Mariners finish 2020 on top with derby delight
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A 5,273 strong crowd turned out at Central Coast Stadium on Thursday night to see the Central Coast Mariners bring in the New Year with a 1-0 F3Derby win over the Newcastle Jets.
Alen Stajcic handed Jaden Casella his A-League debut while Alou Kuol partnered Matt Simon up top in the 51st clash between the two rival teams.
There were few chances early on in a cagey opener, but the Jets were forced into an early change when Jason Hoffman went down and the Mariners slowly began to gain the upper hand without testing Jack Duncan in the Newcastle goal.
Ramy Najjarine wasted a good chance for the Jets, breaking through the defence and firing straight at Mark Birighitti after the Mariners had a shout for a penalty turned down at the other end.
The breakthrough of the half came late though after Gianni Stensness was in the thick of things to win a free-kick just inside half way.
Mariners debutant Stefan Nigro swung a deep free kick into the area that just evaded Simon, but Alou Kuol reacted quickest to nod the ball past Jack Duncan as he rushed out and put the Mariners ahead just minutes before half time.
The Mariners started the second half strongly as first Casella and then Nisbet flashed just wide of goal, and Ruon Tongyik almost connected with another deep ball at the back post.
The Jets began to work their way back into the game though and Angus Thurgate must have thought he had levelled proceedings when he curled one goalwards, only for Mark Birighitti to somehow claw the ball away onto the crossbar and out for a corner.
Birighitti had already been on hand earlier in the half to claw an effort off the line from Kosta Petratos and made six saves in a superb performance.
Nisbet was excellent in midfield and had chances of his own, including a mazy run from midfield and then another excellent chance after robbing Connor O’Toole of the ball but then firing straight at Duncan in goals.
Oli Bozanic almost put the icing on the cake of a strong 90 minutes as he stole possession before launching a speculative effort to catch Duncan off his line, only for the ball to rattle the crossbar and the Jets to clear it away.
That was it as the Mariners finished 1-0 winners and ended the year on top of the A-League table, ahead of a clash with Macarthur on Sunday at Campbelltown Stadium.
New Years Eve – #F3Derby Final Ticket Release
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New Years Eve – #F3Derby Final Ticket Release
Only one more sleep until our first match of the season – and today we can confirm that the final tickets will be released for the #F3Derby clash against the Newcastle Jets at 10:30am today. With the confirmation of a post-match fireworks display to end 2020, this is a match you do not want to miss!
The recent 50% reduction to the seating capacity under the NSW Health regulations caused reserved and away supporter seats to become exhausted, however today a reconfiguration of the seating map has been completed to increase the available allocation and those seats will become available at 10:30am.
This also has created the opportunity for General Admission Navy ticket purchasers to sit in the Eastern Grandstand where there is some weather protection for those that wish to be seated under cover.
The fireworks display is scheduled to go off immediately after the match and anyone wanting to see the fireworks is encouraged to remain in your seat for the duration of the show.
2020/21 Mariners Members will receive an e-mail today with the latest information on their Membership E-Ticket and deliveries, along with how to pick up your Membership merchandise from the match.
We are looking forward to ending the year on a high and celebrating at Central Coast Stadium with our loyal fans in yellow & navy.
Thursday 31st December 2020
A-League Match Week 1
Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Kick-Off: 7:05pm (AEDT)
Gates Open: 6:00pm
Tickets: Click Here
Hashtag: Join the conversation with #CCMvNEW & #CCMFC
Alen Stajcic & Mark Birighitti
Alen Stajcic and Mark Birighitti spoke to media this morning ahead of the 51st #F3Derby on Thursday against the Newcastle Jets.
Interviews, audio and training vision are now available to download below.
Mark Birighitti Interview: Click here
Mark Birighitti Audio: Click here
Alen Stajcic Interview: Click here
Alen Stajcic Audio: Click here
Training Vision: Click here
Trial Match Cancelled & Carols on the Coast moved online.
