Mariners fall to Adelaide United

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Mariners fall to Adelaide United

Mariners vs Adelaide

Adelaide United have emerged 3-0 winners at Central Coast Stadium thanks to a Craig Goodwin brace and strike to Apostolos Stamatelopoulos.

Central Coast Mariners 0 Adelaide United 3 (Goodwin 9’ 56’, Stamatelopoulos 16’)

This game marked the 100th Hyundai A-League appearance for Jack Clisby which was a pleasing occasion to both him and the fans.

The first ten minutes was a battle for possession as both sides fought to try and find a rhythm in the match. It didn’t take long for the first chance of the game to lead to the first goal for Adelaide as a deadly cross was met by the head of Goodwin.

The goal gave Adelaide all the confidence and the Mariners struggled to find a way through a strong Adelaide defence. Adelaide’s strength up front was on display as United doubled their lead after Goodwin drilled a low cross to the feet of Stamatelopoulos who put it in the back of the net.

Adelaide continued their pressure on the Mariners’ defence as Craig Goodwin and Scott Galloway were the focal points for many of their chances putting several dangerous crosses into the Mariners’ box. Despite a late flurry of chances for the Yellow and Navy, Adelaide went into the half time break with a two-goal lead.

The Mariners came out a much more dominant force in the second half with Tommy Oar having several chances and the centre back pairing of Golec and Cisse holding firm. However, early in the second half Adelaide added a third after a free kick by Craig Goodwin beat the gloves of Ben Kennedy.

The second half also saw Andrew Hoole complete his road to recovery, coming on as a substitute after missing majority of the pre-season. Former Mariner Paul Izzo made two great saves that denied both Tommy Oar and Connor Pain certain goals towards the back end of the game. The Mariners continued to fight during the closing stages of the half but couldn’t break a solid Adelaide defence who finished the game as 3-0 victors.


9’ GOODWIN GOAL (1-0): A wonderful cross by Stamatelopoulos is converted by the head of Craig Goodwin at the front post.

16’ STAMATELOPOULOS GOAL (2-0): Scott Galloway delivers a superb through ball for Craig Goodwin who’s low drilled cross is converted by Adelaide’s front man.

56’ GOODWIN GOAL (3-0): Goodwin added a second to his tally and a third for Adelaide after Ben Kennedy couldn’t handle a powerful free kick from the left winger.

Mulvey in the media

“Absolutely it’s a wakeup call. I didn’t see it coming. We trained pretty well during the week. From the warm up everyone said that’s the best warm up we’ve done so there were no warning signs. It’s a time for reflection and a time to go have a look in the mirror and the first person that does that is me, I take full responsibility.

“We didn’t get hold of Isaias. We were a little bit vulnerable when he got the ball and he sort of bossed the game from there, but goals change games. They just won the FFA cup so they’re a bit buoyant and we made it a little bit easy for them to get the first two goals and they got a little more confident and perhaps we went into a shell and we need to change that.

“[at half time] I asked the lads to have a good think about what has happened in the first half and if anybody couldn’t think they could be part of a winning team in the second half stay in the dressing room. At the end of the day it’s about performances, we have to earn the trust of the Central Coast public and we do that with performances on the park. In the past this has been the norm, losing 3-0 and we can’t accept that, and I won’t accept that and that’s why I’m saying I take full responsibility and I’ll fix this on the training paddock and we’ll have a team ready to go for next week.

“We had a rocky moment today, you need to take care of business you need to train well, you need prepare well and you need to play well. Today We played better football in the second half and we almost got back in the game, but the third goal took the wind out of our sails, we need to lick our wounds, get back to the training paddock and get ready for next week,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners: 1. Ben KENNEDY (GK), 3. Jack CLISBY, 5. Antony GOLEC, 20. Kalifa CISSE, 15. Kye ROWLES, 6. Tom HIARIEJ (7. Andrew HOOLE 45’), 8. Michael McGLINCHEY (18. Matt MILLAR 72’), 13. Aiden O’NEIL, 10. Tommy OAR, 19. Matt SIMON, 44. Ross McCORMACK (11. Connor PAIN 62’)

