10-men-Mariners fall to Sydney

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(apologies for the lateness of this report)

Despite scoring the opener in an impressive first half, the Central Coast Mariners were forced to play with 10 men for majority of the match and defeated 5-2 by Sydney FC at Jubilee Stadium

10-men-Mariners fall to Sydney

Sydney FC 5 (Brosque 49’, 58’ & 64’, Le Fondre 51’ & Calver 89') Central Coast Mariners 2 (Pain 16’ & O’Neill 67’)

The run down

From the first whistle, it was all Central Coast Mariners who took the game to Sydney away from home. Connor Pain & Matty Millar were flying down the flanks, causing havoc for the sky blue back four who were struggling to cope with the pace.

The Mariners earned their reward in the 16th minute when Pain combined with Simon for the opening goal. A great piece of play finished off by a sizzling strike.

But then, the game was turned on its head when Kalifa Cisse picked up two yellow cards in the 23rd and 26th minute which forced the Mariners to play majority of the game with 10 men.

Mulvey’s men held their heads high and finished the half in the same way they started it, creating several opportunities and earning their half time lead.

Sydney came out of the blocks fast and had their equaliser through Alex Brosque in the 49th minute, the first of his hat-trick.

The game then took a vicious turn away from the Mariners when a harsh penalty was awarded against Jacob Melling who was deemed to have fouled in the box. Le Fondre converted the penalty.

A goal and a man down, the Mariners continued to fight and doubled their tally for the night when Millar’s ball found Aiden O’Neill in the box who fired into the bottom corner.

Two more goals to Alex Brosque and a strike to Aaron Calver saw Sydney round out 5-2 winners.


16’ PAIN GOAL (0-1): Cutting in from the left, Pain combined well with Matt Simon who played the ball into Pain. Still with plenty of work to do, Pain smashed his left footer past a hapless Andrew Redmayne.

49’ BROSQUE GOAL (1-1): A ball in from the right hit the feet of Brosque who moved fast to flick past Kennedy from close range.

51’ LE FONDRE GOAL (2-1): Le Fondre stepped up to convert his spot kick.

58’ BROSQUE GOAL (3-1): Kennedy moved well to make the initial save but Brosque was on hand to tap home from point blank.

64’ BROSQUE GOAL (4-1): A delicate chip, Brosque found the back of the net with a well weighted lob shot.

67’ O’NEILL GOAL (4-2): Another goal from Matty Millar’s hard work on the right, our wing back’s ball hit the feet of O’Neill who directed his first time shot into the bottom corner.

89’ CALVER GOAL (5-2): A cross to the back post found Calver who volleyed home at the death.

Mulvey in the media

“I thought we were excellent in the first half and we can break that into two parts. Up until the send off and after the send off. We adjusted quite well and we definitely deserved to be in front at half time. We played some fantastic football, we had them on the back foot and the send off changed everything.

“The send off changed the game. We asked the guys to produce a performance and from the get go we certainly did it. We were adventurous, we played Connor wide left and Matty wide right, we really tried to get at them and pin back their centre backs. It paid dividends with a fantastic goal to Connor and we deserved that. But, then we get the send off, it’s backs to the walls.

“I don’t know any current or ex-footballer that would give that if they were in that position, the VAR bunker [penalty decision]. I’ve spoken to my player and I’m being backed up by what I actually saw from 60 metres away, that he cleanly got the ball. The penalty was given before the ball even rolled off the pitch, the referee was in a good position and he gave it straight away. It then goes to VAR, that needs to be looked at. It wasn’t the third or fourth goal, it was the second goal. When we concede that goal the heads go down, we’re down to 10 players, it was a battle from there.

Melling tackle

“But the players gave everything, we’ve been beaten 5-2 at the end of the day which is a bad score line but the penalty and send off changed everything.

