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Abraham Majok & Mario Shabow depart Mariners

The Central Coast Mariners can confirm it has reached agreements with Mario Shabow and Abraham Majok for both players to depart the club, effective immediately.

The Central Coast Mariners would like to thank the players for their professionalism and time at the club.

“We are appreciative of the contribution Abraham and Mario have made to the club, and wish them all the best for the future.”

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Central Coast Mariners to launch Mariners TV live from Central Coast Stadium

The Central Coast Mariners will keep fans involved despite the Hyundai A-League going behind closed doors, with Mariners TV to premiere ahead of Friday night’s clash with Melbourne City live from Central Coast Stadium.

Broadcast by JC Entertainment and Events, Mariners TV will help replace the standard pre-game fan interaction of a game day, and give viewers the opportunity to engage with the stream, send in questions and win prizes thanks to our partners.

Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp emphasised the importance of adapting to the ever changing circumstances of the league.

"We just want to do what we can for our members and partners who have been so amazing in their support through this unprecedented time," he said.

"If we can in any way improve the unique match day experience for members who have to watch from home then that is the least we can do."

"It will be raw, and it is all coming together very quickly but we know for sure it will be a lot of fun."

The club will announce further details of how to tune in closer to Friday.

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CC Mariners media release

Football Federation Australia (FFA) on Monday confirmed that the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 regular season will continue, with all matches to be played behind closed doors.

This will begin on Friday, with the Mariners taking on Melbourne City at Central Coast Stadium as scheduled, with only essential staff in attendance.

The club continues to work with FFA and the Hyundai A-League through what is an unprecedented situation, and all parties are prioritising the health and safety of fans, players and staff moving forward.

For now, the Central Coast Mariners’ office in Tuggerah will be closed to external visitors with staff available for contact via email.

The Central Coast Mariners will endeavour to update all stakeholders continually as the situation evolves and as information becomes available.

Ticketing |
All casual ticket purchasers for our upcoming home games against Melbourne City, Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers will be contacted by Ticketek. They will arrange a refund with you in the coming days.

Due to the ongoing changes to the COVID-19 situation, we are currently working on a solution for our members and appreciate your patience at this time.

For membership and ticketing, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community |
As a result of the developing situation and the implementation of social distancing measures by the NSW Department of Education, Central Coast Mariners have decided to suspend all school and community programs until further notice. The decision has been made to ensure the safety of our participants and staff in an effort to uphold social distancing measures and non-essential gathering advice as required at this point in time.

For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Academy |
In line with the guidance of FFA, grassroots football including Central Coast Mariners Academy matches can continue, however the club fully supports FFA’s suggestion that only people essential to the operation of the match be in attendance. The club will work to continually provide updates to Academy members via Academy channels.

For more Academy information, contact Ken Schembri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information, please see the full release from FFA below.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today confirmed that the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 regular season, and the Westfield W-League 2020 Grand Final scheduled for this weekend will go ahead, but with all matches to be played behind closed doors and with no fans permitted to attend. This policy will apply for the remaining six rounds of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 regular season and will be reviewed for the Hyundai A-League 2020 Finals Series.

The decision by the Federal Government that all travellers to Australia arriving from today will have to self-isolate for a period of 14 days means that matches involving Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix will not proceed in Rounds 24 and 25 of the Hyundai A-League. These matches will be re-scheduled and Wellington Phoenix will play all their matches in Australia for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.

FFA also confirmed that grassroots football, including all levels of the National Premier Leagues and FFA Cup Preliminary Rounds, may continue to be played at this time in line with Government advice, but with additional measures implemented to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection or transmission through the football community, including recommended hygiene measures and appropriate social distancing at football matches.

FFA Chief Executive Officer James Johnson said that the decisions taken were designed to protect the 1.96 million members of Australia’s football community, as well as ensure that football’s vast community would be a positive force in helping Australians remain healthy and combat the spread of the virus.

