The Central Coast Mariners are preparing for a huge game on Saturday night. Not only is there pride on the line in an #F3Derby but it’s Josh Rose’s final ever game in Yellow & Navy. Kick-off is 7:50pm at Central Coast Stadium.
After announcing his retirement last week, Rose will take the pitch for the 183rd time as a Central Coast Mariner – the second most appearances for any Mariner behind John Hutchinson.
If the #F3Derby and Rosey’s farewell game aren’t enough added motivation, newly appointed Head Coach Mike Mulvey will be in the stands to assess the club’s current crop of players.
In an action-packed Saturday of football at Central Coast Stadium the Mariners are set to welcome Central Coast United to play a State League curtain raiser kicking off at 5pm.
The #F3Derby provides the perfect chance for the Yellow & Navy to finish the season on a high with a win over their fierce rivals.
Make sure you stay around after full time for an on-pitch presentation to Josh Rose and lap of honour where you will have the chance to farewell a club legend.
(Finishing the season with an #F3Derby…)
“It’s a massive game,” O’Sullivan said. “The #F3Derby is particularly special for Mariners and Jets fan. There was obviously a new coach announced during the week so hopefully that adds another little element of spice to it and energy.
(Reflection on your month as Caretaker Coach…)
“It’s been great. Under very difficult circumstances, from a personal point of view I want to thank the players and the staff because everyone has been great. We asked for them to work as hard as they possibly could during that time and I think we got that.
“Every game we were in, they worked tirelessly from beginning to the end. We were unfortunate not to get any results, especially against Sydney FC.
(Playing against the Newcastle Jets…)
“They are our closest rivals, so it means an awful lot for the players as it does for any player around the world who is playing in a derby. As a player, you carry that responsibility for the local community and in this case for us it’s the Central Coast.
“This is the last #F3Derby of the season and we want to make sure we represent the Coast proud and give 100%
“A win would be massive for the team, massive for the staff and massive for the fans. We’ve mentioned it a number of times but there’s no way this team should be where it is from the performances that have been put in. To get a result on Saturday would mean we finish on a high against our rivals and take that into next season.
(Josh Rose’s final game for the Mariners…)
“That adds another dimension for us. He will start, hopefully we can give him the performance he deserves.
“I believe it will add motivation. We will give Josh an opportunity at some stage tomorrow to vocalise that to the group albeit he will be reluctant on his behalf as he is such a humble man.
“Hopefully it draws a bit from him individually as well, if that’s possible, because he always gives 100% but we are really excited and really hopeful that we can deliver for him.
(Added motivation from a new Head Coach in the stands…)
“If you said it didn’t add motivation, that wouldn’t be the truth. The boys have been unquestionable when it comes to application for most of the season. They’ve given everything.
“From an energy and application point of view they’ve given their all but hopefully in the top third a few people might take a few more risks with a hope they might catch the eye of the new Head Coach and get a few more shots on goals,” O’Sullivan said
- Connor Pain has been directly involved in three of the Mariners’ last four A-League goals (two goals & one assist).
- Dimitri Petratos has created 70 scoring chances this campaign, which is more than any other player in the competition and 20 more than Mariners’ best Andrew Hoole (50).
Central Coast Mariners Squad: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Jake McGING, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 8.Blake POWELL, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 14.Adam BERRY, 15.Alan BARO (c), 16.Liam ROSE, 17.Josh BINGHAM, 18.Tom GLOVER (gk), 21.Kye ROWLES, 22.Jacob MELLING, 23.Wout BRAMA, 24.Lachlan WALES, 25.Peter KEKERIS
**Two to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Storm ROUX (return from injury), 17.Josh BINGHAM (promoted)
Unavailable: 5.Antony GOLEC (indefinite), 6.Tom HIARIEJ (indefinite), 10.Danny De SILVA (hamstring)
Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Jack DUNCAN (Gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimi PETRATOS, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 11.Patricio RODRIGUEZ, 12.Mario SHABOW, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 20.Glen MOSS (Gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 24.Joseph CHAMPNESS, 27.Riley MCGREE, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (c)
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 12.Mario SHABOW (promoted), 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI (returns from suspension), 32.Angus THURGATE (promoted)
Outs: 8.Ronald VARGAS (groin – 1 week), 10.Wayne BROWN (calf – 4 weeks)
Unavailable: 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (knee – 4 weeks)
Mariners Match Details
Saturday, 14 April 2018
Hyundai A-League Round 27
Match: Central Coast Mariners vs. Newcastle Jets FC
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Tickets: CLICK HERE
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA 501 & One
Hash-tag: Join the match conversation using #F3Derby & #ThanksRosey