A-League

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

Glory’s victory widens gap at the top

Friday January 2, 2015 by  

Perth Glory FC has extended its lead at the top of the A-League by a solid seven points, after a sublime performance, defeating rivals Melbourne Victory 2-1 at Simonds Stadium in Geelong.

Two quick goals in less than 20 minutes, the first a clinical finish from Andy Keogh in the 9’ and then an elegant goal by Chris Harold in the 16’, set Glory in a commanding position for the rest of the game.

The match was billed as a high octane thriller and it delivered that and more. Read more

Mariners and Roar play out six goal thriller

Saturday December 27, 2014 by  

Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar played out a pulsating 3-3 draw at a raucous Central Coast Stadium on Saturday, the two sides sharing the A-League spoils following a see-sawing 90 minutes at Gosford’s idyllic bayside arena.

Jean Carlos Solorzano handed Frans Thijssen’s charges the lead just before half time when he made no mistake in firing beyond Liam Reddy from six yards – the goal was the Costa Rican’s first in the competition for three years.

But while Roar may have shaded the play in the first 45, the Mariners came storming out of the blocks in the second stanza as they bid to send the strong crowd of 9,932 gathered on the banks of the Brisbane Water home happy. Read more

Rampant Glory equals A-League record

Saturday December 20, 2014 by  

A Chris Harold brace, a Danny De Silva stunner and Andy Keogh’s seventh goal of the season capped off a night of brilliance from the boys in the West as Perth Glory FC stormed to their eighth home league win in a row.

The performance matched the A-League record as Glory thrashed the Central Coast Mariners 4-1 on Saturday night at home.

Central Coast got the game underway at a picturesque nib Stadium and looked comfortable in possession from the outset. Read more