National Youth League - 2011/2012 - Season 4

Duke leads the line, in win
By Chris Dunkerley

2011/2012 National Youth League - Round 17 (brought forward)
4pm, Tuesday 9 January, 2012
at Pluim Park, Lisarow

Central Coast Mariners FC 3
o.g. 7' (Brad Treloar), Mitchell Duke 57' 73')
defeated
Melbourne Heart FC 1
(Zac Walker 3')



Central Coast Mariners hosted second placed Melbourne Heart at Pluim Park on Tuesday in a Round 17 game brought forward, and ran out easy 3-1 winners.

The Mariners dominated the game, with striker Mitchell Duke grabbing a brace and the driving force for the third.

It was the Heart who struck first however in a comedy scripted moment in the third minute. Heart captain Craig Goodwin sent a through ball that 'over-age' 'keeper Justin Pasfield should have scooped up, but seemed to misjudge entirely. This allowed Zac Walker to slip around him and tap it into an empty net with Mariners defenders watching. (see 6th photo below) 0-1

It wasn't long before the pressure from the Mariners told on the Heart defence. From 25m out on the right Mitchell Duke made a run and struck a shot that deflected off Brad Treloar and, evading the goalkeepers' attempts to reach it, rolled into the net on the left. 1-1

With little in the way of chances to the Heart in the first half, they started better after the break, but 12 minutes in Brad McDonald did some solid work out on the left, and cut the ball inside to Mitchell Duke who hit it sweetly into the net. 2-1

Heart forward Stipo Andrijasevic tested Mariners custodian Justin Pasfield with a volley.

My notes hardly record a chance to the visitors, while the Mariners were denied by some fine glove work by Sebastian Mattei.

In the 73rd minute Duke added to his tally by ending a sequence of passes. The ball was played from Anthony Caceres, to Kwabena Appiah-Kubi, thence to Stanojevic. Stanojevic rushed his pass and as it was going out of Duke's reach he swung his foot and turned it into the net. 3-1

Although the Mariners defence is a work in progress, and the playing of overage players makes it hard to judge the team, they certainly deserved a win here, and several fringe players for the first squad showed their worth to Graham Arnold who attended.

Certainly Mitchell Duke must be challenging Kwasnik for a place on the bench for the first team. Heart's players look more like prospects for next season.

The Mariners move into second position on the ladder, albeit with an extra game and a couple of teams breathing down their neck. If they hadn't thrown away the Perth Glory game in round 2 they may have been top. Making mistakes and losing concentration is something they need to work on.



2011/2012 National Youth League - Round 17 (brought forward)
4pm, Tuesday 9 January, 2012
at Pluim Park, Lisarow


Central Coast Mariners FC 3
o.g. 7' (Brad Treloar), Mitchell Duke 57' 73')
defeated
Melbourne Heart FC 1
(Zac Walker 3')

    Crowd: abt 150

    MATCH STATS:

    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    Player listing: 20. Justin Pasfield (gk)(OA), 3. Trent Sainsbury, 10. Mitchell Duke, 5. Nicholas Littler, 15. Bradley McDonald, 8. James Oates (c), 11. Sam Gallagher, 14. Tomas Rogic (6. Anthony Caceres +46'), 4. Stuart Musialik (OA), 7. Adriano Pellegrino (OA), 12. Adam Kwasnik (OA)(9. Kwabena Appiah-Kubi +61')

    Substitutes not used: 1. Dylan Mitchell (rgk)

    Coach: Tony Walmsley

    Yellow Cards: Nil
    Red Cards: Nil

    Melbourne Heart FC :
    Player listing: 1. Sebastian Mattei (gk), 9. Stipo Andrijasevic, 5. Craig Goodwin (c), 11. Justin Groenewald (8. Brodie Patterson +78'), 3. Kamal Ibrahim (6. Alon Bumgart +60'), 14. Billy Liolios, 8. Brodie Patterson (17. Daniel Peluso +60'), 15. Phil Petreski (2. Adrian Zahra +60'), 4. Bradley Treloar, 12. Jeremy Walker, 7. Zac Walker

    Substitutes not used: 20. Thomas Dunn (rgk)

    Coach: John Aloisi

    Yellow Cards: Nil
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Stephan Lucas 7/10
    Assistants: Karl Davies, Nick Backo; Fourth Official: Andrew Higgins; Match Commissioner: Craig McCallum

    BOTN players to watch:
    CCM: Mitchell Duke - others, most had only one half or less. Special mention to new signing Tomas Rogic who though unfit, displayed some nice touches and tactical awareness. Heart: Sebastian Mattei, Stipo Andrjasevic, Craig Goodwin

    Game rating: 7/10

    Pitch rating: 7/10

    Match report, photos and ratings: Chris Dunkerley



(Mariners new signing Tomas Rogic on right)

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