The Central Coast Mariners Academy sides ensured a perfect weekend for the Yellow & Navy thanks to wins by the PS4 NPL teams in first grade, under 20s and under 18s against Mounties Wanderers.
Mounties Wanderers 1 (Neftali Gonzalez 20′) Central Coast Mariners 2 (Yerasimakis Petratos 58′, Brenton Fox 78′)
Cahn’s first grade team earned their second win of the season when they came from behind to defeat Mounties Wanderers 2-1 at Valentine Sports Park on Sunday afternoon.
Neftali Gonzalez opened the scoring for Mounties in the 20th minute, while for the Mariners, Maki Petratos equalised just shy of the hour, before Brenton Fox snatched the winner in the 72nd minute.
“It was a difficult game, Mounties are a good side,” Mariners coach Ben Cahn told Football NSW. “I respect (Mounties coach) Lee Sterrey as a coach, he’s clever and his teams are always difficult to play against. But it was a gritty, determined win by us.
“It was probably less aesthetically pleasing than some of our other games this season but we were more mature in how we managed the game; we managed the heat, we managed the opposition and it was a good, mature performance.”
At 1-1, Mounties had an opportunity to regain the lead but with only the keeper to beat, Noah Chianese hit the post, causing even more frustration for Sterrey.
For the Mariners Brenton Fox and Shelford Dais were outstanding in what was essentially a good collective team performance; while for Mounties, Hiro and Neftali Gonzalez showed some nice touches.
Valentine Sports Park,
Sunday 9 April 2017
Mounties Wanderers: 1. Jair Fernandez, 4. Todd Halloran, 6. Anthony Schmidt, 7. Neftali Gonzalez, 9. Michael Gaitatzis, 11. Mitchell Davidson, 13. Pasqualino Cappuccio, 14. Noah Chianese, 15. Taewoo Jung, 18. Michael Cklamovski, 20. Reid Taylor, 21. Alexander Josipovic, 22. Mitchell Walker, 23. Abanoub Mickael, 29. Jake Ingle, 33. Zac Zfiligoi.
Coach: Lee Sterrey
Central Coast Mariners: 1. Adam Pearce, 2. Shelford Dais, 5. Charles William, 6. James Enticknap, 7. Lachlan Wales, 8. Thomas Lyons, 9. Brenton Fox, 10. Duncan Stewart, 11. Peter Kekeris, 14. Sean Pratt, 15. Yerasimakis Petratos, 16. Gianni Stensness, 18. Steve Whyte, 19. Jordan Lane
Yellow Cards: S. Dais, J. Enticknap, S. Kamara, J. Lane, S. Pratt
Coach: Ben Cahn
20s WON: 4-2 (Cahill, Glassock, Kamara, Wilson)
18s WON: 5-1 (Brader x 3, Webb x 2)
The Central Coast Mariners Academy now face one of the toughest away fixtures of the season on Easter Saturday against the Macarthur Rams FC
- 18s: 3pm
- 20s: 5pm
- First Grade: 7pm