“The scale of football means that we have a key role to play in maintaining the health and well-being of Australians, as well as their families and the wider community. We are doing so by allowing people to play, in line with the current Government position but with additional guidance to further improve social distancing at football fields around the country.”

“We have been working closely with our stakeholders, Government health officials and our own chief medical officer to develop our policies for the whole of the game following the COVID-19 outbreak. The situation is subject to constant change, and further measures may be necessary in the future.”

Johnson added: “The decision to play the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season, and the Westfield W-League 2020 Grand Final behind closed doors was made in consultation with the clubs and in accordance with the latest Federal Government advice.”

“The health and safety of all members of the football community, including players, coaches, referees, volunteers, administrators and fans continues to be of paramount importance. We will continue to work with the Government and seek advice as the situation changes.”

The National COVID-19 Working Committee will continue to meet and FFA will provide regular updates to the football community as the situation continues to develop.

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Defiant Mariners beaten by Brisbane at Suncorp

The Central Coast Mariners performed strongly at Suncorp on Friday night, but still fell to Brisbane Roar as Scott McDonald’s goal on the stroke of half time proved to be the difference.

The Mariners started strongly, disrupting Brisbane’s play and looking to get out on the break.

Milan Ðurić charged through the midfield and poked a ball through to Chris Harold who had his shot saved by Jamie Young, before the Serbian drove forward once more shortly afterwards and drew a save from Young himself with a stinging drive.

Ruon Tongyik shook up Brad Inman with a strong challenge as the Mariners established themselves in midfield, and shortly after had the best chance of the first half hour as they broke from the back.

Daniel DeSilva charged forward flanked by Jordan Murray and Lewis Miller before shooting with the outside of his boot, and the rebound from Young’s save was scooped over under pressure by Murray.

Mark Birighitti was called into action twice in quick succession to keep out the hosts, and just as it looked as though scores would be level at the break the Roar struck.

Scott McDonald tapped in Inman’s cross and while the linesman raised his flag, VAR intervened and overruled the decision and the goal stood.

Mirza Muratovic fired wide ten minutes in and 20 minutes in Alen Stajcic made his first changes as Jair and Sam Silvera came on for Murray and Harold, but it was Ziggy Gordon who made an impact next up as a great sliding challenge halted a Brisbane counter.

The two substitutes both conspired to cause problems and Jair won a free kick that Ðurić swung in invitingly, but Tom Aldred was able to head clear.

Mikey McGlinchey replaced Ðurić as time wound down, and Silvera was causing problems up front as first Aiden O’Neill and then Aldred both went in the book for increasingly late challenges on the young forward.

Silvera almost created a goal as he rode one tackle before driving into the area and crossing, only for the hosts to block for a corner and clear the set piece as they held out to the end.

Attentions for the Mariners now turn to next round, as they host Melbourne City for Friday Night Football at Central Coast Stadium.

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Hooper goal

Courtesy Wellington Phoenix website

The Wellington Phoenix have racked up three goals against the Mariners at Central Coast Stadium, beating the bottom-of-the-table side 3-1 in a dominating performance.

The match saw spectacular first-half goals – thanks to a pair of classy assists – for Liberato Cacace and Gary Hooper, with Jaushua Sotirio hammering home another on 80 minutes before Jair finally got the Mariners on the board in the final minutes.

The win, Wellington’s third in a row, keeps the Phoenix comfortably in the top four as they continue their fight the Finals. Meanwhile, the Mariners see their losing streak extended to eight games, as they remain at the bottom of the ladder with a league-high 14 losses.

The match kicked off with an early chance for Gary Hooper in the first two minutes, as he received a pass in the box from Liberato Cacace but was unable to get his shot off. Meanwhile the Mariners had their chances at goal; but attempts by Milan Duric and Chris Harold both landed safely in the hands of Wellington goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic.

