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The Central Coast Mariners fell to Melbourne City on Friday night, going down 3-1 at AAMI Park as the Hyundai A-League’s Remembrance Round kicked off.

Both sides started well with City testing the Mariners in the opening minutes, but the first proper chance fell to Sam Silvera.

A long range strike from Jack Clisby deflected to the young winger who set himself quickly before stinging an effort inches wide of Dean Bouzanis’ goal.

The deadlock was broken after 17 minutes with the hosts taking the lead through a Curtis Good header. After Mark Birighitti tipped Scott Jamieson’s effort over the bar, the resulting corner saw Good stoop low to divert Lachie Wales’ whipped cross into the back of the net.

After a tight ten minute spell Tommy Oar burst down the left before skipping inside his marker and testing Bouzanis with a well struck shot which was cleared for a corner at the second attempt.

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The hosts began to step up the pressure in an attempt to double their advantage with Craig Noone striking the crossbar before Giancarlo Gallifuoco did well to block an effort from Adrian Luna, and the difference remained a goal at half time.

Eunsun Kim replaced Gallifuoco with Alen Stajcic’s first change early in the second half, but City doubled their advantage on the hour mark as Luna was first to Connor Metcalfe’s cross into the box.

20 minutes later City scored their third when a mis-hit set piece from the left was flicked towards goal by Delbridge. His strike was clawed away by a diving Birighitti who was helpless to prevent Rostyn Griffiths firing the rebound home.

Danny DeSilva came close to a late goal but his stinging effort went straight to Bouzanis, however he turned provider moments after, flicking the ball on to substitute Jordan Murray to rifle home under pressure with a composed finish.

After two weeks on the road the Mariners return to the coast and will look to bounce back against Adelaide United in Round six at Central Coast Stadium.

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Mariners share spoils in 48th #F3Derby

Central Coast Mariners 1 (Milan Djuric 5’) drew. Newcastle Jets 1 (Dimitri Petratos 56’)

The Central Coast Mariners got off the mark with their first point of the Hyundai A-League season, sharing the spoils 1-1 with #F3Derby rivals the Newcastle Jets.

Alen Stajcic named an unchanged starting team from the loss to Western Sydney last week and the hosts took an early lead through a familiar face when link up play between Jordan Murray and last week’s goalscorer Milan Djuric saw the latter become just the second Mariner to score in his first two games.

Murray latched onto a perfectly weighted Djuric through ball on the left before cutting inside onto his favoured right foot and repaying the favour with a floated cross that Duric volleyed first time past a helpless Moss and into the corner.

Shouts for a penalty 17 minutes in were denied by the Video Assistant Referee for the Mariners, and the Jets began to push their claim as the half wore on, but excellent defense from the Mariners backline held them out until the break.

The second half began at a frantic pace with the hosts coming close twice in two minutes., first through a Djuric free kick from the left that forced a big stop from Moss in the visitors net, and then a stunning run from Daniel DeSilva that ended with an effort cleared off the line by Millar.

Shortly after though the Jets were awarded a penalty for handball, but Mark Birighitti made an excellent diving to save to deny Dimi Petratos and keep the hosts ahead.

The save was reviewed though and Birighitti adjudged to have moved off his line, and Petratos put his retake safely into the corner to pull his side level.

A wonder save by Birighitti denied Millar a goal on his return with twenty minutes to go when he stretched across the goal to stop Millar’s volleyed effort, and Djuric almost won the game for the Mariners in the dying seconds as a fizzing drive struck the base of Moss’ goal and cannoned back out away from goal.

The Mariners now turn their attentions to Perth in a fortnight, but can rest up with the bye ahead in round three.

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A late penalty decided by the Video Assistant Referee brought the Central Coast Mariners undone, as they fell 2-1 to Western Sydney Wanderers at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night.

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It was an even start but there were good signs for the visitors as they repelled a wave of Wanderers attacks before beginning to win much of the ball and just after the half hour mark Milan Djuric put the Mariners ahead in stunning fashion on his Hyundai A-League debut.

Working in from the left Jordan Murray fought through a challenge before the ball fell to the Serbian and he let fly with a stunning effort that took a slight deflection before richoeting off the underside of the crossbar and in.

The lead lasted only five minutes though, when Mitch Duke found space from a corner to sneak a header inside the near post and restore parity.

There was controversy on the stroke of half-time when Daniel Georgievski flew through the feet of Murray in front of the Mariners’ bench, but the Wanderers man was only issued a yellow card and the game remained level in both score and players as the half-time whistle went.

The second half began as a tight affair but there were no clear cut chances at either end in the opening exchanges.

Sam Silvera was introduced by Alen Stajcic to provide a spark and did just that as the Mariners looked to get out on the counter attack, however Daniel Lopar kept out a big chance from Jordan Murray before the striker was denied by a block on another occasion.

With 13 minutes to play the Wanderers appealed for handball off a low cross and after an extended passage of play, a penalty was awarded via the Video Assistant Referee and Duke made no mistake to score his second goal and put the Wanderers ahead inside the final 10.

Despite a good passage of sustained pressure in the dying moments it was not to be for Stajcic’s men and the Wanderers secured the three points.

Attention for the Mariners now turns to Saturday’s monster #F3Derby against the Newcastle Jets at Central Coast Stadium.

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2019/20 fixtures

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Mariners sign South Korean Midfielder, Kim Eun-Sun

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the signing of experienced South Korean midfielder, Kim Eun-Sun ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.

The 31-year-old boasts a wealth of experience having played the entirety of his career in the Republic of Korea, most notably with K League giants Suwon Samsung Bluewings where he also featured in Asia’s top continental club football competition, the AFC Champions League.

Having trained with the Central Coast Mariners since the start of pre-season, Kim is known for his exploits as a strong box-to-box midfielder.

Upon signing his one-year-contract at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence, Kim spoke of his passion to earn the fans’ support.

“It has been a real pleasure to meet everyone at the Central Coast Mariners and I feel honoured to have signed,” Kim said. “I am thrilled to be here for such a tough pre-season and I can’t wait to show the fans what I can bring to the team.

“Central Coast Stadium is the most beautiful stadium I have ever seen, and I cannot wait to play there, meet the fans and earn their support,” Kim said.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic spoke highly of Kim’s experience and the work ethic he has brought to the club.

“Kim is a high calibre signing for not just the Mariners but the Hyundai A-League,” Stajcic said. “To attract a player of Kim’s calibre who captained Suwon Bluewings, one of the biggest teams in Korea, is a tremendous boost for the Mariners and the league.

“His technical skills combined with his experience will be of great benefit in the development of our players and particularly our younger players coming through the ranks.

“Since arriving at the start of pre-season, Kim has been a real asset amongst the squad, both on and off the pitch and has set a very high standard,” Stajcic said.

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