Mariners Academy flex muscles at Pluim – Academy Wrap 27th March

After an impressive outing last weekend against Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Camden Tigers and Rockdale Iilden, the Yellow and Navy academy sides once again put together a brilliant display of football over the weekend.

The Women’s teams who were all coming off big wins against the Camden Tigers were hungry for victory once again and set-out against Inter Lions with goals on their mind.

The 15’s enjoyed a comfortable 9-0 victory along with the 16’s who defeated the Lion’s 16’s 6-1 while the 14’s and 20’s both won in 3-0 in slightly more competitive games at Pluim Park.

Following on from Peter Preston’s 3-1 victory at Ron Dine Stadium last weekend, the Yellow and Navy were eager to put together another complete 90-minute performance as they played the Lions at Pluim Park on Sunday.


What followed, was nothing short of the Yellow and Navy running the Lions rampant as the Mariners secured their first back-to-back results of the season in dominant fashion against a downbeat Inter Lions outfit.

Central Coast Mariners captain Kaitlin Murphy led from the front with a hat-trick after scoring in the opening 20 seconds, and it was double delight for hat-tricks at Pluim Park as Chloe Smith also bagged herself three goals and is beginning to becoming a regular on the scoresheet for the Yellow and Navy.

With the Mariners ahead by six at the break, they took their foot off the gas in the second 45, only finding a sole goal from Indianna Aismus with the job already well and truly done.

After back-to back wins in the FNSW Women’s League One, Peter Preston was happy with the number of goals scored and the clean sheet.

“It was a very impressive performance, and I am really happy with scoring plenty of goals.” Preston said.

“The clean sheet was just as important. “

On Sunday, the Academy Boys faced off against Blacktown Spartans at Pluim Park as they too looked to build on from key victories over Rockdale and Bonnyrigg from the previous round.

Unfortunately, due to a COVID-19 issue within the Spartans 14’s squad the 14’s tie was not able to be played and will be re-scheduled for a later date which will be confirmed in due course.

The 13’s were able to come out on top in a 10-goal thriller as they opened the day at Pluim Park with a 6-4 win while the 16’s enjoyed a 2-0 win.

It was the 15’s who eased to victory against Spartans 15’s as they downed their opponents 8-0 and in the 18’s both the Mariners and the Spartans shared a 1-1 draw.

While our Youth Squads faced off against Blacktown Spartans, our two senior teams played Mounties Wanderers, and like the 15’s it was the 20’s who blew away the Wanderers to secure a 9-0 victory before First Grade played out a tight affair to close out the afternoon’s football.

After two games without victory this season, Central Coast Mariners notched up their first win of the 2022 season over Mounties Wanderers on Sunday afternoon.

Throughout the game, the Mariners were a constant threat throughout, finding the net through Harrison Steele and Dor Jok either side of the half time break but the Mounties Wanderers found the net through Tony Spaseski in the second half.

Despite an early chance falling to the Wanderers inside five minutes of play on Sunday, it was the Mariners opening the scoring just after ten minutes as Harry Steele’s cross found the far side netting.

Plenty of chances continued to fall the Mariners way with James Bayliss and Jordan Segreto next up, their efforts blocked inside the box just inside the half hour mark while Jackson Khoury nearly netted his first of the season, as his free-kick sailed just wide of the Mounties goal.

After some early pressure in the second half from the Mounties, they drew level as Spaseski intercepted a Mariners clearance before shooting from range and his shot took a wayward deflection on its way into the net, looping over a helpless Pat Beach.

However, the Mariners restored parity through Dor Jok as he finished from close range to restore the Yellow and Navy’s lead, with Ben Duncan playing a crucial part as his crafty work allowed Jok to net the winner for Central Coast Mariners.

The Mariners did have a late penalty saved by the impressive Sebastian La Luz in the Mounties net, but the shot stopper could not inspire his team to further late heroics and the contest would finish 2-1.

Now that Andrew Christansen’s side has picked up their first win of the campaign, he was pleased with his side’s ability to create chances against the Wanderers.

“I’m pleased with our ability to make chances,” Christansen said.

“We neeed to work on converting those chances into goals to help us finish games off.

“Despite that, we will take the win and keep our positive momentum moving forward.”

The Mariners Academy will be back in action next week as the League One Men’s head out to face NWS Spirit and the League One Women’s travel to South Coast Flame.

For the full list of fixtures, click here.


Central Coast Mariners 14’s 3-0 Inter Lions FC 14’s
Central Coast Mariners 15’s 9-0 Inter Lions FC 15’s
Central Coast Mariners 16’s 6-1 Inter Lions FC 16’s
Central Coast Mariners 20’s 3-0 Inter Lions FC 20’s
Central Coast Mariners 1st Grade 7-0 Inter Lions FC Grade


Central Coast Mariners 13’s 6-4 Blacktown Spartans FC 13’s
Central Coast Mariners 14’s P-P Blacktown Spartans FC 14’s
Central Coast Mariners 15’s 8-0 Blacktown Spartans FC 15’s
Central Coast Mariners 16’s 2-0 Blacktown Spartans FC 16’s
Central Coast Mariners 18’s 1-1 Blacktown Spartans FC 18’s
Central Coast Mariners 20’s 9-0 Mounties Wanderers FC 20’s
Central Coast Mariners 1st Grade 2-1 Mounties Wanderers FC Grade