Mariners claim a brave point in Brisbane

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A goal in the fourth minute to Connor Pain was enough for the Central Coast Mariners to earn a gutsy point from Suncorp Stadium in the club’s Hyundai A-League season opener against Brisbane Roar.

Mariners claim a brave point in Brisbane

Brisbane Roar 1 (Taggart 65’) Central Coast Mariners 1 (Pain 4’)

Round 1 Highlights: Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners

The run down

The tempo of an action-packed first half was set from the word go, and it took Pain just four minutes to open his account for the new season. A Brisbane Roar attack, quickly turned into a Mariners’ goal when Antony Golec and Tom Hiariej chipped in to release Pain who made no mistake with his clever finish.

But the early goal wasn’t going to deter Brisbane’s attack, who went on to create several promising chances of their own – looking dangerous through the likes of Adam Taggart and Stefan Mauk.

In the 30th minute Pain was just millimetres from doubling his tally and the Mariners’ lead when he pulled the trigger from distance. His shot took a deflection off a Brisbane defender and smashed into the inside of the post, and almost rolled across the goal line.

Brisbane’s best two chances of the half came in from the left to the feet of a Taggart but, fortunately for the Mariners, both of his strikes from close range were off target.

After going into the break with a 1-0 lead, the Mariners continued their stoic efforts in defence as Brisbane’s attacking opportunities continued at the start the second stanza. Ben Kennedy was outstanding in goal, making two top class saves to keep his side in front.

Then, just after the hour mark, Taggart found the back of the net which looked like Brisbane’s equaliser but it was pulled back by the VAR for offside. But less than five minutes later, Taggart scored from close range to make it 1-1.

Mariners fans were then off their feet almost immediately when centre-back Kalifa Cisse lurched forward for a set piece to sensationally head home. Unfortunately, Cisse’s goal was disallowed by the off-side flag.

In the final twenty minutes of play, Mariners debuts were earned by Aiden O’Neill and Jordan Murray with both having immediate impact in the front third.

Play opened up for both teams on the slippery Suncorp surface, forcing the Mariners to defend for their lives in the dying stages. The away team’s heroic defensive efforts were headlined by a goalsaving Jack Clisby tackle in the 88th minute to shut down an Henrique attack in the box.

A goal to either side was enough to bring an end to the game, for a 1-1 draw in round one.

Kalifa Cisse & Aiden O'Neill


4’ PAIN GOAL: They say the best form of defence is attack and that was exactly the case for the Mariners opener. Taggart had a chance for Brisbane that was immediately shut down by a Golec tackle, it triggered a swift counter attack, with Connor Pain running onto a pin point Tom Hiariej through ball. With plenty still to do, Pain charged into the box and slotted his shot into the bottom corner.

65’ TAGGART GOAL: After being denied by the VAR no less than five minutes earlier, there was no denying Taggart’s finish. With his back to goal, he turned and capitalised to make it 1-1.

Mulvey in the media

"A draw in the end is probably a fair result but of course when you go in front you look back and say we should have held onto that," Mulvey said. "We had our chances, they had their chances.

"I look at it from a holistic perspective. We've brought in plenty of new faces, overall I can't complain. We did ride our luck a little bit but Brisbane are a good side so you take a point.

"No I'm not happy with a point, you always want to win but I can't fault my players today. They did fantastic, we really dug deep when we needed to and we had some heroes on the field. It's the first game of the season so we will improve.

"Kalifa is trying to get a copy of the footage to find out whether his goal should have stood or not, he was a bit upset with that. We brought him in for his experience and leadership. Kye Rowles was fantastic today as well but it would be remiss of me to highlight any player individually because everyone deserves plaudits for today," Mulvey said

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3.Jack CLISBY, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 8.Michael McGLINCHEY, 10.Tommy OAR (22.Jacob MELLING 87’), 11.Connor PAIN (25.Jordan MURRAY 78’), 15.Kye ROWLES, 19.Matt SIMON (c) (13.Aiden O’NEILL 67’), 20.Kalifa CISSE, 44.Ross McCORMACK