Wellington’s first goal attempt at goal would be a successful one - a brilliant goal by Cacace on 18 minutes, taking a leading pass from Davila to slot home a goal from inside the box and put the Phoenix up 1-0. It was 19 year-old Cacace’s second straight match with a goal, as well as being his 50th match for the Phoenix – the youngest Wellington player ever reach this milestone.

The Mariners had another pair of opportunities that they couldn’t convert thanks to Marinovic, and then botched a free kick opportunity that went safely over the net.

On 30 minutes, the Phoenix struck again; a terrific pass by Reno Piscopo over the top of the defence to Hooper, who handily chipped it over Mariners goalkeeper Mark Birighitti into the goal. This gave the Phoenix two goals in their first three shots on goal as they went up 2-0, and also gave Hooper his fifth goal of the season.

Hooper Goal
Gary Hooper Scored His Fifth Goal Of The Hyundai A-League Season
A last-minute attempt by the Mariners saw Marinovic leaping into the air over ex-Phoenix midfielder Gianni Stensness, denying an opportunity on goal as they went into half-time safely up 2-0; a clinical Wellington side making their shots count and winning the possession battle.

The second half saw the Phoenix maintaining control and not pushing the ball too much, content to instead wait for good opportunities. A duel between Jair and Steven Taylor saw the latter make a stirling defensive play for the Phoenix, before Stensness had an opportunity to score but couldn’t control his header.

Wellington would get onto the scoreboard for the third time thanks to a pair of Phoenix substitutes; with Alex Rufer setting up Jaushua Sotirio for his third goal of the season and putting Wellington up 3-0.

A goal by Jair in the 89th minute put the Mariners on the scoreboard and denied Wellington an opportunity for a third straight clean sheet. Sotirio almost had a chance at a brace as he hammered home a goal past Birighitti, only to be ruled offside - the match ending 3-1 to the Phoenix.

In addition to the win, the Phoenix will be buoyed by their efficiency on offense – the club being on target with four out of six shots on goal, sinking three; their highest percentage of the season.

The Wellington Phoenix will next return home to Sky Stadium for their match against Melbourne Victory on 15 March; they will also be recognising the one-year anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque tragedy at this match. In addition this match will be the beginning of a gruelling stretch of three matches played in eight days - with subsequent away games against Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets.

Wellington Phoenix Starting XI

1.Stefan MARINOVIC (gk), 3.Luke DEVERE, 5.Matti STEINMANN, 6.Tim PAYNE, 7.Reno PISCOPO, 8.Cameron DEVLIN, 9.David BALL, 10.Ulises DAVILA, 13.Liberato CACACE, 27.Steven TAYLOR (c), 88. Gary HOOPER

Central Coast Mariners Starting XI

1. Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 2.Ian Zygmunt GORDON, 3.Jack CLISBY, 4. Eunsun KIM, 7. Milan ÐURIĆ, 11.Daniel DESILVA, 15. Kye ROWLES, 18. Gianni STENSNESS, 24. Chris HAROLD, 26. Joshua NISBET, 27. Lewis MILLER

Wellington Phoenix Substitutes
69’ ON 11.Jaushua SOTIRIO OFF 7.Reno PISCOPO
76’ ON 14.Alex RUFER OFF 8.Cameron DEVLIN
79’ ON 21.Callum MCCOWATT OFF 10.Ulises DAVILA

Central Coast Mariners Substitutions
64’ ON 29.Jair BRITTO OFF 7. Milan ÐURIĆ
64’ ON 19.Matt SIMON OFF 24.Chris HAROLD
79’ ON Daniel DE SILVA OFF 17. Samuel SILVERA

Goals
18’ Liberato CACACE (Wellington Phoenix)
30’ Gary HOOPER (Wellington Phoenix)
80’ Jaushua SOTIRIO (Wellington Phoenix)
89’ Jair BRITTO (Central Coast Mariners)

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