Central Coast Mariners Women are looking to bounce back to winning ways in the Liberty A-League as they welcome Melbourne Victory to the Industree Group Stadium.
Emily Husband’s side play host to the first game of our big double header at 5pm, with Mark Jackson’s Isuzu UTE A-League side in action against Sydney FC at 7:45pm.
Both sides are looking to solidify their place in an incredibly congested top six that sees just five points between 2nd placed Western and the Mariners in 7th, who will leapfrog their opponents with a win on Saturday.
Victory come into the game on the back of four matches unbeaten, whilst the Mariners have been in somewhat inconsistent form in recent weeks, winning three, losing two and drawing one of their last six.
⏮ Previous meeting
It was late heartbreak for Husband’s team when the two sides met back in November. Faye Bryson’s first goal for the club looked to have earned the Mariners a point in Melbourne but McKenzie Weinert popped up with the winner in added time.
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Faye Bryson opens her @CCMariners account to draw the visitors level 🔥
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🇦🇺 Players to watch
All eyes are on Kyah Simon as she is in line to make her first appearance in front of a home crowd for the Mariners in over 15 years.
She has featured off the bench in the last two as she builds up match fitness following a long-term injury and she is excited to be back where it all began for her.
“The fans have been amazing coming out to support us and it’s always nice to have a double header with the men. Hopefully it’s a fun day for the fans and families.”
“I’m just excited to play at the stadium, such a beautiful stadium to play in, the most picturesque stadium in Australia. I can’t wait to get out there in front of our fans and hopefully we can get six points and make it a good day for everyone.”
Kyah could be up against former Australian International teammates Alex Chidiac, Emily Gielnik and Elise Kellond-Knight, all of whom have helped Victory to their current fourth place position.
📋 Squad News
Central Coast have made one change to their squad who narrowly fell to Western United in Hobart last weekend. Tess Quilligan moves back into the 20-player list, while Sophie Nenadovic drops out.
Melbourne Victory have made no changes from the team that defeated Brisbane away from home last weekend. Lydia Williams, Beattie Goad and Miranda Templeman all remain sidelined, missing this fixture.