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
Hume City FC 0 Central Coast Mariners 1 (Majok 92’)
The run down
It was a battle for possession during the early stages of the game as both sides showed plenty of attacking intent. Matty Simon and Ziggy Gordon both tested Michael Weier early but the Hume keeper was up to the test.
The home side had the best chance of a very open half as James Brown smashed his volley into the side netting, while the intensity began to rise midway through the half as a brave Hume outfit was starting to frustrate the yellow and navy.
The Mariners continued to look dangerous and a whipped delivery from Tommy Oar was headed wide by Kye Rowles, before Mark Birighitti parried away an effort from Steven Hewitt.
The second half saw the NPL outfit take the game to the Mariners with Marko Delic curling his shot just wide of the Mariners goal and it was an end to end affair with Sam Silvera hitting the crossbar from distance and Danny DeSilva unable to convert the rebound.
The Mariners began to assert dominance and a great free kick by Milan Duric was acrobatically dealt with by Weier, while Sam SIlvera started to grow into the game and became a major hassle for a stern Hume defence.
Hume were handed a chance with a free-kick on the edge of the area but it was fired wide by Daniel Dixon, and shortly after Tommy Oar raced forward but dragged his effort just past the outside of the post as time wound down.
As both teams started to throw players forward, Hume caught the Mariners out on the break, but Jack Clisby put in an inch perfect tackle that denied the home side a great opportunity.
The deadlock was finally broken though in the third minute of stoppage time as substitute Abraham Majok put the ball in after an almighty scramble in the box.
The last-minute winner earned the Mariners progression into the semi-finals of the FFA Cup and means Alen Stajcic’s side is just won win away from the final.
92’ MAJOK GOAL (1-0): A great set piece delivery from Sam Silvera created a scramble in the box with the final touch coming from Abraham Majok to win the game for the Mariners.
Hume City FC: 1. Michael WEIER (GK), 4. Paul WILSON, 5. Daniel DIXON, 6. Harry MONOGHAN (c), 8. James BROWN, 10. Steven HEWITT, 13. Matthew LAZARIDES, 14. Mitch COOPER, 15. Hayden TENNANT, 18. Benjamin BOWLER, 19. Marko DELIC (12. Mark OCHIENG 73’)
Substitutes not used: 20. James KAPURANOVSKI (GK), 9. George HOWARD, 11. Theodore MARKELIS, 24. Umut BOZDUGAN
Yellow cards: TENNANT 33’,
Central Coast Mariners: 1. Mark BIRIGHITTI (GK), 2. Ziggy GORDAN, 3. Jack CLISBY, 7. Milan DURIC (14. Abraham MAJOK 72’),10. Thomas OAR, 11. Daniel DESILVA, 15. Kye ROWLES, 16. Dylan FOX, 17. Samuel SILVERA, 19. Matthew SIMON (c) (9. Jordan MURRAY 76’), 32. Gianni STENSNESS
Substitutes not used: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK), 8. Michael MCGLINCHEY, 21. Ruon TONGYIK
Yellow cards: DURIC 31’, MAJOK 80’,
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 ABD Stadium, Broadmeadows Crowd: 1928 Hume City FC vs. Central Coast Mariners
Mariners to take on Central Coast's best in double-header at Pluim
Pluim Park will play host to the 2019 Central Coast Select fixture on Wednesday 25th September, as the Central Coast Mariners get set to take on some of the best local talent from the Coast region.
The match will be the second in a double header, with the Central Coast Mariners Academy Women taking on a CC Select side as well in the first match.
With the squad heading to Melbourne to take on Hume City next week, the fixture will give Mariners fans a chance to catch their side in action at home after a string of away fixtures, including the recent tour of Tasmania where the side took on a Tasmanian State Team and South Hobart FC.
Head Coach Alen Stajcic said the match would be a great pre-season occasion, and a chance for the community to get behind the team.
“As a group, we are all really looking forward to this match against the Central Coast Select,” Stajcic said.
“It’s a chance for us to put on a show for the community, but also a chance for us and the fans to see some of the local talent that is around, and an opportunity for those players to showcase themselves against A-League opposition.”
Central Coast Football CEO Darren Sprod said the event is a great opportunity for the region’s best male and female footballers.
‘I’m really excited at the prospect of hosting the Central Coast Mariners Select match at Pluim Park on the 25th of September,” Sprod said.
“Events like these provide football fans throughout the Central Coast region the unique opportunity to see their professional football team mix it with the best talent from our regions local clubs.’
