NPL Wrap: Academy teams continue hot-streak


The Central Coast Mariners Academy men’s and women’s teams have claimed convincing wins with the men downing Western Sydney Wanderers Academy 3-0 and the women beating Marconi Stallions 4-2.

Central Coast Mariners Academy 3 (Peters, William & Johnson) vs. Western Sydney Wanderers Academy 0

Our first-grade men put three goals past their Hyundai A-League counterparts in the NPL 2 with a crucial win over the Western Sydney Wanderers Academy.

Mariners Academy top goal scorer, Emmanuel Peters continued his goal scoring run with the first goal of the match in the fourth minute of play. The goal was enough to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead at the break and a slight advantage.

After a tight battle to start the second half, Charles William doubled the Yellow & Navy’s lead in the 75th minute. New Canberra recruit Mikey Katsoulis played creator, slotting the through ball to a charging William who finished smartly to make it 2-0.

Then the game was put to bed in the final minute of play when Kyle Johnson bagged his second goal in as many weeks to put the result beyond doubt and seal a 3-0 win.

Earlier results

  • U18’s WON 1-0
  • U20’s LOST 2-0

Marconi Stallions Women 2 Central Coast Mariners Academy Women 4 (Snape x 2, Phelan & Swinfield)

Another week, another goal for Candice Phelan. The inform striker again featured on the scoresheet which takes her season tally to an outstanding 36 goals in 19 games.

However, it wasn’t all easy going for the Mariners women this weekend who showed their character to come from behind to beat Marconi Stallions with 15-year-old Iona Snape scoring a brace plus a goal to Mel Swinfield.

Our girls conceded early but showed that they had what it takes to jump to a 2-1 lead before the half time break when Swinfield and Phelan found the back of the net. In the 55th minute, Snape scored her first goal to make it 3-1 before the Stallions jagged one back to make it 3-2 in the 72nd minute.

Set up for a grandstand finish, Snape bagged her brace and put the result beyond doubt with one of the last kicks of the game to end the fixture 4-2 winners.

The result keeps hopes of promotion alive for our women’s team who eagerly await a rescheduled fixture against top of the table Sydney Olympic

Earlier results

  • U14’s DREW 1-1
  • U15’s LOST 2-0
  • U17’s WON 2-1
  • Reserve Grade DREW 1-1