18 considered for 'Cake Tin' combat

Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Phil Moss has named an initial 18-player squad for this Sunday’s Hyundai A-League test against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium.

Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Phil Moss has named an initial 18 player squad for this Sunday-s Hyundai A-League test against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium.

On loan attacker Bernie Ibini and young defender Hayden Morton have been added to the squad that drew 0-0 with Melbourne Heart in Hyundai A-League round 13.

The Mariners possess a strong record in the New Zealand capital, having won four of their last five fixtures at the ‘Cake Tin-.

Central Coast will travel to Sydney on Friday before heading across the Tasman Sea on Saturday in readiness for Sunday-s encounter.

Wellington Phoenix promise to provide a stern test for the third placed Mariners, with the Ernie Merrick-s men having won their past three Hyundai A-League matches.

Belgian marksman Stein Huysegems is one player the Mariners will need to mark closely - the former Feyenoord Rotterdam frontman has netted six goals this campaign, including four in the ‘Nix-s past three matches.

The two teams last met on Thursday 19 December at North Sydney Oval, with Kiwi Storm Roux scoring the only goal of the game as the Mariners won 1-0.

Central Coast Mariners Squad vs. Wellington Phoenix: 1. Justin PASFIELD (Gk), 2. Daniel MCBREEN, 3. Joshua ROSE, 4. Marcel SEIP, 5. Zachary ANDERSON, 6. Brent GRIFFITHS, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 8. Nick MONTGOMERY, 9. Mitchell DUKE, 11. Nick FITZGERALD, 12. Liam REDDY (Gk), 13. Hayden MORTON, 15. Storm ROUX, 16. Trent SAINSBURY, 17. Anthony CACERES, 19. Matt SIMON, 20. Bernie IBINI, 21. Mile STERJOVSKI *two to be omitted* Ins: 13. Hayden MORTON (promoted), 20. Bernie IBINI (loan commences) Outs: Nil Unavailable: 10. Marcos FLORES (knee - season), 14. Michael MCGLINCHEY (on loan - Vegalta Sendai), 18. Michael NEILL (knee - indefinite), 22. Tom SLATER (back - 1 week), 23. Adam KWASNIK (knee - season)

Wellington Phoenix vs. Central Coast Mariners - Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Round 14 Sunday 12 January, 2014 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand Kick-off: 7:00pm (local), 5:00pm (AEST) Join the match conversation on Twitter. The official match hashtag is #WELvCCM TV: Live on FOX SPORTS 1 & 1HD Radio: Live on ABC Grandstand & Coast FM