Mariners sweep the Jets in fine fashion

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Central Coast Mariners will head into their second consecutive finals series in form after a classy 2-0 victory over F3 rivals Newcastle Jets on Saturday night in Gosford.

The third meeting between the pair started on a proud note, with yellow and navy smoke covering the field upon kick off to show the fans’ support for their team.

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Beka Mikeltadze gave the home side a fright early, smashing the ball straight into the crossbar. Moments later at the other end, Mariner Lewis Miller had a chance just inside the box when he crossed a Jets defender, just to spray the ball wide of goal.

Mariners kept on the offensive with some great play finding Jason Cummings in the box. Cummings then attempted to chip Michael Weier, with the ball landing straight into his gloves.

Central Coast continued their early offensive dominance, thought couldn’t put the icing on top with the last pass going wayward or spreeing balls away from goal.

Cap the Cumdog was soon echoed through Central Coast Stadium after some brilliant teckers from Miller enabled Cummings to find some space inside the box to curl the ball into the top corner.

Newcastle threatened the Mariners’ back three constantly, but they sustained the pressure and forced silly Jets mistakes, inevitably holding them scoreless entering the half.

Newcastle came bursting out of half-time ready to pounce on some stiff Mariners defence. Kuach Yuel crossed early to an unmarked Mikeltadze a few metres from an open goal, and missed it over the crossbar. A real let off for Central Coast.

Mark Birighitti, though absent in Newcastle’s last scoring chance, made his presence known in Jets next attacking chance with incredible back-to-back saves to keep the visitors goalless.

Newcastle’s luck continued to subside, as a one-on-one collision between Beni Nkololo and goalkeeper Weier paid dividends for the Frenchman, collecting the loose ball to score Mariners second of the night.

Nkololo nearly had a second within minutes, with Weier just making it back to goal just in time to keep the ball out of goal.

Coming on in the 57th minute, teenage sensation in Garang Kuol troubled Newcastle for his second meeting, nearly scoring and setting up a couple of chances in a matter of minutes.

It was a battle of attrition from there on as both sides matched their defensive efforts.

Mariners will wait for Adelaide’s next result to see if they will remain fourth and earn a home elimination final next week. Newcastle will end their season on a sour note, being swept by their rivals in one season for the first time in A-League Men history.

Feature Image Credit: Central Coast Mariners

Central Coast Mariners 2 (Cummings 30′, Nkololo 62)

Newcastle Jets 0 

Stadium: Central Coast Stadium

Referee: Alireza Faghani

Assistant Referees: Andrew Lindsay & Lance Greenshields

Fourth Official: Tim Danaskos

Central Coast Mariners: Mark BIRIGHITTI (GK) (C), Lewis MILLER, Cy GODDARD (Garang KUOL 57′), Jason CUMMINGS (Matheus RODRIGUES 57′), Beni NKOLOLO, Marcos URENA (Atem DOR JOK 79′), Kye ROWLES, Storm ROUX (Ruon TONGYIK 70′), Maximilien BALARD, Harrison STEELE (Nicolai MULLER 79′), Cameron WINDUST

Unused Subs: Matthew HATCH, Yaren SOZER (GK)

Newcastle Jets: Michael WEIER (GK), Dane INGHAM, Jordan ELSEY (C), Beka MIKELTADZE, Daneil DOS SANTOS PENHA, Brandon WILSON (Jordan O’DOHERTY 84′), Kostandinos GROZOS (Archie GOODWIN 76′), Kuach YUEL ( Samuel SILVERA 63′), Taylor REGAN (Matthew JURMAN 76′), Angus THURGATE, Riley WARLAND (Lucas MARAGA 46′)

Unused Subs: Mohamed AL-TAAY, Jack DUNCAN (GK)

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Mitchell Roese
Sports enthuse currently studying a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at the University of Technology Sydney. Covering the Central Coast Mariners 2021/22 A-League Season

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