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Mariners fall to slick City in Melbourne

A goal in either half for Melbourne City saw the Mariners fall to a 2-0 defeat against the competition’s form team at AAMI Park on Monday night.

Jamie Maclaren and Nathaniel Atkinson scored for the hosts as City won their fifth game in a row in the A-League.

Alen Stajcic handed Max Balard a starting debut alongside Oliver Bozanic in midfield, with Daniel Bouman moving to the bench after Gianni Stensness did not travel with the side to Melbourne.

The game started evenly and an early free-kick was curled over by Bozanic, while down the other end City had chances through Maclaren and Griffiths but could not find the target, and the hosts were forced into an early change as Nuno Reis was replaced by Adrian Luna.

It took 31 minutes though for City to find the opener, and it was Maclaren who made the Mariners pay as he was left unmarked to side foot a finish past the excellent Mark Birighitti at the end of a well worked team move.

A flurry of chances followed but Birighitti was up to the task, making superb saves from Maclaren and Luna to keep the Mariners in the game, before Danny DeSilva was set up by Matt Simon moments before the break but could not put his effort on target.

Balard was replaced by Michal Janota at half-time and the Polish midfielder looked to get the Mariners back into the game, and Josh Nisbet moved back into Balard’s role alongside Bozanic.

11 minutes into the half though City doubled their lead; Andrew Nabbout’s initial strike was well blocked by Ruon Tongyik but the rebound fell kindly to Atkinson whose effort just beat Birighitti and nestled in the far corner for City’s second.

Another double save from Birighitti minutes later continued his strong performance, before Stajcic made a double change, bringing on Alou Kuol and Bouman with 23 minutes to play.

Dan Hall replaced Stefan Nigro with 13 minutes left as the Mariners pushed for a way back into the game, and almost had it in the 81st minutes.

Kuol appeared to be clattered into by Connor Metcalfe inside the area however play on was waved, and despite a lengthy VAR review claims of a penalty were waved away and City escaped the danger.

City still looked dangerous in transition but the Mariners held firm late while looking to create chances of their own, and the match finished with City as two goal victors.

The Mariners will return to the Coast on Tuesday, before beginning preparations for a big match back at Central Coast Stadium against Melbourne Victory on Saturday night!

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Simon and Hatch score as Mariners pull clear

The Central Coast Mariners moved seven points clear at the top of the A-League ladder with a 2-0 win over second placed Macarthur on Monday night.

Alen Stajcic made no changes to the team that started against Perth, with the only difference Matt Hatch’s presence on the bench in place of Lewis Miller who missed the game through illness.

Stefan Nigro had an early chance as Daniel DeSilva teed him up after a good move but he skied his effort over the bar, and Tommy Oar had an effort saved by Mark Birighitti down the other end soon after.

The Mariners opened up the scoring nine minutes in though and Marco Urena was at the heart of the move, picking up the ball in midfield and driving forward.

He laid it off for Simon who returned the pass before making a run in behind and when Urena found him once more, his first-time strike took a deflection over Adam Federici and in to put the hosts ahead.

There were chances at both ends as the first half continued but neither could make them count and the Mariners headed into the break a goal up but with the Bulls pressing hard for an equaliser.

Ante Milicic’s side came close early in the second half and it took a herculean effort from Birighitti on the line to deny Matt Derbyshire as he came sliding in to connect with a cross.

Matt Simon had an effort somehow clawed off the line by Federici as the game entered it’s final half hour, and shortly after he and Urena were substituted with Alou Kuol and Michal Janota coming on to replace them.

Kuol looked to cause trouble for Macarthur’s back four when the Mariners were able to get out on the break and he was flattened by Benat to earn the Spaniard a yellow card.

Dan Bouman was replaced by Hatch and 25 seconds later the debutant was a record holder, sweeping home his first A-League goal with his first A-League touch from Kuol’s cutback after Janota won the ball and fed Kuol just outside the area.

That goal proved to be the sealer as Stajcic’s side saw out the final 10 minutes, with the result putting the Mariners seven points clear of the Bulls after 11 matches this season.

Attentions now turn to Sunday, as the Mariners take on Perth for the second time in two weeks, this time at Central Coast Stadium.


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Mariners launch 9th annual Pink Round

The Central Coast Mariners are excited to announce that the annual Pink Round will return this year, when the Mariners face Macarthur FC at Central Coast Stadium on Monday, 8th March.

The match, which will take place on International Women’s Day, will feature the Mariners in a brand-new Pink home strip, and the club will take on several fundraising initiatives to hit a target of $10,000 for the Cancer Council NSW.

To help reach this goal, the Mariners will host the 2021 Pink Appeal function at Mingara next Tuesday, 2nd March.

The Pink Appeal will be a corporate function involving a MarinersTV ‘telethon’, with viewers able to donate live via prompts on the screen, while attendees can watch the Mariners take on Perth that night on the big screen.

Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp said the Club was delighted to be supporting the cause once more and encouraged the community to get behind it on March 8th.

“Pink Round is always a very special occasion and we’re excited to be able to host it as a club once again this year,” he said.

“We are hoping to raise more than $10,000 for Cancer Council NSW so that they are able to continue to put money into cancer research and continue to support individuals and families living with this disease.”

“The Pink Appeal is set to be an awesome night at Mingara and we’d like to encourage any of our fans, members or partners who would like to attend to get in contact with us.”

Jaynie Moloney, Community Relations Coordinator for Cancer Council NSW said partnerships such as this one are imperative for the organisation and what they do.

“Throughout Covid19, cancer patients told us they were feeling more isolated than ever before,” Moloney said.

