Mariners 3 – 5 Brisbane

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Central Coast Mariners 3 (Pain 38’, O’Neill 45+2’, Murray 82’) Brisbane Roar 5 (Bautheac 32’, Lopez 36’ & 54’, Mikkelsen 45’, Wenzell Halls 75’)

The run down

In a crazy night of football at Central Coast Stadium, the Mariners have finished the game with nine men on the pitch, ultimately conceding to a 5-3 defeat at the hands of Brisbane Roar.

Goals to Connor Pain, Aiden O’Neill & Jordan Murray weren’t enough at home, cancelled out by strikes to Eric Bautheac, Tobias Mikkelsen, Dylan Wenzell Halls and a brace to Alex Lopez.

Despite having the better of the chances in the first half, the Mariners were unable to clear a corner which led to the spectacular Bautheac bicycle, giving Brisbane a lead against the run of play. The Mariners continued to pressure and push for an equaliser before the break but it was a word class volley by Lopez which doubled their lead.

A determined Yellow & Navy outfit continued their lively first half, despite a two-goal deficit, which was rewarded by Pain’s tidy header in the 38th minute. The momentum continued with the Mariners and Pain could have easily had a hat-trick in the space of five minutes, but a clearance off the line and an impressive Jamie Young reflex save kept Brisbane in the lead. Young made a raft of impressive saves throughout the game to keep his side on top.

The high intensity and Mariners’ momentum continued but Brisbane had their third before the break through Mikkelsen. However, the Mariners weren’t finished, and Aiden O’Neill clawed one back with a beautiful finish right on half time to make 3-2 and a five goal first half.

The Mariners came out in the second half hunting for an equaliser and wasted no time as a distant shot by Karacan was dealt with by Young. But less than a minute later, Lopez had his brace at the other end of the pitch.

As the game carried on, frustration grew for the Mariners which was evident when Aiden O’Neill picked up his second yellow of the game, reducing the Yellow and Navy to ten men.

In the 75th minute, a lucky deflection found its way to Wenzel-Halls who converted his one-on-one.

Down to 10 men, the Mariners continued to push and had their third goal of the night when Jordan Murray came off the bench to head home his second Hyundai A-League goal.

The last piece of drama came with minutes to go, when Matt Simon received his second yellow and the Mariners were reduced to nine men.


32’ BAUTHEAC GOAL (0-1): Wenzel-Halls’ cross fell to Bautheac who acrobatically finished with a bicycle kick.

36’ LOPEZ GOAL (0-2): A looping ball fell to the foot of Alex Lopez who dispatched a world class volley from distance.

38’ PAIN GOAL (1-2): Millar burst down the right, his cross found Pain who headed the ball past Young.

45’ MIKKELSEN GOAL (1-3): Mikkelsen looped his header over Kennedy.

45’ O’NEILL GOAL (2-3): A nice one-two between O’Neill and Pain was superbly finished from range by O’Neill. His second strike from distance in two weeks.

54’ LOPEZ GOAL (2-4): A quick counter attack saw the Roar with numbers and Alex Lopez’s drilled shot found its way in the bottom corner.

75’ WENZEL-HALLS GOAL (2-5): A lucky deflection in the midfield found its way to Wenzel-Halls who converted his one on one.

83’ MURRAY GOAL (3-5): A corner reached the head of Murray who moved well to lob his header over a hapless Young.

Mulvey in the media

“We’ve conceded five, scored three, probably could have scored another four or five, should have been up at half time. We need to defend crosses better.

“You can never excuse when players lose their heads, or get sent off. But the amount of frustration that the lads must have been feeling, feeling like the whole world is against us. Matt Simon is a combative player, he didn’t get one free-kick today. We didn’t get the rub of the green.

“The frustration that we were feeling, that comes from decisions and non-decisions can be quite overwhelming.

“We came into this game on the back of a decent performance against Sydney. Apart from the Wanderers game a couple of weeks ago, we’ve been really good at times. We were really good again today in stages. I’m just gutted that we’ve lost this game in the matter that we have done.

“We just need to regroup, get ourselves back into training and get ready to go for the next game.

