Pre-Season: Mariners fire six past Adamstown  

Central Coast Mariners 6 (Hiariej 2’, Pain 28’, Simon 32’, Macdonald 50’ 63, Millar 65’) Adamstown Rosebud FC 0  

Central Coast Mariners debutant, Josh Macdonald bagged a brace in his first appearance for the club in a match that saw the Mariners fire six past Adamstown Rosebud FC. Complimenting Macdonald’s brace were goals to Tom Hiariej, Connor Pain, Matt Simon and Matt Millar.

The run down

In great news for Mariners’ fans, Tom Hiariaj made a return to the starting lineup after recovering from an off-season groin operation whilst Antony Golec marked a miraculous comeback from his fractured shin bone to feature off the bench.

After just two minutes, Hiariej marked his return from injury with a cracking strike from distance to put the Mariners 1-0 up. This saw a promising first 20 minutes from the Mariners with plenty of attacking opportunities and dominance in possession. Hiariej bossed the midfield and created several attacking forays.  

The Mariners kept on the attack and after a flurry of crosses from Macdonald and Millar, a nice little piece of play saw Connor Pain convert a Macdonald delivery.

A few moments later, Matt Simon won and converted a spot-kick to make it 3-0 to the Mariners which it stayed until the half time whistle.

The second half started with the return of Antony Golec whom Mariners fans were very pleased to see return after his lengthy rehab period. The Mariners came out with the same intent as the first half and Macdonald had the opening goal just five minutes in.  

Michael McGlinchey continued a classy performance with a promising effort from outside the area. The 60th minute saw the arrival of Jordan Murray who made his Mariners debut.

The Mariners continued their forward pressure and converted from a corner with Macdonald who bagged his brace. It didn’t take long for the Mariners to extend their lead with a strike from distance by Matt Millar before Jacob Melling fired a shot of his own into the crossbar.

GOALS:

2’ HIARIEJ GOAL (1-0): A powerful shot from outside the box took a deflection and flew into the net, marking a successful return from injury for our Dutch midfielder.

28’ PAIN GOAL (2-0): A lovely piece of play leads to a pinpoint cross from Macdonald which is smartly finished by Pain.

32’ SIMON GOAL (3-0): Matt Simon converts the penalty he won and extends the lead for the Mariners. Simon’s spot-kick was expertly driven into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance.

50’ MACDONALD GOAL (4-0): Josh Macdonald smashes home a half volley just inside the area after a pinball in the box falls to his feet.

63’ MACDONALD GOAL (5-0): Macdonald finished smartly with his head from close range to complete his brace.

65’ MILLAR GOAL (6-0): A nice distance strike from Millar deceived the keeper to make it 6-0 to the Mariners.

Monty in the media

“It was a good hit out for us tonight,” Montgomery said. “ It was fantastic to see Antony Golec and Tom Hiariej return from injury and a few of the new faces in the squad.

“We go away with plenty to work on but a lot of positives as well.

“Josh Macdonald really wants to make it as a professional and the same goes for Matty Millar, they were fantastic tonight and we were very impressed with their performances.

“The positives were scoring goals, could’ve been more and we’re happy to keep a clean sheet.”

Central Coast Mariners: Ben KENNEDY (GK), Jake McGING (45’ Antony GOLEC), Jack CLISBY, Kye ROWLES, Josh MACDONALD, Matthew MILLAR (trialist), Aiden O’Neill, Michael MCGLINCHEY (64’ Adam BERRY), Tom HIARIEJ (45’ Jacob MELLING), Connor PAIN, Matthew SIMON (60’ Jordan MURRAY)

Substitutes not used: Adam PEARCE (GK)

Adamstown Rosebud FC: Domonic FOX (GK), Robbie TURNBULL, Luke RUTLEDGE, Shane CANSDELL-SHERIFF, Oliver DAVIES, Flynn GOODMAN, Alex MERKEL, Alex GRAHAM, Finley BEASLEY (81’ Harrison FRENDO), Thomas CARIAS-COX, Chris BERLIN (73’ Danilo O’BRIEN)

Substitutes not used: Ayden VON EGGEN, Manou PAPAS, Izaac TERRY (GK)

Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Pluim Park, Lisarow  
Central Coast Mariners vs. Adamstown Rosebud FC