Mariners confirm Pink Round for this Sunday

Thanks to Brightfield Group Services the Central Coast Mariners will trade Yellow & Navy to wear bright pink against Adelaide United in support of women’s cancer research, prevention and support services on the Central Coast. The match will be played in Hyundai A-League round three on Sunday November 4. Kick-off is 5pm.

For the seventh consecutive season, the Mariners will dedicate a Hyundai A-League home match to women’s cancer support services on the Central Coast.

mariners vs adelaide

Since 2012 the Mariners have raised almost $90 000 by donning pink jerseys, followed by an online auction of the kits along with bucket collections and other collaborative fundraising initiatives between the Mariners, Cancer Council NSW – Central Coast and Brightfield Group Services.

In a major boost for the Mariners, Brightfield Group Services have extended their support for the club’s Pink Round for the fifth season running, a relationship that commenced in the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season.

The Central Coast Mariners have also continued their relationship with Cancer Council NSW – Central Coast to raise funds for its Family Meals @ Home as part of their Home Help service on the Central Coast. The goal is to help ease the stress of daily living so that families can relax for an evening and enjoy a shared moment with loved ones.

The Central Coast Mariners are also contributing to the following awareness and fundraising initiatives:

Trading Yellow & Navy jerseys for Pink to raise awareness for women’s cancer
Auctioning off the player-worn kits with all profits going to Cancer Council NSW – Central Coast
Bucket Collections at our match on Sunday November 4 against Adelaide United
10% of all limited edition pink Mariners jerseys purchased will be donated by Rebel

Jaynie Moloney of CCNSW says “Most people in our community have been affected by cancer in one way or another, a friend, a colleague or a loved one which is why our community is so generous in donating funds at important events like this. Together with the Central Coast Mariners, these funds mean that we can provide support to local cancer patients and their families to ensure that nobody faces a cancer diagnosis alone,” Moloney said.

Brightfield Group Services – who offer flexible, specialist facilities management solutions tailored to each individual client and business – will have their brand re-appear on the Club’s pink kits and team up with the Mariners to help raise awareness and funds towards the prevention of women’s cancer.

Brightfield Group Services’ Business Development Executive Melisa Senior spoke highly of the organisation’s relationship with the Mariners Pink Round.

“Brightfield have proudly sponsored the Mariners Pink round for the last five years,” Senior said. “We have all been touched in some way or another by Cancer with family or friends or work colleagues, and all of the Management and Staff at Brightfield are proud to be a part of such a big cause supporting the Cancer Council and supporting our local sporting community at the same time.

“Brightfield Group Services is a home-grown Central Coast business, although we offer services state wide and have a national footprint, our home will always be on the Coast and we appreciate all of our clients and business networks who continue to support us through our journey as we grow.

“The Mariners are what brings our Central Coast community together, a place where the fans, Members and supporters can band together and be proud of the coast, proud of where we are from and be part of the Mariners Success,” Senior said.

Supporters can find out more about Brightfield Group Services by visiting www.brightfield.com.au

Match Details
Sunday, 4 October 2018
Hyundai A-League Round 3
Match: Central Coast Mariners vs. Adelaide United
Tickets: CLICK HERE
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Kick-off: 5:00pm (AEDT)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA
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Mariners & City share spoils after late equaliser

Despite leading for majority of the contest the Central Coast Mariners were forced to share the spoils with Melbourne City when their heart-breaking 84th minute equaliser cancelled out Ross McCormack’s first half strike.

Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne City

Central Coast Mariners 1 (McCormack 21’) Melbourne City FC 1 (Vidosic 84’)

The run down

With plenty of subplots leading into kick-off, it was always going to be a former player from one side that would write the headlines which Ross McCormack looked to do in the first half.

After some half chances fell both ways, the Scottish striker took the game into his own hands and fired home the opening goal of the match after just 20 minutes. Against his old club, in his first appearance at Central Coast Stadium for the Mariners, McCormack ran onto a perfect through ball from Connor Pain to make it 1-0.