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

Yellow cards: McGlinchey 25, Hiariej 26’, Rowles 81’

Brisbane Roar FC: 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Adam TAGGART, 11.Eric BAUTHEAC, 13.Stefan MAUK, 14.Alex LOPEZ (17.Matt MCKAY 84’), 19.Jack HINGERT (c), 22.Tobias MIKKELSEN (33.HENRIQUE 64'), 24.Connor O’TOOLE

Yellow cards: Pepper 57’, O’Toole 67’

Substitutes not used: 1.Brendan WHITE (gk), 4.Daniel BOWLES, 15.Stefan NIGRO

Sunday, 21 October 2018
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Brisbane Roar FC vs. Central Coast Mariners

Matt Simon named Mariners Club Captain

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Matt Simon named Mariners Club Captain

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that Matt Simon has been named Club Captain ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season.

As the Central Coast Mariners’ all-time leading goal scorer, Simon becomes the club’s sixth full time captain joining the likes of: Noel Spencer, Alex Wilkinson, John Hutchinson, Nick Montgomery and Alan Baro.

The East Gosford junior has bagged 46 goals in the Hyundai A-League for the Yellow & Navy after signing his first professional contract in 2006 from Central Coast Lightning.

At the completion of the 2008/09 season which saw the Mariners finish in fourth position on the ladder, Simon was voted by his peers as the best player, claiming the 2009 #MarinersMedal.

After three seasons with Sydney FC where Simon was crowned a Hyundai A-League Champion, the 32-year-old marksman joined Mike Mulvey’s Mariners, signing a two-year-contract.

Simon touted the appointment as Club Captain of his hometown team, a proud moment.

“This is a really proud moment for myself coming back to the club where it all began,” Simon said. “To be able to captain the team this year in such a promising time is very exciting and we’re all looking forward to what’s ahead this season.

“I was lucky enough to play with Noel Spencer, Alex Wilkinson, John Hutchinson and Nick Montgomery – those four guys have all had a big part to play in the club’s culture. The biggest thing I’ve learnt from them is to ensure the culture in the change room is maintained because that was a big part of why the club was so successful in the early years of the competition. At Sydney FC, Brosquey [Alex Brosque] was an incredible captain who led with his performances week in week out.

“I’ll be taking a little bit from each of those captains, but also doing my own thing – it’s an honour to be a captain of this team but this season there are a lot of leaders in the squad.

“I want to lead with my actions. I’ve always been the type of player to talk on the field, the biggest thing for me is not to change the way I play, it’s always important to ensure you lead with your individual performances,” Simon said.

First Home Game vs Melbourne City

Mariners earn clean sheet away to Brisbane Roar

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Brisbane Roar FC 0 Central Coast Mariners 0

Despite numerous chances to claim victory, the Central Coast Mariners have been forced to settle with a 0-0 draw at Suncorp Stadium against Brisbane Roar FC.

After a hard-fought 90 minutes the Mariners were left to rue missed opportunities against Brisbane but will take plenty of positives from their performance and well earned clean sheet away from home.

Ben Kennedy started his life as a Mariner with a clean sheet in his first appearance for the Yellow & Navy which included a sharp save in the 94th minute to keep the scores on even terms.

It was a cagey opening at Suncorp and both teams looked to impose themselves on the match in the early stages but neither could deliver the final blow.

For the Mariners, Danny De Silva and Tom Hiariej were linking up well to contribute in attack and created the away side’s early chances.

Brisbane looked to strike through hitman, Massimo Maccarone who’s best chance of the first half was via a penalty shout. Maccarone followed up the scraps of a venomous Eric Bautheac strike from distance, before shooting he was shut down by Kennedy and denied by the off-side flag in the 32nd minute.

Towards the end of the first half, chances continued to fall and it was the Mariners who almost took the lead thanks to an Andrew Hoole set piece. Hoole’s delivery found a leaping Jake McGing who drew Jamie Young into a sharp save, Antony Golec followed up with a header of his own that was cleared off the line by a diving Jade North.

Asdrubal worked tirelessly in the front third but the final pass just couldn’t find the feet of the Spanish attacker.

