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Mariners Fixture Run-In Revealed

The Mariners’ final fixtures are locked in for the remainder of the 2021/22 Isuzu UTE A-League Season and includes five matches at home, a trip to New Zealand and a season closer against the Jets at home.

The final ten matches of the season will begin with this weekend’s clash against Adelaide United at Central Coast Stadium with a 7:45pm kick off.

Following this match, the team will fly to Victoria for a match against high flying Western United in Ballarat, kicking off at 2:05pm on Saturday 2nd of April. The time for this match has been moved to allow the team to fly back on the Saturday, maximising the time that the team have to prepare for the Wellington Phoenix match which has been added to the schedule on Tuesday night, kicking off at Central Coast Stadium with a 7:05pm kick off.

The team are back at home on Saturday the 9th of April against Sydney FC in a blockbuster all-NSW clash that normally brings goals, with the action getting underway at 7:45pm.

The matches don’t stop there for the Coasties as more mid-week action lies ahead for the Mariners, taking on Western Sydney Wanderers at CommBank Stadium on Wednesday 13th April, kicking off at 7:05pm.

With the borders open to New Zealand, the Yellow and Navy will be making the journey across the ditch to play Wellington Phoenix at Sky Stadium, kicking off at 3:05pm Local Time on Sunday 17th April.

The away games will continue for Nick Montgomery’s side as the second F3 Derby of the season is scheduled to take place on Saturday 23rd of April at McDonald Jones Stadium, kicking off at 7:45pm.

The final three games will be very key for the club and begins with a home match against Western United at Central Coast Stadium, kicking off at 4:05pm on 30th of April, followed by a mid-week trip to Redcliffe to take on Brisbane Roar on Tuesday 3rd of May, kicking off at 7:05pm.

The regular season will conclude with a massive clash against Newcastle Jets at Central Coast Stadium, kicking off at 7:45pm on Saturday 7th of May which is sure to be a decisive 90 minutes with both teams pushing for finals positions.

Match Details:

Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United
Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s MW20
Saturday 26th March 2022
7:45pm AEDT Kick Off
Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast, NSW.
Broadcast Live on Paramount +

Western United v Central Coast Mariners
Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s MW21
Saturday 2nd April 2022
2:05pm AEDT Kick Off
MARS Stadium, Ballarat, Victoria
Broadcast Live on Paramount+

Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix
Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s MW6
Tuesday 5th April 2022
7:05pm AEST Kick Off
Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast, NSW
Broadcast Live on Paramount+

Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC
Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s MW23
Saturday 9th April 2022
7:45pm AEST Kick Off
Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast, NSW
Broadcast Live on Paramount+

Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners
Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s MW13
Wednesday 13th April 2022
7:05pm AEST Kick Off
CommBank Stadium, Western Sydney, NSW
Broadcast Live on Paramount+

Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners
Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s MW24
Sunday 17th April 2022
3:05pm NZST (1:05pm AEST) Kick Off
Sky Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Broadcast Live on Paramount+

Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners
Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s MW25
Saturday 23rd April 2022
7:45pm AEST Kick Off
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, NSW
Broadcast Live on Paramount+

Central Coast Mariners v Western United
Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s MW26
Saturday 30th April 2022
4:05pm AEST Kick Off
Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast, NSW
Broadcast Live on Paramount+

Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners
Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s MW9
Tuesday 3rd May 2022
7:05pm AEST Kick Off
Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe, QLD
Broadcast Live on Paramount+

Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets
Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s MW10
Saturday 7th May 2022
7:45pm AEST Kick Off
Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast, NSW
Broadcast Live on Paramount+

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Central Coast Mariners & Central Coast Heart partner up

The Central Coast Mariners are excited to announce that they will be venturing into a ground-breaking new partnership with Central Coast Heart Netball for the upcoming season. The Central Coast Mariners and Central Coast Heart will join forces in a partnership to help grow resources, share experiences, and ultimately support each other in collaboration to achieve goals. This collaboration is aimed to grow support, partners and resources for both Mariners and the Heart. 

This partnership highlights the dedication of the Central Coast Mariners to be a community focussed organisation representing the region and one that makes a real difference to Central Coast residents. Both clubs firmly believe that with the support of each other, they can make a material impact on the Central Coast region and help them grow sustainably into the future. 

Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp spoke on this exciting venture for both clubs which will only grow and prosper with time.

“The Central Coast Heart and Central Coast Mariners share the same brand values and dedication to helping athletes on the coast fulfill their potential as well as giving back to our community and providing role models for our grassroots participants. 

“This partnership will allow the Football and Netball to communities on the coast to collaborate, share resources and combine experience to grow all aspects of the codes and pathways. We hope that all Central Coast Football and Netball fans, sponsors and participants can see the huge potential and opportunities here by joining forces,” Mielekamp said.

“The ability of the two organisations working together, sharing resources and networks sets the platform for a very exciting and progressive direction for sport on the coast.

“We encourage all fans, businesses and community groups to connect with us and help our journey to work together and give the very best opportunity for the Central Coast Athletes that I have no doubt long term will provide a huge platform for all sports on the coast to feed from,” Mielekamp concluded.

Central Coast Heart Chair, Bronwyn Rumbel is excited for the Mariners to come on board as a partner to grow both franchises.

“We are excited to welcome Central Coast Mariners as a Major Partner of Central Coast Heart. This collaboration will build on the success of our franchise, and we look forward to collaborating with the Mariners to promote opportunities for netball across the region.”

Central Coast Heart High Performance Manager, Di Brown spoke about what this partnership can do for athletes of both teams.

“This partnership will provide the opportunity to enhance our high-performance pathways for players, coaches and officials and support our young athletes to fulfil their potential.”

Central Coast Heart will have their pre-season Exhibition Match, this Saturday at Niagara Stadium from 5pm. Featuring entertainment on and off the court, Mariners fans are invited to experience the new sport of netball as the Heart gear up for the exciting season ahead.

For fans looking at purchasing tickets to the Exhibition Match, please click here.

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MARINERS AND VICTORY SHARE SPOILS IN GOSFORD

Wednesday evening saw Central Coast Stadium play host to another mid-week game as the Mariners took on Melbourne Victory for a third time this campaign – the two sides building quite a fierce rivalry this season. Montgomery’s men were looking to build on their win against Brisbane Roar over the weekend and get revenge for the previous meetings with Tony Popovic’s side.

A second half swivel, turn and shot from substitute Nicolai Müller would cancel out Nick D’Agostino’s opening goal for Victory as the match ended one a piece, leaving a Mariners outfit left thinking what could have been.

The first 10 minutes of the encounter saw the Central Coast hold a large share of the possession, with an early effort from Mariner’s front-man Jason Cummings demonstrating a solid start for the home side.

This early attacking foray would continue into the 19th minute where once again Cummings would fashion an opportunity, nodding the ball past an onrushing Kelava – but forced wide, his shot couldn’t find the back of the net and Victory were able to scramble back and recover.

In a match that would turn out to be a feisty affair, Lewis Miller received a yellow card and was lucky to escape with just his singular caution, after two rather inconspicuous challenges – both being met with an indignant response from the Coast faithful.

Melbourne would start to work their way into the game more and more as this portion of the half went on – with Mark Birighitti called into action with a strong, two-handed parry in the 21st minute followed by another brilliant stop just minutes later to deny Victory the opening goal.

Despite the Mariners possession, an error in the Mariners rear-guard would allow Melbourne’s in-form D’Agostino to slot the ball home past a stranded Mark Birighitti.

In response, Marco Ureña’s drive into the box brought about penalty claims just before the interval but the home side’s claims were waved away by referee Steven Lucas and the Mariners headed into the break a goal down, with work to do.

After the half-time stoppage, the Mariners looked to have recovered the defence resiliency as Dan Hall made a superb last-ditch challenge to deny D’Agostino his second of the match and used this as motivation to push for a goal.

The Mariners looked to equalise in the 54th minute through Costa-Rican marksman, with Marco Ureña breaking the line and blazing his left-footed strike narrowly wide, which was later called back for offside.

Just three minutes later, a well-worked set-piece ended with Jacob Farrell’s low-driven cross just barely evading Beni Nkololo at the back-stick as the Mariners really began to push for the equaliser early in the second stanza.

