Season on the line for Mariners women
The Central Coast Mariners’ Westfield W-League team will go all out to keep their hopes of a spot in the inaugural Westfield W-League Finals Series alive when Stephen Roche’s chargers travel to Brisbane to face the Queensland Roar on Saturday.
The Central Coast Mariners- Westfield W-League team will go all out to keep their hopes of a spot in the inaugural Westfield W-League Finals Series alive when Stephen Roche-s chargers travel to Brisbane to face the Queensland Roar on Saturday.
Following a somewhat unexpected home defeat at the hands of Canberra United last Saturday, the Central Coast-s season currently rests on knife edge and three points away to the Roar on Saturday is simply a must.
It certainly won-t be easy going for the yellow and navy, given that the Roar, who secured the first ever Westfield W-League Premiership with a win over the Melbourne Victory last round, are sure to provide the Mariners with perhaps their toughest challenge yet.
"Losing against Canberra United was disappointing because we didn-t get to express ourselves as we had done previously, all credit to them though, they were stronger in midfield and that is where they won the match," said Mariners Westfield W-League Head Coach Stephen Roche.
"We played very well against the Queensland Roar earlier in the season, dominating the match for large spells, though our inexperience showed after conceding two goals.
"In saying so, our team is made up of many youngsters and we-ve made many improvements in recent weeks, so we-ll certainly go to Queensland to win the match and keep our chances of reaching the Finals Series alive."
Crafty midfielder Trudy Camilleri was one of the disappointed Mariners players following last Saturday-s loss to Canberra United, though she too remains confident that her team-mates can bounce back in Saturday-s do-or-die encounter at Ballymore Stadium.
"I-m not too sure what happened against Canberra, we were prepared for the match though we obviously did not step it up out on the field where it counts," said Camilleri.
"Our task at hand is going to be a tough one against a strong side like Queensland Roar, though we will train hard this week and hope to get all the things we did wrong last weekend right this time."
The Mariners- Westfield W-League campaign continues against the Queensland Roar at Ballymore Stadium on Saturday, 20 December. Kick off is at 6pm AEDT.