Substitutes not use: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK) & 22. Jacob MELLING

Yellow cards: O’Neill 55’, Simon 61’

Adelaide United: 20. Paul IZZO (GK), 2. Michael MARRONE, 3. Scott GALLOWAY, 8. ISAIAS, 10. Ken ILSO LARSEN (7. Ryan KITTO 65’), 11. Craig GOODWIN (4. Ryan STRAIN 82’), 16. Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 22. Michael JAKOBSEN, 23. Jordan ELSEY, 26. Benjamin HALLORAN, 33. Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS (17. Nikola MILEUSNIC 72’)

Substitutes not used: 30. Isaac RICHARDS (GK), 5. Taylor REGAN

Yellow cards: Stamatelopoulos 37’

Sunday, 4 November 2018
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Crowd: 6043
Central Coast Mariners vs. Adelaide United

Media Release: Usain Bolt Update

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Friday, 2 November 2018
Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence, Tuggerah


Usain Bolt Update

The Central Coast Mariners and Usain Bolt’s representative Ricky Simms can today advise that the indefinite training period of Usain Bolt with the Mariners has drawn to an end, effective immediately.

As previously stated, the Club and Ricky Simms have been in conversations with external partners to find a commercial solution that suits all parties.

Despite several promising potential partners, both Bolt & the Central Coast Mariners have amicably concluded that they will not be able to settle on a suitable deal in a timely manner.

Usain Bolt thanked the Central Coast Mariners for the opportunity to commence his football journey.

"I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners owners, management, staff, players and fans for making me feel so welcome during my time there. I wish the club success for the season ahead,” Bolt said

Central Coast Mariners Owner, Mike Charlesworth thanked the eight-time Olympic gold medalist for his commitment to the Club.

“Despite the fact that we could not come to an agreement that would continue Usain Bolt’s football journey with the Central Coast Mariners, we’ve been thrilled to have the Olympic champion sprinter and world record holder as part of our Club for these past eight weeks,” Charlesworth said. “For the Mariners, it’s been a pleasure to work with Usain as he pursued his desire to become a professional football player.

“This has been a mutually beneficial partnership that brought an increased level of excitement and attention to both the Mariners and the Hyundai A-League. From day one, Usain dedicated himself to being part of the Mariners. He integrated very well into the team and made great strides as a footballer.

“Most notable, was his performance in Campbelltown where he scored two goals helping the Mariners secure a 4-0 win against Macarthur South West United.

“Whilst we understand that Usain will not be part of the Club going forward, the Central Coast Mariners wish him all the best in his future endeavors and we hope that opportunities arise to collaborate in other capacities in the future,” Charlesworth said.

A media distribution of CEO, Shaun Mielekamp below:

CEO Shaun Mielekamp provides Usain Bolt update

The Central Coast Mariners and Usain Bolt’s representative Ricky Simms today advised that the indefinite training period of Usain Bolt with the Mariners has drawn to an end, effective immediately.

Upon this announcement, CEO Shaun Mielekamp fronted the media.

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Mariners confirm Pink Round for this Sunday

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Thanks to Brightfield Group Services the Central Coast Mariners will trade Yellow & Navy to wear bright pink against Adelaide United in support of women’s cancer research, prevention and support services on the Central Coast. The match will be played in Hyundai A-League round three on Sunday November 4. Kick-off is 5pm.

For the seventh consecutive season, the Mariners will dedicate a Hyundai A-League home match to women’s cancer support services on the Central Coast.

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Since 2012 the Mariners have raised almost $90 000 by donning pink jerseys, followed by an online auction of the kits along with bucket collections and other collaborative fundraising initiatives between the Mariners, Cancer Council NSW – Central Coast and Brightfield Group Services.

In a major boost for the Mariners, Brightfield Group Services have extended their support for the club’s Pink Round for the fifth season running, a relationship that commenced in the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season.

The Central Coast Mariners have also continued their relationship with Cancer Council NSW – Central Coast to raise funds for its Family Meals @ Home as part of their Home Help service on the Central Coast. The goal is to help ease the stress of daily living so that families can relax for an evening and enjoy a shared moment with loved ones.

