Newcastle Jets vs Central Coast Mariners: A-League live scores, blog

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    The F3 derby is the A-League’s longest rivalry, going all the way back to the pre-season competition of the A-League’s inaugural season. Join us at 5pm AEDT for live scores and a blog as the Newcastle Jets host the Central Coast Mariners at Ausgrid Stadium this afternoon.

    Today caps a week when the Jets welcomed back two old faces to the club: EPL striker Francis Jeffers, who had a short but productive stint with the Jets last season, and former championship coach Gary van Egmond.

    Unfortunately for the home side, neither of them will be available this afternoon.

    The Jets will be wishing that Jeffers was available after their problems in front of goal last weekend against a nine-man Phoenix, though Griffiths had a bit of a blinder in their win in the season open when the Jets got out of jail against the Heart.

    The Mariners are without a win in their first two games, although one of those games was against Brisbane, and these days everyone loses against the Roar.

    Key midfielders Mustafa Amini and Stuart Musialik remain unavailable, and captain Alex Wilkinson will also miss.

    Neither team boasts an advantage in either the middle of the park or in the front third, so it would not be surprising to see both defences get on top of their respective opponents, with both teams boasting experienced defenders amongst their back four.

    The Mariners have recent good form against the Jets, and with the much maligned Graham Arnold as their manager, they have someone capable of getting the team structures right as the game progresses in what is likely to be a tight game.

    The Jets are expecting a big crowd for this one, but the home fans will have to settle for a draw today.

    Will bad blood spill over at Ausgrid Stadium? Join us from 5.00pm AEDT for live scores and an interactive blog of all the action, and leave your opinion below.

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    • Roar Guru

      October 23rd 2011 @ 2:05pm
      The Cattery said | October 23rd 2011 @ 2:05pm | ! Report

      Even though van Egmond doesn’t officially take over till Monday, Arnie reckons he’ll be the one calling the shots today for the Jets:

      http://www.smh.com.au/sport/a-league/arnold-suspects-jets-coach-has-the-wheel-for-f3-derby-20111022-1mdje.html

    • Roar Guru

      October 23rd 2011 @ 2:10pm
      The Cattery said | October 23rd 2011 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

      What a great rivalry these two have, let’s not forget that the Jets’ one championship came when they defeated the Mariners in Season 3, the Mariners themselves have lost 3 of 3 grand final deciders.

      The Mariners record home crowd is actually against the Jets (a touch over 19k), which is impressive considering how close Sydney is to the Gosford.

      For those tuning into Rugby World cup final tonight, especially in the period leading up to it, you’ll be able to follow a minute by minute description of this derby from 5pm this arvo right here on the Roar.

      When too much football is not nearly enough!

    • Roar Guru

      October 23rd 2011 @ 2:43pm
      The Cattery said | October 23rd 2011 @ 2:43pm | ! Report

      Arnie has warned his charges not to get too carried away with the hype surrounding the game: “We need to stick to the game plan and not let the emotion take over. We have to play our game.”

    • Roar Guru

      October 23rd 2011 @ 4:07pm
      The Cattery said | October 23rd 2011 @ 4:07pm | ! Report

      Only an hour to go till the big game, make sure you join us at 5pm for the A-League’s biggest and longest rivalry.

    • Roar Guru

      October 23rd 2011 @ 4:33pm
      The Cattery said | October 23rd 2011 @ 4:33pm | ! Report

      Pre-game show has started – Andy talking about how Jets and Mariners wil be fighting over some of the same juniors, and this will only strengthen the rivalry between the two.

    • Roar Guru

      October 23rd 2011 @ 4:37pm
      The Cattery said | October 23rd 2011 @ 4:37pm | ! Report

      Team news:

      Jets: Regan, Jesic and Abbas on the bench

      Mariners: Ibini-idsei, Hearfield and Kwasnik on the bench.

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