Jets fire late in #F3Derby

Jets fire late in #F3Derby

Jets fire late in #F3Derby

Matt Simon’s first half strike was not enough to silence the Newcastle Jets in the 45th #F3Derby, where the away side scored twice in the second half to claim all three points.

Central Coast Mariners 1 (Simon 36’) Newcastle Jets 2 (Hoffman 66’ & Vargas 82’)

The run down

It was a lively start from the Mariners who came flying out of the blocks. Matty Millar continued his impressive form as he marauded through the Jets’ midfield again and again.

Pressure from the Yellow and Navy restricted the visitors to limited possession and as the half continued it started to feel more and more like the #F3Derby with big tackles flying in from both teams.

Adam Pearce was forced to make a great save that denied Petratos from a free kick.

Then, as they did against Sydney FC, Matt Simon and Matt Millar combined to deliver the game’s opening goal. Millar down the right, Simon at the back post to head home.

Momentum stayed with the Mariners and Hoole then stepped up with a curling free kick which forced Moss to parry it away. Tempers flared before the break as aggression rose in the #F3Derby but a solid half by the Mariners saw the Yellow and Navy go into the break with a one goal lead.

The second half saw the Jets chase the game. As the visitors threw more players forward, it allowed the Mariners to create a couple of counter attacking opportunities most notably a chance that fell to Connor Pain who couldn’t convert his one on one opportunity.

Then, it was a Jair corner that was headed home by Hoffman that put the Jets equal. The dangerous set pieces followed and a delivery by Petratos was cleared off the line. Shortly after, Vargas fired home a precision ball by Shepard which proved to be the match winner in the 82nd minute.

The Mariners’ focus now turns to their annual New Year’s Eve fixture against Perth Glory at Central Coast Stadium.


36’ SIMON GOAL (1-0): A superb one-two between Simon and Millar sees Millar’s cross converted by the captain. Millar broke down the right and looped the ball perfectly to Simon on the back post.

66’ HOFFMAN GOAL (1-1): A Jair corner is put away by a leaping Hoffman

82’ VARGAS GOAL (1-2): A chipped through ball is controlled and converted by Vargas.

Mulvey in the media

“They gave everything. It’s just getting over the line isn’t it. The first half I thought was a good tussle, we got on the front foot, pressured them, got a good goal, a deserved lead and at half time the message coming back from the lads was a confident feeling and we could go on to win this game. The critical point of the game was the second goal which we didn’t get, we had a good opportunity but their first goal from the corner sapped the energy from the stadium.

“I thought the atmosphere was really good today, they appreciated what the boys were doing but that nervousness creeps from the field into the terraces and you could see that when Newcastle scored, they had their heads and tails up. We’re facing a lack of composure in certain areas particularly when we could take the sting out of the game. In the end, we lost and like you say how do we resurrect ourselves.

“In key moments we were found out, we took an eye off the ball, not focused in that moment. In those moments when the ball is not in play it is time to refocus and in those key moments we are not refocusing, and we are not ready. For the corner for example, the ball is out of play, corner, organise and refocus and we didn’t do that. We didn’t pick up the guy that scored and it’s not resilience, its key moments in the game that costs us.

“You have to look at the performance today, the players don’t need lifting in terms of performance perspective. If you look at the table, which everyone has the right to do within the game, they look at us and go “hapless Mariners, write off the season” but we are not going to do that, if we held on to win that today, we are one point away from Brisbane. It’s a cruel game at times and we were dealt a cruel blow and I’m not blaming anyone else besides ourselves. We will wear it; the players are man enough to be able to wear it and we’ve got to fix it and that’s the main thing,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK), 15. Kye ROWLES, 5. Antony GOLEC, 3. Jack CLISBY, 18. Matthew MILLAR, 8. Michael McGLINCHEY, 13. Aiden O’NEILL, 23. Mario SHABOW (25. Jordan MURRAY 67’), 7. Andrew HOOLE (22. Jacob MELLING 81’), 11. Connor PAIN (16. Josh MACDONALD 73’), 19. Matthew SIMON (c)

