Wanderers 2-0 Mariners

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Goals to Keanu Baccus and Jaushua Sotirio were enough for the Western Sydney Wanderers to claim three points at Spotless Stadium.

Wanderers 2-0 Mariners

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Baccus 45+3’ & Sotirio 68’) Central Coast Mariners 0

The run down
After an open first half where both teams wrestled to get the top hand, it looked almost certain to end 0-0 at the break. But just like that, it fell to Keanu Baccus who took the game into his own hands and fired from distance with almost the last kick of the half.
Although the Mariners weren’t without their chances in the first half and were unlucky not to have a goal themselves. Our two best chances of the opening stanza fell to Mikey McGlinchey and Connor Pain, but both were kept out by Janjetovic.
The first chance came in the fourth minute thanks to a Pain and Matt Millar combo on the right-hand side. McGlinchey’s shot was on target, but blocked at the near post by the unknowing Wanderers keeper.

Pain’’s chance came from the other side when Antony Golec surged forward on the left. His ball found Pain in the box who managed a shot but it was well saved by Janjetovic which meant the Wanderers would have the advantage at half time.
The Mariners came out in the second half and controlled majority of the possession and field position early, pushing for the equaliser. But it was the Wanderers who scored when Sotirio tapped home from point blank range.
Pushing to get themselves back in the game, the Mariners showed fight in the dying stages but couldn’t find the goal to set up a grandstand finish. Millar picked up where he left off in his last two performances, causing havoc with this pace on the right wing.
Next Saturday sees the Mariners travel across the ditch to face Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand.

45 +3’ BACCUS GOAL (1-0): A strike from distance at the end of the first half gave the Wanderers the lead at the break. It was Baccus who’s strike flew in with almost the last kick of the half.
68’ SOTIRIO GOAL (2-0): Sotirio was in the right place at the right time to finish the spoils from a Bruce Kamau long range shot.

Mulvey in the media
“[conceding just before half time] It was a cruel blow,” Mulvey said. “The game can turn on a goal and we had a couple of great chances in the first half. Mikey tried to flick one in at the near post and it bounced off the keeper’s knee before he even knew about it. That’s the kind of break we need right now, and we’re not getting it.
“That was a battle between two teams who are low on confidence. They are the home team, we took the game to them – we were very even in the first half but I thought we dropped off a bit in the second half from our intensity levels.
“I can’t be disappointed with the effort; these players are giving everything they’ve got. There’s no fear factor for us we need to address our deficiencies which we’re doing on a daily basis. We will keep battling away. We lost a close battle today to Western Sydney. We will go back to the drawing board and get ready for the Phoenix.
“We need to look at our squad and determine which players we’re going to bring in.
“We need a confidence builder and that comes from winning a game. It doesn’t get any easier, there is no easy game in the A-League so we need to front up to Wellington next week and really give it to them,” Mulvey said.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC: 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (GK), 4.Josh RISDON, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY (18.Marc TOKICH 84’), 9.Oriol RIERA, 10.Alexander BAUMJOHANN (7.Nick FITZGERALD 90’), 11.Bruce KAMAU, 16.Jaushua SOTRIO (49.Abraham MAJOK 91’), 17.Keanu BACCUS, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER,
Substitutes not used: 1.Danijel NIZIC (GK), 24.Raul LLORENTE
Yellow cards: O’Doherty 8’

Central Coast Mariners: 1. Ben KENNEDY (GK), 4. Jake McGING, 5. Antony GOLEC (3.Jack CLISBY 64’), 8. Michael McGLINCHEY (7. Andrew HOOLE 73’), 11. Connor PAIN, 13. Aiden O’NEILL, 15. Kye ROWLES, 18. Matthew MILLAR, 19. Matthew SIMON (C), 20.Kalifa CISSE, 22. Jacob MELLING (23. Mario SHABOW 75’)
Substitutes not used: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK) & 6.Tom HIARIEJ
Yellow cards: Melling 43’, McGing 45’, O’Neill 75’

Friday, 7 December 2018
Spotless Stadium, Olympic Park
Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Central Coast Mariners

Last minute Glory sink gutsy Mariners

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Glory vs Mariners

Despite coming from behind twice, a gutsy Central Coast Mariners outfit were dealt a cruel blow at nib Stadium. A goal to Chris Ikonomidis in the 95th minute of play to seal a 3-2 win for Perth Glory.

Perth Glory 3 (Ikonomidis 12’ & 95’ & Lowry 61’) Central Coast Mariners 2 (Mrcela OG 36’ & O‘Neill 64')

The run down

It was a topsy-turvy first half that skewed in favour of the Glory who went up 1-0 early after Ikonomidis found the back of the net just 12 minutes in.

