Jets and Mariners serve up a classic F3 Derby

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In the 55th F3 Derby, Central Coast Mariners all but secured their finals spot with a win over Newcastle Jets in a dramatic clash between the two sides.

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With nothing to lose, the Jets came out firing, dominating possession early and taking every chance they could. Angus Thurgate looked to have opened the scoring early with a spectacular shot on target, however a last minute save by Birighitti saw the goal denied.

The home side continued their attacking tirade, affording the Mariners very little opportunities to make anything happen.

Despite their slow start, it was the visitors who opened the scoring with a goal to Moresche in the 19th minute to make it 1-0.

The classic F3 Derby began to appear in the 26th minute after Storm Roux and Lucas Mauragis played for the same ball, leading to a confrontation between the two.

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Jason Cummings made it 2-0 to the Central Coast in the 30th minute after Jack Duncan was nowhere to be seen.

Matt Jurman’s illegal tackle on Beni Nkololo saw a penalty awarded to the Mariners in the 34th minute. Cummings managed to shoot it perfectly to make it 3-0 heading into half time.

The first substitution of the game came before the second-half kicked off, with Riley Warland replacing Newcastle captain Jurman.

It didn’t take long for the home side to make their mark on the game. Mauragis made it 3-1 just after kick-off for the second half after an assist from Jason Hoffman.

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An own goal to Jacob Farrell saw the Jets get themselves back in the game to take it to 3-2 with plenty of time left to play.

The Mariners weren’t bowing out, taking any opportunity to extend their lead. However, Duncan wasn’t making it easy for them.

With 15 minutes plus stoppage time left to play, it was still anyone’s game, and both teams were fighting for their next goal.

The game took another dramatic turn in the 82nd minute with Savvas Siatravanis finding the back of the net to make it 3-3. The goal was referred to VAR after an alleged push by Archie Goodwin on Kye Rowles. The goal was stripped as a result and the Jets were once again on the back foot.

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With just five minutes of stoppage time left to play, the Mariners sealed the deal with a goal to Garang Kuol to make it 4-2.

The remainder of the game saw plenty of push and shove between the two sides with plenty of passion on display from both teams. A red card to Daniel Penha ended the game on a sour note for the home side as he was sent off steaming at the decision.

At the blow of the full-time whistle, the Mariners found themselves in fifth place on the ladder after a 4-2 win over the Jets.

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Newcastle Jets 2 (Mauragis 46’, Farrell 50’ (Own Goal))

Central Coast Mariners 4 (Moresche 19’, Cummings 30’ 34’, Kuol 90+1’)

Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle)

Referee: Kurt Ams

Assistant Referees: Ryan Gallagher & Matthew McOrist

Fourth Official: Sam Kelly

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Jason HOFFMAN, Jordan ELSEY, Matt JURMAN (C) (Riley WARLAND 46’), Beka MIKELTADZE, Daniel PENHA, Brandon WILSON (Mohamed AL-TAAY 65’), Kosta GROZOS (Archie GOODWIN 72’), Taylor REGAN (Savvas SIATRAVANIS 81’), Lucas MAURAGIS, Angus THURGATE (Samuel SILVERA 80’)

Unused Subs: JORDAN O’DOHERTY, Michael WEIER (GK)

Central Coast Mariners: Mark BIRIGHITTI (GK)(C), Joshua NISBET (Harrison STEELE 61’), Jason CUMMINGS (Garang KUOL 90+1’), MORESCHE (Marco URENA 72’), Beni NKOLOLO, Kye ROWLES, Storm ROUX (Lewis MILLER 61’), Maximilien BALARD, Jacob FARRELL, Daniel HALL, Nicolai MULLER (Matthew HATCH 61’)

Unused Subs: Cy GODDARD, Yaren SOZER (GK)

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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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