This Sunday: Academy boys host Northern Tigers

If you’re looking for a football fix this weekend, head to Pluim Park to support the Central Coast Mariners Academy who host Northern Tigers. Kick-off is 3pm and entry is FREE!

The Mariners women travel to Mudgee to take on our western counterparts, the Western Mariners. The men’s team remain in top spot on the Club Championship whilst the women are in second place.

Central Coast Mariners Academy vs. Northern Tigers FC

Sunday’s match against the Northern Tigers marks the team’s third game in seven days after they were forced to play mid-week against Mounties Wanderers.

The attack of our opponents, the Northern Tigers, has faltered in recent weeks as they’ve struck back-to-back blanks against the Spartans and Macarthur Rams. They sit in eighth place on the first grade ladder and will be eager to climb into finals contention.

Our second-placed Academy boys have suffered just two losses this season and will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon.

We caught up with Will Vazquez who previewed the crucial clash.

“This week has been a very tough week with the catch-up game presenting a very determined opponent who deserved their victory,” Vazquez said. “However, the group has been optimistic despite this loss and we have been very quick to set our eyes on the Tigers match.

“We approach our most testing period of the year with some very tricky opponents who are all either fighting for survival, or looking to steal a spot in the finals.

“Tie into that our most inconsistent few weeks and we will have a chance to see the resilience that the group has deep down. Tigers are a clever side who have various creative players that can make things happen from seemingly non-threatening situations, so the focus will be to perform with high attention to detail to not leave any chances to slip up for the whole 90 minutes,” Vazquez said.

Match Details
Sunday, 24 June 2018
NPL 2 NSW Men's Round 17
Match:
Central Coast Mariners Academy vs. Northern Tigers FC
Venue: Pluim Park, Lisarow
Kick-off: 3pm



Western Mariners FC Women vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy Women

The Mariners Women face a challenging road trip to Mudgee where they will be hosted by the Western Mariners at Glen Willow Stadium.

Our girls fell to just their third loss of the season last weekend against the SD Raiders and will hope to bounce back on the road this Sunday.

“We’re obviously disappointed with last week’s performance,” Barrett said. “Credit must go to SD Raiders who were certainly up for the match and out played us from start to finish.

“The second half performance was of a slight improvement but we were chasing the game and it was always going to be difficult to get control of the match. Western are coming off a great win to APIA last weekend. Their results at home are impressive and it will be another good test for us this weekend.

“Preparing have been made difficult with the weather but the girls know what is expected this weekend and we need the energy and intensity that we lacked last weekend to return. I have confidence in this group we can bounce back after such a long run of wins. The match can’t come quick enough for us,” Barrett said.

Match Details
Sunday, 24 June 2018
NPL 2 NSW Women’s Round 16
Match:
Western Mariners FC Women vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy Women
Venue: Glen Willow Stadium, Mudgee
Kick-off: 3pm