City’s best chance of the half fell to Bruno Fornaroli just five minutes later who found himself in the box with a prime one-on-one opportunity. His strike was uncharacteristically wide of goal when he lost his footing before shooting.

Then, with almost the last kick of the half, McCormack had an opportunity to double his tally for the evening with a set piece in ‘McCormack territory’. His strike was on the money, but it was denied by a sensationally diving Eugene Galekovic, which saw the Mariners head into the sheds with a one goal lead.

During the second half, the Mariners midfielders, particularly Aiden O’Neill continued their hard work in the middle of the park to control the tone of the game, winning every fifty-fifty challenge.

Kye Rowles & Kalifa Cisse made several crucial challenges in the Mariners back third to keep their sides in the hunt, whilst City threw everything forward to earn an equaliser.

City’s attack finally paid dividends with less than five minutes to go when a scrappy goal just crossed the line to make it 1-1.

The draw earns the Mariners their second point of the season in their second game, with all eyes on another Central Coast Stadium encounter next Sunday against Adelaide United.

GOALS:

21’ MCCORMACK GOAL (1-0): Last week’s goalscorer turned creator when Connor Pain threaded the perfect ball to McCormack in the box. McCormack made no mistake with his finish, sliding his shot in the bottom corner to make it 1-0.

84’ VIDOSIC GOAL (1-1): Ben Kennedy made a superb point blank save on his line althought it then triggered a pinball type play in the box. After several attempts, substitute Vidosic found a way to knock it over the line to force an equaliser with five minutes to go.

Mulvey in the media

“When you concede an equaliser in the 84th minute you’re obviously disappointed that you don’t hold onto the lead,” Mulvey said. “But if I’m truthful about it, City deserved that equaliser, but my players didn’t deserve to concede if that makes sense.

“We put in a great effort, it’s building blocks. Last week we got a point, this week we got a point, so onwards and upwards from here.

“I knew the second goal was going to prove crucial and I thought Ross had it with that free-kick. It was a great free-kick and a great save.

“We tried to push for the second goal and we found ourselves a little pegged back and we couldn’t contain the ball often enough to mount too much pressure in the second half which is something we will work on.

“Ross has come to us and hasn’t played since February with Melbourne City. I don’t want to single anyone out because everyone who started and came on off the bench put a great shift in and I’m really happy.

“The best is yet to come. We changed it up a bit from last week, we got a deserved goal after pressing high and I think if you look at it as a whole, City deserved the point but we’re disappointed that we conceded late on,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3.Jack CLISBY, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 8.Michael McGLINCHEY (25.Jordan MURRAY 73’), 11.Connor PAIN (10.Tommy OAR 64’), 13.Aiden O’NEILL (22.Jacob MELLING 79’), 15.Kye ROWLES, 19.Matt SIMON (c), 20.Kalifa CISSE, 44.Ross McCORMACK

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

Yellow cards: nil

Melbourne City FC: 18.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Ritchie De LAET 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5.Bart SCHENKEVELD, 8.Riley MCGREE, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 19.Lachlan WALES (10.Dario VIDOSIC 74’), 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 25.Iacopo LA ROCCA (3.Scott JAMIESON 68’), 26.Luke BRATTAN (7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS 68’), 27.Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER

Substitutes not used: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk) & 17.Anthony CACERES

Yellow cards: Brattan 34’, De Laet 51’, La Rocca 63’

Saturday, 27 October 2018
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Crowd: 7144
Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne City FC

CCM Media Release: Usain Bolt Update

Central Coast Mariners FC

CCM Media Release: Usain Bolt Update

The Central Coast Mariners and Usain Bolt’s representative Ricky Simms have progressed contract discussions and would like to offer clarity around the negotiations between the Club and Usain Bolt.

The Club can confirm that a contract proposal has been offered by the Central Coast Mariners and negotiations remain ongoing with Usain Bolt and his management regarding his football future.

