NYL: Junior Mariners bound for Brisbane

CENTRAL Coast Mariners Youth defender Adam Jenner says he is expecting a tough contest with Brisbane Roar Youth in the Round 15 National Youth League encounter at Goodwin Park on Saturday afternoon.

CENTRAL Coast Mariners Youth defender Adam Jenner says he is expecting a tough contest with Brisbane Roar Youth in the Round 15 National Youth League encounter at Goodwin Park in Queensland on Saturday afternoon.

The seventh-placed Brisbane outfit will be looking to return to winning ways following a heavy 4-0 defeat to Western Sydney Wanderers Youth last Sunday.

“You certainly don-t want to underestimate Brisbane. Their season is not over, which is the same as us. We just need to keep winning to keep our place at the top. Brisbane will be looking for a result too, they will come out strong and will give us a run for our money,” said Jenner.

The junior Mariners venture to the Queensland capital with back-to-back wins after a 2-1 victory over Adelaide United Youth at the Centre of Excellence in Tuggerah last Saturday. Jenner praised his side for their efforts especially after going down to nine-men.

Adriano Pellegrino was dismissed early in the contest before Hayden Morton received a late red card.

“It was a tough match. We started off with ten men from pretty much the start of the game. We just had to keep our shape - I think we did that well and it was nice to get two early goals in the first half. We also lost another man towards the end which proved even more difficult, we just stayed tight and lucky for us, we got the result,” he said.

The promising youngster says the junior yellow and navy will be ready for the clash with John Sime-s men.

“The spirit in the squad is pretty good. Everyone is always joyful and has a laugh but when it comes down to the business, we switch on and are ready to work together as a team,” he said.

The 20-year-old also said it is important that Central Coast collect as many points as possible in the final four matches of the campaign despite sitting three points clear of second-placed Melbourne Victory on the National Youth League ladder.

“It-s very important that we get as many points as we can. Our last game of the season is against the Victory. They gave us a thumping last time so we need to get as many results as possible and if we happen to lose the last couple of games, hopefully it wouldn-t be too costly for us,” he concluded.

Central Coast Mariners Youth play their next match away to Brisbane Roar Youth this Saturday, 2 February at Goodwin Park, Yeronga. Kick-off is 3pm (local).