Central Coast Mariners midfield maestro Michael McGlinchey will be looking to kick his personal Hyundai A-League season into gear when Phil Moss’ side challenge Melbourne Victory at Gosford’s Bluetongue Stadium this Friday night.
Central Coast Mariners midfield maestro Michael McGlinchey will be looking to kick his personal Hyundai A-League season into gear when Phil Moss- side challenge Melbourne Victory at Gosford-s Bluetongue Stadium this Friday night.
Ordinarily an ever-present in the Mariners midfield, McGlinchey has missed two of the Club-s six matches so far this campaign due to international duty, and was forced to come off the bench in round 2 against Melbourne Heart having only returned from Trinidad & Tobago the day before the game.
With no commitments with New Zealand-s national team ahead of him in the near future, McGlinchey says he-s keen to find his groove in the first team again, starting with this Friday-s contest against Kevin Muscat-s men.
“It was good to get back to the Mariners (last week),” McGlinchey said on Tuesday. “I feel like the (Hyundai A-League) season hasn't really started for myself, so it was nice to meet up with the boys again and get the win (against Perth Glory).”
McGlinchey was instrumental in Central Coast-s success against Alistair Edwards- team at nib Stadium last Saturday. Indeed, in a superbly skilful ten-minute period at the end of the first 45 in Perth, McGlinchey showed why he-s considered to be one the Hyundai A-League-s top talents.
First, the crafty Kiwi side-footed the ball into the back of the net to level the score against Glory at 1-1. Then he worked his way into the box, only to see his shot smothered by desperate Perth defending. And just before half time, McGlinchey lashed a fierce, curling free kick from 30 yards against Danny Vukovic-s right post.
It is the type of form he hopes he can replicate against Victory as he shoots to get in sync with teammates such as Marcos Flores, Daniel McBreen, Matt Simon, and Mitchell Duke.
“They are always good games when you play Melbourne,” he said. “We-ve done well against Melbourne before and I managed to get the hat trick (against them in round 22 last season).”
“It-s a Friday night game so we-re looking forward to it, and hopefully we can get back-to-back wins.”
McGlinchey revealed the players had it in their minds to secure the win over Glory for the Club-s new Head Coach, Phil Moss.
“It-s been a pretty smooth transition from Arnie to Mossy to be honest,” he said. “Mossy-s kind of doing the same things as Arnie (Graham Arnold) was doing. He-s tweaked it a little bit here and there, but not too much.”
“We went over there desperate to get the result for him to set him off on a good start, and we did that.”
Harvey Norman Friday Night Football: Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne Victory - Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Round 8 Friday 29 November, 2013 Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford Kick-off: 7:30pm Gates open: 6:30pm Tickets: Please CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to the match. Twitter: Join the match conversation on Twitter! The official match hash-tag is #CCMvMVC Watch: Live on Fox Sports 1 & 1HD, Live on SBS TWO Listen: Live on ABC Grandstand and Coast FM