The Central Coast Mariners Academy women started off their season in brilliant fashion, downing the Western NSW Mariners 3-0 whilst the men scored a last-minute winner against the Western Sydney Wanderers Academy to win 2-1.
Central Coast Mariners Academy Women 3 (Auddino 18’, 41’, OG 47’) Western NSW Mariners 0
Making her starting debut in the side, Indianna Auddino scored not only her first goal in the first-grade side, but what the team thought was hat trick to seal the victory for Dan Barrett’s team. Although, officially, the linesman contentiously ruled her final strike as a deflection, resulting in a double being added to her personal tally on debut.
It was a great start for the women, who grabbed the lead in the 18th minute before doubling their advantage right before the break. Auddino fired at goal for her hat trick in the 47th minute, which was ruled by the linesman as a deflection off the opponent.
Working her way through the academy junior ranks, Auddino has certainly made her mark on the first team with her first official appearance.
A round one win at home gives the girls confidence heading into round two against St George FC this Sunday at 5:00pm.
- U14’s WON 7-0
- U15’s WON 4-0
- U17’s WON 8-0
- Reserve Grade WON on forfeit
Central Coast Mariners Academy 2 (M’Mombwa 37' & Soares 90’) Western Sydney Wanderers 1
The men’s academy snatched their win at the death on Sunday afternoon where they edged out Foxtel Y-League Grand Finalists Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 at Pluim Park.
Charles M’Mombwa capped off a great weekend personally with a stunning strike after debuting in the Hyundai A-League the night before. His strike was the difference at the break before Mohamed Adam equalised five minutes into the second half.
It wasn’t until the very depths of injury time where a pinball in the box led to a tap in for Zica Soares, which delivered Ray Junna’s Mariners all three points. A ball to the back post found the head of Captain Michael Glassock who headed on goal, his header was then flicked on by Soares.
Just moments before, Soares substituted on the field, making his debut and his first touch for the Mariners Academy secured three points.
The men now travel to face a difficult Macarthur Rams side who also picked up the three points this weekend.
- U18’s DREW 1-1
- U20’s LOST 0-5