club that we get behind them and support the work they do, and hopefully the donation we are making as a playing group can make a difference in someone’s life when they need it most.”

Accredited Media & Photographers wishing to attend the game must advise David Jordan via return email or on 0429 181 246.

Limited Parking spots and media box seats are available.

Hyundai A-League Round 6 |
Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United
Central Coast Stadium
Saturday, 16th November – 5pm kick-off

CC Mariners next home game

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The Central Coast Mariners fell to Melbourne City on Friday night, going down 3-1 at AAMI Park as the Hyundai A-League’s Remembrance Round kicked off.

Both sides started well with City testing the Mariners in the opening minutes, but the first proper chance fell to Sam Silvera.

A long range strike from Jack Clisby deflected to the young winger who set himself quickly before stinging an effort inches wide of Dean Bouzanis’ goal.

The deadlock was broken after 17 minutes with the hosts taking the lead through a Curtis Good header. After Mark Birighitti tipped Scott Jamieson’s effort over the bar, the resulting corner saw Good stoop low to divert Lachie Wales’ whipped cross into the back of the net.

After a tight ten minute spell Tommy Oar burst down the left before skipping inside his marker and testing Bouzanis with a well struck shot which was cleared for a corner at the second attempt.


The hosts began to step up the pressure in an attempt to double their advantage with Craig Noone striking the crossbar before Giancarlo Gallifuoco did well to block an effort from Adrian Luna, and the difference remained a goal at half time.

Eunsun Kim replaced Gallifuoco with Alen Stajcic’s first change early in the second half, but City doubled their advantage on the hour mark as Luna was first to Connor Metcalfe’s cross into the box.

20 minutes later City scored their third when a mis-hit set piece from the left was flicked towards goal by Delbridge. His strike was clawed away by a diving Birighitti who was helpless to prevent Rostyn Griffiths firing the rebound home.

Danny DeSilva came close to a late goal but his stinging effort went straight to Bouzanis, however he turned provider moments after, flicking the ball on to substitute Jordan Murray to rifle home under pressure with a composed finish.

After two weeks on the road the Mariners return to the coast and will look to bounce back against Adelaide United in Round six at Central Coast Stadium.

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Mariners share spoils in 48th #F3Derby

Central Coast Mariners 1 (Milan Djuric 5’) drew. Newcastle Jets 1 (Dimitri Petratos 56’)

The Central Coast Mariners got off the mark with their first point of the Hyundai A-League season, sharing the spoils 1-1 with #F3Derby rivals the Newcastle Jets.

Alen Stajcic named an unchanged starting team from the loss to Western Sydney last week and the hosts took an early lead through a familiar face when link up play between Jordan Murray and last week’s goalscorer Milan Djuric saw the latter become just the second Mariner to score in his first two games.

Murray latched onto a perfectly weighted Djuric through ball on the left before cutting inside onto his favoured right foot and repaying the favour with a floated cross that Duric volleyed first time past a helpless Moss and into the corner.

Shouts for a penalty 17 minutes in were denied by the Video Assistant Referee for the Mariners, and the Jets began to push their claim as the half wore on, but excellent defense from the Mariners backline held them out until the break.

The second half began at a frantic pace with the hosts coming close twice in two minutes., first through a Djuric free kick from the left that forced a big stop from Moss in the visitors net, and then a stunning run from Daniel DeSilva that ended with an effort cleared off the line by Millar.

Shortly after though the Jets were awarded a penalty for handball, but Mark Birighitti made an excellent diving to save to deny Dimi Petratos and keep the hosts ahead.

The save was reviewed though and Birighitti adjudged to have moved off his line, and Petratos put his retake safely into the corner to pull his side level.

A wonder save by Birighitti denied Millar a goal on his return with twenty minutes to go when he stretched across the goal to stop Millar’s volleyed effort, and Djuric almost won the game for the Mariners in the dying seconds as a fizzing drive struck the base of Moss’ goal and cannoned back out away from goal.

The Mariners now turn their attentions to Perth in a fortnight, but can rest up with the bye ahead in round three.

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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.


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