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Mariners goalkeeper Mark Birighitti has added his name to a prestigious list, claiming the 2020 Mariners Medal sponsored by Collaborative Construction Solutions on Thursday night after a strong debut season in the Yellow & Navy.

The 2020 Mariners Medal dinner was a stark contrast to previous years, presented on a smaller scale at Mingara Recreation Club in compliance with COVID-19 protocols and with only players, club staff and club partners in attendance.

Birighitti arrived from Melbourne City during the off-season last year and quickly established himself as a bona fide number one in Gosford, making a number of stunning saves throughout the campaign including his heroics in the FFA Cup that sent the Mariners into the quarter finals.

The 29-year old made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the competition with 99, and on Thursday night was also recognised by his colleagues as the Player’s Player of the Year and the McDonald’s Fan’s Player of the Year also.

Scottish defender Ziggy Gordon picked up a couple of honours, awarded the Official Supporters Club Player of the Year for his efforts throughout, as well as receiving the Men of Football Damien Brown Medal.

After a big first season at senior level Gianni Stensness was awarded the Yellow & Navy Foundation Newcomer of the Year award, and also took home the Noel Spencer Goal of the Year gong for his bicycle kick effort in Round 21 against Western United.

The Central Coast Mariners Chairman’s Award was presented to Cheyanne Pay, the Club’s event coordinator who assumed the role of COVID Officer during the restart to ensure that Players and Staff could finish the season safely.

The contribution of Volunteers to the Club, which is so valuable to Hyundai A-League matchdays and events was also recognised as Caroline Sutas was awarded the University of Newcastle Volunteer of the Year award.

A full list of awards can be seen below.

Full Honour Roll |

Mariners Medal sponsored by Collaborative Construction Solutions – Mark Birighitti

Central Coast Mariners Golden Boot – Milan Duric

Central Coast Mariners Player’s Player – Mark Birighitti

Central Coast Mariners McDonald’s Fan’s Player of the Year - Mark Birighitti

Central Coast Mariners Official Supporters Club Player of the Year – Ziggy Gordon

Men of Football Damien Brown Medal – Ziggy Gordon

Yellow & Navy Foundation Newcomer of the Year – Gianni Stensness

Central Coast Mariners Goal of the Year – Gianni Stensness

University of Newcastle Volunteer of the Year – Caroline Sutas

Chairman’s Award – Cheyanne Pay

Foxtel Y-League Player of the Year – Dan Hall

Central Coast Mariners Five Years of Service Recognition – Shaun Mielekamp, Mel Woods, Adam Pearce, Keith Bain, Dan Challinor

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The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the transfer of Sam Silvera to Portuguese club Futebol Clube Pacos de Ferreira has been completed following the agreement of terms.

The 19-year old attacker, who signed with the Mariners in 2019, will join the Primeira Liga club for an undisclosed fee and complete a medical upon arrival.

Silvera arrived at the Mariners in June last year and made his debut against Maitland in the early rounds of the FFA Cup, providing an assist as his new team progressed.

He then came off the bench late against Brisbane Roar in the Round of 16, scoring a vital goal and making a strong impact as the Mariners eventually progressed via a penalty shootout.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic praised Silvera for his growth and performances while at the Mariners.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Sammy during his time at the Mariners, and seeing his growth as a player and a person this move does not come as a surprise,” Stajcic said.

“He has worked very hard and we’ve given him every opportunity to flourish as a footballer, and I look forward to seeing him do well overseas.”

“This Club was built on giving young Australian players an opportunity to grow and develop, and this move is a clear example of us returning to those roots and it shows the positive direction we are heading in.”

Silvera thanked the club upon confirmation of the deal and said he was looking forward to getting started with his new club.

“It feels amazing to be moving to Europe. I feel like the football in Portugal will suit my style and I will be working hard to succeed over there,” he said.

