After a pleasing victory over Sydney FC last weekend, the Central Coast Mariners are back in action on Wednesday to face off against the Newcastle Jets. With tomorrow’s match being our last before Christmas, the side is keen to enter the festive season with an important three points.
Mariners head coach Nick Montgomery has named an unchanged 20-man squad for Wednesday’s match following Saturday’s performance. The Jets have not yet named their squad.
The Mariners are fresh of the back of a pleasing 2-1 victory over Sydney FC at home, with the side looking to continue this form as we push into a busy New Year’s period.
Two first half goals were enough to seal us that result, fresh off a controversial 2-1 loss to the Newcastle Jets just prior.
Saturday’s win pushed us up to the fifth place on the ladder, currently sitting on ten points with a game in hand on much of the competition.
The Newcastle Jets were unable to back up their performance against us, falling 1-0 to Brisbane at home last weekend. They currently sit in tenth on the ladder, still on nine points.
The Mariners and Jets have faced off 57 times in the Isuzu UTE A-League competition, with the Central Coast winning 20 of those.
The close nature of this rivalry is one of the many reasons it captivates the fans, with the Jets just one win behind with 19. A further 18 matches have finished with the scores level.
The last match between us saw the Jets come away with a controversial victory, following Josh Nisbet’s goal being ruled out for handball due to VAR intervention.
The F3 Derby Trophy
The Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets have agreed to symbolize the F3 Derby with a trophy to represent the rivalry.
A core drill sample of the M1 Motorway, formerly known as the F3, was used to create this unique trophy which brings to life the rivalry of the F3 Derby.
The Central Coast Mariners are the current holders of the F3 Derby trophy after completing the clubs first ever 3-0 sweep of the Jets last season, with the bragging rights awarded annually to whoever wins the best of three matches.
In the event that there is an equal split of points in a season, the trophy will be retained by the current holders. The Jets currently hold the lead this season with their recent victory, with the Mariners keen to get one back on Wednesday.
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS SQUAD
2. Thomas AQUILINA, 3. Brian KALTAK, 4. Joshua NISBET, 6. Maximilien BALARD, 7. Samuel SILVERA, 9. Jason CUMMINGS, 11. Beni NKOLOLO, 13. Harrison STEELE, 14. Garang KUOL, 15. Storm ROUX, 18. Jacob FARRELL, 20. Daniel VUKOVIC (c) (gk), 21. Michael RUHS, 23. Daniel HALL, 24. Yaren SOZER (gk), 25. Nectarios TRIANTIS, Sasha KUZEVSKI, 29. Dor JOK, 90. Paul AYONGO, 98. MARCO TULIO
Unavailable: 10. Matheus MORESCHE (injured), 26. Bradley TAPP (injured)
Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets
Wednesday, December 21st
Kick-off: 7:00pm AEDT
Industree Group Stadium, Gosford
Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Paramount+