Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Heart - Preview
The Yellow Army are chasing back-to-back wins! Mariners have already broken Melbourne’s Hearts once this season, your support can help them do it again…
Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Heart Friday 10th September 8:00pm Bluetongue Stadium
The Yellow Army are chasing back-to-back wins! Mariners have already broken Melbourne-s Hearts once this season, your support can help them do it again.
Having suffered just one defeat in the first five weeks of the Hyundai A-League 2010/11 season, Central Coast Mariners- fantastic Yellow Army have had plenty to shout about so far. Following last week-s awesome first home win of campaign, Mariners are looking to win two games in row for the first time since their extraordinary back-to-back away thrashings of Melbourne Victory and North Queensland Fury last November.
It was the only time during the whole of the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season that they managed two victories in a row. At no stage last season did they win two consecutive home games. With the visit of Heart, Mariners striker Nik Mrdja is set to make his 50th Hyundai A-League appearance and will be looking to celebrate this landmark with his first goal of the season.
When Heart entertained Mariners in their inaugural Hyundai A-League match at AAMI Park, who would have thought that the league-s newcomers, with their array of talent, would go into the return fixture five weeks later having only just picked up their first ever win?
But, having finally jumped that hurdle last week with victory against North Queensland Fury, Heart will be looking to capitalise and create another piece of history with their first away win. What better time to do it than against the team that gave them such a harsh welcome to the Hyundai A-League?
And what a confidence booster the 1-0 triumph against Fury will have been. In front of fantastically loyal support in the lashing rain, Heart not only picked up their landmark debut Hyundai A-League win, but their first clean-sheet too.
This is especially impressive considering they were up against the then top scorers in the Hyundai A-League 2010/11 season. Extra delight for Heart fans came from the fact that the club-s first ever match-winning goal-scorer is something of an unexpected treasure. Little-known midfielder Nick Kalmar is a local lad, who, this time last season was plying his trade in the Victorian Premier League.
With the weight of seeking their first win lifted from their shoulders, The Stripes are in buoyant mood as they chase their first ever away win. However, achieving it on Friday will be a tough proposition against a Mariners side that are looking strong this term.
Following last week-s clinical display against Melbourne Victory, Graham Arnold-s men will be doing all they can to inflict a double helping of pain to Victoria-s football sides. It-s going to be a full-blooded clash at the Bluetongue Stadium this Friday night, so get down there and make some serious noise as both sides battle for their second consecutive win.
Full squad information and match details will be available at www.a-league.com.au on Thursday.