Stu Jacobs’ Central Coast Mariners Foxtel National Youth League side earned their second point of the season on Saturday after drawing 1-1 with the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
16-year-old former Mariners Academy marksman Trent Buhagiar opened the scoring for Mariners Youth in what was his first start of the team.
Buhagiar made a positive impact off the bench last weekend against Brisbane Roar – he came on late in the game, struck the woodwork, and forced Roar Youth custodian Fraser Chalmers into an outstanding save.
Despite Buhagiar’s goal in the Australian capital, the AIS hit back before half time after a swerving ball beat Adam Pearce at his near post.
The Club’s physio on the trip in Canberra, Steve Lloyd, provided updates via his Twitter account during the game and tweeted that the mini Mariners were well on top in the closing stages.
Lloyd said that Buhagiar was a menace with his pace, and that substitute Mason Versi, among others, came close to finding a winner for Jacobs’ charges.
Nevertheless, Mariners Youth had to settle for a draw against the home side, and will next seek to keep their unbeaten run in the Foxtel National Youth League 2014/15 season intact when they take on Sydney FC Youth at Lambert Park on Monday 3 November. Kick-off is at 6:00pm.