Plenty of young talent available

By Ray Sandell:

National Youth League – Round 1

Sunday 27 October 2013
Mariners Centre Of Excellence, Tuggerah

Central Coast Mariners FC 0

drew with

Adelaide United FC 0

Both first grade coaches attended this first National Youth League match of the 2013/14 season and would have been pleased with what they had seen. The Mariners team consisted of mainly young players, whilst Adelaide fielded a number of senior players and others with first team experience.

Both teams made their attitude clear from the kick off, score goals, but unfortunately they never arrived due to some over exuberant shooting and some magnificent goalkeeping by each ‘keeper. The ball moved up and down the field at a fast rate but it was fifteen minutes into the game before the first goal scoring opportunity occurred.

Mariners attacked and the ball went to Joshua Bingham who from wide out fired a powerful shot which was well saved by Adelaide ‘keeper Paul Izzo. Five minutes later Bingham was again in the action when he weaved his way through the Adelaide defence but shot well over the cross bar.

Adelaide had spasmodic attacks that went to nothing, but it was the Mariners who had most of the remainder of the first half with firstly Patrick Dixon and then Dillon Vorster bringing the best out of Izzo.

Adelaide made two substitutions at the half time break and they immediately put the Mariners defence under pressure. Jake Barker-Daish and Ryan Kitto started to get more possession of the ball and Antony Golec came more into the game. But for some great goalkeeping from David Bradasevic, Adelaide would have taken the lead on a couple of occasions.

The mandatory substitutions were made at the hour mark and the pace of the game continued. Both teams continued to make goal scoring chances but both goalkeepers were up to the task and defied the attackers.

The last quarter of an hour can only be described as “hectic”. Chances galore, more brilliant goalkeeping, near misses, but no goals!

The final whistle went with every player having given their all. The younger players of each team had given their first grade coaches a reminder that they had plenty of young talent available to fill any first grade position that may become available.

Overall this first Youth League game of the season was a credit to all concerned. Players , coaches, referees and a healthy bunch of supporters!


Crowd:  about 150

Central Coast Mariners FC

Player listing: 1 David BRADASEVIC (gk) (c), 2 Jacob ESPOSITO, 3 Joshua FORBES, 4 Jesse CURRAN, 6 Brent GRIFFITHS (Liam ODELL +58), 7 Dillon VORSTER (Steve WHYTE +58), 9 Patrick DIXON , 10 Dominic FERGUSON (Nathan VERITY +55), 11 Josh BINGHAM, 15 Tom SLATER, 18 Michael NEILL.

Subs not used: 12. Tonu LIBAND (rgk)

Coach: Patrick Zwaanswijk

Yellow Cards: Josh BINGHAM 36, Jesse CURRAN 78 

Red Cards: Nil

Adelaide United FC:

Player listing: 20 Paul IZZO (gk), 2 Dion KIRK (c), 6 Oliviera CASSIO (Matthew BOUZALAS +46), 8 Nathan KOSTANDOPOULOS (Anthony TURE +46), 9 Anthony COSTA, 10 Ryan KITTO, 11. Nikola MILESUNIC, 13 Jordan ELSEY, 14 Jacob MELLING (Jordan O’DOHERTY +57) , 19 Jake BARKER-DAISH, 21 Antony GOLEC.

Subs not used: John HALL (rgk)

Coach: Michael Valkanis

Yellow Cards: Jacob MELLING 14.

Red Cards: Nil

Referee: Stephen LUCAS
Assistant Referees: Sebastian BRENNAN,. Karl DAVIES; Fourth Official: Lachlan DANIEL

Players to watch:

Central Coast Mariners: David BRADASEVIC, Michael NEILL, Tom SLATER

Adelaide United: Ryan KITTO, Dion KIRK, Paul IZZO

Report by Ray Sandell