On Tuesday night, the Mariners will travel up to Brisbane to face Brisbane Roar in the Isuzu UTE A-League, with a chance to cement their place in finals for the second year in a row after almost nine years without an appearance prior.
The Mariners were last in action on Saturday night as they played out a professional and complete performance against Western United at home to move ahead of Wellington Phoenix on goal difference following their loss to Melbourne Victory on Friday night. With those three points, along with the 3-0 loss Macarthur suffered, the Yellow and Navy only require a point from their remaining two matches to finish in the top six which would place them six points ahead of Sydney FC with two games left, however the Mariners have a much superior goal difference.
Nick Montgomery will be hoping for all three points at Moreton Daily Stadium, a stadium that has proven a tough hunting ground for many teams this season, most recently as the Roar held Melbourne Victory in a 1-1 draw on ANZAC Day.
Brisbane Roar travelled to Adelaide on Saturday night and found themselves out-battled as the Red’s comfortably dispatched them by two goals to nil. In front of their home fans will be a different proposition as they have held the Mariners scoreless in each of their last three matches in Queensland.
In the reverse fixture at Central Coast Stadium, the Mariners started their amazing run of form with a 2-1 victory over the Roar thanks to goals from Béni Nkololo and Nicolai Müller before Juan Lescano pulled one back for the visitors. Since then, the Mariners have lost one of the last twelve, winning their last three.
Speaking to media ahead of the game, Nick Montgomery was confident in his team continuing their strong run of form.
“We don’t focus or rely on other teams to get us results, we approach any game the same way, to get three points. Nothing changes with two games to go.
“Nothing changes. Doesn’t matter where we go, we will go there with the same mindset and the boys are full of confidence at the minute and know we can’t be complacent.”
Nick also touched on the mentality that the club and boys have with their amazing up-turn in form since March.
“They all want the same thing, to win games of football. This club was built on hard work and mentality. It’s who we are and we’re proud of the way we play.”
In the final away match of the regular season, the Mariners are looking to cement that finals spot, however they will be chasing all three points as they want to finish as high as possible, despite very few people giving them a chance at the start of the season to be in the position they currently find themselves in.
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Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners
Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s MW9
Tuesday 3rd May 2022
7:05pm Kick Off AEST
Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe, QLD
Broadcast Live on Paramount+
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