“There will be something happening in the next few days,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY (GK), 15. Kye ROWLES, 25. Jordan MURRAY, 18. Matthew MILLAR, , 13. Aiden O’NEILL, 4. Jake McGING,. Andrew HOOLE (6.Tom HIARIEJ 76’), 11. Connor PAIN (10.Tommy OAR 61’), 19. Matthew SIMON (c), 20. Kalif CISSE, 22. Jacob MELLING, (23.Mario SHABOW 57’)

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

Yellow cards: Cisse 23’ & 26’, Simon 41’, Mulvey 64’, O’Neill 80’

Red cards: Cisse 26’

Sydney FC: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 2.Aaron CALVER, 4.Alex WILKINSON, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Paulo RETRE (18.Jacob TRATT 72’), 9.Adam LE FONDRE, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c) (31.Luke IVANOVIC 81’), 22.Siem DE JONG (17. Anthony CACERES 71’)

Substitutes not used: 20.Alex CISAK (gk) & 24.Cam DEVLIN

Yellow cards: nil

Friday, 3 January 2019
Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah
Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners

Perth claim New Year’s glory

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The Central Coast Mariners have fallen 4-1 to Perth Glory at Central Coast Stadium in their final game of 2018 courtesy of braces to Andy Keogh & Fabio Ferreira.

Mariners vs Glory Dec 2018

Central Coast Mariners 1 (Murray 73') Perth Glory 4 (Keogh 3’ & 92’, Ferreira 23’ & 41’)

The shining light for the Mariners was a maiden Hyundai A-League goal to Jordan Murray which caps off a stellar 2018 personally for the young striker.

It didn’t take long for Perth to find the back of the net after Ivan Franjic’s cross made its way into the box. The original shot was saved well by Pearce, but Keogh was on hand to pick up the scraps.

Then in the 11th minute, the game was brought to a 40-minute halt when a Tomislav Mrcela collision with the goal post snapped the base. It was deemed that both goals would then need to be replaced with portable goals so play could resume as quickly as possible.

After the delay in proceedings, the Mariners came out flying and looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck. With a spring in their step, The Yellow & Navy brought the home fans to their feet with some promising attack. However, it was the goalkeeper that brought the biggest cheer when Adam Pearce was forced to make an impressive point blank save to deny Chianese in the 21st minute.

However, Perth doubled their lead just two minutes later when Ferreira headed home at the back post. Ferreira then made it three before half time when his cross floated into the top corner in the 41st minute.

Tommy Oar was another impressive prospect, coming onto the pitch for the final 20 minutes of play and creating a raft of attacking opportunities for the Yellow & Navy. It was Oar’s cross that ultimately created Murray’s goal that was scored in a flurry of late Mariners’ attacks.

Despite a strong finish, Glory had the final say with a goal to Keogh in stoppage time.


3’ KEOGH GOAL (0-1): After Joel Chianese’s shot was blocked well by Pearce from close range, the Irish marksman was in the right place at the right time to fire home.

23’ FERREIRA GOAL (0-2): Jason Davidson broke down the left and delivered the perfect cross to the back post. Ferreira was on hand to head home.

41’ FERREIRA GOAL (0-3): Again, it was Ferreira, this time it was a cross that looped over the head of Adam Pearce to make it 3-0 before half time.

78’ MURRAY GOAL (1-4): Tommy Oar’s cross was on the money that found a leaping Matt Simon at the back post. Simon’s header back across the face of goal was directed perfectly to the feet of Murray who gave the Mariners’ fans something to cheer about.

92’ KEOGH GOAL (1-4): Keogh slots home from point blank range to double his tally for the night.

Mulvey in the media

“The break probably helped us to regroup and get some more aggression into the game We gave them far too much space in the first half. We coughed up possession, they didn’t need to work hard enough for their goals and we didn’t defend well enough.

“We’re looking at January to see if we can turn things around. We’ve had some positive talks upstairs and we are looking to see what we can do.

“What happened with the goals was unacceptable. The game was stopped for 40 minutes, it’s bad for all the people who were watching the football game. I would like to thank all the volunteers and the staff who worked hard to get the game going. But the situation was unacceptable.

“We’re clutching at straws to take positives, but Tommy Oar was a positive, Jordan Murray’s first A-League goal is a positive, Kye Rowles was fantastic, Aiden O’Neill played with an injury and was immense for us.