However, the opening goal wouldn’t deter the away team who desperately defended with Perth throwing everything at doubling their lead.

The defensive fight, especially from Kye Rowles, was swiftly turned into a Mariners’ attack with Matt Millar proving to be an effective focal point on the right wing. The Mariners’ persistence was rewarded in the form of an own goal in the 36th minute after back-to-back Mariners chances from the right.

The own goal was enough to cancel out Perth’s opener and saw both teams head into the sheds all even at 1-1.

Perth made it 2-1 on the hour mark through Shane Lowry who evaded his man and headed home a nice ball from Kilkenny.

A determined Mariners outfit upped the ante in the final 30 minutes of play and looked likely to work their way back into the game. It came in the form of an absolute rocket by Aiden O’Neill who took the game into his own hands with an impressive strike from distance.

Locked at 2-2, the Mariners continued to press for the winner as play opened up and both teams bombed into the front third.

However, in the 95th minute of play, Ikonomidis doubled his tally for the evening and sunk the hearts of the Mariners with a last-ditch goal to make it 3-2.

The Yellow & Navy will have their chance to bounce back at home this Saturday, hosting Sydney FC at Central Coast Stadium. Kick-off is 5:35pm. They will need to do it without Kalifa Cisse who received his second yellow card of the night in the 94th minute.


12’ IKONOMIDIS GOAL (1-0): The attack started from a perfect lobbed through ball from Neil Kilkenny. Kilkenny’s ball hit Joel Chianese on the right side of the box who volleyed back across the face where Ikonomidis was waiting to finish his point-blank strike.

36’ MRCELA OWN GOAL (1-1): After two attacking forays on the right by Millar, the Mariners were repaid in the form of an own goal by Tomislav Mrcela. A nice ball into the box by Andrew Hoole was bound for McCormack but a lunging Mrcela tipped the ball past Liam Reddy to level the scores.

61’ LOWRY GOAL: (2-1): Kilkenny also played a hand in Glory’s second goal of the night. His ball into the box was right on the money which allowed Lowry to leap above the pack and head home.

68’ O’NEILL GOAL (2-2): The loanee from Burnley pulled the trigger on a screamer. With the ball falling to him 25-yards-out, O’Neill’s first-time strike flew into the top corner.

95’ IKONOMIDIS GOAL (3-2): Heartbreaking. All three goals had a hand from Kilkenny. This time his cross found Ikonomidis at the back post who fired into the top of the net.

“Sometimes when your luck’s out, your luck’s out,” Mulvey said. “At the end of the day, absolutely gutted for the boys because they put in a great shift today. We’ve not quite got it right, we’re still conceding goals where the opposition doesn’t need to do too much.

“We put in a really good effort today, we came from behind twice. They score in the 95th minute, the lads didn’t deserve that. But, you need to give credit to Perth. It’s not the first time they’ve done that this season. It’s a difficult place to come – on the one hand I’m proud but we’re gutted.

“We’ve worked hard on the training paddock, we came here with a different set up and I thought it worked pretty well. There’s some guys who really stood up and that’s what I wanted.

“We got back into the game when we were 1-0 down, we forced a mistake. We were then too deep on a cross and conceded but we got ourselves back in the game again. Then you can write your own story with what happened in the last couple of minutes.

“We were close to getting a deserved point today, so we won’t let our heads drop too far, we won’t feel sorry for ourselves. We will work hard, get back to Gosford next week and aim for three points against Sydney.

“Once we got the goal, you could see the belief amongst the squad which was really noticeable. I don’t think a 2-2 draw would have been unjust,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY (GK), 3.Jack CLISBY, 5.Antony GOLEC, 7.Andrew HOOLE (8.Michael McGLINCHEY 62’), 11.Connor PAIN (19.Matt SIMON 87’), 13.Aiden O’NEILL, 15.Kye ROWLES, 18.Matt MILLAR (25.Jordan MURRAY 78’), 20.Kalifa CISSE, 22.Jacob MELLING, 44.Ross McCORMACK

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

Yellow cards: Melling 11’

Red cards: Cisse 94’

Perth Glory squad: 2.Alex GRANT (6.Dino DJULBIC 45’), 3.Jason DAVIDSON, 4.Shane LOWRY, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE (7.Diego CASTRO 74’), 9.Andy KEOGH, 15.Brandon WILSON (20.Jack BRIMMER 79’), 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY

Substitutes not used: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk) & 22.Fabio FERREIRA

Yellow cards: Keogh 14’, Lowry 69’, Castro 82’, Davidson 93’

Sunday, 25 November 2018
nib Stadium, Perth
Perth Glory vs. Central Coast Mariners

This Saturday: Mariners to support McHappy Day

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Central Coast Mariners FC

The Central Coast Mariners are pleased to announce their support for McHappy Day and will be utilising the one week break in the Hyundai A-League calendar to send the players out in the community to 12 selected McDonald’s restaurants across the Central Coast in the name of a great cause.

