Central Coast Mariners – Back to the Future

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Central Coast Mariners – Back to the Future

The Preview – Central Coast Mariners vs Sydney FC (Sunday 5pm, Allianz Stadium) Sunday’s game may invoke a sense of nostalgia for many of the fans wearing yellow and navy, with Sydney FC sporting several former Mariners among their squad and coaching staff. The Sky Blues are of course led by former messiah Graham Arnold, who led Central Coast their to maiden A-League title among several wonderful seasons in Gosford. Joined by Arnold in the Sydney FC backroom staff is Andrew Clark, who played for the Mariners for five years before becoming the club’s strength and conditioning coach. Out on…

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Central Coast – The good, the bad and the ugly

Last week started off with a bang for the Mariners, heading up to the Gold Coast for an FFA Cup quarter final and coming back with a 5-0 win over the Palm Beach Sharks. It was Matt Sim who put the result beyond doubt, scoring four goals after coming off the bench in the second half. Coming just days after a last-gasp victory over the Jets, it seemed as though once again the Mariners would exceed the expectations of the Australian football community, with many expecting a drop-off in performance in the club’s first full season without Graham Arnold. Things…

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Midweek Success Has Mariners Confident Ahead Of F3Derby

Saturday night sees the 32nd edition of the F3 Derby as the Central Coast Mariners clash with the Newcastle Jets in Round 23. Just a point separates the two clubs on the ladder with the Mariners currently sixth and the Jets seventh. The fixture proves a crucial one for both sides as they continue their push for a cemented finals spot. The Jets are yet to beat their southern neighbours with an entertaining two all draw taking place in round 4 at Hunter Stadium, while a dominant first half saw the Mariners claim three points in front of their home…

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Central Coast Need To End Losing Streak

Coming off four straight defeats domestically and a midweek loss in the Asian Champions League, the Central Coast Mariners this week return home to take on Sydney FC. Entering round 21 on a five game losing streak across all competitions the Mariners are vulnerable at the moment and currently sit sixth. They face a Sydney side who are fifth and on a two game winning run. Central Coast were embarrassed last week by a rampant Wellington side who themselves were coming off a 5-0 hiding the week before. Bernie Ibini put the home side in front midway through the first…

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Mariners Look To Get Back On Track

The Central Coast Mariners kick off round 20 as they return to Bluetongue Stadium tonight to take on Wellington Phoenix. The Mariners currently sit fifth, with three consecutive defeats to Brisbane, Melbourne Victory, and Adelaide. A win tonight is vital for the Central Coast who need to now cement their spot in the top 6. Wellington are coming off an embarrassing loss at home to Melbourne Heart in which they lost 5-0, in a result that not many would have seen coming. After hitting a purple patch at the turn of the new year, Wellington have since stuttered along, and…

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Matt’s Simple Plan

Often in Australia the most notable ex Socceroos and domestic players make the leap into coaching, and in particular in the national set up or the domestic league without much experience in their given field. We don’t see many ‘cutting their teeth’ in the lower leagues or moving abroad to experience a different environment in terms of coaching education. Some could say we’ve become insular with our methods and the status quo. And in doing so, have culled experienced coaches who helped elevate football development in Australia, as well as, failed to recognise the talented young coaches coming through the…

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Mariners seek redemption in the City of Churches

After consecutive defeats, the Central Coast Mariners this week travel to the City of Churches to take on Adelaide United. The Mariners were poor at home last week in a 3-1 defeat to Melbourne Victory. Despite going down early, Melbourne weren’t troubled in the end, scoring just before the break before adding two more in the second half. Central Coast currently sit third, however, before the back to back losses they enjoyed a 4 point buffer on the Victory who sit fourth. That advantage has since evaporated with goal difference only separating the two sides. Adelaide are coming off a…

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Central Coast Aim To Reduce Roar To A Whimper

After coming off an impressive performance in the F3 Derby in round 16, the Central Coast Mariners this week travel to Suncorp Stadium to take on the Brisbane Roar. Central Coast played their most dominant first half of the season so far against Newcastle with the home side leading 3-0 at the half. A goal right on half time to Matt Simon capped off a memorable 45 minutes for the hosts with earlier goals to Anthony Caceras and Daniel McBreen coming straight from the top shelf. Brisbane too enjoyed some cracking goals the night before in their come from behind…

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Mariners Focus On Shoring Up Top Four Spot

Round 16 sees the 31st edition of the A-League’s original derby as the Central Coast Mariners host the Newcastle Jets at Bluetongue Stadium. It’s the second meeting between both sides this season, with the reigning champions coming from two goals down to earn a point at Hunter Stadium in round 4. Since then the Mariners have climbed to maintain a spot in the top 4 (currently third) while the Jets haven’t won in their last 4 fixtures and currently sit in 7th spot on the ladder. They became the first side to lose to the Melbourne Heart last week (after…

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Moss: Clinical attack needed against Newcastle

Central Coast Mariners boss Phil Moss believes his team are edging closer to a complete performance following a dominant last start victory over Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium. The Mariners mentor was delighted with his side’s defensive structure, transitions and build up play against the Sky Blues, but admits his men must be more clinical infront of goal when they take on northern foes Newcastle Jets in the 31st edition of the F3 Derby in Gosford this Saturday. “We’ve had good results over the last few weeks, securing four points from a possible six at two very tough venues away…

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