Another winning weekend for the senior men's and women's Central Coast Mariners Academy has ensured the Yellow and Navy continue to push their case for promotion to the NPL NSW 1 next season.
The Central Coast Mariners Academy men came away with a 1-0 win over St George FC on the road at Ilinden Sports Centre on Saturday night, while our women's side were 2-1 victors at home over Gladesville.
Central Coast Mariners Academy Men 1 (William [p]) St George FC 0
Our men's side continued their undefeated season at Rockdale on Saturday night, benefitting from a 22nd minute penalty which was converted by Charles William to down St George 1-0. After taking the lead in the first half, the Mariners managed to hold out their opponents, who were backing up from a midweek FFA Cup clash. While St George managed a few chances on goal in the second half, keeper Adam Pearce was up to the task, repeatedly denying the Saints' offensive to ensure his side victory.
The win for the first grade team, together with U20 and U18 victories, pushed the Mariners 27 points clear of nearest rivals Mt Druitt Town Rangers on the NPL 2 NSW Men's Club Championship table.
The first grade result sees the men's side remain in second place, undefeated through twelve matches and will look to make it lucky thirteen when they host fourth-placed Hills United on Saturday evening at Pluim Park.
- U20’s WON 1-0
- U18’s WON 3-1
Central Coast Mariners Academy Women 2 (Evans, Snape) Gladesville Ravens 1 (Diaz)
The red-hot form of the Mariners' Academy women's first grade side saw the side maintain second place on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Gladesville at the International Football School (IFS) in Kariong.
While the Ravens were able to prevent any scoring in the opening half, Jordan Evans opened the scoring around the hour mark before 14-year-old Iona Snape netted the Mariners' second for a 2-0 lead six minutes from fulltime. Gladesville pulled one goal back in the 89th minute to make a tense finish, but the Academy girls held on through a massive eight minutes of time added on to notch another important win.
The victory capped a fantastic day of results for the Mariners Academy women across all grades, with each of the five sides claiming victory over the Ravens. As a result the club sits third in the NPL 2 Women's Club Championship, closing in on second-placed APIA Leichhardt.
The first-grade women's side are now just four points behind competition leaders Sydney Olympic FC, and will take their confident form into a home game next Sunday against St George at IFS.
- Reserves WON 7-2
- U17s WON 4-2
- U15s WON 4-1
- U14s WON 4-1