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The Mariners and Roar shared the points on Wednesday night in Redcliffe at a soggy Moreton Daily Stadium.

Daniel DeSilva didn’t travel after picking up an injury late in Tuesday’s training session, and Daniel Bouman was named in the starting side to replace him.

The Mariners started brightly, pinning Brisbane back and looking after the ball for much of the early proceedings, with good pressure from Alou Kuol and Matt Simon when the hosts were in possession.

Kuol forced an early save from Jamie Young and Mark Birighitti stopped an effort from Joey Champness, and Bouman was causing problems as he first looked to set up Josh Nisbet and then had a shot of his own saved.

Kai Trewin was yellow carded for wrestling Kuol to the ground as Alen Stajcic’s side continued to cause problems but were unable to find the finishing touch, and Oliver Bozanic almost created a goal as he spun away from two defenders and crossed but his ball was just out of reach of Simon at the back post.

Brisbane almost got off to a fast start in the second half as Champness had the ball in the back of the net, but he was correctly ruled to be offside when he forced home the rebound after Birighitti saved well from Dylan Wenzel-Halls.

Lewis Miller replaced Stefan Nigro on the right, while Jack Clisby and Bozanic had efforts flash wide in quick succession.

The introduction of Jordan Smylie for Kuol provided some spark and the youngster was involved almost immediately as he had a chance blocked, and Gianni Stensness had a header saved by Young after a corner was worked around again.

It was all Mariners in the dying minutes and Bozanic came so close when a long range effort struck the crossbar, but it was not to be as the 90 minutes ended goalless.

A short turnaround now presents for the Mariners as the #F3Derby beckons on Saturday evening against the Jets, and Stajcic will welcome back Marco Urena for that outing as he returns from suspension.

Brisbane Roar 0 drew. Central Coast Mariners 0

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Brisbane prevail over Mariners in Gosford

The Mariners fell 4-0 to Brisbane in Gosford on Wednesday night, with late goals and a second half red card putting the Roar on top on the night.

Macauley Gillesphey’s set piece goal in the first half and a second half strike from Joey Champness had the Roar ahead, before a red card to Marco Urena and two late goals pushed out the margin.

Alen Stajcic welcomed back Ruon Tongyik to the starting team, while impact substitute Alou Kuol was absent from the game with illness.

It was a cagey opening from both teams, with neither committing too much forward, although Stefan Nigro and Josh Nisbet combined well down the right early.

Joey Champness looked lively on the left for Brisbane, but the opening goal came from their right hand edge instead. A corner was cleared but a cross followed it again, and it was nodded on towards the far post where Macaulay Gillesphey ghosted in to fire into the roof of the net.

Moments later the Mariners looked to have a way back into the game when the referee blew for a spot kick for a Brisbane handball, however upon VAR review the decision was changed and Brisbane escaped.

Josh Nisbet had a chance seven minutes before the break as he found a sliver of space in which to shoot from the edge of the area, but it fizzed just wide of goal and the Roar remained ahead at half time.

There was concern for Gianni Stensness early in the second half when he was collected high by Gillesphey at a Roar corner but he was able to continue, and shortly after Urena fired over down the other end.

The Roar struck next though, Joey Champness found space to cut inside from the left side and fired an effort just inside the near post. The news was not much better minutes later, as Urena was shown a red card for a challenge on Jay O’Shea, VAR upgrading the original yellow card to a red on review.

Lewis Miller and Dan Bouman were introduced by Stajcic shortly after as the Mariners looked to chase the game, and chances fell for Stensness and Nisbet with the home side often in control.

Jaden Casella and Jordan Smylie also entered the fray, but the Roar eventually succeeded in breaking away on the counter, with Alex Parsons and Masato Kudo adding goals in the dying minutes to inflate the scoreline.

The Mariners now take on another quick turnaround and navigate their fourth game in 14 days with a trip to Melbourne on the weekend to face Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.

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Mariners and Sky Blues share points in thriller

The Mariners and Sydney FC shared the points in an A-League thriller on Saturday night as more than 10,000 fans watched the 2-2 draw at Central Coast Stadium.

The Mariners went two goals up in the first half but late goals in both halves from the visitors were enough for them to snag a share of the points.

Alen Stajcic made three changes to his starting side from the loss to Western United, as Dan Hall replaced the suspended Ruon Tongyik while Daniel DeSilva and Joshua Nisbet both came into the team further up the pitch.

After a slow start last weekend the Mariners came out of the blocks quickly as the match began at a frantic pace, and they took just six minutes to hit the lead.

Great pressure in midfield forced a Sydney FC turnover and Oliver Bozanic pounced to launch a ball into the path of Marco Urena running towards goal.

The Costa Rican cut inside and a shot fake left Alex Wilkinson and Andrew Redmayne stranded before a deft chip finished the move and put the Mariners ahead.

The frenetic pace continued and Sydney thought they had an equaliser just after the half hour mark when Bobo put the ball in the back of the net, however the Brazilian was judged to be offside in the buildup.

Matt Simon made that hurt even more shortly afterwards as he doubled the advantage with a wonderful finish across Redmayne four minutes before the break, having exchanged passes with Josh Nisbet who flicked the ball over his head to Simon to create the goal.

Sydney struck back on the stroke of the break through Ninkovic, cutting the lead in half as the Serbian forward volleyed Luke Brattan’s through ball past Mark Birighitti and in.

The second half began in a similar manner to the first and the Mariners were pushing to extend their lead once more, Urena firing just wide before Sydney FC had another goal chalked off for an offside infringement just before the hour mark.

