Mariners Women fall to Sutherland despite early lead

The Mariners PS4 NPL 2 Women’s teams hosted Sutherland Shire Sharks in an entertaining affair that ended 3-1 to the Sharks.

Central Coast Mariners Academy Women 1 (Candice Phelan 1’) Sutherland Sire Women 3 (Jordan Baker 18’, 55’, Danielle Wise 80’)

Following up from a dominant performance in their first match of the campaign the Mariners came into their clash with Sutherland full of confidence

The Mariners’ expectations were met after only 49 seconds of play when striker Candice Phelan intuitively found space and rocketed the ball into the back of the net. The strike was Phelan’s second goal in as many games this season.

To their credit, the confident Sutherland team refused to lay down and quickly returned to their plan of connecting play and pitch control. The 18th minute saw Sutherland’s Jordan Baker bag an equaliser and the teams went to the sheds 1-1 all at half time.

The second half started as the first finished with end-to-end plays foiled by stoic and sometimes scrambling defence from both sides

10 minutes into the second half Baker had her brace and Sutherland had a 2-1 lead after the attacker found space and fired past the fingers of Jess Schultz in the Mariners goal.

Sensing tiring legs, Mariners Head Coach Yule injected fresh players with Christine Granero, Jade Kroemer and Maddi Ryan all now playing a part.

The impact was positive and the Mariners women looked for width to Gabby Blanch who delivered quality balls into the Sharks goal area but they were equal to the task repelling the advances.

The 80th minute saw the Sharks Danielle Wise score and the result extend the away side’s lead.

Yule pushed young star Georgia Davis forward in a roving role looking for a gap.

A late swerving long bomb by Davis flew just wide and the Sharks shut down play to end the game 3-1 winners.

Yule lamented his side’s poor decision making but was still able to find positives in their performance. 

“Today we were 2nd best too often to get a winning result,” Yule said. “We made it hard for ourselves turning over possession with poor passing and ball control.

“There were patches of quality, but not enough. We also need to raise our conditioning ahead of a tough couple of games ahead.

“Special mention goes to Letisha Waddell for her uncompromising defensive contribution and Jess Schultz in goals was inspirational,” Yule said.

The Mariners WPL head to Marconi Staium this Sunday May 7 to face a highly-credentialed Stallions team.

Match stats

Pluim Park Sunday 30 April, 2017

Central Coast Mariners Academy Women: 1.Jess Schulz (GK), 7.Gabrielle Blanch, 4.Georgia Davis, 8.Oriana Keane (c) (3 Christine Granero),10.Kate Duffy (13 Jade Kroemer), 6.Jade Mcatamney, 9.Candice Phelan, 14.Elizabeth Shorter, 2.Jess Terry (15 Madelyn Ryan), 5.Letisha Waddell, 12.Katie Oliveira

Unused Subs: 20.Maddie Bradbury, 16.Kiah Carmody

Head Coach: Mark Yule

Sutherland Shire FA Sharks Women: 12.Jordan Baker, 4.Annelotte Birdsall, 14.Brittany Christie, 5.Kate Dale, 11.Raegan Deeley, 7.Jessica Ellis, 19.Maddison Farmer, 21.Emma Gidney, 23.Jenaya Goodacre, 1.Stephanie Lara, 15.Georgia Manos, 8.Morgan Maxwell, 3.Kellie Mutch, 2.Genevieve Nisbet, 6.Toni Vukasin, 9.Danielle Wise

Coach: Michael McGovern

CCMA Academy results

  • Under 13 CCMA LOST 2 SSFA 6
  • Under 15 CCMA DRAW 1 SSFA 1
  • Under 17 CCMA DRAW 1 SSFA 1
  • Reserves CCMA LOST 0 SSFA 1