The Central Coast Mariners are also contributing to the following awareness and fundraising initiatives:

Trading Yellow & Navy jerseys for Pink to raise awareness for women’s cancer
Auctioning off the player-worn kits with all profits going to Cancer Council NSW – Central Coast
Bucket Collections at our match on Sunday November 4 against Adelaide United
10% of all limited edition pink Mariners jerseys purchased will be donated by Rebel

Jaynie Moloney of CCNSW says “Most people in our community have been affected by cancer in one way or another, a friend, a colleague or a loved one which is why our community is so generous in donating funds at important events like this. Together with the Central Coast Mariners, these funds mean that we can provide support to local cancer patients and their families to ensure that nobody faces a cancer diagnosis alone,” Moloney said.

Brightfield Group Services – who offer flexible, specialist facilities management solutions tailored to each individual client and business – will have their brand re-appear on the Club’s pink kits and team up with the Mariners to help raise awareness and funds towards the prevention of women’s cancer.

Brightfield Group Services’ Business Development Executive Melisa Senior spoke highly of the organisation’s relationship with the Mariners Pink Round.

“Brightfield have proudly sponsored the Mariners Pink round for the last five years,” Senior said. “We have all been touched in some way or another by Cancer with family or friends or work colleagues, and all of the Management and Staff at Brightfield are proud to be a part of such a big cause supporting the Cancer Council and supporting our local sporting community at the same time.

“Brightfield Group Services is a home-grown Central Coast business, although we offer services state wide and have a national footprint, our home will always be on the Coast and we appreciate all of our clients and business networks who continue to support us through our journey as we grow.

“The Mariners are what brings our Central Coast community together, a place where the fans, Members and supporters can band together and be proud of the coast, proud of where we are from and be part of the Mariners Success,” Senior said.

Supporters can find out more about Brightfield Group Services by visiting

Match Details
Sunday, 4 October 2018
Hyundai A-League Round 3
Match: Central Coast Mariners vs. Adelaide United
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Kick-off: 5:00pm (AEDT)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA
Hash-tag: Join the match conversation using #CCMvADL & #CCMFC

Mariners & City share spoils after late equaliser

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Despite leading for majority of the contest the Central Coast Mariners were forced to share the spoils with Melbourne City when their heart-breaking 84th minute equaliser cancelled out Ross McCormack’s first half strike.

Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne City

Central Coast Mariners 1 (McCormack 21’) Melbourne City FC 1 (Vidosic 84’)

The run down

With plenty of subplots leading into kick-off, it was always going to be a former player from one side that would write the headlines which Ross McCormack looked to do in the first half.

After some half chances fell both ways, the Scottish striker took the game into his own hands and fired home the opening goal of the match after just 20 minutes. Against his old club, in his first appearance at Central Coast Stadium for the Mariners, McCormack ran onto a perfect through ball from Connor Pain to make it 1-0.

City’s best chance of the half fell to Bruno Fornaroli just five minutes later who found himself in the box with a prime one-on-one opportunity. His strike was uncharacteristically wide of goal when he lost his footing before shooting.

Then, with almost the last kick of the half, McCormack had an opportunity to double his tally for the evening with a set piece in ‘McCormack territory’. His strike was on the money, but it was denied by a sensationally diving Eugene Galekovic, which saw the Mariners head into the sheds with a one goal lead.

During the second half, the Mariners midfielders, particularly Aiden O’Neill continued their hard work in the middle of the park to control the tone of the game, winning every fifty-fifty challenge.

Kye Rowles & Kalifa Cisse made several crucial challenges in the Mariners back third to keep their sides in the hunt, whilst City threw everything forward to earn an equaliser.

City’s attack finally paid dividends with less than five minutes to go when a scrappy goal just crossed the line to make it 1-1.

The draw earns the Mariners their second point of the season in their second game, with all eyes on another Central Coast Stadium encounter next Sunday against Adelaide United.