Substitutes not used: 24. Joe GAUCI (GK) & 4. Jake McGING

Yellow cards: McGLINCHEY 34’, SHABOW 45’, PAIN 45’, ROWLES 49’

Newcastle Jets: 1. Glen MOSS (GK), 3. Jason HOFFMAN, 4. Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6. Steven UGARKOVIC, 7. Dimitri PETRATOS, 8. JAIR (14. Kaine SHEPPARD 72’), 9. Roy O’DONOVAN (23. Matt RIDENTON 85’), 10. Ronald VARGAS (32. Angus THURGATE 90’), 17. Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 44. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

Substitutes not used: 20. Lewis ITALIANO (GK), 13. Ivan VUJICA

Yellow cards: HOFFMAN 42’, MOSS 45’, BOOGAARD 69’

Sunday, 23 December 2018
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Crowd: 8923
Central Coast Mariners vs. Newcastle Jets

Mariners endorse Mike Phelan’s appointment at Manchester United

The Central Coast Mariners would like to endorse the temporary appointment of the club’s Sporting Director Mike Phelan to the role of first-team coach at Manchester United FC.

The Central Coast Mariners look forward to collaborating with Manchester United on the dual role that Mike Phelan will undertake over the next five months.

Upon Manchester United’s announcement of Phelan’s appointment as one of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first-team coaches, Phelan reaffirmed his commitment to the Central Coast Mariners.

“Taking on a temporary coaching role at Manchester United is extremely exciting,” Phelan said. “It’s also a really positive step for the Mariners to have a direct link with Manchester United as I will continue my role as Sporting Director.

“I’m still a Mariner. I’ve put something in place that I want to see through. This might be a small distraction, but it’s with one of the biggest clubs in the world that I simply couldn’t turn down.

“I was offered the opportunity at the Mariners to pass on my experiences and wisdom in order to develop the football club back into the football club that it once was. A football club that produces players for the Mariners and beyond. It’s an exciting project, that’s my remit and we’ve put a structure in place with full time academy coaches that will ensure that we are prepared for success.

“Part of the discussion with Manchester United was that I will still be available for the Mariners, this is a dual role. I will take the first opportunity possible to get back to the Central Coast. I’m not going anywhere, I am one phone call away from anyone at the Mariners.

“I will be back on the Central Coast as soon as I can. There’s obviously a few issues to sort through at Manchester United which will take time, but once we’ve worked through that I look forward to getting back to the Central Coast,” Phelan said.


Wellington 2-0 Mariners

First half goals to Louis Fenton and Sarpreet Singh saw the Central Coast Mariners fall to Wellington Phoenix in Wellington on Saturday evening.

Wellington def Mariners 2-0

Wellington Phoenix FC 2 (Fenton 9’ & Singh 45’) Central Coast Mariners 0

The run down

The Mariners came flying out of the blocks and had all of the early chances in the opening stages. Jordan Murray was making the most of his starting debut and was centimetres from opening the scoring when a cross found him at the back post. After controlling well, his shot was just over the crossbar.

Matt Simon was winning everything in the air and the Mariners wide men were doing theit best to create their first goal of the night. In the first half, the Mariners managed 17 balls into the box compared to Wellington’s four.

But the bright start was soured by two goals to the Phoenix where both Fenton and Singh both found the back of the net from point blank range in the 9th and 45th minutes of play which sent the Mariners into the sheds two goals down.

The two goals in the first half proved to be the difference with the Phoenix finishing 2-0 winners.

In a quieter second half, the Mariners were in a desperate hunt for a goal of their own but Wellington’s keeper Filip Kurto made a number of timely interceptions and saves to keep them at bay.

The Central Coast Mariners now turn their attention to the #F3Derby against the Newcastle Jets on Sunday December 23. Family tickets start from just $40.


9’ FENTON GOAL (1-0): It took a diving save from Adam Pearce to deny Mandi’s stinging shot but it fell to the feet of Fenton and all he needed to do, was tap into an open net.

45’ SINGH GOAL (2-0): Offered too much space in the box, Krishna was able to find Singh who fired home from point blank range to double Wellington’s lead.