“We are so grateful for the support of our local community, and our partnerships with organisations like the Central Coast Mariners.”

“Their commitment to support us with awareness and fundraising ensures that we can continue to provide our critical services to local patients and their families, when they need us the most.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women, with a new diagnosis occurring every 27 minutes.

Thankfully, through research, improvements in early detection and treatment for breast cancer have led to a significant increase in survival rate in recent decades. 

A typical woman diagnosed today has around a 91% chance of surviving beyond five years.

However, aggressive and advanced breast cancers still pose a huge challenge.

More research is needed to investigate new treatment methods, overcome treatment resistance and improve the quality of life of advanced breast cancer patients.

Breast Cancer Statistics |

Across NSW, it is estimated that approximately 6,240 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, with around 973 deaths expected.

Every day, around 17 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in NSW, or one every 84 minutes.

Every day, around three women die from breast cancer in NSW. 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in NSW women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer).

One in seven women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

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Mariners left empty handed in Adelaide

A hat-trick of penalties from Tomi Juric has helped Adelaide United to a 3-2 win over league leaders Central Coast Mariners at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

The Mariners endured a frustrating night at Coopers Stadium on Friday, as three penalties helped Adelaide United overcome goals from Danny DeSilva and Alou Kuol.

With Gianni Stensness out Jaden Casella was slotted into the starting lineup, and Michal Janota dropped back to play alongside Oliver Bozanic at the base of midfield.

Both teams started slowly but the hosts did have chances, and milestone man Jack Clisby did well to block Ben Halloran’s strike eight minutes in, before an inch perfect cross from him found Matt Simon moments later, only for James Delianov to claim it.

The Mariners found the lead after a quarter of an hour though with great attacking pressure playing dividends. Clisby toed Ollie Bozanic’s pass through into the path of DeSilva and although Jordan Elsey reached it first, his back pass under pressure was woefully under hit, and DeSilva pounced to toe the ball past Delianov and in for the lead.

Adelaide were handed a lifeline 10 minutes before the break though with a penalty, as Stefan Mauk appeared to fall into Ruon Tongyik in the 18-yard box.

Tomi Juric converted calmly and the two sides headed into the break all even.

Alen Stajcic turned to his bench 10 minutes into the second half, bringing on energy with Josh Nisbet and Kuol, and the latter was involved almost straight away as he headed Clisby’s cross straight at Delianov.

He would get his goal though, and just inside the final half hour Kuol calmly collected a pass into the area before beating his defender and rifling a strike off the inside of the post and in to put his side back ahead, and go outright top of the golden boot race.

Minutes later though it was a penalty again for the hosts as Mauk and Nisbet tangled in the box, and Juric once more fired home the spot kick to draw his team level.

The Mariners hassled and harried and continued to push, and just inside the final 10 minutes looked to have a golden chance.

A superb defensive scramble kept the Reds at bay before Kuol broke up field and was fouled on the edge of the area, but a lengthy VAR review brought play back for a handball penalty down the other end, which Juric converted to give Adelaide the lead.

Bozanic nearly caught Delianov out with a header in the dying seconds but the goalkeeper somehow kept it out, and United prevailed to take the three points.

Stajcic and his side now turn their attentions to Perth, who they will face on Tuesday, 2nd March in Perth after the latest batch of A-League fixtures were confirmed this week.

Check out what’s ahead here!

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Super sub Kuol seals Mariners comeback

Central Coast Mariners 3 (Matt Simon 16', Alou Kuol 77', 81') def. Western United 2 (Tomislav Uskok 4', Besart Berisha 42')

Two goals in five minutes from substitute Alou Kuol led the Mariners to a comeback victory against Western United at a boisterous Central Coast Stadium on Wednesday night.

The sun was shining upon the hallowed Gosford turf but the Mariners defence was caught off guard early on, when Alessandro Diamanti’s free kick found Tomislav Uskok in the middle to give Western United the lead just four minutes in.

It didn’t take the home side long to respond however, Marco Ureña’s header from a Jack Clisby corner crashed off the upright and Wednesday’s milestone man, Matt Simon, thrashed home the equaliser off the underside of the bar.

The rest of the first half would pass without much incident outside a shot from Ureña that was saved well by United goalkeeper Filip Kurto, and an ongoing battle with Ruon Tongyik and Besart Berisha, which drew plenty of attention from the referee.

Berisha got the upper hand just before the half-time break, backing down Tongyik before turning and firing high into the net past Birighitti to give the visitors a lead at the break.

Jaden Casella was introduced at half-time for Michal Janota in the midfield as Alen Stajcic looked to change the game with substitutions once more, and it was a double substitution with 30 minutes to play that did exactly that.

Birthday boy Daniel Bouman was introduced alongside Kuol, with Mark Rudan bringing on pace through Dylan Pierias and Max Burgess just minutes later as Western looked to see out the game having already looked dangerous on the break.

It was Kuol who popped up for the equaliser with 13 minutes to play, peeling away from the pack at Danny DeSilva’s corner and nodding the ball back across Kurto to score.

Five minutes later it was the Mariners ahead as superb pressure on Western United forced a turnover out wide. Stefan Nigro rushed up on Max Burgess to win the ball and then played Bouman down the wing into space. The substitute delivered an inch perfect cross for Kuol and he beat Kurto at the near post with a diving header that sent the home crowd into raptures.

The Mariners held on in the final stages on for yet another three points, showing plenty of desire and resolve to win back-to-back home games having been down 2-1 at half time in both.

After three games in eight days, attention turns to a trip to Wollongong next weekend to face Wellington Phoenix once again.

Join us on the supporter bus to Wollongong next weekend!


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