Both parties are eager to explore all options and ensure that if there is a suitable way forward for both player and Club, the two parties will keep working together and formalise an agreement. The Central Coast Mariners want to ensure that Usain Bolt is given every chance possible to fulfill his dream to become a professional football player.

There are two main terms of discussion involved in this negotiation: football and commercial.

Regarding the football terms of the negotiations, Usain has made great progression during his time on the Central Coast and we feel that he will improve further with more individual intensive training and competitive game time. We are looking at ways to do this as the Club does not have the luxury to be able to do this in the Hyundai A-League.

Regarding the commercial terms of the negotiations, Usain Bolt’s management and the Central Coast Mariners are in conversations with external partners to find a commercial solution that suits all parties. It is important to note, that contract values speculated in the media are incorrect. Without the financial contribution of an external third-party, it is unlikely that Usain Bolt and the Central Coast Mariners will agree to terms.

To ensure that there is no distraction to the Hyundai A-League squad in preparing for this weekend’s match vs. Melbourne City; Usain Bolt will not attend team training this week, until and if, the Club and Usain Bolt can agree to terms and formalise an arrangement.

The Central Coast Mariners will make no further comment on this matter until there is an update on the situation, when media will be alerted in due course.

Mariners claim a brave point in Brisbane

A goal in the fourth minute to Connor Pain was enough for the Central Coast Mariners to earn a gutsy point from Suncorp Stadium in the club’s Hyundai A-League season opener against Brisbane Roar.

Mariners claim a brave point in Brisbane

Brisbane Roar 1 (Taggart 65’) Central Coast Mariners 1 (Pain 4’)

Round 1 Highlights: Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners

The run down

The tempo of an action-packed first half was set from the word go, and it took Pain just four minutes to open his account for the new season. A Brisbane Roar attack, quickly turned into a Mariners’ goal when Antony Golec and Tom Hiariej chipped in to release Pain who made no mistake with his clever finish.

But the early goal wasn’t going to deter Brisbane’s attack, who went on to create several promising chances of their own – looking dangerous through the likes of Adam Taggart and Stefan Mauk.

In the 30th minute Pain was just millimetres from doubling his tally and the Mariners’ lead when he pulled the trigger from distance. His shot took a deflection off a Brisbane defender and smashed into the inside of the post, and almost rolled across the goal line.

Brisbane’s best two chances of the half came in from the left to the feet of a Taggart but, fortunately for the Mariners, both of his strikes from close range were off target.

After going into the break with a 1-0 lead, the Mariners continued their stoic efforts in defence as Brisbane’s attacking opportunities continued at the start the second stanza. Ben Kennedy was outstanding in goal, making two top class saves to keep his side in front.

Then, just after the hour mark, Taggart found the back of the net which looked like Brisbane’s equaliser but it was pulled back by the VAR for offside. But less than five minutes later, Taggart scored from close range to make it 1-1.

Mariners fans were then off their feet almost immediately when centre-back Kalifa Cisse lurched forward for a set piece to sensationally head home. Unfortunately, Cisse’s goal was disallowed by the off-side flag.

In the final twenty minutes of play, Mariners debuts were earned by Aiden O’Neill and Jordan Murray with both having immediate impact in the front third.

Play opened up for both teams on the slippery Suncorp surface, forcing the Mariners to defend for their lives in the dying stages. The away team’s heroic defensive efforts were headlined by a goalsaving Jack Clisby tackle in the 88th minute to shut down an Henrique attack in the box.

A goal to either side was enough to bring an end to the game, for a 1-1 draw in round one.

Kalifa Cisse & Aiden O'Neill

GOALS:

4’ PAIN GOAL: They say the best form of defence is attack and that was exactly the case for the Mariners opener. Taggart had a chance for Brisbane that was immediately shut down by a Golec tackle, it triggered a swift counter attack, with Connor Pain running onto a pin point Tom Hiariej through ball. With plenty still to do, Pain charged into the box and slotted his shot into the bottom corner.