Mulvey in the media

“Not good enough.

“Football is about key moments. It’s not that we’re lacking in every stage of the game, we’re lacking in key moments. The players need to learn quickly that it’s very important otherwise you end up in the predicament that we’re in.

“You can explain why it’s important, have your structure right. But if you look at the goal they scored in the 9th minute. It came from a ball across the top of the box and the lad’s able to fire a shot from 25-yards-out. If you wind back the clock to Sydney, same happened with Brendan O’Neill. The goal last week against the Wanderers, same.

“We’re not going to hide behind any excuses. The facts are, we’ve got quite a number of players out. We’re not sure how long he’s going to be out [Ben Kennedy]. Adam Pearce came in today, he’s young and has a great future. We need to keep giving these younger players a chance.

“Everyone is hurting. It’s horrible to be in the situation we’re in. You can walk away or you can roll your sleeves up and work harder and that’s what I expect the players to do.

“We need to play from the first minute, we need to give our fans hope. They have every right to be saying here we go again. I’m with them on this. Coming into December I expected us to win four games. On the back of our game against Perth Glory away where we did well, I expected us to beat Sydney then you saw what happened, last week we weren’t as good against the Wanderers and we got turned over, then we were turned over again tonight.

“We need to wake up and smell the roses and decide what we want this football club to be like. I know what everyone outside the club is thinking – here go the Mariners again. This was a proud club, we need to take a deep breath, go home and decide what club we want to be,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK), 3.Jack CLISBY (16. Josh MACDONALD 72’), 4.Jake McGING, 8. Michael McGLINCHEY (23. Mario SHABOW 72’), 11. Connor PAIN, 13. Aiden O’NEILL (7. Andrew HOOLE 63’), 15. Kye ROWLES, 18. Matthew MILLAR, 19. Matthew SIMON (C), 20.Kalifa CISSE, 25.Jordan MURRAY

Substitutes not used: 24.Joe GAUCI (gk) & 5. Antony GOLEC

Yellow cards: O’Neill 39’, Rowles 45+2’

Wellington Phoenix FC: 1.Filip KURTO (gk), 4. Armando SOSA PENA, 9. Nathan BURNS (11.David WILLIAMS 76’), 13. Liberato CACACE, 14. Alex RUFER, 15. Michal KOPCZYNSKI (9.Thomas DOYLE 46’), 16. Louis FENTON, 18. Sarpreet SINGH (23.Max BURGESS 90’), 21. Roy KRISHNA, 22. Andrew DURANTE, 27. Steven TAYLOR

Substitutes not used: 20.Oliver SAIL & 5.Ryan LOWRY

Yellow cards: Krishna 24’, Mandi 57’, Burns 71’, Singh 76’

Saturday,15 December 2018
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Wellington Phoenix vs. Central Coast Mariners

Wanderers 2-0 Mariners

Goals to Keanu Baccus and Jaushua Sotirio were enough for the Western Sydney Wanderers to claim three points at Spotless Stadium.

Wanderers 2-0 Mariners

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Baccus 45+3’ & Sotirio 68’) Central Coast Mariners 0

The run down
After an open first half where both teams wrestled to get the top hand, it looked almost certain to end 0-0 at the break. But just like that, it fell to Keanu Baccus who took the game into his own hands and fired from distance with almost the last kick of the half.
Although the Mariners weren’t without their chances in the first half and were unlucky not to have a goal themselves. Our two best chances of the opening stanza fell to Mikey McGlinchey and Connor Pain, but both were kept out by Janjetovic.
The first chance came in the fourth minute thanks to a Pain and Matt Millar combo on the right-hand side. McGlinchey’s shot was on target, but blocked at the near post by the unknowing Wanderers keeper.

Pain’’s chance came from the other side when Antony Golec surged forward on the left. His ball found Pain in the box who managed a shot but it was well saved by Janjetovic which meant the Wanderers would have the advantage at half time.
The Mariners came out in the second half and controlled majority of the possession and field position early, pushing for the equaliser. But it was the Wanderers who scored when Sotirio tapped home from point blank range.
Pushing to get themselves back in the game, the Mariners showed fight in the dying stages but couldn’t find the goal to set up a grandstand finish. Millar picked up where he left off in his last two performances, causing havoc with this pace on the right wing.
Next Saturday sees the Mariners travel across the ditch to face Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand.

