Central Coast Mariners will travel to a number of regional destinations in New South Wales over the next few months as Head Coach Phil Moss prepares his squad for the 2014-15 Hyundai A-League season.
The yellow and navy will commence their pre-season match schedule locally on Tuesday 12 August against NSW NPL 2 side Central Coast Mariners Academy at Pluim Park, Lisarow.
Central Coast will travel to Wollongong for the Club’s first ever Westfield FFA Cup encounter against South Coast Wolves on Wednesday 20 August, before taking on Marconi Stallions six days later.
The annual Doug Turnbull Cup between the yellow and navy and Bankstown City – played in memory of former Central Coast Mariners Chairman, Mr Peter Turnbull’s late brother – will be held on Thursday 28 August.
The Mariners will visit Oakes Oval, Lismore for one of the most highly anticipated fixtures of the pre-season with Moss’s men set to take on the league’s new glamour club Melbourne City on Sunday 7 September.
The Club will be also be hosting a week-long camp in Lismore from Monday 1 September to Monday 8 September, as well as the encounter itself there will be a wide range of community initiatives held leading up to the clash for local football fans.
Central Coast will round out their pre-season schedule with a clash against arch-rivals Newcastle Jets at Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium, Mudgee on Saturday 20 September.
Moss said that he believes a good schedule of matches have been put in place to prepare his squad for season ten of Australia’s top flight.
“From a football perspective we’re happy with the schedule of games that have been organised for the team,” Moss said.
“We have the opportunity for locals to see the side in action against the Mariners Academy, Bankstown, Marconi, as well as our FFA Cup match against South Coast Wolves. We will also get the chance for a camp style situation in Lismore.”
“The main priority for us, as it is always, will be getting minutes into the legs of as many players as possible, so we are ready to go come round one against Newcastle,” he concluded.
Central Coast Mariners will kick-off their 2014-15 Hyundai A-League campaign at Gosford’s Central Coast Stadium against Newcastle Jets on Saturday 11 October, 2014. Kick-off is 5:00pm.
Central Coast Mariners Pre-Season Match Schedule:
Tuesday 12 August vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy
Pluim Park, Lisarow
Wednesday 20 August vs. South Coast Wolves – FFA Cup
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Tuesday 26 August vs. Marconi Stallions
Marconi Stadium, Bossley Park
Thursday 28 August vs. Bankstown City – “Doug Turnbull Cup”
Jensen Park, Sefton
Sunday 7 September vs. Melbourne City
Oakes Oval, Lismore
Saturday 20 September vs. Newcastle Jets
Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium, Mudgee