NPL Wrap: Academy Men & Women into Top Four


The Central Coast Mariners Academy teams were in action on the weekend where the women claimed a 3-2 win whilst the men scored a last-minute equaliser to share the points away from home against the Western Sydney Wanderers Academy.

Prolific goal scorer, Candice Phelan bagged a brace in the women’s game against Nepean FC which took her goal tally for the season to a whopping 14 goals in six games to come from behind to claim a crucial three points. The hero for the men was Aamir Abdullah who found the back of the net in the 93rd minute to salvage a point at the death.

Western Sydney Wanderers Academy 1 (Majok 36’) Central Coast Mariners Academy 1 (Abdullah 90 + 3’)

The early momentum in the all A-League affair came from the Wanderers as Roberts, Tokich and Majok threatened with some slick attack to kick proceedings off. Majok opened the scoring in the 36th minute for the Wanderers.

Minutes later it could have been two when Marc Tokich saw his effort denied first by a top save from Adam Pearce, and then cleared off the line by a Mariners’ defender.

The Wanderers’ frustration continued into the second half as an inform Adam Pearce made a number of impressive saves to deny the home team.

Then, the tide turned late in the game for the Mariners and Aamir Abdullah fired home to earn the Yellow & Navy a point and keep our undefeated run to the season alive.

The draw earns the Mariners Academy third spot on the table ahead of their Saturday night return to Pluim Park to take on Canterbury Bankstown. First grade kick-off at 4pm and entry is FREE!

Earlier results

  • U20’s LOST 3-1 (Z. Forsyth)
  • U18’s LOST 3-1 (C. Windust)

Central Coast Mariners Academy Women 3 (Mcatamney 24, Phelan 21’ & 39’) vs. Nepean FC 2 (Lane 10’ & Trovato)

The Central Coast Mariners Women continued their undefeated run on the Central Coast by edging Nepean FC 3-2 at Pluim Park.

Amazingly, all five goals were delivered in the first half. Both teams flew out of the blocks as Candice Phelan, already on an amazing goal-scoring run, fired home a brace while midfielder, Jade Mcatamney drove home her third of the season.

Nepean FC followed the same script, with goals to Stefanie Trovato and Imogen Lane. 

The result sees the Mariners women claim third spot on the PS4 NPL 2 ladder.

Earlier results

  • Reserves LOST 4-0
  • U17’s LOST 1-0
  • U15’s LOST 4-0
  • U14’s WON 2-0