Academy teams continue to excel


All Central Coast Mariners Academy Competition Teams were home at Pluim Park over the weekend and continue to perform well against their Sydney counterparts.

All Central Coast Mariners Academy Competition Teams were home at Pluim Park over the weekend and continue to perform well against their Sydney counterparts.

On Saturday, the Boys Academy Super Youth League Teams were unbeatable in their five games across all age groups. The Mounties Wanderers made the trek to the Coast but left without a win.

The Grade 13 Boys secured a 2-0 win with goals to Max Fabila in the 14th minute and Michael Glassock in the 59th minute. Keepers Kane Runge and Alex Jorgenson were both able to keep clean sheets and the Mounties scoreless in game 1 of the day.

The Grade 14 and Grade 15 Academy boys teams both recorded 1-1 draws with goals to Trent Buhagiar in the 14 Boys and Matt Bennett in the 15 Boys.

The Grade 16 Boys continued their unbeaten season with a 3 nil win over Mounties. Coach Steve Finch’s boys sit clearly on top of the ladder although still have two games in hand on a number of teams in their competition. Saturday’s goals were shared between Philip Holmes (2) and Ryan Frame (1). Jacob Wesson, backed up by the 16s strong defensive line and back up keeper Jack O’Malley from the 15s, were able to keep the Mounties scoreless in the game. The 3 nil win reinforces the team’s strong defence with only 4 goals being scored against them in 13 games.

The Grade 18 Boys fought a physical game Boys against their Mounties counterparts with the end result a 2 all draw. The Academy’s goals were scored by Jordan Molnar and Stuart Adams who will be hoping to add to their tally on Tuesday night when the Grade 18 Boys head to Sydney to play second placed team, the New South Wales Institute of Sport. The Academy 18 Boys currently sit in fifth position on a very crowded top end of the table. With two games in hand, the Academy team sit 7 points behind NSWIS who are just one point behind Western NSW Mariners.

Although conditions were frosting to begin with on Sunday, the Academy’s girls teams warmly welcomed their competition, Blacktown Spartans, to Pluim Park and another full day of competition.

The Academy girls opened the scoring with a goal to Chelsea Searle. However, the Spartans quickly fought back with a goal immediately as the play started again. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Grade 14 Girls Academy knew they had a tough challenge ahead against the Grade 14 girls from Blacktown who have suffered only 1 loss in their 14 games and sit top of the ladder. The Academy girls did well keeping Blacktown to just one goal but were unable to put away an equaliser. The game finished 1-0 in Blacktown’s favour.

The Grade 16 girls Central Coast Academy girls continue to show why they are top of the table. Although the girls still have a game in hand on most other teams, their 2012 form of 10 wins and a draw in 13 games has then sitting clear at the top ahead of the Illawarra Stingrays and Manly United. Sunday’s 1-0 win was achieved through a goal from Emily Young, a clean sheet to fill-in keeper Tahlor Thackray and a great all round performance from all of the team.

The weekend’s positive results were also reflected in the First and Reserve Grade Women’s Teams. The Reserve Grade team had a convincing 4-2 win whilst the First Grade team followed with a 3-1 wins that puts them in ninth on the ladder but with two games in hand on most teams. Goals in the First Grade game were shared between Miranda Walker (26th and 61st minute) and Briony Holcombe (77th minute). A full report on the Women’s First Grade Premier League matches can be found at the Football NSW website

Next weekend, all Boys Super Youth Teams and the Women’s Premier League Teams are away with the boys travelling to Christie Park on Saturday to play Spirit FC and the Girls to Harrie Denning Centre on Sunday to play Sutherland. The younger boys teams – 9, 10, 11s and 12s will be home on Saturday 30th June hosting Easts in the Boys Skills Acquisition Program whilst on Sunday the 11s and 12s travel to Christie Park to play Gladesville Hornsby.