Match report: Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets

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    It was a fantastic turnaround from the Newcastle Jets, who had conceded ten goals in their past three games.

    It was world-class attacking football from the Jets, and the Mariners has hit rock bottom. The fans were waiting for the old Newcastle Jets, but they got a new Newcastle, only more clinical and they wanted the victory more.

    Ernie Merrick has turned everything around in their past three matches. For the Mariners, they have had their worst 90 minutes of the entire A-League season. They thoroughly deserved the wooden spoon they received and their defence was poor.

    It only took ten minutes for the opening goal, and it was set up for Riley McGree who had a fantastic game. The Australian U23 winger Joseph Champness burst into the box, controlled it and poked it past the former Newcastle Jets goalkeeper Ben Kennedy.

    Roy O’Donovan only had to wait another few minutes to end his goalscoring drought since Round 5, thanks to a fantastic pass from Steven Ugarkovic. It was 2-0 after 20 minutes. The dream start.

    It only got better for the Jets as the opening goalscorer (who was assisted by Riley McGree) assisted McGree, who took a touch and bent a shot past Kennedy. The former Newcastle goalkeeper wasn’t having the ideal opening 24 minutes.

    Central Coast managed to get into the match after that, with Connor Pain hitting the post and eventually scoring one back, set up by Andrew Hoole and a Jack Duncan who dived too early. The Mariners looked to have had a glimmer of hope before the second half, only two goals behind their bitter rivals.

    According to the A-League, the Mariners have taken only one point from a possible 36 when conceding the first goal of the game this season. And we saw why in the second half.

    Youngster McGree, who was the heart of the Jets’ attacking play, intercepted the ball, took on the defence and his shot beat Kennedy. Kennedy should have saved it, but it was game over for the Mariners and joy for McGree and the Jets. It didn’t end there, but that was fantastic.

    Around 5-10 minutes later, Dimitri Petratos whipped a wicked corner in and the centre-half substitute, Lachlan Jackson, was unmarked at the far post. It was Newcastle Jets’ fifth of the night. The goals were flying in the derby, and it didn’t end yet.

    Dimi Petratos

    (AAP Image/Darren Pateman)

    Champness was fouled in the area by Central Coast’s sliding right fullback Jake McGing. O’Donovan bagged his brace from the penalty spot, and it was well deserved. He had a goal or two chalked off, but he had a brace.

    McGree managed to complete his hat-trick after the Argentinian substitute Patito Rodriguez produced some nifty skill moves but had his shot blocked. McGree scored in a similar position to his second goal, but he put this one much closer to the far post.

    Central Coast had a late consolidation after Andrew Hoole had his second assist of a poor night for his team. He put a cross in, and Trent Buhagiar volleyed it home. 2-7.

    One minute later, Petratos, who felt a little left out, joined the party after Rodriguez assisted for the second time of the night. Petratos, inside the box, placed it through a few Central Coast shirts, and Kennedy was beaten. 2-8.

    Central Coast didn’t even look up to NPL standard tonight. Newcastle’s attacking was exquisite and better than the Socceroos’ attacking standard on a good day. The match has broken a few records including the equal most amount of goals in a match by one team (8) and the most total goals in a game (10).

    All is forgiven for Newcastle’s horrid run, and well done to Riley McGree with a hat-trick, Patito Rodriguez who added two assists off the bench and Roy O’Donovan who ended his goalscoring drought. All the teams playing finals won’t underestimate the Jets, who saved their best performance for last.

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    • April 15th 2018 @ 8:17am
      Buddy said | April 15th 2018 @ 8:17am | ! Report

