Academy Wrap: Men & women earn crucial wins  

It was another successful weekend for the Central Coast Mariners Academy with the men claiming a 1-0 win over Northern Tigers whilst the women completed a tough road trip to Mudgee with a convincing 5-0 victory to the Western Mariners

For the men, it was Charles William who scored in the first half to ultimately claim three points and for the women, who else but Candice Phelan bagged four goals which added to a strike by Jade McAtamney

Central Coast Mariners Academy 1 (William 45’) vs. Northern Tigers FC 0

In a game that could have been easily won by more than 1-0, a goal on the stroke of half time proved to be enough against a defiant Northern Tigers.

The round 17 encounter saw the Mariners Academy create all the early momentum with Peter Kekeris looking the most likely on the left wing.

But it was a defensive mix up in the Tigers backline which saw the keeper spill the ball to an ensuing William, who captialised and scored the only goal of the game.

The win keeps the Mariners in second spot on the NPL 2 ladder and within striking distance of the first-placed Mt Druitt Town Rangers who hold a narrow two-point gap at the top of the league standings.

It also marks the end of a busy Mariners Academy schedule which saw them play three games in the past seven days.

Next week the Mariners are on the road to Macarthur Rams FC who sit on the bottom of the NPL 2 table.

Earlier results

  • U20’s LOST 1-0
  • U18’s WON 3-2

Western Mariners FC Women 0 vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy Women 5 (Phelan 25, 46’, 57’, 67’ and McAtamney 37’)

The Mariners Women conquered a challenging road trip to Mudgee against the Western Mariners at Glen Willow Stadium.

In form striker Candice Phelan led from the front, bagging four goals in her side’s 5-0 win and took her season goal tally to a staggering 31 goals in 16 games.

Heading into the break the Mariners held just a 2-0 lead with first half goals to McAtamney and Phelan, second half goal-frenzy by Phelan saw her complete a hat-trick just before the hour mark to put the result beyond doubt.

A crucial three points to our girls keeps pressure on the first-placed Sydney Olympic who they host next week at home, setting up one of the most important games of the academy season.

Earlier results

  • Reserves WON 6-0
  • U17’s WON 2-0
  • U15’s LOST 3-0
  • U14’s WON 3-0