Y-League: Mariners strike late to win

The Central Coast Mariners Youth team have come from behind to seal a 2-1 win over Canberra United thanks to strikes by Dylan Ruiz Diaz and Charles M'Mombwa.

The Mariners Youth welcomed Canberra United Youth in what was a must win match for the Yellow and Navy as they continued in their search for the top of Group B.

The Mariners Youth pressured the Canberra Youth defence immediately from the get go, with the away side looking threatening on the counter. United took a surprise lead in the 15th minute as a James Carli header looped over Aidan Munford.

The goal wouldn't deter the Mariners Youth who continued to work hard to find that much needed equaliser. The front third of the Mariners struggled to beat a sturdy Canberra defence that were desperate to hold them out. The Mariners couldn’t capitalise on their possession in the first half and went into the break a goal down.

The Mariners Youth came out with the same mindset in the second half and their pressure paid off after Ruiz-Diaz's marauding run beat several Canberra defenders to equalise for the Yellow and Navy. The midfield pairing of Daniel Hall and Alec Vinci impressed as both players managed to stop Canberra from creating many chances.

The dominance for the Mariners Youth continued for majority of the second half as Canberra struggled to get out of their half of the field.

The momentum of the Mariners Youth eventually paid off as Charles M’Mombwa’s back heel in the last minute of injury time sealed a win for the Yellow and Navy.

Central Coast Mariners Youth: 1. Aiden MUNFORD (GK), 3. Lewis MILLER, 4. Michael GLASSOCK (c), 10. Charles M’MOMBWA, 11. Rhett DE SILVA, 12. Manley BARNETT, 14. Alec VINCI, 16. Nicholas FAUST (2. Quentin CHENG 66’), 17. Michael KATSOULIS, 18. Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ (7. Emmanuel PETERS 56’), 19. Daniel HALL (8. Kyle JOHNSON 70’)

Substitutes not used: 20. Joe GAUCI (GK)

Canberra United Youth: 1. Finn JURAK (GK), 3. Tony SPASESKI, 4. Brodie CLARKSON, 5. Jarrad WILEY (Lachlan GRIFFITHS 78’), 6. Conor NOLAN, 7. James CARLI, 8. Anthony TIMOTHEOU, 9. Nikola POPOVICH, 12. Badreldin ABBAS, 14. Lucas MAURAGIS (10. Nikola JADRIC 84’), 15. Bul JUACH (17. Zachary BARBATANO 59’)

Substitutes not used: 16. Jakeb WISEMAN (GK)

Saturday, 12 January 2019
Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence, Tuggerah
Central Coast Mariners Youth vs. Canberra United Youth