Mariners’ young stars continue to flourish as Montgomery pushes for national call-ups

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After a thrilling 1-0 victory over Western United, another teenage sensation from Central Coast Mariners was in the spotlight for the second week in a row.

At only 17-years-old, Mariners young gun Garang Kuol is continuing the youth influence after collecting another goal against Western United.

In just six appearances in his debut season, Kuol has tallied three cracking goals, two of them being back-to-back match winners, while also tallying one assist.

Coach Nick Montgomery is relishing the opportunity of being by Garang’s side during his development after being overlooked by bigger clubs.

“Him and his brother were both overlooked by a lot of the big clubs in Melbourne,” said Montgomery.

“He was 16 when we brought him in so we had to nurture him in the right way and we’ve done that.”

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Garang’s older brother Alou left his mark on the club last season, scoring seven goals before making the move to the Bundesliga in Germany.

The comparisons between the brothers to many are very close, though Montgomery believes Garang is a much different player than his older brother.

“He’s a very different type of player. He only needs one chance and he showed the older boys how to do it,” said coach.

“All I’m asking for him to do is come on and make an impact in the game and he’s pushing for a start for sure.”

A team previously notorious for conceding late goals, Central Coast of late have been finishing games in strong fashion.

The character of each team member to continue sticking with the game plan is what Montgomery applauds the most of his men heading into their final matches of the regular season.

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Mariners youngsters are really making their presence known across the nation, and with a Socceroos outfit struggling to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Montgomery is in awe of Graham Arnold’s blind eye to Mariners form.

“I find it very surprising none of the young boys for the Mariners have been in any national teams,” said Montgomery.

“I find it hard that none of them, in the form they’ve been in this season and last, so hopefully they get the recognition they deserve.”

Arnold was seen in the stands in Gosford on Saturday evening. After an in-person view of Mariners football, we may see some of the youngsters get the chance to set alight the national stage.

Feature Image Credit: Central Coast Mariners

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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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