#PinkRound | Mariners v Macarthur Preview

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Central Coast Stadium will play host to a top of the table clash on Monday night as the Mariners welcome Macarthur FC in Match Week 11 of the A-League season.

Alen Stajcic’s side can move seven points clear of the league newcomers with a win, while the Bulls will pull within a single point if they take the chocolates on the night.


The game is part of a much larger day, with the Mariners celebrating their ninth annual #PinkRound, having raised more than $100,000 for Cancer Council NSW across the previous eight years.

The previous meeting between these two teams was a 2-0 win for the Mariners in Campbelltown as Danny DeSilva and Jordan Smylie struck, and Smylie is an inclusion to the squad for today’s game having spent several weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury.

After traveling back from Perth the team have knuckled down in preparation to face the Bulls, and Stefan Nigro spoke on Around the Grounds on SEN this past Saturday about the confidence in the team as they approach matches.

“I think the group, the culture, the belief we’ve got in each other is of the highest order,” Nigro said.

“Every game we go into we have belief in what we do, it comes from the coaches as well and you can see us, every game we’re fighting for one another, we’re there for one another and we’ve got a lot of quality and those things mixed together is why we are where we’re at.

“If you look around the team we’ve got leaders everywhere. Matt Simon, Ollie, Birraz, they all have quality and experience both in the A-League and overseas.”

“They’ve been in winning teams, then mixed with the middle aged boys who have played in the A-League a fair bit and then there’s the young boys who are great as a group themselves.”


Squads |

Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 4.Joshua NISBET, 5.Stefan NIGRO, 8.Oliver BOZANIC (c), 10.Daniel DESILVA, 11.Jack CLISBY, 12.Marcos UREÑA, 14.Daniel BOUMAN, 15.Kye ROWLES, 19.Matt SIMON, 20.Adam PEARCE (gk), 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22.Michal JANOTA, 23.Dan HALL, 25.Matthew HATCH, 26.Jaden CASELLA, 29.Alou KUOL, 30.Jordan SMYLIE 32.Max BALARD

**1-3 to be omitted**


Ins: 25.Matt HATCH (Promoted), 30.Jordan SMYLIE (Return from Injury)

Outs: 3.Lewis MILLER (illness – 1 week)

Unavailable: 6.Gianni STENSNESS (Lower Leg – 1-2 weeks)


Macarthur FC squad: 1.Adam FEDERICI (gk), 2.Jake McGing , 3.Antony GOLEC, 4.Benat ETXEBARRIA, 5.Mark MILLIGAN (c), 6.Aleksandar JOVANOVIC, 7.Ivan FRANJIC, 8.Denis GENREAU, 10.Loic PUYO, 11.Tommy OAR, 12.James MEREDITH, 15.Aleksandar SUSNJAR, 16.Nick SUMAN (gk), 19.Michael RUHS, 21.Jake HOLLMAN, 22.Liam ROSE, 27.Matt DERBYSHIRE, 29.Antonis MARTIS, 31.Lachlan ROSE , 33.Markel SUSAETA

**2-4 to be omitted**


Ins: 12.James MEREDITH (Return from Groin Injury), 22.Liam Rose (Promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Milislav POPOVIC (Hamstring – Indefinite)



Monday, 8 March 2021

Central Coast Mariners v Macarthur FC

Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Kick-Off: 7:05 pm (Local)(7:05 pm (AEDT))

Referee: Chris Beath

Assistant Referee 1: Anton Shchetinin

Assistant Referee 2: Ashley Beecham

Fourth Official: Tim Danaskos

VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones


TV Broadcast:  Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7:00pm (AEDT), Sky Sport 7 (New Zealand), Kayo Sports (www.kayosports.com.au) and MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers

Radio Broadcast: myfootballnation.com (SEN Track Sydney 1539AM, SEN Track, Central Coast 809AM),  COAST FM 96.3

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #CCMvMAC

To purchase tickets visit www.a-league.com.au/tickets