“I’ve been critical of us switching off at key moments this season, and it’s cost us again tonight,” Mulvey said

Central Coast Mariners: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK), 15. Kye ROWLES, 5. Antony GOLEC (10. Tommy OAR 69’), 3. Jack CLISBY (25. Jordan MURRAY 46’) 18. Matthew MILLAR, 8. Michael McGLINCHEY, 13. Aiden O’NEILL, 23. Mario SHABOW (4. Jake McGING 29’), 7. Andrew HOOLE, 11. Connor PAIN, 19. Matthew SIMON (c)

Substitutes not used: 1.Ben KENNEDY (GK) & 22. Jacob MELLING

Yellow cards: Simon 88’

Perth Glory: 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 2. Alex GRANT, 3.Jason DAVIDSON, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE (11.Brendon SANTALAB 75’), 9.Andy KEOGH, 13.Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 16.Tomislav MRCELA (6.Dino DJULBIC 87’), 22.Fabio FERREIRA (20.Jake BRIMMER 57’), 27.JUANDE, 88.Neil KILKENNY

Substitutes not used: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk) & 17.Diego CASTRO

Yellow cards: 34’ Grant

Monday, 31 December 2018
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Crowd: 6048
Central Coast Mariners vs. Perth Glory

Jets fire late in #F3Derby

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Jets fire late in #F3Derby

Jets fire late in #F3Derby

Matt Simon’s first half strike was not enough to silence the Newcastle Jets in the 45th #F3Derby, where the away side scored twice in the second half to claim all three points.

Central Coast Mariners 1 (Simon 36’) Newcastle Jets 2 (Hoffman 66’ & Vargas 82’)

The run down

It was a lively start from the Mariners who came flying out of the blocks. Matty Millar continued his impressive form as he marauded through the Jets’ midfield again and again.

Pressure from the Yellow and Navy restricted the visitors to limited possession and as the half continued it started to feel more and more like the #F3Derby with big tackles flying in from both teams.

Adam Pearce was forced to make a great save that denied Petratos from a free kick.

Then, as they did against Sydney FC, Matt Simon and Matt Millar combined to deliver the game’s opening goal. Millar down the right, Simon at the back post to head home.

Momentum stayed with the Mariners and Hoole then stepped up with a curling free kick which forced Moss to parry it away. Tempers flared before the break as aggression rose in the #F3Derby but a solid half by the Mariners saw the Yellow and Navy go into the break with a one goal lead.

The second half saw the Jets chase the game. As the visitors threw more players forward, it allowed the Mariners to create a couple of counter attacking opportunities most notably a chance that fell to Connor Pain who couldn’t convert his one on one opportunity.

Then, it was a Jair corner that was headed home by Hoffman that put the Jets equal. The dangerous set pieces followed and a delivery by Petratos was cleared off the line. Shortly after, Vargas fired home a precision ball by Shepard which proved to be the match winner in the 82nd minute.

The Mariners’ focus now turns to their annual New Year’s Eve fixture against Perth Glory at Central Coast Stadium.


36’ SIMON GOAL (1-0): A superb one-two between Simon and Millar sees Millar’s cross converted by the captain. Millar broke down the right and looped the ball perfectly to Simon on the back post.

66’ HOFFMAN GOAL (1-1): A Jair corner is put away by a leaping Hoffman

82’ VARGAS GOAL (1-2): A chipped through ball is controlled and converted by Vargas.

Mulvey in the media

“They gave everything. It’s just getting over the line isn’t it. The first half I thought was a good tussle, we got on the front foot, pressured them, got a good goal, a deserved lead and at half time the message coming back from the lads was a confident feeling and we could go on to win this game. The critical point of the game was the second goal which we didn’t get, we had a good opportunity but their first goal from the corner sapped the energy from the stadium.

“I thought the atmosphere was really good today, they appreciated what the boys were doing but that nervousness creeps from the field into the terraces and you could see that when Newcastle scored, they had their heads and tails up. We’re facing a lack of composure in certain areas particularly when we could take the sting out of the game. In the end, we lost and like you say how do we resurrect ourselves.

