This Saturday night the Central Coast Mariners return to their idyllic bayside arena to face off against the Western Sydney Wanderers. For Andrew Hoole, it’s an extra special occasion – the attacker will be looking to mark his 100th Hyundai A-League appearance with three points.
After stints with the Newcastle Jets and a season under Mariners’ Championship Winning Coach Graham Arnold at Sydney FC – Hoole is finding his best form in the Yellow & Navy jersey under Paul Okon.
At just 24-years-of age, it’s a remarkable achievement for ‘Hooley’.
“100th game is a nice achievement for myself,” Hoole said. “It comes around really quick, hopefully soon it will be 150.
“You just take each game as it comes, you don’t really keep tally,” Hoole said.
Looking at his performances this year, Hoole is unlikely to be kept quiet on Saturday. In nine appearances this season, Hoole has made himself known as a prominent attacking force, ranking in the top five players across the league for most assists, crosses and chances created.
‘Hooley’ has also claimed two goals this season, a goal of the season contender in Wellington and one against former club Sydney FC – could he clinch a third to celebrate his 100th?
Last time the Central Coast played the Wanderers, Hoole was devastating to the Wanderers’ back four, playing a hand in both Central Coast goals. He linked up with Storm Roux to tee up Asdrubal, before slicing through the Western Sydney defence, threading the ball through to a charging De Silva who made a superb run, followed by a clinical finish.
Another attacking powerhouse may also make his return on the weekend: Asdrubal, who has been kept off the pitch after an injury back in Round six against Sydney FC. The Spanish Striker made a considerable impact in the opening rounds of the season, and Hoole praised the quality that the number 9 brings to the Mariners
“He has great composure on the ball, he keeps the ball in tight areas, he doesn’t lose the ball when there are players around him.” Hoole said. “He brings players into the game, and he attracts a few opposition players when he has the ball himself. Also, his work rate off the ball is important, he always gives that energy up front. It will be good to have him back hopefully on the weekend,” Hoole said.
Any match against the Western Sydney Wanderers is sure to be an exciting affair, but this weekend both teams will be looking to bounce back after losses in the last round.
The Mariners went down 1-0 in a close match against Melbourne City, and Western Sydney took a 5-0 drubbing in the Sydney derby. In such a tight competition, every win is crucial, and so Central Coast stadium will certainly see some high-octane play on Saturday evening with two teams eager to claim three points.
“It was disappointing on the weekend result wise, so hopefully this weekend against Western Sydney we can get back to winning ways.” Hoole said.
“They’re coming to the Central Coast looking to get three points, and we want to get back to winning as well, so it should be a good game,” Wanderers said.
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Hyundai A-League Round 11
Match: Central Coast Mariners vs. Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Venue: Central Coast Stadium
Kick-off: 7:50pm (AEDT)
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