You can meet your favourite Mariners players at a McDonald’s near you between 11am and 12pm this Saturday, November 17.

The Mariners have teamed up with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and are calling on Aussies to dig deep and help put a smile on the face of seriously ill children and their families with the return of McHappy Day on Saturday, November 17.

As the largest fundraiser for RMHC Australia nationally, McHappy Day is crucial in raising funds for the charity, which helps keep families together while their seriously ill child undergoes treatment. Since it first started in 1991, McHappy Day has raised more than $42 million for RMHC and over $4 million in 2017.

There will be at least TWO Central Coast Mariners Hyundai A-League players at the following stores: Wyong, Wadalba, Lake Haven, Kincumber, West Gosford, Erina, Woy Woy, Wyoming, Mingara, Lisarow, Umina, F3 Northbound.

Buying a Big Mac from the Macca’s near you – $2 from every Big Mac sold on McHappy Day will go directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities, and for the first time Big Macs will be available all day following the launch of McDonald’s all-day menu
Looking the part and picking-up a pair of $5 McHappy Day socks or purchasing a $2, $5, $10 or $50 Helping Hands
Making a gold coin donation with one of our Bucket Brigades that will be out in full force on McHappy Day
The full Central Coast Mariners playing squad will be offering a helping hand across all 12 restaurants on the Central Coast, doing all they can to support a great cause.

What: Mariners support McHappy Day 2018
When: Saturday, 17 November
Where: Selected McDonald’s restaurants across the Central Coast

Melbourne Victory 4-1 Central Coast Mariners

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After conceding three goals in the first half, the Central Coast Mariners have fallen 4-1 at AAMI Park against Melbourne Victory in round 4 of the Hyundai A-League.

Melbourne Victory vs Central Coast Mariners

Melbourne Victory 4 (Honda 30’, Troisi 35', Brown 45+2’ & Hope 94') Central Coast Mariners 1 (Shabow 62’)

The run down

After an end-to-end opening half an hour, it was Victory’s marquee man who opened the scoring in the 30th minute, pouncing on a Mariners’ defensive blunder.

Five minutes later James Troisi capitalised on an impressive first half performance to double his side’s lead before the break.

Then, with almost the last kick of the first half, a shot from Terry Antonis deflected to Corey Brown who was on hand to fire his shot into an open net and give his side a 3-0 lead at half time.

A much-improved Mariners team came out for the second half who looked determined to make amends for their first 45 minutes.

Connor Pain was making the most of his return to the starting team and was one of the Mariners’ best, creating most of the away team’s chances. Just seconds into the first half his pass to Tommy Oar almost set up a goal, but the shot was saved by Thomas.

Most of the Mariners chances came from the left started by Pain, but Victory’s defence stood tall to keep them at bay.

Mulvey’s substitute paid immediate dividends in Mario Shabow who was in the right place at the right time to flick home a shot from Ross McCormack to put his side back in the hunt. The goal was Shabow’s first in the Hyundai A-League.

Despite a much improved second half, Victory’s substitutes combined in the 94th minute to cap off a 4-1 win at AAMI Park.

Due to an international break, the Hyundai A-League will take a one week hiatus before we travel away to face Perth Glory on the 25th of November.


30’ HONDA GOAL (1-0): A gift for Honda. A defensive mistake from the Mariners fell to the feet of the Japanese attacker. Honda made no mistake with his finish and opened the scoring.

35’ TROISI GOAL (2-0): With possession on the right-hand side, Antonis found Troisi in the box who took a touch and fired home to double Victory’s lead.

45+2’ BROWN GOAL (3-0): A shot from Antonis deflected to the feet of Brown. Brown was in the right place at the right time to tap home and make it three for Victory.

62’ SHABOW GOAL (3-1): In his first A-League appearance for the Mariners, and first touch, he scores his first goal. A shot from McCormack takes a fortunate touch off Shabow to put the Mariners back in the game.

94’ HOPE GOAL (4-1): After substituting on in the second half, Ola Toivonen played the ball into fellow substitute Josh Hope who slid his shot home with almost the last kick of the game.

Mulvey in the media

"You can't give a team like Melbourne Victory chances to score goals, because they're good enough to score themselves," Mulvey said. "The first 20 minutes we were in the game with a couple of chances, then the soft underbelly reared it's ugly head again. Same as last week when we played against Adelaide. In the second half, we were the better team.

