The Central Coast Mariners marked the start of their Foxtel National Youth League campaign with a 1-1 draw away to the Newcastle Jets thanks to a second half strike by Blake Powell.
Returning from a long-term injury, Powell delivered a piece of individual brilliance in the 73rd minute to equalise for the Yellow & Navy at Newcastle’s No.2 Sportsground. The exciting attacker beat two defenders before shooting from the edge of the box to level the scores in round one.
The goal was enough to cancel out Devante Clut’s goal in the 35th minute who calmly converted a spot kick to give the Jets a first half lead.
Much to the excitement of Mariners fans Powell managed a full 90 minute performance, taking a huge step towards full recovery and a return to the Hyundai A-League
The Central Coast Mariners host their first Foxtel National Youth League home game of the season this Saturday at 10:30am at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence (Tuggerah). Entry is FREE and the Mariners host the Western Sydney Wanderers Youth.
Central Coast Mariners Youth: 1.Aidan MUNFORD (gk), 2.Quentin CHENG, 3.Lewis MILLER, 4.Michael GLASSOCK, 5.Jack KUIPERS, 6.Josh NISBET, 7.Lachlan WALES, 8.Adam BERRY (15.Kyle JOHNSON 75’), 9.Josh BINGHAM, 10.Blake POWELL, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR (11.Peter KEKERIS 70’)
Substitutes not used: 20.Jack GREENWOOD & 16.Gianni STENSNESS
Newcastle Jets Youth: 1.Kane RUNGE (gk), 6.Antonee BURKE-GILROY, 6.Cameron JOICE, 7.Kosta PETRATOS, 5.John KOUTROUMBIS, 11.Yerasimakis PETRATOS, 8.Angus THURGATE, 15.Peter LANGLOIS, 10.Devante CLUT, 2.Jake ADELSON, 3.Lachlan JACKSON
Substitutes not used: 20.Tristian ESQUILANT, 4.Kieran HAYES, 14.Solomon-Johnn MONAHAN-VAIIKA, 16.Joseph O’CONNOR 12.Finn PARRIS,