Mariners and Roar Youth Fight Out Draw

By: Ray Sandell:

National Youth League – Round 4
Saturday 16 November 2013
Mariners Centre of Excellence, Tuggerah

Central Coast Mariners 1
(A Kwasnik 32)
drew with
Brisbane Roar 1
(S. Sibatuara 68)

Crowd: Approx 150


With their A-League team having a weekend off, a reasonably large crowd of Mariners supporters turned up to watch the youngsters take on Brisbane Roar at Tuggerah. They were treated to a match that finished in a 1-1 draw and but for rash finishing could have had many more goals.

The weather was overcast, with rain threatening all afternoon, but the players were bright and breezy and the play went from end to end for most of the match.

The Mariners had the first opportunity when, after six minutes, Adam Kwasnik jumped high for a cross but his header scraped the topside of the cross bar. A few minuted later livewire midfielder Anthony Caceres fired in a shot from the edge of the penalty area but Brisbane ‘keeper Fraser Chalmers made a comfortable save.

Brisbane the had a period of sustained attack with Samuel Sibatuara causing the Mariners defence plenty of problems with his long mazy runs down the right hand side but the local boys held firm.

Half an hour into the game Mariners Michael Neill crossed the ball from the left hand side and Kwasnik was again in position to get his head to the ball, but this time it flew under the crossbar for the opening goal.

Kwasnik was again in the action minutes later, but this time as provider, and his pass to Patrick Dixon saw his shot hit the cross bar. Kwasnik and Neill continued to worry the Roar defence but the half time break came with no addition to the score.

Brisbane started the second half with intent and with Sibatuara continuing to show his skilful ball control, but again with no success.

Play fluctuated up and down the pitch with Kwasnik and Dixon for the Mariners and Sibatuara and Jai Ingham for the Roar, all missing or having chances go close.

With approximately twenty minutes remaining. Sibatuara again went away on one of his weaving runs and this time he finished it off with a shot from the edge of the penalty area that flew past Mariners goalkeeper David Bradasevic into the far corner of the net for the equaliser.

With all the compulsory substitutes having taken place, the last twenty minutes became hectic as both teams vied for that winning goal. Both goalkeepers had their busiest period of the game, but for all the hard work by the field players no goals eventuated, and the game ended up a worthy draw.

Both coaches would have rued the missed opportunities to score, but would have also been pleased by the way their young charges kept at it and never gave up trying.

The match produced few goals, but plenty of action, opportunities and near misses, saw the supporters go home pleased with the free  entertainment that had been provided.


Central Coast Mariners:
Player listing: 1 David BRADASEVIC (gk) (c), 2 Jacob ESPOSITO, 3 Joshua FORBES (Adrian VLASTELICA 54) , 6 Brent GRIFFITHS, 7 Dillon VORSTER, 9 Adam KWASNIK , 14 Steve WHYTE (Dominic FERGUSON 57), 15 Jesse CURRAN (Nathan VERITY 57), 17 Anthony CACERES, 18 Michael NEILL, 20 Patrick DIXON.
Subs not used: 12 Tonu LIBAND (gk).
Coach: Patrick ZWAANSWIJK.
Yellow Cards: Anthony CACERES 58min, Dillon VORSTER 78min
Red Cards: Nil

Player Listing: 1 Fraser CHALMERS, 2 Jaiden WALKER, 3 Luke PAVLOU (Cameron CRESTANI 60), 4 Lachlan JACKSON, 5 Sam CRONIN, 6 Benjamin LITFIN (c), 7 Shannon BRADY (Samed ALTUNDAG 60), 8 Costa PSAROS (Logan GRILLO 50), 9 Jai INGHAM, 10 Mitchell HORE, 11 Samuel SIBATUARA.
Sub not used: 20 Denver CRICKMORE (gk).
Coach: Jeff HOPKINS.
Yellow Cards: Sam CRONIN 51min
Red Cards: Nil

Referee: Trent NASH
Assistant Referees: Sebastian BRENNAN, Byron JAYE.
Fourth Official: Joshua CORNICK.

Players to watch:
Central Coast Mariners: Patrick Dixon, Michael Neill,  Jacob Esposito
Brisbane Roar: Samuel Sibatuara, Sam Cronin, Jai Ingham.

Report and photos by Ray Sandell