National Youth League - 2012/2013 - Season 5

Weekend Reds double for Mariners
By Ray Sandell

2012/2013 National Youth League - Round 14
10:30am, Saturday 26 January, 2013
at Mariners Centre of Excellence, Tuggerah

Central Coast Mariners FC 2
(Patrick Dixon 24, Brad McDonald 29')
Adelaide United FC 1
(Thomas Briscoe 55')

The Central Coast Mariners Youth team completed an Australia Day weekend double for the Club when they defeated Adelaide United 2 goals to 1 on a hot, humid, windy Saturday morning in Tuggerah.

The only blemish was the sending off of two players, one at each end of the match, for what can be described as rather stupid indiscretions.

Mariners dominated from the kick off with Adriano Pellegrino penetrating into the Adelaide penalty area and forcing two early corner kicks.

About eight minutes into the match, Pellegrino and Adelaide's captain Jacob Melling "had words" after a tackle and referee Kevin Peddie showed Pellegrino a red card. One can only wonder what was said!!

Despite the loss of their main midfielder, the Mariners continued to press and it was really no surprise when on the 24 minute mark they attacked down the right hand side and Patrick Dixon opened the scoring with a great shot from just inside the penalty area.

Five minutes later the Adelaide defence made an awful blunder that left Brad McDonald with the easy task of slotting the ball into an empty net for goal number two.

Adelaide started to make a few ventures into the Mariners penalty area but were still unable to penetrate the hard working defenders. Too often runs by Awer Mabil ended with crosses into the danger zone, but either none of his team mates were there, or the Mariners defenders were on hand to clear the ball.

Adelaide came out for the second half in a much more determined manner and immediately went on the attack.

Ten minutes after the break the ball was played well into the Mariners half, and goalie David Bradesevic came out of his penalty area to clear the ball but somehow completely mistimed his kick, and Thomas Briscoe had a simple job to score, albeit he shot from at least 35 metres out from goal.

Adelaide continued and Bradesevic made up for his early blunder by being very busy thwarting the opposition. Mabil hit the cross bar around the the 76th minute mark, but other than that they never really looked like scoring.

With seven minutes remaining, Hayden Morton was shown a straight red card for what appeared to be a yellow card offence.

Down to nine men, the Mariners really worked hard and were able to keep the opposition at bay until the final whistle.

None had worked harder than the two big boys at the back, Brent Griffiths and McDonald. Adelaide were well served by Mabil and Melling.

The Mariners had increased their lead at the top of the table to six points, dependant on the result of Melbourne Victory's Sunday match against third place Melbourne Heart.

Mariner's coach, John McLafferty was pleased with the way his team had performed under very hard circumstances, but it is doubtful he would have been happy with some of his team's disrespect for the Laws of The game!

2012/2013 National Youth League - Round 14
10:30am, Saturday 26 January, 2013
at Mariners Centre of Excellence, Tuggerah

Central Coast Mariners FC 2
(Patrick Dixon 24, Brad McDonald 29')
Adelaide United FC 1
(Thomas Briscoe 55')

    Crowd: abt 110


    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    Player listing: 1 Daniel BRADASEVIC (gk), 4 Kieren PAULL, 5 Hayden MORTON (c)(RC), 6 Daniel BRAGG ( 2 Nikola STANOJEVIC +61'), 7 Adam JENNER, 8 Adriano PELLEGRINO (RC), 12 Patrick DIXON (9 Aaron PETERSON +54'), 13 Brent GRIFFITHS, 14 Jordan CHRIGHTON (11 Louis BOZANIC +57'), 15 Brad McDONALD, 17 Anthony CACERES

    Substitutes not used: 20 Daniel SADAKA (rgk)

    Coach: John McLafferty

    Yellow Cards: Brent GRIFFITHS 35', Jordan CHRIGHTON 44', Louis BOZANIC 66'
    Red Cards: PELLEGRINO 8', Hayden MORTON 83'

    Adelaide United FC :
    Player listing: 1 John HALL (gk), 2 Shaun HARVEY (13 Daniel PRITCHARD +57'), 4 Sasa ZEKANOVIC (9 John KARATZAS +46'), 5 Scott VAGEL, 6 Jake MONACO, 7 Liam WOODING (c), 8 Thomas BRISCOE, 10 Dion KIRK, 12 Jordan ELSEY, 14 Awer MABIL, 15 Jacob MELLING (11 Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS +57')

    Substitutes not used: 29 Paul IZZO (rgk)

    Coach: Michael Valkanis

    Yellow Cards: Jordan ELSEY 1', Awer MABIL 29', Dion KIRK 54'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Kevin PEDDIE
    Assistants: Byron JAYE, Glen PETERKIN; Fourth Official: Adrian ARNDT

    BOTN players to watch: Central Coast Mariners: Brent GRIFFITHS, Brad McDONALD, and Daniel BRAGG; Adelaide United: Jacob MELLING, Awer MABIL, and Jake MONACO.

    Game rating: nk

    Pitch rating: nk

    Match report, ratings, and photos: Ray Sandell

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