"I said to the lads I can stand here and congratulate you for the second half performance, which I thought was really bold. They answered some of the question I asked them at half time. But you need to play two halves of football. You can't concede three goals in the first half then come to life in the second half, it's not good enough.

"When I came here it was a club that was accepting of failure. That's not good enough for any organisation. We had a big change after the end of last season. We're still giving away the same opportunities, we need to stand up and eradicate those mistakes. I could stand here and wax lyrical about how good we were in the second half but that means nothing when you lose three points.

"We didn't follow runners from midfield. Our marking was slack. The lads know that, it's collective, it's not an individual thing," Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners: 1. Ben KENNEDY (GK), 3. Jack CLISBY, 5. Antony GOLEC, 20. Kalifa CISSE, 15. Kye ROWLES, 8. Michael McGLINCHEY (23.Mario SHABOW 60’), 11. Connor PAIN (25.Jordan MURRAY 75’), 13. Aiden O’NEIL, 10. Tommy OAR (7. Andrew HOOLE 60’), 22. Jacob MELLING, 44. Ross McCORMACK

Substitutes not use: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK) & 18. Matt MILLAR

Yellow cards: Clisby 69’, Hoole 83’

Melbourne Victory: 2.Storm ROUX, 3. Corey BROWN, 4.Keisuke HONDA, 5.Georg NIEDERMEIER, 6.Leigh BROXHAM (16.Josh HOPE 75’), 8.Terry ANTONIS (11.Ola Toivonen 79’), 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.James TROISI (19.Rahmat AKBARI 89’),14.Thomas DENG, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c),

Substitutes not used: 1.Matt ACTON (gk) & 22.Nick ANSELL

Yellow cards: Valeri 25’, Antonis 44’

Sunday, 11 November 2018
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Melbourne Victory vs. Central Coast Mariners

CC Mariners Youth League: Coach, Squad & Fixtures

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Youth League: Coach, Squad & Fixtures

Central Coast Mariners

With the Foxtel National Youth League season commencing this Saturday away to Canberra United, the Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the appointment of Ray Junna as the youth team’s Head Coach.

After being appointed as a Hyundai A-League Assistant Coach by Mike Mulvey at the commencement of pre-season, Junna will also be at the helm of the club’s Foxtel National Youth League team for their eight-week season.

Click here to view the FULL list of Mariners Youth League fixturesJunna boasts a wealth of coaching experience, including; Football Federation Australia (Socceroos’ Video Analyst), Australian Institute of Sport (AIS – Assistant Coach Men’s Football Program) and Canberra United (W-League Head Coach/Coach of the Year in 2010).

Michael Glassock (The Entrance Bateau Bay/Killarney District junior) has earned the honour of wearing the captain’s armband this season after leading the Academy boys out during the NPL season.

The Central Coast Mariners are also thrilled to announce that Pinnacle have thrown their support behind the club’s Youth Team by signing on as the front of shirt partner.

The Mariners kick-off their campaign this Saturday evening with an away trip to Canberra United and the following Saturday we host our first home game against the Newcastle Jets Youth.

Junna is excited to work with the next crop of emerging Mariners’ stars.

“The key focus is to develop players who will go on to make an impact in the A-League,” Junna said. “Results are important as they are important to development, so it is a balancing act.

“I’m really excited for the season ahead, it’s great to be able to work with such a young group of players in an A-League environment. 

“Our squad has exciting talent from Joey Jevtic and Dylan Ruiz-Diaz, both 16 year olds, to Josh Nisbet and Charles M’Mombwa whom have already earned time in the A-League set up, so it’s a good blend of young and younger,” Junna said.

Central Coast Mariners Foxtel National Youth League squad: Manley Barnett, Quentin Cheng, Rhett De Silva, Nick Faust, Michael Glassock (c), Daniel Hall, Matthew Hatch, Joey Jevtic, Kyle Johnson, Michael Katsoulis, Charles M’Mombwa, Lewis Miller, Aidan Munford, Joshua Nisbet, Emmanuel Peters, Dylan Ruiz-Diaz, Jordan Smylie, Alec Vinci

Central Coast Mariners Foxtel National Youth League Home Games

Round 2

Central Coast Mariners Youth vs. Newcastle Jets Youth

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Venue: Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence

Kick-off: 10:30am

Round 5

Central Coast Mariners Youth vs. Sydney FC Youth

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Venue: Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence

Kick-off: 4:30pm

Round 6

Central Coast Mariners Youth vs. Western Sydney Wanderers Youth

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Venue: Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence

Kick-off: 10:30am

Round 9

Central Coast Mariners Youth vs. Canberra United

Saturday, 12 January 2018

Venue: Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence

Kick-off: 10:30am