NPL Wrap: Men & Women earn convincing wins


The Central Coast Mariners Academy men and women’s teams have earned convincing wins in the NSW NPL at the weekend with the men downing Northern Tigers 4-0 and the women claiming a 10-0 win over Southern Branch.

In the PS4 NPL 2 competition, our men faced a tough challenge against a strong Northern Tigers outfit and emerged in impressive fashion.

Young exciting attacker, Jordan Smylie made it three goals in as many weeks in his side’s 4-0 win over the Tigers away from home on Saturday evening.

With Head Coach Wayne O’Sullivan called up to Hyundai A-League duties, Assistant Coach Will Vazquez & Academy Director Ken Schembri were at the helm of the Mariners’ Academy impressive win.

After a scoreless opening 30 minutes, Smylie scored the opener when he placed his shot perfectly between the Tigers’ keeper’s legs which prompted a flurry of Mariners’ goals. In quick succession Charles William scored five minutes later before Kyle Johnson converted a spot kick to make it 3-0 before half time.

With the game almost done and dusted at the half time break, Amer Abdullah fired in the second half to make it 4-0 and a convicing win to the Mariners’ Academy.

The Mariners’ Academy men now turn their focus to a Friday night battle with the Macarthur Rams away from home.  

  • 20’s WON 3-2 (Hatch, Forsyth & R.De Silva)
  • 18’s DREW 2-2 (Buettner & Windust)

The Mariners women completed a successful weekend for our senior academy sides when they rounded out 10-0 winners over Southern Branch at Mingara where Candice Phelan scored an impressive six-goal-haul!

Dan Barrett’s side proved to be far too strong and hit the break 5-0 up. It took the Mariners just eight minutes to take a 2-0 lead when Alisha Dudman and Jordan Evans scored in quick succession to get the Yellow & Navy off to a flying start.

Before the half time whistle Jade Mcatamney & Candice Phelan x 2 also featured on the scoresheet to make it 5-0 at the break.

Despite holding a convicing lead, our women didn’t take their foot off the pedal and bagged another five goals in the second half to complete a ruthless performance and send a warning shot to the competition.

Kate Duffy scored the first goal of the second half in the 62nd minute before Phelan fired another four goals of her own past Southern’s keeper in the second half to finish the day with six goals to her name.

This weekend the Mariners Academy women are away from home to the SD Raiders on Easter Monday at Ernie Smith Reserve.

  • Reserves WON 7-0
  • 17’s WON 4-0
  • 15’s DREW 2-2 
  • 14’s WON 4-3