21’ MCCORMACK GOAL (1-0): Last week’s goalscorer turned creator when Connor Pain threaded the perfect ball to McCormack in the box. McCormack made no mistake with his finish, sliding his shot in the bottom corner to make it 1-0.

84’ VIDOSIC GOAL (1-1): Ben Kennedy made a superb point blank save on his line althought it then triggered a pinball type play in the box. After several attempts, substitute Vidosic found a way to knock it over the line to force an equaliser with five minutes to go.

Mulvey in the media

“When you concede an equaliser in the 84th minute you’re obviously disappointed that you don’t hold onto the lead,” Mulvey said. “But if I’m truthful about it, City deserved that equaliser, but my players didn’t deserve to concede if that makes sense.

“We put in a great effort, it’s building blocks. Last week we got a point, this week we got a point, so onwards and upwards from here.

“I knew the second goal was going to prove crucial and I thought Ross had it with that free-kick. It was a great free-kick and a great save.

“We tried to push for the second goal and we found ourselves a little pegged back and we couldn’t contain the ball often enough to mount too much pressure in the second half which is something we will work on.

“Ross has come to us and hasn’t played since February with Melbourne City. I don’t want to single anyone out because everyone who started and came on off the bench put a great shift in and I’m really happy.

“The best is yet to come. We changed it up a bit from last week, we got a deserved goal after pressing high and I think if you look at it as a whole, City deserved the point but we’re disappointed that we conceded late on,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3.Jack CLISBY, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 8.Michael McGLINCHEY (25.Jordan MURRAY 73’), 11.Connor PAIN (10.Tommy OAR 64’), 13.Aiden O’NEILL (22.Jacob MELLING 79’), 15.Kye ROWLES, 19.Matt SIMON (c), 20.Kalifa CISSE, 44.Ross McCORMACK

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

Yellow cards: nil

Melbourne City FC: 18.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Ritchie De LAET 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5.Bart SCHENKEVELD, 8.Riley MCGREE, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 19.Lachlan WALES (10.Dario VIDOSIC 74’), 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 25.Iacopo LA ROCCA (3.Scott JAMIESON 68’), 26.Luke BRATTAN (7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS 68’), 27.Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER

Substitutes not used: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk) & 17.Anthony CACERES

Yellow cards: Brattan 34’, De Laet 51’, La Rocca 63’

Saturday, 27 October 2018
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Crowd: 7144
Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne City FC

CCM Media Release: Usain Bolt Update

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Central Coast Mariners FC

CCM Media Release: Usain Bolt Update

The Central Coast Mariners and Usain Bolt’s representative Ricky Simms have progressed contract discussions and would like to offer clarity around the negotiations between the Club and Usain Bolt.

The Club can confirm that a contract proposal has been offered by the Central Coast Mariners and negotiations remain ongoing with Usain Bolt and his management regarding his football future.

Both parties are eager to explore all options and ensure that if there is a suitable way forward for both player and Club, the two parties will keep working together and formalise an agreement. The Central Coast Mariners want to ensure that Usain Bolt is given every chance possible to fulfill his dream to become a professional football player.

There are two main terms of discussion involved in this negotiation: football and commercial.

Regarding the football terms of the negotiations, Usain has made great progression during his time on the Central Coast and we feel that he will improve further with more individual intensive training and competitive game time. We are looking at ways to do this as the Club does not have the luxury to be able to do this in the Hyundai A-League.

Regarding the commercial terms of the negotiations, Usain Bolt’s management and the Central Coast Mariners are in conversations with external partners to find a commercial solution that suits all parties. It is important to note, that contract values speculated in the media are incorrect. Without the financial contribution of an external third-party, it is unlikely that Usain Bolt and the Central Coast Mariners will agree to terms.

To ensure that there is no distraction to the Hyundai A-League squad in preparing for this weekend’s match vs. Melbourne City; Usain Bolt will not attend team training this week, until and if, the Club and Usain Bolt can agree to terms and formalise an arrangement.

The Central Coast Mariners will make no further comment on this matter until there is an update on the situation, when media will be alerted in due course.