Chances came and went at both ends, and it was the Sky Blues who would score the final goal of the game as Trent Buhagiar pounced on an errant pass from the back, and after a one-two fired the ball home to give Sydney a point on the road.

For the Mariners it is a quick turnaround now to a home clash with Brisbane Roar on Wednesday as the season enters the home stretch.

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Early goal the difference as Mariners fall to Western

The Mariners fell to Western United on Saturday night, as an early goal from Connor Pain was enough for the hosts to prevail despite plenty of second half pressure from Alen Stajcic’s side in Launceston.

Stajcic made one change from the last match against Wanderers 10 days ago, as a foot complaint ruled out Daniel De Silva with Michal Janota coming in as his replacement.

The Pole was involved early on as the Mariners generated some pressure, but it was the hosts who snatched the lead as Connor Pain ghosted in from the left after linking up with Besart Berisha, and continued his run across the edge of the box before poking the ball home to make it 1-0.

After the goal Western applied pressure, and the hosts held the ascendancy for large periods of the half, and Mark Birighitti did well to deny Pain and then Iker Guarrotxena to keep the Mariners in it.

The Mariners grew into the game though as the half wore on, and Daniel Bouman had a chance smothered by Ryan Scott from a tight angle after brilliant pass from Janota.

The second half brought a different feel, with the Mariners looking much better to begin the final 45 minutes. Stajcic made two changes early on as Janota and Bouman made way for Jaden Casella and Josh Nisbet in the attacking midfield roles and the Mariners began to control proceedings.

Ruon Tongyik had been issued a soft yellow card earlier in the game, and was shown a second as he collided with Connor Pain off the ball, however there was confusion as the referee then rescinded the second yellow card for an offside call, and the Mariners remained at full strength.

This gave the visitors some fuel to their fire and soon after, Simon flashed a shot into the side netting from a narrow angle before Nisbet had a shot blocked from outside the box after the ball broke to him from a misplaced Mariners free kick.

The introduction of Alou Kuol for Simon added further pace up front and he almost made it count with a terrific run in behind but his fierce effort was saved at the near post by the leg of Scott.

Oliver Bozanic and Jack Clisby had chances as time wore on, but it was not to be as Western saw out the final minutes to claim victory in Tasmania.

Attention now turns to next Saturday’s huge clash with Sydney FC at Central Coast Stadium where the Mariners will be looking to bounce back in front of a bumper home crowd.

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The Mariners are back on the Central Coast for two home games, taking on Sydney FC and then Brisbane Roar in a pair of A-League blockbusters.

Accredited media and photographers are invited to attend both matches, but must abide by COVID-19 protocols.

Attending media MUST INFORM David Jordan of their attendance to the matches via return email or on 0429 181 246.

The post-match press conferences will be via ZOOM ONLY. Media are asked to advise if they require the link, which will be sent out on match day.

A-League Match Week 18 |
Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Saturday, 24th April
5:05pm kick-off

A-League Match Week 18 |
Central Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Wednesday, 28th April
7:05pm kick-off

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Mariners dominate but held to draw at Bankwest

The Mariners came away from Bankwest with a point on Tuesday night, as goals from Matt Simon and Oliver Bozanic helped them to a 2-2 draw on the back of a dominant performance.

Simon struck first before Bruce Kamau scored a brace to put the hosts ahead, and Bozanic levelled proceedings from the penalty spot on a night where the Mariners had chances but could not find the finishing touch.

Alen Stajcic again named an unchanged starting lineup and his side started strongly from the outset, and looked dangerous moving forward.

It was the visitors who struck first, 23 minutes in, and it was a goal built from the back. Mark Birighitti found Stefan Nigro in plenty of space, and he in turn played Marco Urena who had dropped back to near halfway.

The Costa Rican turned and drove forward at pace, and with Danny DeSilva providing a supporting run on the left, played it through to Simon who remained onside and finished the move with a delightful chip over Daniel Margush to score.

Minutes later a second could have followed as Urena had a shot blocked and the ball ended up back with Bouman but his effort was saved by Margush, and the Wanderers escaped.

Rowles and Tongyik were winning everything in the middle and Birighitti was rarely challenged in the first half, but saved comfortably when called upon as the Mariners headed into the break up by a goal.

Western Sydney had plenty of the ball to begin the second half but threatened sparingly, and the Mariners again began to take the game to the hosts.

Birighitti made a massive save down low from Mitch Duke just before the half hour mark, and then Alou Kuol and Josh Nisbet were introduced with 29 minutes to play and looked to cause problems straight away.

Bouman had a header saved by Margush from a corner, and then Jack Clisby’s shot was cleared off the line by Thomas Aquilina as the Mariners huffed and puffed but could not find the finishing touch.

It would come back to bite with 16 minutes to play, Aquilina’s cross finding Kamau in the middle of the area to slide home an equaliser.

Four minutes later it was two, Kamau driving forward after Gianni Stensness headed wide from a corner and Kamau’s deflected strike wrongfooted Birighitti before burying in the corner.

The Mariners looked to respond quickly, and Kuol created havoc for the Wanderers defenders, and when he appeared to be taken out in the air by Keanu Baccus the VAR intervened, with Chris Beath awarding a spot kick after a look at the screen.

Bozanic made no mistake from the penalty spot to even scores, and although both teams had chances late the ledger would finish all square.

The Mariners now have an extended break ahead of a trip to Tasmania to face Western United, and will return home for a huge clash with Sydney FC on Saturday, 24th April.

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