It was a very impressive weekend across the board for our Academy teams as our NPLM sides faced Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC and Rockdale IiIden FC while our NPLW sides faced Camden Tigers.
For the Women’s sides it was our U15’s who enjoyed the biggest winning margin of the weekend as they defeated Camden Tigers 16-0 while our U14’s also enjoyed a large winning margin as they won 12-0 on Sunday at Ron Dine Stadium.
In the 16’s, the proceedings were slightly more competitive as it finished 3-0 to the Mariners while the tightest clash came in the U20’s as the Yellow and Navy prevailed 2-1 in the penultimate match of the afternoon.
In the First-Grade clash against the Tigers, it was a hot afternoon played out on a heavy pitch but despite the adversity faced, Peter Preston’s side put on a brilliant performance defeating Camden Tigers 3-1 as Chloe Smith, Katlin Murphy and Indianna Asimus all netted across the 90-minute match.
After trailing early as the Mariners conceded a penalty, the Yellow and Navy created a number of chances throughout the half which allowed Chloe Smith to score the equaliser right on the stroke of half-time which put the two sides locked together going into the sheds at half-time.
After a slow start to the first half, the 11 on the field were determined to take the lead early on in the final 45 minutes and they did as Katlin Murphy netted the go-ahead goal for Central Coast and shortly after Idianna Asimus put the game to bed which allowed the Yellow and Navy to close out the game.
Speaking to media post-match, Peter Preston was happy with how his side performed in tough conditions.
“It was a nice performance in tough conditions and we will look to carry that momentum into the next match,” he said.
Across the board for our Academy Boys, it was a very competitive seven games as our U13’s enjoyed an extremely good result as they won 8-4 Rockdale IiIden FC while for our U14, U15, U16 and U18 there were a lot of close ties as the U14’s, U16’s and U18’s all ended in 1-1 draws. However, our U15’s were able to notch up a hard-fought 1-0 victory.
In the U20’s four goals were enough to dispatch Bonnyrigg White Eagles as they were able to secure a comfortable 4-1 victory at Bonnyrigg Sports Club.
In first grade, after going behind first it was Lachlan Bayliss who equalised for the Mariners and it was Dean Larson who put the Yellow and Navy ahead but the Mariners were pinned back as the Eagles drew the game level in stoppage time from a corner.
Speaking to media post-match, Andrew Christansen was very happy with his side’s performance in tough conditions.
“I’m very happy with the performance from the group and the direction we are heading in,” he said.
“We are getting closer to our own expectations and showed some great character against a tough opposition.
“We’ve had some tough decisions go against us, but that is football, and we will focus on what we can control
Camden Tigers FC 14’s 0-12 Central Coast Mariners 14’s
Camden Tigers FC 15’s 0-16 Central Coast Mariners 15’s
Camden Tigers FC 16’s 0-3 Central Coast Mariners 16’s
Camden Tigers FC 20’s 1-2 Central Coast Mariners 20’s
Camden Tigers FC 1st Grade 1-3 Central Coast Mariners 1st Grade
Rockdale IiIden FC 14’s 4-8 Central Coast Mariners 14’s
Rockdale IiIden FC 15’s 1-1 Central Coast Mariners 15’s
Rockdale IiIden FC 16’s 0-1 Central Coast Mariners 16’s
Rockdale IiIden FC 18’s 1-1 Central Coast Mariners 18’s
Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC 20’s 1-4 Central Coast Mariners 20’s
Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC 1st Grade 2-2 Central Coast Mariners 1st Grade