Mariners' Women sizzle in stunning second half

The Central Coast Mariners Academy Women's NPL2 have maintained momentum for a solid 2-0 away win over the Gladesville Ravens.

Mariners WPL 2 (49’ Oriana Keane, 54’ Georgia Davis) Gladesville Ravens 0

The Mariners' PS4 NPL2 Women have maintained momentum in recording a solid away win.

Round 8 saw the Mariners Women travel to Peel Park to take on Gladesville Ravens. Mariners coach Mark Yule was determined to maintain the momentum the side had gathered, following an impressive win the week before.

The first half was a dour affair with neither team dominating however some opportunities were created at both ends.

Two early chances in the game were created by energetic Mariners #9 Gabi Blanch. The first saw her one-on-one with the Ravens' keeper, but the shot fired wide. A few minutes later, Blanch pounced again close to goal but again the attempt just skewed wide.

With scores level at 0-all at half time, the match was a very even contest.

After the break Mariners' captain Oriana Keane made the midfield hers and in a dominant and impressive 15 minute burst, she continually cut through up the middle with pace and stretched the Ravens defence with swift switches of play to her flankers.

In the 49th minute, Keane fired a rocket from 35 metres out giving the Ravens keeper no chance, as the ball tried to burst through the back of the net.

Up 1-0, just five minutes later a perfectly weighted ball set Georgia Davis between defenders. Davis attacked with pace, broke free of the chasers and confidently slotted the ball past the diving Gladesville keeper.

It was high-fives all-round with the Central Coast girls up 2-0.

Yule sensed his teams surging dominance and urged his players to press high and try to force a defensive error.

The tactic worked well with numerous opportunities created across a range of players, however a combination of excellent goalkeeping and some off-the-mark shooting saw the Mariners finish the game 2-0 winners, with the scoreboard not added to for the remaining 35 minutes.

Yule praised his players for back to back wins in convincing style.

“We played well today under the conditions. We were strong in every aspect and although our opponents fought hard to the end, we kept up our intensity, communication and organization”.

Round 9 and the season half way mark next Sunday sees the Mariners Women host Nepean FC at Pluim Park. Entry is free.

Kickoff times:

  • U13's - 8.30am
  • First grade - 3pm.

Match Stats

Sunday 4 June 2017, Peel Park

Central Coast Mariners Academy: 1. SCHULTZ Jess, 4. DAVIS Georgia, 5. WADDELL Letisha, 6. MCATAMNEY Jade (GRANERO '75), 7. BLANCH Gabrielle (BRYANT '84), 8. KEANE Oriana, 12. OLIVEIRA Katie, 13. KROEMER Jade-Anne (JOHNSON '84), 14. SHORTER Elizabeth, 15. RYAN Madelyn, 16. DUFFY Kate

Subs not used: 9. CARMODY Kiah, 10. COUCH Molly

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

Gladesville Ravens: 1. GLENNIE Kasia, 2. GESTIER Hannah, 3. SMITH Ashleigh, 4. VANSAARLOOS Paige, 6. BEATTIE Alex, 7. MOORE Kirilly, 8. LOYZAGA Celeste (HOPKINS '62), 11. BREUKELAAR Isabella (CORNEY ' 60), 12. DAVIDSON Jemima (BIANCHINO '57), 14. BLAIR Isobell (PEDDLEY '57), 15. FANELLA Stacey

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

Earlier results:

  • Under 13: CCMA 4 GR 0
  • Under 15: CCMA 0 GR 2
  • Under 17: CCMA 0 GR 0
  • Reserves: CCMA 1 GR 0