Mariners Youth Still Looking For A Win

By: Ray Sandell

National Youth League – Round 6
Saturday 30- November 2013
at Mariners Centre of Excellence – K.O. 10.30am

Central Coast Mariners FC 1
(Adam Kwasnik 68′)
lost to
Newcastle Jets FC 3
(Kale Bradbery 15′, R.adovan Padicevic 35′, Mitch Cooper 90’+2 )

Crowd: Approx 150.


Newcastle Jets continued on their winning way, whilst the Central Coast Mariners are still striving for their first win of the season. The early rain cleared and the match was played in sunshine and on a surprising dry and good pitch.

Newcastle dominated from the kick off with the experienced Joey Gibbs leading the way. He and the fleet footed Kale Bradbery were dominant and giving the Mariners defence plenty of problems.

On a number of occasions Mariners ‘keeper David Bradasevic was forced to make fine saves from what appeared to be goal bound shots, and it was not a surprise when Bradbery opened the scoring when he took advantage of a bad defensive error and easily took the ball round a stranded Bradasevic and calmly tapped the ball into an empty and unguarded net.

The Jets continued to attack and it was twenty minutes before their goalkeeper, John Solari, saw any real action when Adam Kwasnik headed a cross from Michael Neill just over the crossbar.

Ten minutes before half time Jets were awarded a corner kick. The ball was sent into the centre of the penalty area and the quick thinking Radovan Pavicevic pounced and fired a low shot through the melee of legs into the back of the net to double the visitor’s score.

Just before half time the Mariners suffered a cruel loss when the hard working and impressive Michael Neill suffered his second injury within five minutes and had to be substituted.

The second half was a different story however, with the Mariners showing a vastly improved attitude, and stunned the Jets with their persistent attacks and much improved effort. Kwasnik and Jacob Esposito, who had replaced the injured Neill, were causing all sorts of problems with their fast runs and general harassment of the Jets’ defenders. Kwasnik, in particular, started to show his old form and had a number of shots at goal go close or saved by Solari.

Midway through the second half, Kwasnik had his efforts rewarded when he rose high from a cross by Dillon Vorster and his powerful, header flew past Solari to reduce the Jets’ lead to one goal.

From then on it was all the Mariners. Tempers became frayed, a number of cautions were issued, and the Jets’ goal was under siege, but that equaliser just would not come.

Into additional time, Mariners were still pressing hard. Jets made a rare breakaway. The ball went to substitute Mitch Cooper out on the left hand side and his low shot took everybody by surprise and ended up past Bradasevic in the back of the net to end the Mariners hopes a vital point.

Mariners had tried hard after a miserable first half effort, but the Jets deserved their win, the second against their close rivals in four weeks.

Both coaches would have been reasonably happy. Clayton Zane for another win, and Patrick Zwaanswijk due to his team’s second half performance.


Central Coast Mariners: Player listing: 1 David BRADASEVIC (gk) (c), 4 Liam ODELL, 5 Zac ANDERSON, 6 Jesse CURRAN, 9 Adam KWASNIK, 10 Dominic FEREGUSON, 11 Nick FITZGERALD, 13 Hayden MORTON (Lachlan EVERETT 46), 18 Michael NEILL ( Jacob ESPOSITO 42) , 19 Josh BINGHAM (Dillon VORSTER 55), 20 Mile STERJOVSKI..

Subs not used: 12 Tonu LIBAND (gk).

Coach: Patrick ZWAANSWIJK.

Yellow Cards: Zac ANDERSON 42min, Jacob ESPOSITO 78mion, Mile STERJOVSKI 82min.

Red Cards: Nil

NEWCASTLE JETS: Player Listing: 1 John SOLARI (gk), 2 Michael FINLAYSON (Michael PAPASDIMITRIOS 46), 3 Nicholas COWBURN, 4 Josh MITCHELL (Mitch COOPER 60), 5 Craig GOODWIN, 6 Mitchell OXBORROW, 7 Radovan PAVICEVIC, 8 Michael KANTAROVSKI, 9 Kale BRADBEREY, 10 Joey GIBBS (c), 11 Thomas WALLER (Matthew BILIC 55).

Sub not used: 20 Adam PEARCE (GK)

Coach: Clayton ZANE

Yellow Cards: Nicholas COWBURN 51min, Michael KANTAROVSKI 80min.

Red Cards: Nil

Referee: Adrian ARNDT
Assistant Referees: Nick BACKO, Byron JAYE.
Fourth Official: Lachlan DANIEL.

Players to watch:

Central Coast Mariners: Dominic Ferguson, Adam Kwasnik, Jacob Esposito
Newcastle Jets: Mitchell Finlayson, Kale Bradbery, Joey Gibbs.

Report and photos by Ray Sandell.

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