Jacob Farrell stuns in his A-League Men’s debut for Central Coast Mariners

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At the end of Central Coast Mariners 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets on Sunday, one young man came out on top – Jacob Farrell.

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The 19-year-old is one of this season’s Central Coast Academy players to be given a full professional contract with the Mariners.

The Mariners have a long tradition of giving the best young players the opportunity to play in the A-League Men – something head coach Nick Montgomery is very proud of.

“The Mariners are all about producing our own players and putting them in the first opportunity we get,” he said.

“Young Jacob Farrell came through the Academy and today you saw him really put his name out there.”

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Farrell’s promotion to the A-League Men comes following an incredibly successful season for him in the Academy last year and a promising pre-season with the club.

As a Central Coast local, Farrell played his junior football at Wyoming FC before playing in the Academy for six years. Having focused heavily on perfecting his game without making a fuss, it would be no surprise to Montgomery if you’d never heard of him.

“He’s a quiet lad, he’s unassuming,” he said. “He works hard, he’s honest and whatever you ask him to do he does it.

“He wants to be quiet, and no one knows who he is, but I think that’s going to change tonight when everyone sees he scored the winner in a derby in his first game.”

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After a relatively quiet first half, it was in the 58th minute that Farrell really shone. Scoring a goal on debut, in a derby, Montgomery could not have been prouder.

“It’s his first game, a derby game,” he said. “And a fantastic header provided the winning goal so at the end of the day I’m really happy for him.

“Just the calmness that he showed today on the ball in the first half and obviously that goal was superb for him.”


With so many young men coming through the Academy and making their debut with the Mariners this season, Montgomery is looking forward to seeing what the season holds.

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“I’m looking forward to building on this result,” he said. “We got the three points and at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about.

“There’s so much more improvement from these boys to come and it’s a proud moment for the club.”

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Feature Image Credit: Glen Pokorny 

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Grace Clegg
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Communication (News Media and PR) at the University of Newcastle. Coffee addict.

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