      Whilst I was pleased to see The Jets return to winning ways as they look forward to semi finals football in a fortnight let’s not get too carried away with superlatives in relation to their attacking flair although the twisting and turning from Rodriguez in setting up (sorry can’t remember which goal, there were too many to remember) was exquisite as any piece of dribbling and tight ball control that we have been treated to this season.
      The truth is closer to Mariners were awful. They caved in big time even though they had shown glimmers of attacking panache close to the half time break. Yes they will end the season with the wooden spoon and Josh Rose did not deserve that kind of send off after the service he has given the club and football as a whole. There are times this season where I have personally wanted to run on the field and present wooden spoons to teams for their day’s work. Phoenix have put in some truly dreadful performances at times but they are not alone. When Gombau announced his line up in the second Sydney Derby (seemingly to show who’s boss) he should have been wacked over the head with a giant wooden spoon. I bet on WSW shipping 3 or 4 goals that night. 5 was just too many to contemplate. As recently as last week I thought Brisbane deserved a wooden memento for their collective performance at ANZ. To say “they didn’t turn up” just didn’t put the game and result into the right perspective but then what about in Perth last night? Apart from Jamie Young’s brain freeze in remembering he’s the last line of defence, Brisbane looked ok and despite the pundits telling us that they can’t win without Holman, they showed some firepower and really should have taken a few more gifts presented to them. As for Perth, their contribution last night was worthy of a wooden spoon. They were in a “do or die” grudge match but it wasn’t until midway through the second half when Keogh suddenly realised he needed to be angry and aggressive and get the rest of the team fired up that they got out of first gear. Neat build up play and lateral passing was fine but just went nowhere and their final passing to create opportunities left a lot to be desired and in no way resembled a side fighting to stay alive in the competition. Adelaide United made two trips to Melbourne earlier in the year shipping a total of 8 goals and in spite of a few recent results, last week’s showing against the champions demonstrated the gulf in class.
      So all in all, quite a number of reasons why none of the sides outside of top 4 should be anywhere near semi finals football and should instead be considering the winter break and how they will improve and become more competitive or at least consistent (not consistently losing either) in 2019.
      Meanwhile, I wish the Jets a smooth landing from their latest encounter and hope they soar high again on Friday week when they may well receive a much sterner test.

      • Roar Rookie

        April 15th 2018 @ 9:57am
        Waz said | April 15th 2018 @ 9:57am | ! Report

        Buddy,

        I agree with everything you’ve said there but think you’ve pulled up at least two clubs short.

        City were dire at times playing football that was third grade at best, Victory also had their moments of being truely poor.

        So next month the longest close season in world football begins and 8/10 clubs have some serious thinking to do.

        • April 15th 2018 @ 11:10am
          Buddy said | April 15th 2018 @ 11:10am | ! Report

          Waz,
          Couldn’t agree more. I didn’t go that far as I feared opening up the old format debate and so I thought it best to at least allow the current set up the good grace by accepting a top four finals series.
          I will go along to ANZ and cheer on WSW this afternoon but nothing to do with hoping they make the semi finals. I think it will be more to say goodbye to players that don’t know they are leaving yet (they might have a good idea though) as I find it hard to believe there will not be the usual end of season culling that has become a major sport in Western Sydney.

          • Roar Rookie

            April 15th 2018 @ 11:38am
            Waz said | April 15th 2018 @ 11:38am | ! Report

            Enjoy the game 👍

    • April 15th 2018 @ 8:38am
      fadida said | April 15th 2018 @ 8:38am | ! Report

      CCM were atrocious. It was a damning indictment of the squad Okon built, and his total inability to organise a defence. Walmsley-esque

      • April 15th 2018 @ 8:47am
        Buddy said | April 15th 2018 @ 8:47am | ! Report

        Sad but true I fear. Is there the resources to rebuild and be competitive again…… they were the first team to bet SFC this season. Not sure what that says though.

        • Roar Guru

          April 15th 2018 @ 8:53am
          That A-League Fan said | April 15th 2018 @ 8:53am | ! Report

          Maybe just shows that everyone can beat Sydney on their day. I know it’s sad how Central Coast started the season surprisingly strong, and in all their three matches this season played well against Sydney. On the other hand, they looked like amateurs when they played against Newcastle, in all of their three matches this season.

      • April 15th 2018 @ 11:47am
        Caltex & SBS support Australian Football said | April 15th 2018 @ 11:47am | ! Report

        Why is that Okon’s fault? The owner and the care taker coach were the real culprits of what was a massive failure of the club and the team that played on the field last night. I’m amazed the coach didn’t even have the good sense to sub the goalie—it was clear to everyone who were watching that, the keeper was not able to continue after suffering a hand injury. I can’t wait to hear Robbie Slater’s analysis of what occurred on the pitch on Saturday night—even Bozza has now joined the chorus for CCM to go.

        • April 15th 2018 @ 12:23pm
          fadida said | April 15th 2018 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

          CCM don’t need to “go”. Awful Seasons such as those from CCM and WP this season are punished in most leagues by relegation

          Okon recruited the squad and spent months setting them up. Their performance last night was a continuation of most of the previous 26 rounds; open in transition, defensively chaotic.

    • Roar Rookie

      April 15th 2018 @ 9:31am
      Waz said | April 15th 2018 @ 9:31am | ! Report

      There’s just nowhere to hide for Mariners as a football club and this was probably the best result that could happen to them, short of the shock relegation brings this is probably the next best thing. It might bring change.

