NPL Wrap: Five-star performance from Women’s Academy


In a super Sunday of football action at Pluim Park our women’s team got back to winning ways with a 5-1 victory over Inter Lions FC while the men suffered a 3-1 defeat to GHFA Spirit FC.

Central Coast Mariners Academy Women 5 (Blanch 7, Tucker 15 & 40th, Snape 43, Wise 75) Inter Lions FC 1

Dan Barrett’s girls have bounced back in the best way possible with a dominant 5-1 victory over Inter Lions FC.

It was a quick start for the academy girls, taking the lead in the 7th minute through skipper Gabrielle Blanch who scored her third goal of the season. Their lead was quickly doubled as Mikala Tucker scored her first in the 15th minute.

Fast-firing Tucker grabbed her brace in the 40th minute before Iona Snape quickly added a fourth before half time. It looked certain to end 4-0 at half time but the Inter Lions netted a consolation just before the whistle.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first with the girls commanding all aspects of the game. It wasn’t until the 75th minute when Danielle Wise grabbed her fifth goal of the season to make it 5-1, the full time score.

It was a crucial win for the women that sets them up for another big fixture against UNSW FC next Sunday.

Earlier Results:

  • U14s:  WON 3-0
  • U15s:  WON 6-1
  • U17s: WON 9-0
  • Reserve Grade: LOST 2-0

Central Coast Mariners Academy 1 (Johnson 57’) GHFA Spirit FC 3

The men were on a high after their 3-2 win over Mounties Wanderers last week and came to Pluim with a lot of confidence.

It was an attacking start by the side and their forward efforts earned them a penalty in the 21st minute. Top scorer Dylan Ruiz-Diaz was chosen to take the penalty; however, he couldn’t convert, and the score stayed level. Despite the positives against a tough side, the men went into the break at 0-0.

The second half was a lot more open and the quality of Spirit FC started to show as they took the lead in the 51st minute. The academy were quick to reply and Kyle Johnson scored his first of the season to equalise for the boys. Unfortunately, the academy weren’t level for long and Spirit regained their lead only a minute later. The frustrating half was capped off as Spirit FC scored a third right before full time.

The loss leaves the academy in 6th place on the NPL 2 ladder with a mid-table clash against Blacktown Spartans next Saturday night.

Earlier Results:

  • U18s: WON 4-1
  • U20s: LOST 2-1