“In key moments we were found out, we took an eye off the ball, not focused in that moment. In those moments when the ball is not in play it is time to refocus and in those key moments we are not refocusing, and we are not ready. For the corner for example, the ball is out of play, corner, organise and refocus and we didn’t do that. We didn’t pick up the guy that scored and it’s not resilience, its key moments in the game that costs us.

“You have to look at the performance today, the players don’t need lifting in terms of performance perspective. If you look at the table, which everyone has the right to do within the game, they look at us and go “hapless Mariners, write off the season” but we are not going to do that, if we held on to win that today, we are one point away from Brisbane. It’s a cruel game at times and we were dealt a cruel blow and I’m not blaming anyone else besides ourselves. We will wear it; the players are man enough to be able to wear it and we’ve got to fix it and that’s the main thing,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK), 15. Kye ROWLES, 5. Antony GOLEC, 3. Jack CLISBY, 18. Matthew MILLAR, 8. Michael McGLINCHEY, 13. Aiden O’NEILL, 23. Mario SHABOW (25. Jordan MURRAY 67’), 7. Andrew HOOLE (22. Jacob MELLING 81’), 11. Connor PAIN (16. Josh MACDONALD 73’), 19. Matthew SIMON (c)

Substitutes not used: 24. Joe GAUCI (GK) & 4. Jake McGING

Yellow cards: McGLINCHEY 34’, SHABOW 45’, PAIN 45’, ROWLES 49’

Newcastle Jets: 1. Glen MOSS (GK), 3. Jason HOFFMAN, 4. Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6. Steven UGARKOVIC, 7. Dimitri PETRATOS, 8. JAIR (14. Kaine SHEPPARD 72’), 9. Roy O’DONOVAN (23. Matt RIDENTON 85’), 10. Ronald VARGAS (32. Angus THURGATE 90’), 17. Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 44. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

Substitutes not used: 20. Lewis ITALIANO (GK), 13. Ivan VUJICA

Yellow cards: HOFFMAN 42’, MOSS 45’, BOOGAARD 69’

Sunday, 23 December 2018
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Crowd: 8923
Central Coast Mariners vs. Newcastle Jets

Mariners endorse Mike Phelan’s appointment at Manchester United

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The Central Coast Mariners would like to endorse the temporary appointment of the club’s Sporting Director Mike Phelan to the role of first-team coach at Manchester United FC.

The Central Coast Mariners look forward to collaborating with Manchester United on the dual role that Mike Phelan will undertake over the next five months.

Upon Manchester United’s announcement of Phelan’s appointment as one of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first-team coaches, Phelan reaffirmed his commitment to the Central Coast Mariners.

“Taking on a temporary coaching role at Manchester United is extremely exciting,” Phelan said. “It’s also a really positive step for the Mariners to have a direct link with Manchester United as I will continue my role as Sporting Director.

“I’m still a Mariner. I’ve put something in place that I want to see through. This might be a small distraction, but it’s with one of the biggest clubs in the world that I simply couldn’t turn down.

“I was offered the opportunity at the Mariners to pass on my experiences and wisdom in order to develop the football club back into the football club that it once was. A football club that produces players for the Mariners and beyond. It’s an exciting project, that’s my remit and we’ve put a structure in place with full time academy coaches that will ensure that we are prepared for success.

“Part of the discussion with Manchester United was that I will still be available for the Mariners, this is a dual role. I will take the first opportunity possible to get back to the Central Coast. I’m not going anywhere, I am one phone call away from anyone at the Mariners.

“I will be back on the Central Coast as soon as I can. There’s obviously a few issues to sort through at Manchester United which will take time, but once we’ve worked through that I look forward to getting back to the Central Coast,” Phelan said.


Wellington 2-0 Mariners

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First half goals to Louis Fenton and Sarpreet Singh saw the Central Coast Mariners fall to Wellington Phoenix in Wellington on Saturday evening.