“Look at their goals. World class goals. First one the cross comes in and Bautheac is free six yards out. Once again, we’ve got a situation where our mistakes afford the opposition opportunities. It’s been our Achilles heel all season really.

“You need to look at the game in its entirety. At the moment I’m shaking my head thinking how have we lost it? We scored three goals at home, conceded five. It’s not good enough. We’re down to 10 men for quite a while and eventually finish with nine, we obviously need to fix that. At the end of the day, we want a fair crack of the whip and we didn’t get that toady,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners: 1. Ben KENNEDY (GK), 2. Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 7. Andrew HOOLE (22. Jacob MELLING 73’), 11. Connor PAIN, 13. Aiden O’NEILL, 15. Kye ROWLES, 18. Matthew MILLAR, 19. Matthew SIMON, 28. Samuel GRAHAM, 29. Stephen MALLON (25. Jordan MURRAY 59’), 68. Jem KARACAN

Substitutes not used: 24. Joe GAUCI (GK), 3. Jack CLISBY, 8. Michael McGLINCHEY

Yellow cards: SIMON 18’ 90’, O’NEILL 35’ 62’, ROWLES 52’, PAIN 68’, KARACAN 72’

Red Cards: O’NEILL 62’, SIMON 90’

Brisbane Roar: 21. Jamie YOUNG (GK), 2. Dane INGHAM (38. Izaack POWELL 22’), Daniel BOWLES, 8. Jacob PEPPER, 11. Eric BAUTHEAC, 12. Ruon TONGYIK, 14. Alex LOPEZ, 17. Matt McKAY (c), 22. Tobias MIKKELSEN (36. Daniel LECK 67’), 33. Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 33. HENRIQUE (7. Thomas KRISTENESEN 82’)

Substitutes not used: 1. Brendan WHITE (GK), 16. Charles LOKOLI NGOY

Yellow cards: BAUTHEAC 76’

Friday, 22 February 2019
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
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Mariners stand strong against Sydney to earn draw

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After opening the scoring in the first half thanks to a sizzling strike by Aiden O’Neill, a penalty to Adam le Fondre saw the Mariners and Sydney FC settle for a 1-1 draw.

Sydney FC 1 (le Fondre 76’ (P)) Central Coast Mariners 1 (O’Neill 36’)

The run down

It was a quiet opening 10 minutes, before Sydney started to shift momentum and worked their way into the front third.

In the 17th minute the Mariners were forced to restructure when Tommy Oar suffered a knee injury, forcing him from the field to be replaced by Matt Millar.

It was from there that Sydney started to threaten but Ben Kennedy was on hand to make a raft of sharp saves to keep the score locked at 0-0. The likes of Josh Brillante, and Brandon O’Neill continued to ask questions of ‘BK’ but our shot stopper remained up to the task.

Throughout the whole 90 minutes, Kennedy was continuously called upon and continuously made the right moves to keep the Sydney FC attack at bay.

The Mariners defence stood strong to the might of Sydney FC’s attack, and it was the away team who struck first when the spoils from a corner fell to O’Neill. The midfielder needed no second invitation to expertly slot home his shot from outside the box to make it 1-0 heading into the break.

During the second half, Sydney threw everything they had at an equaliser – but our defence worked in overdrive to keep the lethal Sky-Blue attack goalless. Sam Graham, Jonathan Aspropotamitis and Jack Clisby defended with their lives to keep Sydney out and they were able to do that for majority of the match,

But it was a soft penalty that would grant Sydney their equaliser. Substitute, Alex Brosque went down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. It would end 1-1 at Leichhardt Oval.

The Central Coast Mariners would like to thank the strong contingent of travelling supporters who made their way to Leichhardt Oval this afternoon. Full focus now turns to Friday night, where the Yellow & Navy host Brisbane Roar.


36’ O’NEILL GOAL (1-0): Andrew Hoole whipped a corner into the box, it was cleared by Sydney but not well enough. The ball rolled to O’Neill who was waiting at the top of the box and side footed his strike with precision and power to score the opener.

76’ LE FONDRE GOAL (1-1): Brosque goes down in the box, le Fondre steps up. Despite a performance by Kennedy that was deserved of a clean sheet, le Fondre’s penalty found the back of the net.