45 +3’ BACCUS GOAL (1-0): A strike from distance at the end of the first half gave the Wanderers the lead at the break. It was Baccus who’s strike flew in with almost the last kick of the half.
68’ SOTIRIO GOAL (2-0): Sotirio was in the right place at the right time to finish the spoils from a Bruce Kamau long range shot.

Mulvey in the media
“[conceding just before half time] It was a cruel blow,” Mulvey said. “The game can turn on a goal and we had a couple of great chances in the first half. Mikey tried to flick one in at the near post and it bounced off the keeper’s knee before he even knew about it. That’s the kind of break we need right now, and we’re not getting it.
“That was a battle between two teams who are low on confidence. They are the home team, we took the game to them – we were very even in the first half but I thought we dropped off a bit in the second half from our intensity levels.
“I can’t be disappointed with the effort; these players are giving everything they’ve got. There’s no fear factor for us we need to address our deficiencies which we’re doing on a daily basis. We will keep battling away. We lost a close battle today to Western Sydney. We will go back to the drawing board and get ready for the Phoenix.
“We need to look at our squad and determine which players we’re going to bring in.
“We need a confidence builder and that comes from winning a game. It doesn’t get any easier, there is no easy game in the A-League so we need to front up to Wellington next week and really give it to them,” Mulvey said.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC: 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (GK), 4.Josh RISDON, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY (18.Marc TOKICH 84’), 9.Oriol RIERA, 10.Alexander BAUMJOHANN (7.Nick FITZGERALD 90’), 11.Bruce KAMAU, 16.Jaushua SOTRIO (49.Abraham MAJOK 91’), 17.Keanu BACCUS, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER,
Substitutes not used: 1.Danijel NIZIC (GK), 24.Raul LLORENTE
Yellow cards: O’Doherty 8’

Central Coast Mariners: 1. Ben KENNEDY (GK), 4. Jake McGING, 5. Antony GOLEC (3.Jack CLISBY 64’), 8. Michael McGLINCHEY (7. Andrew HOOLE 73’), 11. Connor PAIN, 13. Aiden O’NEILL, 15. Kye ROWLES, 18. Matthew MILLAR, 19. Matthew SIMON (C), 20.Kalifa CISSE, 22. Jacob MELLING (23. Mario SHABOW 75’)
Substitutes not used: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK) & 6.Tom HIARIEJ
Yellow cards: Melling 43’, McGing 45’, O’Neill 75’

Friday, 7 December 2018
Spotless Stadium, Olympic Park
Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Central Coast Mariners

Last minute Glory sink gutsy Mariners

Glory vs Mariners

Despite coming from behind twice, a gutsy Central Coast Mariners outfit were dealt a cruel blow at nib Stadium. A goal to Chris Ikonomidis in the 95th minute of play to seal a 3-2 win for Perth Glory.

Perth Glory 3 (Ikonomidis 12’ & 95’ & Lowry 61’) Central Coast Mariners 2 (Mrcela OG 36’ & O‘Neill 64')

The run down

It was a topsy-turvy first half that skewed in favour of the Glory who went up 1-0 early after Ikonomidis found the back of the net just 12 minutes in.

However, the opening goal wouldn’t deter the away team who desperately defended with Perth throwing everything at doubling their lead.

The defensive fight, especially from Kye Rowles, was swiftly turned into a Mariners’ attack with Matt Millar proving to be an effective focal point on the right wing. The Mariners’ persistence was rewarded in the form of an own goal in the 36th minute after back-to-back Mariners chances from the right.

The own goal was enough to cancel out Perth’s opener and saw both teams head into the sheds all even at 1-1.

Perth made it 2-1 on the hour mark through Shane Lowry who evaded his man and headed home a nice ball from Kilkenny.