Wellington def Mariners 2-0

Wellington Phoenix FC 2 (Fenton 9’ & Singh 45’) Central Coast Mariners 0

The run down

The Mariners came flying out of the blocks and had all of the early chances in the opening stages. Jordan Murray was making the most of his starting debut and was centimetres from opening the scoring when a cross found him at the back post. After controlling well, his shot was just over the crossbar.

Matt Simon was winning everything in the air and the Mariners wide men were doing theit best to create their first goal of the night. In the first half, the Mariners managed 17 balls into the box compared to Wellington’s four.

But the bright start was soured by two goals to the Phoenix where both Fenton and Singh both found the back of the net from point blank range in the 9th and 45th minutes of play which sent the Mariners into the sheds two goals down.

The two goals in the first half proved to be the difference with the Phoenix finishing 2-0 winners.

In a quieter second half, the Mariners were in a desperate hunt for a goal of their own but Wellington’s keeper Filip Kurto made a number of timely interceptions and saves to keep them at bay.

The Central Coast Mariners now turn their attention to the #F3Derby against the Newcastle Jets on Sunday December 23. Family tickets start from just $40.


9’ FENTON GOAL (1-0): It took a diving save from Adam Pearce to deny Mandi’s stinging shot but it fell to the feet of Fenton and all he needed to do, was tap into an open net.

45’ SINGH GOAL (2-0): Offered too much space in the box, Krishna was able to find Singh who fired home from point blank range to double Wellington’s lead.

Mulvey in the media

“Not good enough.

“Football is about key moments. It’s not that we’re lacking in every stage of the game, we’re lacking in key moments. The players need to learn quickly that it’s very important otherwise you end up in the predicament that we’re in.

“You can explain why it’s important, have your structure right. But if you look at the goal they scored in the 9th minute. It came from a ball across the top of the box and the lad’s able to fire a shot from 25-yards-out. If you wind back the clock to Sydney, same happened with Brendan O’Neill. The goal last week against the Wanderers, same.

“We’re not going to hide behind any excuses. The facts are, we’ve got quite a number of players out. We’re not sure how long he’s going to be out [Ben Kennedy]. Adam Pearce came in today, he’s young and has a great future. We need to keep giving these younger players a chance.

“Everyone is hurting. It’s horrible to be in the situation we’re in. You can walk away or you can roll your sleeves up and work harder and that’s what I expect the players to do.

“We need to play from the first minute, we need to give our fans hope. They have every right to be saying here we go again. I’m with them on this. Coming into December I expected us to win four games. On the back of our game against Perth Glory away where we did well, I expected us to beat Sydney then you saw what happened, last week we weren’t as good against the Wanderers and we got turned over, then we were turned over again tonight.

“We need to wake up and smell the roses and decide what we want this football club to be like. I know what everyone outside the club is thinking – here go the Mariners again. This was a proud club, we need to take a deep breath, go home and decide what club we want to be,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK), 3.Jack CLISBY (16. Josh MACDONALD 72’), 4.Jake McGING, 8. Michael McGLINCHEY (23. Mario SHABOW 72’), 11. Connor PAIN, 13. Aiden O’NEILL (7. Andrew HOOLE 63’), 15. Kye ROWLES, 18. Matthew MILLAR, 19. Matthew SIMON (C), 20.Kalifa CISSE, 25.Jordan MURRAY

Substitutes not used: 24.Joe GAUCI (gk) & 5. Antony GOLEC

Yellow cards: O’Neill 39’, Rowles 45+2’

Wellington Phoenix FC: 1.Filip KURTO (gk), 4. Armando SOSA PENA, 9. Nathan BURNS (11.David WILLIAMS 76’), 13. Liberato CACACE, 14. Alex RUFER, 15. Michal KOPCZYNSKI (9.Thomas DOYLE 46’), 16. Louis FENTON, 18. Sarpreet SINGH (23.Max BURGESS 90’), 21. Roy KRISHNA, 22. Andrew DURANTE, 27. Steven TAYLOR

Substitutes not used: 20.Oliver SAIL & 5.Ryan LOWRY

Yellow cards: Krishna 24’, Mandi 57’, Burns 71’, Singh 76’

Saturday,15 December 2018
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Wellington Phoenix vs. Central Coast Mariners