Mariners boasted 60% possession in the first 45 minutes and despite half chances to both sides, neither could find the back of the net.

Five minutes into the second half, De Silva had the best chance of the match when a defensive mix up saw Brisbane’s Mitch Oxborrow play the ball straight to De Silva. De Silva controlled well and side footed towards the bottom corner but Young moved well to his left to keep the scores locked at 0-0.

Just moments later, Jack Hingert let loose on a volley from just outside the area which called Kennedy into a very sharp save.

De Silva continued to cause havoc in the second half and made a surging run into the front third in the 65th minute. Making almost 30 metres with the ball at his feet, De Silva then shot into Young’s side-netting.

In the 74th minute it was again the Mariners who found themselves with a chance to score. McGing did well down the right to create space for himself before delivering an almost perfect cross. The right back whipped the ball into the area towards Asdrubal but Young cleared his line well to deny the Mariners.

Two minutes later the Mariners looked certain to score. Again, it was a superb McGing cross that opened up Brisbane that found the head of a leaping Danny De Silva. De Silva’s header was on target, only to be saved by a very sharp reflex save by Jamie Young.

As the game edged closer to full time, the Mariners continued to push Brisbane and create chances but they just couldn’t score.

The next chance fell to Asdrubal on the end of another impressive McGing cross. Asdrubal came charging towards goal but Young was the hero, coming off his line to block the Spaniard before he could shoot.

With 15 minutes to play, Kwabena Appiah came on to create several chances in the front third but the Mariners just couldn’t add the finishing touch.

Deep into stoppage time, Brisbane went close to snatching the points when a corner found the head of Jade North but Ben Kennedy made a super save in the 95th minute to keep the scores locked at 0-0.

The Mariners attention now turns to Friday night football where the Mariners host Sydney FC at Central Coast Stadium. Kick-off is 7:50pm.

Paolo in the press

“I think it would have been unjust if we conceded that goal at the end there from a set piece,” Okon said. “Daniel’s two opportunities should have hit the back of the net but goals win games and neither side managed to do that this evening.

“In the first half we weren’t great, we struggled to keep the ball but in the second half we were excellent – we had more of the territory and more of the ball and you’d like to think you could come away with more.

“We’re not really looking at the ladder at the moment it’s about how we can improve and I think that we’re doing that.

“We’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves. Football is about scoring, taking your opportunities and I would be concerened if they weren’t coming. They are and we are getting into dangerous areas. Our final pass isn’t what it should be to create a goal but I’m not going to be too hard on the players because I think the efforts in the first five games has been superb. If it continues, which I’m quite confident it will, the wins will come.

“I’ve got too much respect for John & Ross Aloisi to speak about the incident. If the referee doesn’t deem it to be violent conduct, it’s not violent conduct. Me talking about it won’t change anything.

“Alan Baro picked up a nasty cork. Sometimes you can run them off but it was right in the belly of the muscle and he realised that he couldn’t go 100%. We have plenty of depth, it’s never easy coming into a position like that and I think he did a very good job coming on [Liam Rose],” Okon said.

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Jake McGING, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 9.ASDRUBAL (12.Trent BUHAGIAR 86’), 10.Danny De SILVA, 11.Connor PAIN (13.Kwabena APPIAH 74’),15.Alan BARO (16.Liam ROSE 52’), 23.Wout BRAMA

Substitutes not used: 20.Adam PEARCE & 14.Adam BERRY

Yellow cards: Golec 65’, De Silva 75’

Brisbane Roar FC: 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk) 2.Dane INGHAM, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 10.Brett HOLMAN (11.Corey GAMEIRO 70’),13.Jade NORTH, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16.Mitchell OXBORROW (8.Jacob PEPPER 85’), 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 22.Eric BAUTHEAC (33.Petros SKAPETIS 83’)

Substitutes not used: 31.Brendan WHITE, 24.Connor O’TOOLE

Yellow cards: Hingert 57’, Oxborrow 82’

Sunday, 5 November 2017
Suncorp Stadium, Gosford
Brisbane Roar FC vs. Central Coast Mariners