It was a weekend of mixed results for our academy sides with the girls easing to a 6-2 victory over Western NSW Mariners while the men fell to Northern Tigers 2-0.
Western NSW Mariners 2 vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy Women 6 (Wise 12’, 77’, 80’, Mcatamney 53’, Tucker 73’, Blanch 82’)
The women’s academy has made it three wins in a row on Sunday after another Danielle Wise hattrick secured a superb 6-2 win away from home.
Western NSW Mariners came out the blocks early and managed to take the lead in the 8th minute, however Danielle Wise grabbed her first of the afternoon and equalised just four minutes later. Both sides were playing very well but could not make the most of their chances. Western NSW scored a second right before halftime to take a goal lead into the break.
The second half was a different story as the academy girls came out with attacking intent. Jade Mcatamney continued her good form as she equalised from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute. The girls grabbed the lead in the 73rd minute as Mikala Tucker scored her third in as many matches. The women managed to pile on an extra three goals in 9 minutes with Danielle Wise securing her hattrick and Gabrielle Blanch netted her 6th of the season.
The win for Dan Barrett’s side puts them clear in 6th spot on the NPL 2 Women’s ladder and with a firm shout for a top 4 push. The girls return to Pluim next Sunday to take on St George FC.
U14s: WON 8-1
U15s: WON 8-2
U17s: WON 7-1
Reserve Grade: BYE
Central Coast Mariners Academy Men 0 vs. Northern Tigers 2
It was a difficult game for the men’s academy as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Northern Tigers.
It was a tightly contested affair for the first half with both sides unable to capitalise on small opportunities. It looked as though it was going to be level at the break, but the Tigers took the lead from a counter right before the whistle.
The men fought hard to equalise in the second half but could not make the most out of the half chances that were created. As time was starting to run out for the academy boys, more players were pushed forward allowing the Tigers to score a second on the counter. The men were unfortunate not to pull one back and the Tigers went away with all three points.
Despite the lost, the men’s academy still sits in the top 6 with a crucial game against St George next Sunday at Pluim.
U18s: DREW 1-1
U20s: WON 5-1