A-League

Glory remain Victory’s bogey team

Saturday March 7, 2015 by  

Irish international striker Andy Keogh has scored his 10th A-League goal of the season to help Perth Glory FC secure a 1-1 draw against title favourites, Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Tensions ran high throughout the night, as Keogh opened the scoring just before the stroke of half time, coinciding with a night of milestones for several Glory players.

Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic played his 100th match in purple and equalled the A-League record for most appearances. Read more

Sky Blues to host EPL giants

Friday March 6, 2015 by  

Sydney FC will play host to English Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in an exclusive one-off match to be played at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, 30 May.

The eight times FA Cup winners will bring their best available squad to Sydney – including Harry Kane, arguably the hottest young player in the EPL – for the clash with the in-form Sky Blues.

“I am delighted to be able to confirm that Sydney FC will compete against one of English football’s top clubs, Tottenham Hotspur,” said Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow. Read more

Hutchinson takes on player-coach role

Friday March 6, 2015 by  

Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that Head Coach Phil Moss has been stood aside, effective immediately. The Mariners are in negotiations with Moss in regards to his position and wish him all the best for his future endeavours in football.

Stepping in as interim Head Coach for the remainder of the A-League 2014/15 campaign will be Central Coast Mariners newly appointed Technical Director, Tony Walmsley.

The club will soon commence the search for a new permanent Head Coach with Walmsley to remain as the club’s Technical Director. Read more

Merrick and Greenacre commit long term

Thursday March 5, 2015 by  

The coaching team of Ernie Merrick and Chris Greenacre have committed themselves to the Wellington Phoenix club for the next three years.

Both coaches signed three-year contracts today, a testament to the direction the club is heading in.

Merrick, who is in his second season at the club, said he had thoroughly enjoyed the last 20 months and that it was an easy decision to commit himself for the long term. Read more

Jets and Mariners play out scoreless draw

Saturday February 28, 2015 by  

The Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets have played out a 0-0 draw at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night in a fixture where both sides failed to capitalise in the front third.

Head Coach Phil Moss was content with his men who kept a clean sheet but was adamant that the defensive structure was not his main focus going into tonight’s F3 Derby.

“I’m delighted with the clean sheet having shipped four goals against Sydney last week, that was one of our focuses this week but it wasn’t THE focus. Scoring goals has to be the focus and I thought we had enough chances to get something out of the game and win it,’ Moss said. Read more

Griffiths has good feeling about Wellington stint

Thursday February 26, 2015 by  

Asked why he has signed Joel Griffiths for the rest of the A-League season Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick’s answer is short and to the point: “He scores goals.”

Statistics show that Merrick is spot on. In 128 games for the Newcastle Jets Griffiths scored 62 goals as well as finding the net regularly during stints in China and Japan.

“Joel has a great work ethic and has scored goals wherever he has played,’ Merrick said. Read more

Two penalties silence Mariners

Friday February 13, 2015 by  

The Central Coast Mariners have suffered an unfortunate loss to Brisbane Roar after conceding two second half spot kicks in tonight’s A-League clash at Central Coast Stadium resulting in a 2-0 victory to the away side.

Full focus for the yellow and navy turns to Tuesday night’s AFC Champions League bout after two successful penalty conversions, one by Brisbane’s Jean Carlos Solorzano in the 51st minute and the other from Andrija Kaluderovic in stoppage time.

Head Coach Phil Moss ensured the fans that his men would bounce back from tonight’s result and noted that belief is there to finish in the final six – he also welcomed Tuesday’s quick Asian Champions League turnaround. Read more

Late Rose winner claims three points for Mariners

Saturday February 7, 2015 by  

A dramatic 84th minute Josh Rose winner and a spot kick follow up from Nick Fitzgerald was enough to overcome a first half goal from Adelaide United’s Awer Mabil to seal a last gasp 2-1 win for Phil Moss and the Central Coast Mariners.

With just over five minutes remaining and both sides on level terms it was an aerial cross with pin point precision from Mitchell Duke that landed in the lap of Rose and made all the difference. Rose controlled the cross just inside the area and struck home with style to send the home side into the sheds with a crucial three points.

Head Coach Phil Moss praised his men for coming home strong after an impressive week on the training park. Read more

Mariners form partnership with Everton

Wednesday February 4, 2015 by  

The Central Coast Mariners are proud to announce an official partnership with English Premier League’s Everton Football club that will have player development at the forefront of the relationship.

The partnership presents great opportunities for the Mariners, who now have a direct link to a legendary and prestigious English Premier League club.

The agreement will also work both ways, with Everton hoping to utilise the A-League as a way for their Under-21 Development players to benefit from the chance of first team football with The Mariners. Read more

Duke double silences City slickers

Sunday January 4, 2015 by  

Central Coast Mariners will enter the brief summer A-League pause for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup full of confidence after Phil Moss’s side claimed a well-earned 2-0 win over Melbourne City in Gosford on Sunday.

A double from livewire attacker Mitchell Duke helped steer the Mariners past John van’t Schip’s side on the banks of the Brisbane Water – the win coming after an improved attacking display by the yellow and navy and a determined defensive performance which saw Liam Reddy produce a number of fine saves to thwart City’s many attacking weapons.

The Mariners took the lead early in the contest when Duke capitalised on a precise pass from attacking midfield whiz Glen Trifiro. Seizing his opportunity, Duke slid an accurate effort of his own beyond Tando Velaphi to score his first goal since the opening day of the campaign. Read more