Nico Müller entered the fray around the 60th minute for winger Cy Goddard – the substitute having a big role to play in turning the tide for the yellow and navy.

The Mariners continued to hold good possession but were unable to find the breakthrough against Victory’s low-block – reducing Ollie Bozanic to a speculative effort from range which floated over the top of the crossbar.

The 80th minute saw another substitution from Nick Montgomery, introducing James Bayliss and Noah Smith for Lewis Miller and Jacob Farrell – a swap down the flanks an attempt to find that breakthrough.

An instant impact was observed from Smith as his whipped cross from the left found a stretching Marco Ureña but his diving header was just directed off-target from close range as the Mariners pushed for an equaliser.

It took until the 84th minute for the Mariners to hit the back of the Melbourne net and it came in the shape of their in-form German – after an Ureña headed cross came off the head of Cummings, the ball fell to Müller who swivelled and turned and found the bottom corner of Kelava’s net.

It was a game up for the taking, but the Mariners were unable to find a winner, but a valuable point was gained, nonetheless passing the halfway point of the season.

Nick Montgomery and his men continue the hunt for another three points at HBF Park as they take on Perth Glory at 10:05pm in another mid-week clash, next Tuesday.

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On Saturday night at Coopers Stadium, Adelaide United hosted the Central Coast Mariners in the first ever Pride Game.

Mark Birighitti saved Craig Goodwin’s first half penalty and gave his team momentum which led them into a first half lead from the boot of Béni Nkololo.

A second half double from the Reds saw them take all three points despite the Mariners creating enough chances to win the game on more than one occasion.

Nick Montgomery named one change from Tuesday’s match against Melbourne City, with Marco Ureña coming in for Moresche, and Lewis Miller overcoming a gash on his foot, keeping the same back four for the third match in a row.

As both teams began to land blow by blow on each other, it would be the visitors who had the first chance with German Nicolai Müller fielding an attempt from the edge that floated wide and getting a second chance moments later which stung the palms of Joe Gauci who did well to save low to his left.

As the Mariners looked to turn the screw, Adelaide United were given the chance to take the lead as Jacob Farrell clipped Lachlan Brook in the box and Alex King awarded a penalty.

Craig Goodwin stepped up to take the spot kick but his stuttering attempt was met with a strong dive from Mark Birighitti to his right, plunging to save from 12 yards for the second time this season.

Following this, the momentum was with the Yellow and Navy and they very nearly took the lead from the head of Jason Cummings who couldn’t steer his effort toward goal after the flick on from Costa Rican Ureña.

The Mariners wouldn’t have to wait long for the lead however, as Cummings was involved again, this time bringing the ball down brilliantly from height, setting up Béni Nkololo inside the box who’s first time strike raced past Gauci and into the bottom corner for a 1-0 lead.

As both teams came back out for the second half, the hosts spurned on with the Pride occasion and they would fortunately find the equaliser after a goal-line scramble found it’s way to Hiroshi Ibusuki after Birighitti punched clear, Dan Hall blocked then received a knee to the stomach, and Lachlan Brook’s shot deflected to the Japanese import who volleyed into an un-guarded net.

With Nkololo’s industrious running on the right, the Mariners almost found themselves back in the lead as Bozanic’s free-kick on the edge deflected out for a corner and the visitors continued to press hard for the go-ahead goal.

Dan Hall was as impressive as ever at the back denying the hosts of any dangerous efforts and soon the Mariners found themselves on the front foot with Nkololo working the ball into space inside the box with some fancy footwork, but his strike floated over the top of the bar to the frustration of the small pack of travelling Mariners support.

Lewis Miller would next find space inside the box and his drilled effort drifted inches wide of the far post, which would have just reward for the Australian’s consistent performances of late.

With both teams looking likely to settle for a point, for the 5th time in the last six games, the Mariners conceded a stoppage time goal, this time to 16-year-old Nestory Irankunda who fired in from a tight angle to the delight of the home support.

It was a case of what could have been once more for the Mariners who would currently be sitting 8th on 17 points had they not conceded late in those games, and instead find themselves tied on 11 points with Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar at the foot of the table.

