Mariners secure enthralling win against Jets in a classic F3 Derby

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It was Central Coast Mariners who claimed a 2-1 win in the season’s first F3 derby despite some first-half domination from Newcastle Jets.

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It was a wet and windy start for both teams with the rain refusing to take a break for kick-off. Newcastle came out firing, working well as a team despite eight of their starting 11 being new signings this season.

The Mariners showed plenty of promise in the opening minutes, however the Jets weren’t going to allow any opportunities to go the visitor’s way.

In a perhaps surprising turn of events, it was Arthu Papas’ new look Jets who began to show some aggression early in the match.

Despite their strong start, a blow came for the home side in the 15th minute with the club’s most experienced player, Jason Hoffman, forced out of the game.

With the Jets dominating possession early in the first half, it was Savvas Siatravanis with a chance to score in the 17th minute but a great save from Mariners goalkeeper Mark Birighitti saw him denied.

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The first yellow card of the game went to the Mariners’ Frenchman Beni N’Kololo. This was quickly followed by a header from Mariners young gun Jacob Farrell, but it was denied its target with a save from Jack Duncan.

The second yellow card of the match went to the Jets’ Daniel Penha for denying the visitors a quick free kick.

The 35th minute saw Newcastle’s Siatravanis go to ground which saw tempers flare and the possibility of an all-in brawl.

The chances continued for both sides with Mariners attacker Marco Urena putting it wide in the 41st minute and the Jets’ Beka Mikeltadze failing to capitalise on an opportunity to score shortly after.

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With half-time looming, both teams remained scoreless and the desperation from the sides to open the scoring intensified.

Despite the Jets’ first-half domination it was the visitors who opened the scoring in the 49th minute, with Josh Nisbet breaking the deadlock after a quiet first-half.

The Mariners capitalised on the momentum and it was debutant Farrell who caught a header sweetly to make it 2-0.

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After a surprise two goals from the visitors, the Jets looked to the bench in the 64th minute with a triple sub, bringing on Jordan O’Doherty, Samuel Silvera and Valentino Yuel.

The 75th minute saw the home team back in the game with striker Yuel scoring their first goal after a cross from Thurgate.

The 80th minute saw things really heat up with a scuffle between the long-time rivals with both teams desperate to secure the three points.

Despite a desperate effort from the home side, it was the Mariners who walked away with the three points at full time.

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Newcastle Jets 1

Central Coast Mariners 2

Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle)

Referee: Kurt Ams

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Dane INGHAM (Eli BABALJ 82’), Matthew JURMAN (C), Jordan ELSEY, Jason HOFFMAN (Riley WARLAND 15’), Kosta GROZOS (Jordan O’DOHERTY 64’), Angus THURGATE, Olivier BOUMAL (Valentino Yuel 65’), Savvas SIATRAVANIS (Samuel SILVERA 64’), Daniel PENHA, Beka MIKELTADZE

Unused Subs: Michael WEIER (GK), Mohamed AL-TAAY

Central Coast Mariners: Mark BIRIGHITTI (GK), Joshua NISBET, Cy GODDARD (Matheus MORESCHE 59’), Oliver BOZANIC (C), Béni NKOLOLO, Marco UREÑA, Kye ROWLES, Storm ROUX (Lewis Miller 58’), Max BALARD (Harrison STEELE 84’), Jacob FARRELL (Daniel HALL 75’), Ruon TONGYIK

Unused Subs: Yaren SÖZER (GK), Damien TSEKENIS, Matthew HATCH

Feature Image Credit: Sproule Sports Focus 

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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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