Academy Wrap: Women’s and Girl’s (April 10th)

The Central Coast Mariners women’s and girl’s academies have completed their second consecutive perfect weekend, winning all five matches on Monday against Marconi Stallions. 

Beginning with the youth girls, the three teams won by a combined score of 23-2, with the under 15’s and 16’s continuing their perfect seasons to date. 

The two women’s sides continued this good form into the afternoon matches, conceding just one goal across the matches. 

First grade vs Marconi Stallions 

After a weekend without football, the Mariners women’s academy first grade side were back in action on Monday afternoon, recording a 3-1 win over Marconi Stallions. 

The result maintaining their position in second place with the only perfect record to date, set to face off against first place Hills United next weekend. 

It was Marconi who got off to the ideal start, scoring through Lauren Featherstone in the 20th minute to hand the home side a 1-0 lead. 

Central Coast responding twice on the stroke of half time, with Chloe Smith scoring a quickfire double in the 44th minute and the first minute of stoppage time. 

Those goals handing the Mariners a deserved 2-1 lead heading into the second 45 minutes of action. The Central Coast doubled their advantage, with Smith securing her hattrick in the 73rd minute. 

From there the Mariners were able to comfortably see the match out, walking away with a 3-1 victory and yet another three points. 

Under 20’s vs Marconi Stallions 

Playing just their third match of the season to date, the Central Coast Mariners under 20’s girls side secured yet another commanding victory. The team coming away with a 4-0 win over Marconi Stallions at Wanderers Football Park, their second in succession. 

An early goal from Natalie Davis got the Mariners off to the ideal start, taking a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute. From there the side never looked back, scoring at regular intervals as they maintained a constant stronghold on the match. 

Amber Ford scoring next for Central Coast, her 38th minute strike giving the away side a 2-0 lead heading into the sheds. Coming out for the second half, the Mariners were able to score in the 53rd minute, this time through Savannah Lalor. 

Substitute Nyah Small rounding out the brilliant team performance with a goal of her own, with the Central Coast securing a 4-0 win. The three points moving the side into eighth, with two games in hand on almost every side in the competition. 

Youth Girl’s vs Marconi Stallions 

It was a brilliant Monday of football for the Mariners Youth Girl’s academy sides, recording commanding wins in all three divisions. 

The under 14’s grabbing their second victory of the season, coming away with a 7-2 victory. The work was done after a dominate first half that saw the Mariners head into the break with a 4-0 lead. 

Three extra second half goals saw the final score end 7-2, with the side moving into seventh with games in hand. Key stand outs for that game included Tilly Odell, Mati Mantell and Rahni Deeley.

The under 15’s secured their fourth consecutive win to begin the season, coming away 6-0 winners over Marconi. Taking a 3-0 lead into the break, the Central Coast never took their foot off the pedal, doubling that half time advantage into a 6-0 win. 

The side sit in second place on 12 points, trailing SD Raiders who are also undefeated having played an extra game. Key standouts included Peyton Scollay and Samara Nieddu.

The final match of the day in the Youth Girl’s was the under 16’s, who again showed their class with a strong and dominant victory. 

Despite being down a player due to a red card the Mariners took a 5-0 lead into the break off the back of a controlled half of football. It was much of the same in the second period, with the Mariners scoring an additional five goals to record a 10-0 video. 

The win keeping their perfect record intact, the only one of the competition, while sitting in fourth with multiple games in hand.