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Saturday, 19th December 2020
After today’s NSW Health announcement on the latest COVID-19 update, the Central Coast Mariners have had to make the difficult decision to cancel tomorrow’s trial match at Central Coast Stadium and move the Carols on the Coast event to a live stream only capacity.
While this is disappointing, the decision has been made while working closely under the guidance of NSW Health in the best interest of the Central Coast community to ensure their health and safety during this holiday period.
Tune in from 6pm on Sunday 20 December to see Nathan Foley, the girls from Little Quirks and more amazing local artists stream the Christmas spirit into your homes.
Ticket purchases for the event can be used to join us for the Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets match on New Years Eve including fireworks post match, or can request a full refund by completing your details here
Carols on the Coast – Live Stream Event
Sunday 20 December 2020
Location: Your place! Stream it on our Facebook page here.
Join the Conversation: Use the hash tags #CCMFC & #CarolsOnTheCoast
Stefan Jankovic joins the Mariners!
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Stefan Jankovic joins the Mariners!
The Central Coast Mariners have today completed the signing of young Serbian attacking midfielder Stefan Jankovic from OFK Beograd.
23-years old, Jankovic has spent his entire career in Serbia and will be another focal point for the Mariners attack this A-League season.
Jankovic spent time in many of the Serbian national youth teams, and has more recently played with Mariners youngster Joey Jevtic who headed to the Club last season.
Speaking ahead of his travels to Australia, Jankovic said he is looking forward to a new challenge and that he has heard plenty about the Mariners.
“I am very, very excited and looking forward to joining the Central Coast Mariners,” she said.
“I see it as a great opportunity and a very exciting challenge, and I am very eager to join my teammates and start training hard.”
“For the last six months Joey [Jevtic] was having my back in the midfield as I was mostly playing as a number 10 while Joey did all the hard work behind me and helped me and the team a lot.”
“Joey speaks a lot in superlative about the Mariners, and he speaks nothing but the best about the club that gave him an opportunity to come to Europe and build on his game.”
Mariners Head of Football Ken Schembri said the addition of Jankovic was an exciting one, and that he was a product of the Mariners overseas scouting processes.
“We are delighted to welcome Stefan to the Mariners and we are looking forward to seeing what he can do on the pitch with the rest of the team in early January.”
“Stefan was identified by the club’s official European scout, the same network that brought us Milan Duric.”
Jankovic will head to Australia soon to complete his mandatory quarantine period and join his new teammates.
Mariners sign Michal Janota
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MARINERS SIGN MICHAL JANOTA
The Central Coast Mariners have signed Polish attacker Michal Janota for the A-League 20/21 season that begins later this month.
The former Feyenoord man has spent much of his career in Poland and the Netherlands before a recent spell in Saudi Arabia ended earlier this year.
Janota has played professionally since 2006 and in that time has proven himself equally adept at finding the back of the net himself and creating chances for others.
His 2018/19 season with Arka Gdynia saw him score 10 times and provide 6 assists through his 32 matches, and Mariners Head Coach Alen Stajcic said he is excited by what he believes Janota can bring to the Mariners attack.
“Michal is a player who we are very excited to be able to bring to the A-League, and he’ll add great depth to our attacking stocks,” Stajcic said.
“Having spoken to Michal and seeing vision of him play, we are confident he can be a great addition to the team and make a difference for us up front.”
Janota said he can’t wait to get started on the Coast and has heard plenty of good things about the A-League from Polish players who have previously made the trip down under.
“I’m looking forward to joining the new team, it will be another good experience for me,” he said this week.
“I am excited to play in a completely different league and be able to show my skills there. I heard from Adrian Mierzejewski and Radosław Majewski that it is an interesting league in which there are good players, and I have watched a few matches myself.”
“I am an experienced player, but I still have a great hunger for football, and I will bring a lot of creativity.”
Subject to the imminent approval of his travel exemption permit, Janota will head to Australia shortly to complete mandatory quarantine before linking up with his new teammates.