Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets at Central Coast Stadium

Result: Mariners 2 - Jets 0

Solid Win

Before a crowd of almost 12000 on a cool evening, the Mariners marched on with another win over the invaders from Newcastle. In yet another exciting exhibition of The World Game, the home team proved too strong for the visitors by two goals to nil.

The Jets came out with all guns blazing determined to revenge the recent 4 – 2 defeat at Hunter Stadium. They in fact struck the post with a rasping shot in only the first minute.

The game swung from end to end, and it wasn’t until the 18th minute that the first corner fell to the home side. Nothing came of it but in the 30th minute Lewis Miller made a raid down the right-hand side, providing the ball to Goddard whose shot was saved. However, the clearance from the Jets went straight to Max Ballard who turned provider to Cummings inside the box. This proven goal scorer beat two defender and with his left foot directed the ball to the top left corner of the goal with the Newcastle keeper given no chance.

The game resumed in the second stanza at the same hectic pace. Within two minutes the Jets had their best chance when it was easier to score than to miss but ‘miss’ they did.

Beni N’Kololo was proving a handful. A delightful chip from him beat the custodian but was cleared by a desperate defender.

Almost inevitably the Mariners increased their lead. In the 61st it was Storm Roux in an unfamiliar left back position who sped forward, slipped the ball to Moresche with a superb feed. The Brazilian found an unmarked N’Kololo with a through ball. In a one-on-one between the Frenchman and Jets goalie Michael Weier, the Mariner won out. N’Kololo then went on to an empty net to put the home side ahead by two to nil.

There was to be another chance for Beni N’Kololo to embarrass the Jets goalkeeper when he was found to be well out of his goal. N’Kololo received the ball in midfield and tried to lob Weier but unfortunately the keeper had worked his way back in time to save it.

Future star player Garang Kuol had the crowd on its feet in the 71st minute as he belted the ball towards goal from a narrow angle. Unfortunately, he hit the side netting.

The Finals are now before the Coast team as they travel to Adelaide to take on United at Coopers Stadium. The game is set down for Sunday with a kick-off at 4:05pm (Gosford time).

 

 

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