Round 3 Preview: Mariners v Adelaide  


Ahead of the Central Coast Mariners’ annual Pink Round, let’s hear what the Head Coach has to say. Kick-off on Sunday at Central Coast Stadium is 5pm.

Pink Round

Two games in and the Mariners have two draws to their name, will Sunday see them claim their first three points of the season? In the two opening games of the season the Yellow & Navy have taken a first half lead on both occasions with Connor Pain and Ross McCormack opening their respective accounts for the season.

At the other end of the park, the Mariners’ back four in Kye Rowles, Kalifa Cisse, Antony Golec and Jack Clisby have been rock solid – shutting down countless opposition attacks and swiftly turning them into Mariners’ attacking opportunities.

In between the sticks, Ben Kennedy boasts the Hyundai A-League’s second highest save percentage (80%) and has made crucial interventions when needed.

For the seventh consecutive season, the Mariners will dedicate a Hyundai A-League home match to women’s cancer support services on the Central Coast.

Since 2012 the Mariners have raised almost $90 000 by donning pink jerseys, followed by an online auction of the kits along with bucket collections and other collaborative fundraising initiatives between the Mariners, Cancer Council NSW – Central Coast and Brightfield Group Services. 

Mulvey in the Media

“There’s no easy games in the A-League,” Mulvey said. “We need to make it a high tempo game and potentially the last 20 minutes could be very pivotal.

“The lads are really digging deep and rolling their sleeves up when they need to. When we win the ball, at times we’re too eager to go forward and we’ve turned the ball over but that will come. We’re a new club basically in terms of the personnel we’ve got and I’m very happy with the attitude so far.

“The grit and determination. You need to dig deep, you need to show togetherness – now the next thing is to bring that quality.

“The main objective right now is to live in the moment. We need to be alive and ready for anything that could happen. We’ve got a game plan going into Sunday, like every game the aim is to get three points and make Adelaide work for everything,” Mulvey said.

What’s been said?

Jack Clisby on Mariners’ Club Culture
“My move to the Central Coast has been fantastic,” Clisby said. “The club, the culture, it’s the best culture I’ve felt within a playing group. The togetherness and culture that Mike Mulvey and Monty have instilled, everyone respects their decisions whether you’re playing or not playing. Everyone is fighting to get in the team, there’s no bitterness and that’s what you need in a squad. I feel this is the strongest side the Mariners have had in quite some time. The camaraderie throughout the group is fantastic – we’re a very together group and I think we will show people what we can do this year.”

Ben Kennedy on Pink Round
“Pink round is a massive thing,” Kennedy said. “You raise funds for women’s cancer which I’ve been affected by with my mum so seeing what the funds go towards and what they help is massive and it helps out so many people. I’m just happy to be a part of it and honoured that the club is involved.

“I lost mum to breast cancer, she was a real fighter, she ended up lasting four and a half years which doctors said after a year she only had a few weeks. She battled a long time and that’s the kind of thing you take out onto the field as well. It inspires you. You see people in worse situations than what we are on the field, everyone battles and that’s just what we want to do on the field, work hard and get the three points.

Squad lists

Central Coast Mariners Provisional Squad: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3.Jack CLISBY, 4.Jake McGING, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 8.Michael McGLINCHEY, 10.Tommy OAR, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Adam PEARCE (gk), 13.Aiden O’NEILL, 15.Kye ROWLES, 18.Matt MILLAR, 19.Matt SIMON (c), 20.Kalifa CISSE, 22.Jacob MELLING, 25.Jordan MURRAY, 44.Ross McCORMACK

***Two to be omitted***

Ins: 7.Andrew HOOLE (return from injury), 18.Matt MILLAR (promoted)

Outs: nil

Unavailable: 2.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS (ACL), Corey GAMEIRO (Hamstring)

Adelaide United Squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 5.Taylor REGAN, 6.Vince LIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.Isaías SÁNCHEZ (C), 10.Ken ILSØ, 11.Craig GOODWIN, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ, 20.Paul IZZO, 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 26.Ben HALLORAN, 30.Isaac RICHARDS, 31.Mirko BOLAND, 33.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS
*two to be omitted*

Ins: 7.Ryan KITTO (returns from injury), 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ (promoted), 31.Mirko BOLAND (returns from injury), 33.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS (returns from international duty)
Outs: 9.Baba DIAWARA (knee), 14.George BLACKWOOD (collar bone)

Unavailable: nil

Match Details
Sunday, 4 November 2018
Hyundai A-League Round 3
Match: Central Coast Mariners vs. Adelaide United FC
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Kick-off: 5:00pm (AEDT)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA
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