First bragging rights in F3 derby to Mariners

By Chris Dunkerley:

Hyundai A-League Season 10 – 2014/15 – Round 1
5:00pm, Saturday 11 October, 2014 – Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

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Central Coast Mariners FC  1
(Mitchell Duke 90‘+2)
defeated
Newcastle United Jets FC  0

Central Coast Mariners have taken first F3 derby bragging rights of season 10, with a very late win due to Mitchell Duke’s stoppage time goal in Gosford on Saturday evening.  

It was a well flighted free kick into the area by substitute Glen Trifiro that was the catalyst. Hard working striker Duke was sharp enough to pounce and edged the ball past Jets  ‘keeper Mark Birighitti.

It was a typical dour derby game with few chances to either side, with neither wanting to risk humiliation for themselves or their fans.

It was the home side who had the best of the first half, with several opportunities.

A free kick in the 24th minute to Manick Mane, was blocked but in the ensuring melee David Carney hand balled. A further freekick and Kim Seung-yong grazed the left side netting.

In the 31st minute Mane was away, with Kim in support but his attempt was deflected. Two minutes later a nice touch by Mane found Rose free but his shot on target was blocked.

On the death of first half time, james Virgili hit a shot from the edge of the area, but Nick Montgomery headed over to clear.

In the 57th min Jonathan Steele was away for the visitors but his lob attempt sailed over both Mariner’s gloveman Liam Reddy and the crossbar.

Two minutes later Joel Griffiths has his side’s best chance when his snap shot drew a diving save to his right by Reddy.

In the 78th min Mitchell Duke got down the right, but his cross was headed over by Glen Trifiro

“It’s a derby and you don’t expect it to be an open affair,” Mariners coach Phil Moss stated after the game. “It was a tight game, it was physical, particularly in the middle of the park, and I thought both teams had their chances to win the game today.”

“But I am just so proud of my boys to keep the belief and until the 94th minute to grab a goal. I always thought in the last five minutes there would be one big chance, maybe at either end, but luckily for us it was at our end and I thought ‘Dukey’ (Mitchell Duke) showed a lot of composure to finish the way he did from that free kick – it was a great finish.”

“You’re never going to play 94 minutes of perfect football,” he said. “There’s going to be times when you’re going to have to knuckle down, roll up your sleeves and stick to your structures, and that’s why I am such a process driven coach because when things aren’t going your way you can fall back on a process.”

“There was some good glimpses, some promising glimpses of what we’ve been trying  to  do with the ball and I thought for the most part our defending was very good and resolute.”

MATCH DETAILS:

Crowd:  10,443

Central Coast Mariners FC: 12. Liam REDDY (gk),  2. Storm ROUX (23. Isaka CERNAK 80’), 3. Josh ROSE, 5. Zac ANDERSON, 7. John HUTCHINSON (c), 8. Nick MONTGOMERY, 9. Mitchell DUKE, 14. Malick MANÉ, 15. Matt SIM (11. Nick FITZGERALD +68’), 26. Eddy BOSNAR, 27. KIM Seung-yong (18. Glen TRIFIRO +63’)
Substitutes not used: 1. Matthew NASH (rgk), 10. Anthony CACERES

Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Coach: Phil Moss

Newcastle United Jets FC: 1. Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 2. Scott NEVILLE, Taylor REGAN,  Kew JALIENS (c), 9. Joel GRIFFITHS (11. Andrew HOOLE +68’), 12. Sam GALLAGHER, 13. Edson MONTANO (7. Jeronimo NEUMANN +77’), 16. Jacob PEPPER, 17. James VIRGILI (10. Marcos FLORES +62’), 22. Johnny STEELE, 23. David CARNEY
Substitutes not used: 8. Zenon CARAVELLA, 20. Ben KENNEDY (rgk)

Yellow cards:   Flores 84′, Jeronimo 82′, Jaliens 87′
Red Cards:  Nil

Coach:  Phil Stubbins

Ratings:
Referee:  Kris Griffiths Jones  8/10
Assistants: Lance Greenshields, Andre Giev; 4th official: Stephen Lucas

BOTN Player Points:  
3.  Scott Neville (NUJ)
2.  John Hutchinson (CCM)
1.  Malick Mane (CCM)

Pitch rating:   7/10
Game rating:  6/10 – a first up derby game!

By Chris Dunkerley, with CCMFC media information