A determined Mariners outfit upped the ante in the final 30 minutes of play and looked likely to work their way back into the game. It came in the form of an absolute rocket by Aiden O’Neill who took the game into his own hands with an impressive strike from distance.

Locked at 2-2, the Mariners continued to press for the winner as play opened up and both teams bombed into the front third.

However, in the 95th minute of play, Ikonomidis doubled his tally for the evening and sunk the hearts of the Mariners with a last-ditch goal to make it 3-2.

The Yellow & Navy will have their chance to bounce back at home this Saturday, hosting Sydney FC at Central Coast Stadium. Kick-off is 5:35pm. They will need to do it without Kalifa Cisse who received his second yellow card of the night in the 94th minute.


12’ IKONOMIDIS GOAL (1-0): The attack started from a perfect lobbed through ball from Neil Kilkenny. Kilkenny’s ball hit Joel Chianese on the right side of the box who volleyed back across the face where Ikonomidis was waiting to finish his point-blank strike.

36’ MRCELA OWN GOAL (1-1): After two attacking forays on the right by Millar, the Mariners were repaid in the form of an own goal by Tomislav Mrcela. A nice ball into the box by Andrew Hoole was bound for McCormack but a lunging Mrcela tipped the ball past Liam Reddy to level the scores.

61’ LOWRY GOAL: (2-1): Kilkenny also played a hand in Glory’s second goal of the night. His ball into the box was right on the money which allowed Lowry to leap above the pack and head home.

68’ O’NEILL GOAL (2-2): The loanee from Burnley pulled the trigger on a screamer. With the ball falling to him 25-yards-out, O’Neill’s first-time strike flew into the top corner.

95’ IKONOMIDIS GOAL (3-2): Heartbreaking. All three goals had a hand from Kilkenny. This time his cross found Ikonomidis at the back post who fired into the top of the net.

“Sometimes when your luck’s out, your luck’s out,” Mulvey said. “At the end of the day, absolutely gutted for the boys because they put in a great shift today. We’ve not quite got it right, we’re still conceding goals where the opposition doesn’t need to do too much.

“We put in a really good effort today, we came from behind twice. They score in the 95th minute, the lads didn’t deserve that. But, you need to give credit to Perth. It’s not the first time they’ve done that this season. It’s a difficult place to come – on the one hand I’m proud but we’re gutted.

“We’ve worked hard on the training paddock, we came here with a different set up and I thought it worked pretty well. There’s some guys who really stood up and that’s what I wanted.

“We got back into the game when we were 1-0 down, we forced a mistake. We were then too deep on a cross and conceded but we got ourselves back in the game again. Then you can write your own story with what happened in the last couple of minutes.

“We were close to getting a deserved point today, so we won’t let our heads drop too far, we won’t feel sorry for ourselves. We will work hard, get back to Gosford next week and aim for three points against Sydney.

“Once we got the goal, you could see the belief amongst the squad which was really noticeable. I don’t think a 2-2 draw would have been unjust,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY (GK), 3.Jack CLISBY, 5.Antony GOLEC, 7.Andrew HOOLE (8.Michael McGLINCHEY 62’), 11.Connor PAIN (19.Matt SIMON 87’), 13.Aiden O’NEILL, 15.Kye ROWLES, 18.Matt MILLAR (25.Jordan MURRAY 78’), 20.Kalifa CISSE, 22.Jacob MELLING, 44.Ross McCORMACK

Substitutes not used: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK) & 4.Jake McGING

Yellow cards: Melling 11’

Red cards: Cisse 94’

Perth Glory squad: 2.Alex GRANT (6.Dino DJULBIC 45’), 3.Jason DAVIDSON, 4.Shane LOWRY, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE (7.Diego CASTRO 74’), 9.Andy KEOGH, 15.Brandon WILSON (20.Jack BRIMMER 79’), 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY

Substitutes not used: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk) & 22.Fabio FERREIRA

Yellow cards: Keogh 14’, Lowry 69’, Castro 82’, Davidson 93’

Sunday, 25 November 2018
nib Stadium, Perth
Perth Glory vs. Central Coast Mariners