      Mulvey dodged a bullet by watching on from the stands but Charlesworth should feel this one right beteeen the eyes – you can’t run a professional football club the way he has for the last few years and not expect consequences. The introduction of relegation can’t come soon enough, professional football in this country must be spared from this owner-apathy.

      Mariners just aren’t very good despite being pleasing on the eye, they’re a defensive shambles, can’t score, and play attractive possession based, passing football that was in fashion 5-10 years ago but has now been surpassed by more counter attacking approaches such as SFC and Adelaide.

      They’ve played this season stuck in a time warp. Mulvey can change that but Charlesworth must do all he can to help.

      • April 15th 2018 @ 12:26pm
        fadida said | April 15th 2018 @ 12:26pm | ! Report

        Good post. Okon is a “new” coach playing “yesterday’s” game.

        • April 15th 2018 @ 1:41pm
          Kangajets said | April 15th 2018 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

          Let’s forget how bad ccm were for a second

          They were some terrific link up attacking play

          It seems that o Donovan and champness are playing as a 2 up front

          Riley magree looks very comfortable in possession

          Petratos looked energetic again

          Ugsrchovic bsck to his best

      • Roar Guru

        April 15th 2018 @ 2:00pm
        Griffo said | April 15th 2018 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

        Some of the discussion last night was around the Mariners getting the squad they deserved – from a salary cap spend perspective.

        Is it simply the case of you get what you payed for, or not making the best bang-for-buck decisions?

        Hopefully Mulvey is a shrewd operator but also improves on getting the best out of the squad he gets, and has them playing more effectively both in defence and attack.

    • Roar Guru

      April 15th 2018 @ 9:55am
      Grobbelaar said | April 15th 2018 @ 9:55am | ! Report

      It’s amazing that the Jets conceded two goals to this rabble.

      With the Nix on the way out of the comp, you’d bet on the Mariners being the candidate for first club to be relegated when P&R comes in.

      • April 15th 2018 @ 10:14am
        Kangajets said | April 15th 2018 @ 10:14am | ! Report

        You made a good observation about the game 👍🏼👍🏼

      • April 15th 2018 @ 11:39am
        Nemesis said | April 15th 2018 @ 11:39am | ! Report

        “With the Nix on the way out of the comp, you’d bet on the Mariners being the candidate for first club to be relegated when P&R comes in.”

        Last 3 weeks, Jets have been the laughing stock of the ALeague.

        Well, given there will probably be 14-16 teams in ALeague before Promotion & Relegation is implemented, I doubt CCM will be in the relegation zone. But, if they are, no problem. Drop down & let them reboot & come back stronger.

        When CCM became the 1st team to beat Sydney FC this season everyone was gushing about their football. Sadly they dropped points early on – games they should’ve won, were drawn; games they should’ve drawn were lost.

        Bring in a consistently reliable striker & either a wide attacker who can feed the striker, or a creative midfielder & CCM will be challenging for Top 4, if not Top 2.

        As far as I’m concerned the only difference between No1 & No10 in the ALeague is consistency of performance. At their best, each team is as good as the other. The key to finishing No.1 is to be at your best for 90′ for 27 matches.

    • April 15th 2018 @ 10:15am
      Worried said | April 15th 2018 @ 10:15am | ! Report

      No wonder the A-League has stagnated. From the top down in virtually every department the game is just cruising along in neutral.
      There is effectively NO Marking done, probably because there is NO Leadership or Direction or Responsibility from FFA. Consequently the Owners don’t feel any Responsibility to the game, Due to the current FFA Ownership model i.e. Franchises, they are just in Business. Why spend money you don’t have to? Why take a risk on a young player when there are plenty of experienced journeymen available every season. There are NO Consequences. If not the R word then how about a significant FINE for finishing LAST!
      So to the Players, again NO real consequences, If a player does not perform, it doesn’t really matter, another team will pick him up out of the player pool. The same players move around from team to team year after year always on FREE transfers (again thanks to FFA’s model) NO real cost to the Franchise, and definitely NO benefit to the game.

      FFA have twisted and remodeled the game from day one, it no longer even resembles Football as we grew up with it.
      Played in Summer, Played on any day or night of the week, Business Owners not Clubs, NO promotion or Relegation, National & State bodies now OWN the game rather than administer it. Television dictates EVERY move. The game has been STOLEN from the Members & Supporters!

      HOW IS THAT WORKING OUT ????? When will enough be enough?

