Spoils shared in memorable F3 Derby

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A thrilling F3 Derby has ended in a stalemate, Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets playing out a 1-1 draw at Central Coast Stadium.

It was a frantic start to the derby as both sides played without fear and looked to get off the mark early.

The Mariners were the first to make an impact and in the 5th minute Milan Ðurić volleyed home his second goal of the season after an excellent cross from Jordan Murray.

The Jets struggled to keep possession as the Mariners kept constant pressure on the away side, forcing mistakes and no chances in front of goal.

There were shouts for a Mariners penalty when the ball struck Johnny Koutroumbis’ hand in the area however the VAR did not overturn the referee’s decision.

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The Jets slowly started to get into the game but still struggled to create a clear-cut chance on goal.

Former Mariner Matt Millar was hounded by the home support and found it hard to make his mark on the game as Jack Clisby kept him at bay.

Despite the great start the Mariners found it difficult to create other chances and allowed the away side to grow into the game. The Mariners backline continued to frustrate the visitors front third as the Jets started applying pressure in search for a goal.

The Central Coast side took their slender lead into half time as the Jets couldn’t make the most out of their constant pressure.

The second half saw the introduction of Matt Simon for Central Coast and Bobby Burns for Newcastle. Ðurić went close to doubling the hosts advantage but was denied by a diving Glen Moss.

The Mariners stayed on top during the early stages of the second period and Danny Desilva showed glimpses of his old self, dancing his way through the Jets defence but could not find the finishing touch.

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The Jets were awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute after Giancarlo Gallifuoco was adjudged to have handballed in the area.

Former Jets keeper Mark Birighitti acrobatically denied Dimi Petratos. however the penalty was called back after Birighitti was fouled for coming off his line. Petratos made no mistake from the retake, leveling the scores at 1-1.

The Jets thought they’d scored their second through Millar, but his stinging shot was put away for a corner after a great save by Birighitti.

Ðurić thought he had snatched the game for the Mariners after his distant effort hit the upright in the 90th minute.

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With five minutes of stoppage time added the Mariners managed keep the scores level after the Jets frantically tried to find the winner.

Ultimately both sides couldn’t be separated in a gripping match that will go down as the most memorable F3 Derby in recent years.

Central Coast Mariners 1: (Ðurić 5’)
Newcastle Jets 1: (Petratos 56’)

Central Coast Stadium
Attendance: 8190

Referee: Daniel Elder

Assistant Referees: Scott Edeling & James Cleal

Fourth Official: Stephen Laurie

Central Coast Mariners: 1. Mark BIRIGHITTI (GK), 2. Ziggy GORDON, 3. Jack CLISBY, 6. Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO (4. Eunsun KIM 57’), 7. Milan Ðurić, 9. Jordan MURRAY (19. Matthew SIMON 46’), 10. Thomas OAR (C), 11. Daniel DESILVA, 15. Kye ROWLES, 16. Dylan FOX (21. Ruon TONGYIK 68’), 18. Gianni STENSNESS

Unused subs: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK), 8. Michael MCGLINCHEY, 14. Abraham MAJOK, 17. Samuel SILVERA

Newcastle Jets: 1. Glen MOSS (GK), 3. Jason HOFFMAN, 4. Nigel BOOGAARD (C), 6. Steven UGARKOVIC, 9. Abdiel ARROYO (32. Angus THURGATE 80’), 10. Dimitri PETRATOS, 11. Nicholas FITZGERALD, 16. Matthew MILLAR, 18. John KOUTROUMBIS (2. Robert BURNS 46’), 23. Matthew RIDENTON, 44. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

Unused subs: 40. Noah JAMES (GK), 19. Kosta PETRATOS, 22. Lachlan JACKSON, 28. Patrick LANGLOIS, 31. Yerasimakis PETRATOS

Feature image credit: Central Coast Mariners

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