Academy Preview: Women’s and Girl’s (May 7th)

The Central Coast Mariners Women’s and Girl’s academy teams are back this weekend as they take on SD Raiders across the five grades. 

First grade got back to winning ways last Sunday against Blacktown City, looking to keep the momentum rolling. The under 20’s also secured a confidence building win as they climbed their competition ladder. 

Our youth girl’s sides continued to give it their all, with the under 16’s maintaining their perfect winning streak to begin the season. 

First Grade vs SD Raiders

The Central Coast Mariners women’s first grade NPL side are back on the road after two weekends of home games, travelling to take on SD Raiders FC. 

Our team picked up three important points against Blacktown last weekend, keeping the side within touching distance of first placed UNSW with a game still in hand. 

Kaya Hawkinson and Annalise Rasmussen got on the score sheet last round, as the Mariners put on a controlled performance in front of the home fans. 

SD Raiders are instead coming off the back of a tough loss to St George away from home, going down 2-0. It continued their run of just two wins in their previous seven matches, struggling to find the three points. 

For this reason the team sit in fifth with four draws; five points and a game extra played compared to the Mariners on the ladder. Kick off for this match is at 3:15pm, taking place at Ernie Smith Reserve Field 1. 

Under 20’s vs SD Raiders

The Central Coast Mariners under 20’s women’s side are looking to make it four games unbeaten as they travel to take on SD Raiders. 

Currently in sixth place with a game in hand, the side dominated Blacktown City last weekend, securing an important 5-0 victory at home. 

Savannah Lalor and Natalie Davis getting the job done in front of goals, scoring a hat-trick and a brace respectively. 

Their opponents sit with equal points on the competition ladder, just one place behind us due to goal difference. 

They suffered a tough 3-1 defeat to league leaders St George FC last round, trailing from the ninth minute and never regaining any control. 

This afternoon’s match kicks off at 1:15pm at Ernie Smith Reserve Field one, with the winner of the match to find themselves above the other on the competition ladder at full time. 

Youth Girl’s vs SD Raiders

The Youth Girl’s will hit the road for the sixth time in eight rounds today, travelling to Sydney to face SD Raiders FC. 

The day gets underway at 8:30am, with the under 14’s taking to Ernie Smith Reserve Field One. Off the back of a hard-fought draw against Blacktown last weekend, the side are looking to continue their recent climb up the ladder. SD Raiders currently sit one place above the Mariners, with the away side looking to leapfrog them this round. 

Despite a pleasing fightback, it was a tough loss for the under 15’s last weekend, falling 3-2 against Blacktown. They will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take the field at 10:05am today against SD Raiders. The game promises to be a tough one, with the home side only losing once so far this season. The Mariners on the other hand have only lost twice, with the match likely to be extremely close. 

The final match of the day will see the under 16’s aim to continue their perfect start to the 2023 season. Currently seven wins from seven matches, they face fourth placed SD Raiders at 11:40am. Three five goal wins in a row has the away team extremely confident, looking to bring that momentum into today’s match. Our opponents have been unable to win in their past two games, most recently going down 4-0 to St George.