Hyundai A-League - 2012/2013 - Season 8

Jets draw with Mariners in the 'F3'
By Chris Dunkerley

2011/2012 Hyundai A-League - Round 17
7:45pm, Saturday 19 January, 2012
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 0
Newcastle Jets FC 0

Central Coast Mariners and their neighbours the Newcastle Jets played a 0-0 draw in a damp Gosford last night with a solid wet weather crowd on 11,249 watching the 29th 'F3' derby.

It wasn't a game for the purists, but then what derby game is? With few chances at either end it was a scrap throughout. Although both sets of players handled the slick conditions well, not much to write home about - so I won't write much.

The best chances happened just before half-time with Mark Birighitti showing lightning fast relexes to tip a stiging shot from Michael McGlinchey over the bar after the Kiwi international made a slalom run through the Jet's defence from the right.

At the other end Mat Ryan covered a rising shot from Josh Brillante from outside the area, though it was likely to have hit the crossbar, safety first!

The draw consolidates the Mariners position as Hyundai A-League leaders over second-placed Adelaide United who lost and are now are three points behind, and it also ensures the home team remain unbeaten at Gosford in season eight of the A-League.

Central Coast Mariners Assistant Coach, Phil Moss, who stood in for the suspended Graham Arnold for the clash, said the Mariners could be satisfied with their efforts in the 29th edition of the F3 Derby.

“Arnie’s philosophy since day one has been to keep clean sheets and to be hard to beat and be hard to break down, and I think we did well on that front tonight,” Moss said.

“It was a scrap, it wasn’t the prettiest game of football. I thought it could have gone either way, but our players’ determination to keep a clean sheet was fantastic tonight and the senior boys led by example.”

Moss said his preparation for his first Hyundai A-League game at the helm of the Mariners was relatively routine thanks to how closely he, goalkeeping mentor John Crawley, and strength and conditioning coach Andrew Clark, work with the astute Arnold.

“The defensive discipline and structures were in place. The fight and determination not to give the game away had Graham Arnold written all over it,” he said. “I had great support from Arnie during the week and today during the day leading up to the game, and also from John Crawley and Andrew Clark. As a staff we do a lot of things together, we think very similar, and we shared the load tonight so it was no problem.”

2011/2012 Hyundai A-League - Round 17
7:45pm, Saturday 19 January, 2012
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 0
Newcastle Jets FC 0

    Crowd: 11,249


    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Mathew Ryan (gk), 2. Daniel McBreen, 3. Joshua Rose, 4. Pedj Bojic, 6. Patrick Zwaanswijk, 7. John Hutchinson (c), 11. Oliver Bozanic, 14. Michael McGlinchey, 16. Trent Sainsbury, 17. Anthony Caceres (18. Montgomery +55’), 21. Mile Sterjovski (23. Adam Kwasnik +75’)

    Substitutes not used: 20. Justin Pasfield (rgk), 5. Zachary Anderson

    Acting Coach: Phil Moss (Graham Arnold suspended by FFA)

    Yellow Cards: Mile Sterjovski 73'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Newcastle Jets FC :
    Player listing:
    20. Mark Birighitti (gk), 2. Scott Neville, 4. Josh Mitchell, 7. James Brown, 8. Ruben Zadkovich (c), 9. Emile Heskey (17. James Virgili +61’), 11. Connor Chapman, 12. Joshua Brillante (16. Jobe Wheelhouse +89’), 13. Samuel Gallaway, 15. Craig Goodwin (26. Andrew Hoole +84’), 23. Ryan Griffiths

    Substitutes not used: 1. Ben Kennedy (rgk)

    Coach: Gary van Egmond

    Yellow Cards: Ruben Zadkovich 27', James Brown 33', Josh Mitchell 65'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Alan Milliner 6/10
    Assistant referees: David Walsh, Ashley Beecham; Fourth official: Tim McGilchrist
    Referee Assessor: ; Match Commissioner:

    BOTN Player Points:
    3. Michael McGlinchey (CCM)
    2. Ruben Zadkovich (NJ)
    1. Samuel Galloway (NJ)

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 5/10

    Match report and ratings: By Chris Dunkerley - thanks to club media

Nil photos

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