65’ TAGGART GOAL: After being denied by the VAR no less than five minutes earlier, there was no denying Taggart’s finish. With his back to goal, he turned and capitalised to make it 1-1.

Mulvey in the media

"A draw in the end is probably a fair result but of course when you go in front you look back and say we should have held onto that," Mulvey said. "We had our chances, they had their chances.

"I look at it from a holistic perspective. We've brought in plenty of new faces, overall I can't complain. We did ride our luck a little bit but Brisbane are a good side so you take a point.

"No I'm not happy with a point, you always want to win but I can't fault my players today. They did fantastic, we really dug deep when we needed to and we had some heroes on the field. It's the first game of the season so we will improve.

"Kalifa is trying to get a copy of the footage to find out whether his goal should have stood or not, he was a bit upset with that. We brought him in for his experience and leadership. Kye Rowles was fantastic today as well but it would be remiss of me to highlight any player individually because everyone deserves plaudits for today," Mulvey said

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3.Jack CLISBY, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 8.Michael McGLINCHEY, 10.Tommy OAR (22.Jacob MELLING 87’), 11.Connor PAIN (25.Jordan MURRAY 78’), 15.Kye ROWLES, 19.Matt SIMON (c) (13.Aiden O’NEILL 67’), 20.Kalifa CISSE, 44.Ross McCORMACK

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

Yellow cards: McGlinchey 25, Hiariej 26’, Rowles 81’

Brisbane Roar FC: 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Adam TAGGART, 11.Eric BAUTHEAC, 13.Stefan MAUK, 14.Alex LOPEZ (17.Matt MCKAY 84’), 19.Jack HINGERT (c), 22.Tobias MIKKELSEN (33.HENRIQUE 64'), 24.Connor O’TOOLE

Yellow cards: Pepper 57’, O’Toole 67’

Substitutes not used: 1.Brendan WHITE (gk), 4.Daniel BOWLES, 15.Stefan NIGRO

Sunday, 21 October 2018
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Brisbane Roar FC vs. Central Coast Mariners

Matt Simon named Mariners Club Captain

Matt Simon named Mariners Club Captain

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that Matt Simon has been named Club Captain ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season.

As the Central Coast Mariners’ all-time leading goal scorer, Simon becomes the club’s sixth full time captain joining the likes of: Noel Spencer, Alex Wilkinson, John Hutchinson, Nick Montgomery and Alan Baro.

The East Gosford junior has bagged 46 goals in the Hyundai A-League for the Yellow & Navy after signing his first professional contract in 2006 from Central Coast Lightning.

At the completion of the 2008/09 season which saw the Mariners finish in fourth position on the ladder, Simon was voted by his peers as the best player, claiming the 2009 #MarinersMedal.

After three seasons with Sydney FC where Simon was crowned a Hyundai A-League Champion, the 32-year-old marksman joined Mike Mulvey’s Mariners, signing a two-year-contract.

Simon touted the appointment as Club Captain of his hometown team, a proud moment.

“This is a really proud moment for myself coming back to the club where it all began,” Simon said. “To be able to captain the team this year in such a promising time is very exciting and we’re all looking forward to what’s ahead this season.

“I was lucky enough to play with Noel Spencer, Alex Wilkinson, John Hutchinson and Nick Montgomery – those four guys have all had a big part to play in the club’s culture. The biggest thing I’ve learnt from them is to ensure the culture in the change room is maintained because that was a big part of why the club was so successful in the early years of the competition. At Sydney FC, Brosquey [Alex Brosque] was an incredible captain who led with his performances week in week out.

“I’ll be taking a little bit from each of those captains, but also doing my own thing – it’s an honour to be a captain of this team but this season there are a lot of leaders in the squad.

“I want to lead with my actions. I’ve always been the type of player to talk on the field, the biggest thing for me is not to change the way I play, it’s always important to ensure you lead with your individual performances,” Simon said.

First Home Game vs Melbourne City