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Mulvey in the media

“When you look at the season so far, I think that’s a significant result against significant odds,” Mulvey said. “Sydney threw everything at us. Of the three games, we’ve played them this season, we were probably the least effective going forward.

“We’ve got to give a lot of credit to our boys for the performance they put in today. Since the last time we played Sydney, every game since then, up until last week, I was very happy with in terms of our performance.

“Today we’ve actually dug in – we didn’t play as well as we have been playing, but we showed more tenacity.

“In the first half, we were guilty of not winning the second ball and Sydney dominated at times. At the end of the day, we showed that we’ve got that courage under fire, we showed that today.

“[Tommy Oar] we think that the knee is intact. He will go for a scan tomorrow but he can’t buy a fix since he’s joined us. His foot stuck on the pitch, his ankle rolled which took a bit of pressure off his knee.

“We’ve got Brisbane Roar on Friday night and we can build on this. There’s eight games to go. We’ve been in many positions to win, for one reason or another whether it be send offs, running out of gas, loss of concentration we haven’t seen them out. Today the boys showed they can dig in,” Mulvey said.

Sydney FC: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 3.Ben WARLAND, 4.Alex WILKINSON, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Michael ZULLO, 9.Adam LE FONDRE, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 13.Brandon O’NEILL (2.Aaron CALVER 89’), 16. Reza GHOOCHANNEJHAD (14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 62’), 17.Anthony CACERES (31.Luke IVANOVIC 70’), 23.Rhyan GRANT

Substitutes not used: 20.Alex CISAK (gk) & 21. Mitch AUSTIN

Yellow cards: Hoole 71’

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY (GK), 2.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 3.Jack CLISBY 7. Andrew HOOLE (6.Tom HIARIEJ 80’), 10.Tommy OAR (18.Matt MILLAR 17’), 11. Connor PAIN (22.Jacob MELLING 53’), 13. Aiden O’NEILL, 19.Matt SIMON (c), 28.Sam GRAHAM, 29.Stephen MALLON, 68.Jem KARACAN

Substitutes not used: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK) & 8.Michael MCGLINCHEY

Yellow cards: nil

Sunday, 17 February 2019
Leichhardt Oval
Sydney FC vs. Central Coast Mariners

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Central Coast defeated after tough afternoon in Western Sydney

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The Central Coast Mariners have gone down 2-0 to Western Sydney Wanderers after goals to Tarek Elrich and Jaushua Sotirio gave the home side the three points.

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Elrich 45’, Sotirio 77’) Central Coast Mariners 0 ()

The run down

The Mariners started with an attacking intent to try capitalise on the Wanderers' fragility at the back.

Despite the Mariners' early possession, the best chance of the half fell to Oriol Riera, but his header was saved strongly by Ben Kennedy.

There was a flurry of chances for both sides towards the end of the half, but Western Sydney made the most of it as a cross-come-shot by Elrich bounced across the face of goal, off the woodwork and in, giving the Wanderers the lead right before the break.

As the game resumed, the Yellow and Navy were desperate to equalise and a great volley by Matthew Millar was tipped over the bar by Wanderers' keeper Vedran Janjetovic.

The Mariners pushed for a much needed equaliser, but Western Sydney were able to make the most of a counter, with some strong work from Mitchell Duke finding Roly Bonevacia, who played Sotirio in and he duly converted.

The Yellow and Navy gave it all they could but couldn’t find the net as the Wanderers went away from Spotless Stadium with all three points.


45’ ELRICH GOAL (1-0): A cross by Elrich evades everyone and goes in off the post.

77’ SOTIRIO GOAL (2-0): A through ball by Bonevacia was converted by Sotirio.

Mulvey in the media:

"If you look at the last seven or eight weeks, we’ve done extremely well in terms of our performances.

"Today wasn’t a representation of what we’ve been doing.

"The effort we’ve put in over the last seven or eight weeks has taken its toll; maybe the heat. Maybe Matt Simon missing. You can say they’re excuses, but we don’t have excuses. We just didn’t turn up today.

