Mariners Academy: Teams approach halfway mark of campaign

It was a mixed weekend of results for our Men's and Women's teams across the weekend as the halfway mark of the senior season approaches. Read on to see how our teams fared!

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The first NPL2 F3Derby took place on Saturday and the Mariners and Jets shared the points after an eight-goal thriller at Lake Macquarie.

The Mariners lapsed early and fell into a two-goal deficit as the Jets flew out of the blocks, but turned it around quickly to be on the front foot.

Matt Match fired in a cross for Matt Cahill to header home and the action was repeated shortly after but with Harry McCarthy finishing off the move instead to level scores.

Cahill grabbed his second later in the half to put the Mariners ahead at the break, and did so again with his hat-trick goal in the second half after Kosta Petraros levelled for the Jets.

A late penalty though for the hosts helped them to grab a share of the points, and Nick Montgomery said it despite the result there were still positives to take from the game.

“The main takeaway for me was that we came from behind again and showed the character of the group,” he said.

“We got ourselves in a winning position twice but for some poor decisions and not managing the game we gave them a share of the points.”

“In saying that though, I was disappointed to go 2-0 down.”

“We missed an open goal and had some good moments before conceding the first goal and after that for a little while we lost our shape and conceded again.

“But certainly pleased we came back into the game and were up at half-time, and I know the character of the boys and their belief to create and score goals. It’s never a dull game.”

 

1st Grade: Newcastle Jets 4 drew. Central Coast Mariners 4

U/20’s: Postponed

U18’s: Bonnyrigg White Eagles 0 def. by Central Coast Mariners 2

U/16’s: Bonnyrigg White Eagles 0 def. by Central Coast Mariners 4

U/15’s: Bonnyrigg White Eagles 0 def. by Central Coast Mariners 4

U/14’s: Bonnyrigg White Eagles 0 def. by Central Coast Mariners 5

U/13’s: Bonnyrigg White Eagles 0 def. by Central Coast Mariners 11

 

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Our NPL Women’s Academy side slipped to a second consecutive defeat on Sunday, despite a strong performance against the competition leaders.

A week after a 1-0 loss to Marconi, Dan Barrett’s side responded to that result in pushing Sutherland all the way.

A goal from Jordan Baker gave the hosts the lead 25 minutes in, but Jade Mcatamney struck back for the Mariners 14 minutes later to ensure scores were level at the break.

Baker struck again though ten minutes from time to seal the points for Sutherland and despite the result Barrett was pleased with what he saw from a young side struggling with injuries through this part of the season.

“We deserved more,” he said after the game.

“It was a really brave display and we really should have taken at least a point, if it wasn’t for a piece of brilliance from Sutherland’s striker at the back end of the game.”

“We controlled long periods and once again defended with determination and bravery.”

“We are in a period where we are really testing the depth of our squad and to be honest, I like what I am seeing in particular for the future.”

“We will get back to winning ways and if we play to the standard we did here then we would be rewarded on any other day.

Barrett’s team now look ahead to a meeting with North Shore Mariners this weekend at Pluim Park.

 

1st Grade: Sutherland Shire 2 def. Central Coast Mariners 1

Reserves: Sutherland Shire 2 def. Central Coast Mariners 1

U/17’s: Sutherland Shire 0 def. by Central Coast Mariners 3

U/15’s: Sutherland Shire 3 def. Central Coast Mariners 2

U/14’s: Sutherland Shire 4 def. Central Coast Mariners 0