NYL: Morton keen for AIS match in Mudgee

CENTRAL Coast Mariners defender Hayden Morton says the yellow and navy are prepared for Sunday’s National Youth League Round 13 clash with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Mudgee.

CENTRAL Coast Mariners Youth defender Hayden Morton says the junior yellow and navy are prepared for Sunday-s National Youth League Round 13 clash with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Mudgee.

John McLafferty-s men will be looking to return to winning ways after suffering a heavy 8-1 defeat against Melbourne Victory Youth last Sunday.

“We don-t want to make any excuses,” Morton said. “I think Melbourne Victory were just better on the day. They took their chances and we were just too sluggish at the back.”

“We are still confident though as we-re top of the table. We have had a good week of training and we are ready to bounce back on the weekend.”

The junior Mariners remain in top spot on the National Youth League ladder, leading the competition by just three points. But second-placed Melbourne Victory Youth are now heaping pressure on the baby yellow and navy.

“There is pressure with Melbourne Victory right on our tails. Hopefully we don-t fault and just keep putting the pressure on them to try and chase us,” he said.

Although the AIS sit in bottom place, Morton believes they are a team that should not be underestimated and says his side will need to be on their toes if they are to return to the Coast with all three points.

“We had a good 3-1 win against them last time. They are a good footballing team but hopefully we can outmuscle them, that is what we did last time. We-ll have to stick to our game plan and hopefully we come away with the points.”

Central Coast Mariners FC wish to thank Western NSW Football for providing the funding and support to take National Youth League football to Mudgee.

Central Coast Mariners Youth face Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) on Sunday 20 January at Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium, Mudgee. Kick off is 3pm.