"If I look at the first half in isolation, I’d say it wouldn’t have been an exciting game to watch. It was slow. We didn’t have a spark. And we conceded a goal from a cross that we potentially could’ve closed down.

"It was a mirror image of the first time we played Western Sydney.

"We didn’t have a creative threat in the front third in the first half. And when we did get a creative threat, we didn’t have players in the box that could finish.

"We were off the pace today. It wasn’t a performance that epitomises what we’re about, and what these lads are capable of. They’ll admit to that. They know we fell short as a team."

Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. Vedran JANJETOVIC (GK), 5. Brendan HAMILL (c), 8. Jordan O’DOHERTY (22. Rashid MAHAZI 87’), 9. Oriol RIERA (12. Mitchell DUKE 70’), 13. Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 16. Jaushua SOTORIO, 17. Keanu BACCUS, 21. Tarek ELRICH, 27. Kwame YEBOAH (11. Bruce KAMAU 26’), 28. Roly BONEVACIA, 33. Tate RUSSELL

Substitutes not used: 40. Nicholas SUMAN (GK), 14. Mathieu CORDIER

Yellow cards: Oriol RIERA 22’, Brendan HAMILL 40’

Central Coast Mariners: 1. Ben KENNEDY (GK), 2. Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS (c), 6. Tom HIARIEJ (10. Tommy OAR 46’), 7. Andrew HOOLE, 11. Connor PAIN, 13. Aiden O’NEILL, 15. Kye ROWLES, 18. Matthew MILLAR (29. Stephen MALLON 69’), 25. Jordan MURRAY, 28. Sam GRAHAM, 68. Jem KARACAN

Substitutes not used: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK), 3. Jack CLISBY, 8. Michael McGLINCHEY

Yellow cards: Kye ROWLES 74’

Saturday, 9 February 2019
Spotless Stadium, Sydney

Hoole’s brilliant brace, not enough for Victory

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CC Mariners vs Melbourne Victory Feb 2 2019

The Central Coast Mariners have squandered a 2-0 half time lead, falling 3-2 to Melbourne Victory. The away side scored three goals in the second half to cancel out two outstanding first half strikes by Andrew Hoole.

Central Coast Mariners 2 (Hoole 18’ & 45+3’) Melbourne Victory 3 (Troisi 50’, Athiu 68’ & Barbarouses 89’)

The run down

After hitting half time with a two-goal lead courtesy of stunning strikes to Hoole, goals to James Troisi, Kenny Athiu & Kosta Barbarouses saw Melboure Victory claim a last-gasp win.

It was the away side who jumped off to the brightest start, but after handling a wave of early attacks, the Mariners were able to shift the momentum after 15 minutes, to create a run of chances.

Then, in the 18th minute, Hoole dispatched his first of two impressive free kicks of the half to give the Yellow & Navy a 1-0 lead. On the stroke of half time, he hit another one to make it 2-0.

After Hoole’s first effort, it was all in the Mariners’ favour with Tom Hiariej & Jacob Melling bossing the midfield. The home side were first to everything, playing with high intensity.

Even after Hoole’s two sensational strikes, Jacob Melling almost stole the headlines with an unbelievable volley from distance which drew a busy Lawrence Thomas into an equally impressive save. Hoole’s two free-kicks had the Mariners 2-0 up at the break.

After the second half kicked off, it all turned in favour of the Victory, largely due to the influence of half time substitute Elvis Kamsoba who was lively on the left. Five minutes into the second half, Kamsoba’s efforts on the wing set up Troisi for Victory’s first goal of the game.

In the 69th minute the ball bounced around in the box before it dribbled over the line, Kenny Athiu was credited the equaliser.

With eight minutes to go, Matt Simon had a prime opportunity to put his side up 3-2 but his header from Connor Pain’s cross was wide of the target.

The fears of Mariners fans became a reality with a minute to go, Victory had their equaliser in the 89th minute. Barbarouses made it 3-2.


18’ HOOLE GOAL (1-0): It was a dead ball that gave the Mariners a first half lead. Absorbing pressure from the Victory in the first 15 minutes, the home side turned the tide and they were rewarded when Hoole fired home from distance to make it 1-0.