“Over this past year I feel as though I’ve grown and developed so much as a footballer and I can’t wait to take this next step forward in my career.”

“I have to thank all the coaching staff for having faith in me and giving me a chance from day one in the FFA Cup and then throughout the season.”

“And I want to thank everyone at the club, all the staff, and the players for being a great playing group to be a part of this season.”

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Monday, 31st August 2020


The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the departure of a number of players on completion of their Hyundai A-League playing contracts with the club.

Following the conclusion of the 2019/20 Hyundai A-League campaign, players have now departed for the off-season as the club awaits further details of the 2020/21 A-League season.

The following players will now finish with the Mariners upon expiration of their contracts, and the Club would like to thank them for their contributions throughout their time with the Central Coast Mariners.

Michael McGlinchey, Milan Djuric. Tommy Oar, Jacob Melling, Jair Eduardo, Britto da Silva

Negotiations continue with a number of players and the Club will provide further information regarding them when appropriate.

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A first half goal from Dane Ingham proved the difference at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday night, as the Mariners fell to a 1-0 defeat against Perth in their first game of the Hyundai A-League restart.

Perth took the lead through Ingham’s 32nd minute curler as they enjoyed the ascendancy in the first half, but the Mariners did well to get back on top in the second half as they pushed for an equaliser.

Jacob Melling and Dylan Fox both started in a new look side, with a dangerous bench at Alen Stajcic’s disposal and the Mariners wore black armbands following the death of Andre Gumprecht’s wife, Carina.

Jacob Melling fired wide and Bruno Fornaroli looked to cause trouble but neither side troubled their opponent’s goalkeeper until Ingam’s goal just after the half hour mark.

Neil Kilkenny played a slide rule ball through to Ingham as he came in from the wing, and the 21-year old wasted no time taking a touch and firing across Mark Birighitti to give Perth the lead.

Ivan Franjic and then Kristian Popovic were both carded for cynical fouls as the game approached half time, but the scoreboard was not troubled further as the teams went into the changerooms.

An early corner for the Mariners proved dangerous but the ball didn’t sit right for Kye Rowles, before Birighitti and then Liam Reddy were forced into saves at either end.

Dylan Ruiz-Diaz and Josh Nisbet were introduced by Stajcic after 56 minutes for Melling and Daniel DeSilva, and Ruiz-Diaz’s curling cross minutes later was just out of reach of Jordan Murray.

With 25 minutes left to play Murray leapt into the air to contest an aerial ball with Alex Grant and landed heavily after the collision, laying on the ground before being stretchered from the field.

Staj confirmed post-match a dislocated shoulder for the forward, and he was replaced in a double substation as Matt Simon and Milan Duric replaced him and Jack Clisby.

The Mariners pushed through the final 20 minutes with a number of chances created and Alou Kuol created headaches for Perth after his introduction, but they couldn’t break down a Perth side who were content to resolutely defend through the final stanza.

Stajic and the team will now turn attentions to a big weekend coming up, with Friday’s F3 Derby followed quickly by a clash with Western Sydney Wanderers on the Monday.

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The Central Coast Mariners confirmed on Monday afternoon that fans will be able to attend Saturday’s clash against Perth Glory at Central Coast Stadium.

With a capped capacity of 4,500 in line with government regulations, Mariners Members will be given an exclusive redemption period ahead of a general public release.

Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp said it marked an exciting point, and said everyone at the club was looking forward to the return of matches and crowds.

“Our Members have been so important for us and so supportive during this time, and it’s fantastic that they can attend our first match back,” he said.

“We’ve worked with the stadium and the league to ensure that our fans can attend safely and enjoy live football once again, and we’re looking forward to that happening on Saturday.”

“I would also like to thank Perth, who agreed to us opening the game to our Members despite it being their home game.”

The match will kick off at 5pm at Central Coast Stadium, following the restart of the Hyundai A-League season the night before.

More information on ticketing can be found here.


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