Inaugural campaign ends positively for Mariners
The Central Coast Mariners’ first ever Westfield W-League campaign has come to a close despite a spirited and convincing 2-0 triumph over the Melbourne Victory at Parramatta Stadium yesterday.
The Central Coast Mariners- first ever Westfield W-League campaign has come to a close despite a spirited and convincing 2-0 triumph over the Melbourne Victory at Parramatta Stadium yesterday.
Late goals from Jenna Kingsley and substitute Elizabeth O-Reilly capped a solid Mariners performance that came close to delivering the five-goal winning margin that was required to keep alive the yellow and navy-s faint Final Series qualification hopes.
The Mariners- fourth win of the Westfield W-League season marked a historic weekend for the club - where each team to wear the Mariners- crest across the country in the Hyundai A-League, National Youth League and Westfield W-League recorded a victory.
The Mariners took the match to their opponents from the outset but were unable to make their dominance in terms of possession and chances pay until the dying stages.
Given Sydney FC-s triumph over Adelaide United, the Mariners will finish their inaugural Westfield W-League campaign as high as sixth or as low as seventh, but are ultimately able to reflect on an enjoyable season where the Mariners were first introduced to football with style.
"We showed exactly what we can do today, and we did it having avoided the lapses in concentration our young side has had this season," said Mariners Westfield W-League Head Coach Stephen Roche after the match.
"We were great throughout the match and if only we had taken the chances we created throughout the match we may have reached the five goals we needed.
"I am equally proud of the players for a tremendous match and a great season."
Central Coast Mariners 1. Emma-Kate Dewhurst (gk) (20. Lisa Hartley (gk) 75-), 2. Caitlin Cooper, 3. Lyndsay Glohe, 4. Rachael Doyle, 5. Jodie Bain (12. Gill Foster 67-), 6. Karina Roweth, 7. Teresa Polias, 8. Renee Rollason, 10. Kyah Simon, 13. Trudy Camilleri (15. Elizabeth O-Reilly 46-), 23. Jenna Kingsley
Unused Subs 18. Emma Stewart
Yellow Cards Kingsley 49- Red Cards None Goals Kingsley 89-, O-Reilly 90-+2
Melbourne Victory 1. Melissa Barbieri (gk), 2. Megan Archer, 3. Marlies Oostdam, 4. Tal Karp (10. Stephanie Tanti 72-), 5. Laura Alleway, 6. Maika Ruyter-Hooley, 7. Sarah Groenwald (19. Enza Barilla 77-), 9. Rebecca Tegg, 12. Sophie Hogben, 14. Selin Kurulay, 15. Daniella Digiammarco (13. Deanna Niceski 82-)
Unused Subs 20. Nicole Paul (gk)
Yellow Cards Hogben 75- Red Cards None Goals None
Referee Kate Jacewicz