      • Roar Rookie

        April 15th 2018 @ 10:51am
        Waz said | April 15th 2018 @ 10:51am | ! Report

        It’s a nice rant but you’ve got valid points mixed up with invalid points, as an example when you say about the owners “Why spend money you don’t have to?” …. every club lost money last year, clearly the owners are throwing in money to varying degrees – SFC and City losing $5m each year which the owners pay for, Roar, Glory, Adelaide losing around $3m each with the owners injecting the extra cash. That’s just one of several I think are off the mark.

        Of course the game is not perfect, no code is, but amongst all the BS this season don’t lose sight of the fact we have a fine professional league and if everyone plays their cards right in the next few weeks we will get the progress we need towards expansion, Div 2 and pro-rel as well as clearing out some of the suits holding the game back.

        • April 15th 2018 @ 1:36pm
          Kangajets said | April 15th 2018 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

          Waz

          Are your Brisbane roar going to beat city and Sydney in the next 2 weeks . See you in the gf ?

          What beer do you drink ??

          • Roar Rookie

            April 15th 2018 @ 3:43pm
            Waz said | April 15th 2018 @ 3:43pm | ! Report

            Yes, yes and any 😉

      • April 15th 2018 @ 11:28am
        Kangajets said | April 15th 2018 @ 11:28am | ! Report

        Worried

        Your argument is flawed re ccm
        The mariners have less recycled players then most of the competition . What they don’t have at the moment is a Graham Arnold or lawrie McKenna to recruit the talent .

        Mariners are the team that actually promotes young Aussie players better or equal then anyone , over the last 3 seasons these players have failed .

        You just completely forget abt Ryan sainsbury rogic Wilkinson jedinak etc that come from the mariners using young Aussie talent

      • Roar Guru

        April 15th 2018 @ 12:20pm
        Grobbelaar said | April 15th 2018 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

        The metrics for yesterday continue to bump along ground zero.

        #TVratings Saturday STV #ALeague #FoxSports
        #PERvBRI 26k

        #TVratings Saturday STV #ALeague #FoxSports
        #F3Derby 25k

        Nix v City ratings were too low to record

        Attendances:
        #WELvMCY 4,312
        #CCMvNEW 7,604
        #PERvBRI 9,579

        • April 15th 2018 @ 12:38pm
          Nemesis said | April 15th 2018 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

          Who cares? It is what it is.

          Lots of options to keep Aussies entertained. I enjoy watching ALeague. From tomorrow to end of September there won’t be any club football on PayTV for me to watch, so I’ve cancelled my Foxtel subscription.

          • Roar Guru

            April 15th 2018 @ 12:46pm
            Grobbelaar said | April 15th 2018 @ 12:46pm | ! Report

            can’t you afford to keep the subscription going?

            • April 15th 2018 @ 12:51pm
              Nemesis said | April 15th 2018 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

              I never buy things I don’t want.

              • April 15th 2018 @ 1:35pm
                Kangajets said | April 15th 2018 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

                Plenty of npl too nemesis

                Broadmedow v Charlestown is the big one in Newcastle this arvo

                Sydney and Victoria will have big n p l games this afternoon

                57 thousand for Sydney united vs Blacktown city last week

              • April 15th 2018 @ 1:42pm
                Kangajets said | April 15th 2018 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

                Nemesis

                What’s the Victoria npl game this arvo ?

              • April 15th 2018 @ 2:18pm
                Nemesis said | April 15th 2018 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

                My team plays NPL2 and the match is on this afternoon at 3 p.m. vs Dandenong City.

                MVFC doing reasonably well, after 7 rounds we are 5 points behind promotion playoff.

        • April 15th 2018 @ 1:33pm
          Kangajets said | April 15th 2018 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

          Terrific crowds again.

          Thanks , great work grobelaar

          Good luck to your Morwell falcons this afternoon in the gpl

        • April 15th 2018 @ 1:39pm
          Kangajets said | April 15th 2018 @ 1:39pm | ! Report

          Glob

          # gws v fre 7k
          #mn v car 8k

          N m 115-car 30 ##
          Daijoubou

    • April 15th 2018 @ 10:22am
      Kangajets said | April 15th 2018 @ 10:22am | ! Report

      The highlight for me that Newcastle went back to their 10 Australians plus O’Donovan in the starting lineup
      The jets have far more energy when Vargas Rodriguez and cowburn don’t start

      Magree was good

      Kantarovski is probably out for the finals

      Leaving the back four of
      Koutrombis topper Jackson Georgeski )

      Duncan in goals is a worry

      Feel sorry for ccm

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