In what is becoming an increasingly important game, the Mariners will next be in action when they host Brisbane Roar at home next Saturday, kicking off at 5:05pm.

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On Saturday evening at AAMI Park, the Central Coast Mariners locked horns with Melbourne Victory in the first meeting between the two sides since the FFA Cup Final.

The first half began much like the FFA Cup Final in that both teams cancelled each other out.

After large spells of Mariners possession and pressure, the telling blow would come late on from Melbourne Victory with substitute Nishan Velupillay heading home at the back post from the cross of Chris Ikonomidis giving the hosts a 1-0 victory. Late hearbreak once again for the Central Coast.

At the beginning of the contest, the eyes were on Mariners number four Josh Nisbet who made his 50th Isuzu UTE A-League appearance and began in his usual quick and sharp manner, posing a danger to Jason Davidson at left back for Victory.

The Mariners started the better of the two sides and had the opening shot in anger at Ivan Kelava’s goal from the boot of Marco Ureña, however it floated wide of the upright and left the Victory defence untroubled.

As Victory built into the match with a corner that was scrambled clear from the Mariners, it would be the visitors who would have the ball in the net, however it was ruled out for offside.

The ball was worked from the right into the centre and Cy Goddard’s strike that lacked conviction was helped onto goal from Ureña, his finish cleverly snuck under Kelava, but the flag was raised, and the scores remained level.

Minutes later it was Victory’s turn to have a goal ruled out for offside, this time a lengthy VAR delay halted the outcome while it appeared a simple decision to the naked eye. Eventually the correct decision was made and both teams continued about the half.

Referee Adam Kersey was in the spotlight following the VAR decision that took around four minutes, and found himself there again when A-League milestone man Josh Nisbet looked to find Ollie Bozanic unmarked on the edge of the box, however when it appeared he would run onto the ball and strike at goal from an area he is so dangerous from, the man in the middle accidentally blocked the captain’s run, much to the frustration of all involved in Yellow and Navy.

Ollie Bozanic had space on the edge of the box but was blocked by the whistleblower
Lewis Miller covered well late into the half as he made up many yards to support the strong defensive pairing of Kye Rowles and Dan Hall and with both sides standing tall defensively, the scores were level at the break.

Miller continued his form into the second stanza and found himself in a shooting position at the back post within the first five minutes of the restart, but his effort was blocked by two Victory defenders at point blank range.

As the ball squeezed out wide, Miller once again won the ball back, turned two Victory defenders in the one move and motored towards the penalty box, only to feel contact from Jason Davidson on his back and over he went.

Referee Adam Kersey shook his head and play continued with VAR not recommending any further action.

The Mariners made a change in the middle with Harry Steele being replaced by Max Balard and they began to control the match, pegging Victory back and playing the ball around in dangerous areas.

Jason Cummings was largely isolated up front but looked dangerous on more than one occasion as he found his shot blocked from his weaker right foot and spin out for a corner, when it looked to be nestling into the top corner with Kelava rooted to the spot.

Marco Ureña was next to test Kelava but once again, the Victory defence scrambled their way around the penalty box to throw a body in the way, leaving their goalkeeper untroubled.

The Mariners pressure was building and as they pressed hard for an equaliser, Josh Nisbet was the next to field an effort, this one also being deflected away for a corner.

When it looked certain that the result was only going one way, the Victory built their way back into the match and began to create some more chances.

Dan Hall was on hand twice to deny two efforts, one that he cleared off the line, the other that he took off the toe of the Victory attack when a goal looked certain.

Late in the match, Francesco Margiotta had the game’s best chance when he was through on goal, with the Mariners pouring bodies forward, but he couldn’t drag his shot on target and the match looked destined to finish a stalemate.

However the match would not finish goalless as for the third week in a row, the Mariners conceded an injury time goal, this time from the head of Nishan Velupillay which brought the Mariners to their knees after a superb performance which deserved at least a point at a venue they have enjoyed very little success at.

It goes on to be a case of what could’ve been for the Mariners, as they turn their attention to Melbourne City back at AAMI Park on Tuesday evening at 7:55pm.

 

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