Academy Preview: Men’s and Boy’s (May 6th)

The Central Coast Mariners Men’s and Boy’s academy sides face another weekend away this Saturday, with all team’s travelling down to Sydney. 

The two men’s sides square off against Manly United, looking to make it two perfect weekends in a row when they travel to Cromer Park. 

The Boy’s will instead make their way to Ernie Smith Reserve, taking on SD Raiders FC across their five grades, looking to back up an overall positive weekend last Sunday. 

First Grade vs Manly United 

The Central Coast Mariners first grade NPL Men’s side are back in action this weekend, looking to make it five consecutive games unbeaten when they face off against Manly United. 

It has been an extremely pleasing few weeks for the side, pulling through for two massive results. First defeating second placed Rockdale Ilinden 3-1 away from home, the team backed it up with a come from behind victory against then fourth placed Sydney United 58. 

Manly United on the other hand have had a difficult few weeks of late, with last year’s runners-up currently on a four game losing streak. These have included defeats to Western Sydney and Wollongong. 

Despite this, Saturday night’s game promises to be an enthralling contest, as both sides look to move closer into the mid table of the NPL NSW competition. 

Kick-off is at 7:15pm, with the game to be streamed live and free on if you are unable to make it to Cromer Park. 

Under 20’s vs Manly United

The under 20’s are looking to make it back-to-back wins this weekend, after comfortably defeating Sydney United 58 last weekend. 

The team has only lost one of their past seven matches, taking it to the very best in the competition. Their recent overall form has seen them push into fifth on the ladder, currently on twenty points with a game in hand. 

Our opponents have had some inconsistent form of late, trading wins for losses over the past month. This includes a tough 3-1 defeat against Western Sydney Wanderers last weekend, as the team strives to keep touch with the top sides in the competition. 

Currently in seventh place on 20 points, they hold a near identical record to the Mariners, having one added loss in their extra game played. 

The match will kick off at 5pm tonight, with both teams determined to collect the three points as we near the midpoint of the season. 

Youth Boy’s vs SD Raiders FC

The Youth Boy’s face another road trip this weekend, traveling to Ernie Smith Reserve to take on SD Raiders across the five grades. 

The day gets underway at 8:30am, with the under 13’s side looking to find some momentum. It has been a tough few weeks for the team, coming off the back of defeat to APIA Leichhardt last weekend. A win against the tenth placed Raiders will see them rocket up the ladder, with all eyes on three points today. 

The under 14’s will then kick off at 10:05am, looking to get back in the winners column after a tight defeat last weekend. Currently in 12th place, it will be a tough challenge this morning against second place Raiders, who have lost only twice this season. The side do head into the match full of confidence, knowing that they can secure a positive result. 

Our under 15’s team are looking to keep their undefeated run to start the season alive as they face off against eighth placed SD Raiders. Two positive wins over APIA and Wollongong last week saw them secure their spot in second at the moment, as they continue to chase down Western Sydney. Kick-off is at 11:40am. 

Next up will be the under 16’s at 1:15pm, who are coming off the back of a hard earned three points against Leichhardt last weekend. They now look to continue their climb up the competition ladder against ninth place SD Raiders, who sit two points and three places behind the Mariners. 

The final match of the day will see the under 18’s face off at 3pm, in what promises to be another hotly contested fixture. Both sides currently sit on 19 points after eleven matches, with the Mariners sitting in fourth on goal difference. They come into the match after a commanding 4-0 win over APIA Leichhardt last weekend, looking to make it two wins in a row.