Mariners desperate for breakthrough home win

On the back of three convincing Hyundai A-League performances at home and away, the Central Coast Mariners have set their sights on a breakthrough season four triumph at Bluetongue Stadium when facing the Perth Glory tomorrow night.

On the back of three convincing Hyundai A-League performances at home and away, the Central Coast Mariners have set their sights on a breakthrough season four triumph at Bluetongue Stadium when facing the Perth Glory tomorrow night.

The luckless Mariners have been forced to settle for a draw in each of their Hyundai A-League matches over the past fortnight, despite stating strong claims for all three points on both occasions.

While the points the Mariners have perhaps deserved have not been forthcoming, the quality of their performances has not been in question and with veteran defender Andrew Clark recovered from the flu and available selection, the Mariners are again primed for a shot at their first Hyundai A-League triumph at their Bluetongue Stadium home in 2008/09.

Aside from Clark-s inclusion, the Mariners also have Qantas Socceroo striker Nik Mrdja available for selection, which in addition to the inspiring form of frontline threesome Dylan Macallister, Sasho Petrovski and Matt Simon sees the Mariners well covered up front.

Furthermore, exciting attacking midfielder Greg Owens will continue his recovery from a long-term hamstring concern when potentially running out for the Mariners- National Youth League selection in the curtain raiser ahead of tomorrow-s match, though Dean Heffernan, Andre Gumprecht will continue to watch from the sidelines.

"We-ve had three really good performances on the trot, we drew against Wellington where we should have won and we should have won against Melbourne at the weekend, but that last four seconds cost us," said Mariners Football Manager Lawrie McKinna.

"Some of the football that we-re playing and the intensity that the team is playing with is good, I-m happy with where we-re at, with a wee bit of luck we could be sitting near the top of the Hyundai A-League."

Past clashes between the Mariners and the Glory have been among the most significant in the short history of the Mariners.

Firstly, the Mariners claimed their first ever Hyundai A-League silverware when defeating the Glory 1-0 in the inaugural Pre-Season Cup final at Bluetongue Stadium, before notching their first ever Hyundai A-League win against the Glory at Members Equity Stadium less than one week later.

The Mariners then recorded their first ever Hyundai A-League home win in Round 8 of the Hyundai A-League 2005/06 season against the Glory - the 4-0 score line recorded that evening is also the Mariners- all-time greatest winning margin in the Hyundai A-League.

The Mariners- record against the Glory at Bluetongue Stadium is also an impressive one - the Mariners having won all four Hyundai A-League matches against their Western Australian rivals at home since season one and conceding just one goal in the process.

"The boys know that the last few minutes against Melbourne was disappointing, but overall the performance was very good," said McKinna.

"I was upset after the game and had a bit of a go at them, but in the next breath told them how well they-d done, because they did do well.

"Perth this week will be a hard game, they proved it last year when they came to Bluetongue and physically dominated us for most of the first half before we won the game 1-0.

"They-re going to be big and solid, we need to be on our game and we need to be patient and we should do well."

Hyundai A-League 2008/09, Round 6
Central Coast Mariners vs. Perth Glory
Bluetongue Stadium - Friday, 26 September 2008, Kick off 8pm
4 Pedj Bojic
Position Defender
DOB 9 Apr, 1984
Height 180cm
Weight 75kg5 Bradley Porter
Position Midfielder
DOB 19 Feb, 1987
Height 179cm
Weight 74kg6 David D-Apuzzo
Position Defender
DOB 5 Sep, 1988
Height 180cm
Weight 77kg7 John Hutchinson
Position Midfielder
DOB 29 Dec, 1979
Height 179cm
Weight 78kg9 Nik Mrdja
Position Striker
DOB 30 Nov, 1978
Height 186cm
Weight 87kg10 Adrian Caceres
Position Midfielder
DOB 10 Jan, 1982
Height 178cm
Weight 84kg11 Dylan Macallister
Position Striker
DOB 17 May, 1982
Height 191cm
Weight 92kg13 Paul O-Grady
Position Defender
DOB 6 Nov, 1978
Height 193cm
Weight 92kg15 Andrew Clark
Position Defender
DOB 24 Aug, 1974
Height 180cm
Weight 74kg16 Nigel Boogaard
Position Defender
DOB 14 Aug, 1986
Height 188cm
Weight 88kg17 Matthew Osman
Position Midfielder
DOB 29 Jul, 1983
Height 183cm
Weight 75kg18 Alex Wilkinson
Position Defender
DOB 13 Aug, 1984
Height 187cm
Weight 85kg19 Matt Simon
Position Striker
DOB 22 Jan, 1986
Height 188cm
Weight 79kg22 Sasho Petrovski
Position Striker
DOB 5 Mar, 1975
Height 180cm
Weight 80kg23 Mile Jedinak
Position Midfielder
DOB 3 Aug, 1984
Height 189cm
Weight 88kg30 Andrew Redmayne
Position Goalkeeper
DOB 13 Jan, 1989
Height 194cm
Weight 84kg40 Mark Bosnich
Position Goalkeeper
DOB 13 Jan, 1972
Height 188cm
Weight 90kg

The Mariners are back at Bluetongue Stadium on Friday, 26 September, when they continue their Hyundai A-League 2008/09 campaign against the Perth Glory in Round 6. Kick off is at 8pm.

The Mariners- National Youth League team will make its first appearance in the new elite competition for Australia-s best young players before the main game, also against the Perth Glory. Kick off is at 5.15pm.

Tickets for this match are on sale from Ticketek outlets, from the Ticketek website - www.ticketek.com.au, or via phone on 132 849.

Mariners Memberships for the Hyundai A-League 2008/09 season are now on sale at www.ccmariners.com.au.