45+3’ HOOLE GOAL (2-0): In first half stoppage-time it was Hoole who stepped up again. Like clockwork, Hoole sensationally smashed home his dead ball from distance to double his tally and the Mariners’ lead.

50’ TROISI GOAL (2-1): Started by second half substitute Elvis Kamsoba on the left, his ball into the box found Troisi who steadied himself and calmly shot past Ben Kennedy.

69’ ATHIU GOAL (2-2): After Kennedy failed to deal with a cross from the right, Athiu poked the loose ball towards goal and while the Mariners gloveman did his best to claw it around the post, it deflected into his own net.

89’ BARBAROUSES GOAL (2-3): After being kept quiet for most of the match, Barbarouses delivered the final blow from the right to claim three points for Melbourne Victory.

Mulvey in the media

“We were excellent in the first half, two world class free-kicks. We performed exactly the way we wanted to perform. We caused them problems, created chances.

“I’m a bit numb now, it’s very raw – thinking about what happened in the second half. We were a little spooked in the second half, they put Kamsoba on the wide left, he changed their shape, it brought a bit of uncertainty.

“Decision making let us down in key moments in the game. In all this doom and gloom, results aside, we’re on the right pathway playing some bloody good football. We just can’t see 90 minutes out. It’s happening far too often.

“We need to look in the mirror. You always need to look in the mirror first. We will do that and get ready for next week.

“The guys can look each other in the eyes and say that they gave everything for each other. At the end of the day you have to give credit to Melbourne Victory, they sensed a bit of blood in the second half and they went for it, they utilised the players they have and they were able to dissect us,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY (GK), 2.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 7. Andrew HOOLE (10.Tommy OAR 71’), 11. Connor PAIN, 13. Aiden O’NEILL, 15.Kye ROWLES, 18.Matt MILLAR, 19.Matt SIMON (c), 22.Jacob MELLING (8. Michael MCGLINCHEY 89’), 25.Jordan MURRAY (68.Jem KARACAN 53’)

Substitutes not used: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK) & 3.Jack CLISBY

Yellow cards: Melling 12’, Simon 70’, Pain 73’, Karacan 87’

Melbourne Victory: 20.Lawrence THOMAS (GK), 3.Corey BROWN, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Terry ANTONIS, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.James TROISI, 14.Tommy DENG, 15.Raul BAENA (5.Georg NIEDERMEIER 85’), 16.Josh HOPE (24.Elvis KAMSOBA 46’), Carl VALERI (C) (25.Anthony LESIOTIS 44’)

Substitutes not used: 1.Matt ACTON (GK) & 11.Ola TOIVONEN,

Yellow cards: Deng 17’, Broxham 47’

Saturday, 2 February 2019
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Attendance: 5223

Kalifa Cissé accepts off-field role

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Kalifa Cissé accepts off-field role

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that Kalifa Cissé has accepted an off-field role within the Mariners Academy after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

Cissé will bestow his wealth of knowledge upon the young players of the Mariners Academy as the Club’s new Youth Ambassador and Community Development Officer, which he will commence immediately.

After being officially de-registered as a Central Coast Mariners’ player, the former English Premier League midfielder will coach the Central Coast Mariners Academy under 15’s team during their upcoming NPL season.

The 35-year-old, who has been suffering with Achilles Tendinopathy, has made the collaborative decision with the club to step aside as a player and allow the club’s young defenders to earn more game time in the Hyundai A-League.

“Working with young players is something I’ve always wanted to do, so this is an exciting opportunity for me,” Cissé said. “Not only do I want to use my experience to help the young players within the academy, I also want to learn from the coaches who have experience within the Mariners Academy.

“The Mariners are lucky to have some great young defenders coming through. Originally, I signed here to help the players on the field, but at 35 I have made the difficult decision to step out as a player, I do not want to stand in the way of these good young players – so for me this is a good decision and will provide these young players with more opportunities to play.

“I’ve been battling the injury since about a month after the season started. For my age, it’s a very complicated thing to fight, so it’s time for me to step aside and let a younger player who is 100% fit to step in and give it their all,” Cissé said.