‘As well as the Mariners A-League side taking on a squad comprised of the best talent from our local Battlewin Premier League competition, I’m delighted that we were able to extend this to include our region’s best female footballers too.
“On the back of an extremely competitive Central Coast Unity Bank Women’s League season, I’m sure the girls selected to represent our local clubs will be elated at the opportunity to take on their Central Coast Mariners counterparts.’
Central Coast Mariners members will receive free entry to the matches.
Wednesday, 25th September CCMA Women v CC Select Women – 6pm kick-off CCM v CC Select Men – 7:30pm kick-off Pluim Park Members: FREE entry Non-Members: $5 entry (all funds going to the Yellow and Navy Foundation)
CCM Media Release: Mariners sign South Korean Midfielder, Kim Eun-Sun
Mariners sign South Korean Midfielder, Kim Eun-Sun
The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the signing of experienced South Korean midfielder, Kim Eun-Sun ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.
The 31-year-old boasts a wealth of experience having played the entirety of his career in the Republic of Korea, most notably with K League giants Suwon Samsung Bluewings where he also featured in Asia’s top continental club football competition, the AFC Champions League.
Having trained with the Central Coast Mariners since the start of pre-season, Kim is known for his exploits as a strong box-to-box midfielder.
Upon signing his one-year-contract at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence, Kim spoke of his passion to earn the fans’ support.
“It has been a real pleasure to meet everyone at the Central Coast Mariners and I feel honoured to have signed,” Kim said. “I am thrilled to be here for such a tough pre-season and I can’t wait to show the fans what I can bring to the team.
“Central Coast Stadium is the most beautiful stadium I have ever seen, and I cannot wait to play there, meet the fans and earn their support,” Kim said.
Head Coach Alen Stajcic spoke highly of Kim’s experience and the work ethic he has brought to the club.
“Kim is a high calibre signing for not just the Mariners but the Hyundai A-League,” Stajcic said. “To attract a player of Kim’s calibre who captained Suwon Bluewings, one of the biggest teams in Korea, is a tremendous boost for the Mariners and the league.
“His technical skills combined with his experience will be of great benefit in the development of our players and particularly our younger players coming through the ranks.
“Since arriving at the start of pre-season, Kim has been a real asset amongst the squad, both on and off the pitch and has set a very high standard,” Stajcic said.
CCM Media Release: Mariners sign Goalkeeper, Mark Birighitti
The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the signing coup of goalkeeper, Mark Birighitti who joins the Club ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.
Putting pen-to-paper on a one-year-deal, Birighitti arrives on the Central Coast with a wealth of experience having appeared in the Eredivisie with NAC Breda after his time with Swansea City.
Known to Australian football fans for his acrobatic efforts in the Hyundai A-League, the 28-year-old has 85 appearances in Australia’s top flight with Adelaide United and the Newcastle Jets.
It was that form in the Hyundai A-League that saw Birighitti proudly don the Socceroos’ badge in 2013 against China. The Perth born shot-stopper has also represented Australia at U17, U20 & U23 levels.
Reuniting with Central Coast Mariners Goalkeeping Coach Jess Vanstrattan, Birighitti says that he can’t wait to arrive and get started on the Central Coast.
“This is a fantastic opportunity, I’m buzzing and I can’t wait to join the Mariners,” Birighitti said. “I’ve spoken with the coaching staff and it seems like a perfect fit – their plan enticed me, it’s a historical club an ambitious club and getting the Mariners back to where they should be, is something I want to be a part of.
“I’ve worked with Jess [Vanstrattan] before and he’s one of the best goalkeeping coaches I’ve ever worked with. Knowing that he’s at the club played a big part in my decision.
“The Mariners are a family club, I’ve heard that it’s a great playing group they’ve got there, a really tight group. We want to be successful and that’s why I am here.
“My main objective now is to work hard during the pre-season, have a great season and help the Mariners get back on that pedestal,” Birighitti said.
Head Coach Alen Stajcic welcomed Birighitti and touched on the importance of competition for places.
“We’re really excited to bring Mark to the club,” Stajcic said. “Successful teams have competition for places across the board and that’s no different in the goalkeeping ranks. We want the keepers to be pushing each other day in, day out.
“Mark’s CV speaks for itself. He has national team experience, played overseas in Holland, England and Italy, so we know what he’s capable of.
“We look forward to welcoming Mark on his first day and continuing our pre-season preparations,” Stajcic said.
Birighitti will commence training at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence next week.