Mariners earn F3 derby redemption with dominant win

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Central Coast Mariners claimed a win in the second F3 derby match at Industree Group Stadium, crushing the Newcastle Jets with a 3-0 victory.

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From kick-off, the Mariners were on the offensive, eager to redeem themselves after their defeat in the last F3 derby.

The Mariners dominated for most of the first 20 minutes of the match, making four attempts at the goal while Newcastle Jets only managed to make one.

The Mariners’ offensive efforts were rewarded in the 22nd minute, when Marco Túlio launched a stunning, long-range shot from more than 35 yards away into the net.

For the rest of the half, the two sides battled for possession of the ball.

While the Jets managed to keep possession of the ball more than their opponents, the Mariners still created more scoring opportunities than Newcastle. However, both sides struggled to convert goals.

The first half ended with the Mariners only 1-0 up.

Newcastle came back into the second half determined to score an equaliser.

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Within just the first five minutes back on the field, the Jets had made three scoring attempts but failed to secure a goal.

Newcastle continued to keep possession of the ball until the 63rd minute when the tables turned in the Mariners’ favour again.

Jason Cummings received a through ball from Túlio and fired a shot past the keeper into the net, bringing the score to 2-0.

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The two rivals continued to battle it out, with both teams finding goal opportunities but failed to finish them.

In the 85th minute, the game was put on pause to determine whether Mark Natta had committed a handball.

After reviewing the VAR, Natta copped the foul, and the Mariners were awarded a penalty kick.

The penalty was taken by Beni Nkololo who made it 3-0 with a calm spotkick.

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Despite the massive goal difference, the Jets continued to up the offensive for the remaining 10 minutes of the match.

In the additional game time, Newcastle made two last attempts to put a goal on the board.

In the 94th minute, Jordan Elsey’s shot went wide, and in the same minute, Beka Mikeltadze had his attempt blocked.

With the Jets failing in these last scoring attempts, the Mariners sealed their redemption with a solid 3-0 win.

Next week, the Mariners will travel to Victoria to face Melbourne City and Newcastle will also travel interstate to play against Adelaide United.

Central Coast Mariners 3 (Marco TÚLIO 22’, Jason CUMMINGS 63’, Beni NKOLOLO 87’)
Newcastle Jets 0

Industree Group Stadium

Referee: Lachlan Keevers
Assistant Referees: Brad Wright & Ryan Gallagher
Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

Central Coast Mariners: Daniel VUKOVIC (GK) (C), Brian KALTAK, Joshua NISBET, Samuel SILVERA (Sasha KUZEVSKI 78’), Jason CUMMINGS (Michael RUHS 68’), Harrison STEELE (Nectarios TRIANTIS 68’), Garang KUOL (Beni NKOLOLO 46’), Storm ROUX (Thomas AQUILINA 68’), Jacob FARRELL, Daniel HALL, Marco TÚLIO
Unused subs: Cameron WINDUST, Yaren SOZER (GK)

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Dane INGHAM, Jason HOFFMAN (Carl JENKINSON 46’), Jordan ELSEY, Trent BUHAGIAR (Jaushua SOTIRIO 64’), Beka DARTSMELIA (Kostandinos GROZOS 80’), Beka MIKELTADZE (C), Mohamed AL-TAAY (Callum TIMMINS 64’), Daniel STYNES (Reno PISCOPO 60’), Angus THURGATE, Mark NATTA
Unused subs: Matthew JURMAN, Michael WEIER (GK)

Featured Image Credit: Robbie Szafranek

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Jasmine Singh
Jasmine Singh
One of the two journalists covering the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners for the 2022/23 season. Studying a Bachelor of Media (Communications and Journalism) / Bachelor of International Studies at the University of New South Wales. A true crime addict and dog lover.

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