Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory: Round Five Preview

Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory

Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Local kick-off: 8.00pm

Referee: Ben Williams

An historic occasion for the A League finishes Friday nights double header as Canberra host it’s very first competitive A League game.

The Central Coast Mariners have played pre-season games before in Canberra. The Fishermen take on an in form Perth Glory. The Glory has won their last two games and after a stuttering start to the campaign that began with two losses, the team is starting to live up to the hype.

It was only going to be a matter of time before the Socceroos Triumvirate of Mile Sterjovski, Jacob Burns and Chris Coyne started doing the business out West.

The Central Coast Mariners are like energy vampires sucking out the life of an unsuspecting neutral. Whose only crime is some see signs of what is often called the beautiful game.

The Mariners remind me of Dark Matter.

According to scientists Dark Matter does not emit or reflect enough light to detect, so it is not bright like a star and scientists can only estimate where it is. Just like some of the Football the Mariners have played this season, no matter how hard I look I just haven’t been able to detect any yet.

At least the Mariners can boast that they have in their pack the best name in the A League. Perhaps the best name ever to grace an Australian sporting field. Ladies and Gentlemen Boys and Girls I present: Wolry Wolfe. .

The Wolfe man has 14 senior caps for Jamaica’s "Reggae Boyz", and is a left sided midfielder. I just hope he scores a bundle of goals I want to hear the howls of a Jamaican Wolfe!

"Wolry comes highly recommended by our partners at Sheffield United, he is a Jamaican international, and we’re hopeful he’ll add a new dimension to the Mariners squad," CEO of the Mariners Lyall Gorman said.

The Mariners website says Wolfe began his career with Jamaican Premier League outfit Hazard United (which had a name change to Portmore United in 2003) as a 19 year old in 2000, before making a move to Trinidad and Tobago’s professional league with Joe Public FC.

Joe Public FC that’s the team I should have played for.

Fishermen Quotes: "That’s two weeks in a row. I thought we were OK in the first fifteen minutes until they scored, and when they scored, we just stopped," said the most honest coach in the A League Lawrie McKinna, after his side lost to Brisbane last week.

"We kept the ball reasonably well and looked very comfortable, but then from a set piece, which should have been marked up on and dealt with, wasn’t, and it has cost us. Craig Moore has got a great header, free run, free challenge, and it just shouldn’t happen, but it did", added a frustrated McKinna.

Fishermen Form:


Glorious Quotes: “I think the momentum is there, with each game we are putting another piece of the jigsaw together and we will be looking for the three points,” Perth's Captain Jacob Burns said at training this week.

“It’s something that we’re mindful of, something we want to set right. Perth has never had three wins on the trot so we’re going to Canberra to do that. We’ve set a target, we have a goal and want to keep the run going and get three wins.”

Glorious Form:


A Football Story Prediction:Mariners 1 -2 Perth

Central Coast Mariners Squad:1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 4. Pedj BOJIC, 5. Brad PORTER, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 8. Dean HEFFERNAN, 9. Nik MRDJA, 11. Dylan MACALLISTER, 12. Matthew LEWIS, 14. Michael McGLINCHEY, 15. Andrew CLARK, 16. Nigel BOOGAARD, 18. Alex WILKINSON (c), 19. Matt SIMON, 20. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 21. Ahmad ELRICH, 22. Nicky TRAVIS, 23. Adam KWASNIK, 27. Wolry WOLFE.

*three to be omitted*
In: Dylan MACALLISTER (promoted), Matthew LEWIS (promoted), Wolry WOLFE (new signing)

Out: Nil

Unavailable: Shane Huke (knee - 6 weeks), Chris Doig (calf - 2 weeks)

Perth Glory Squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 4.Andy TODD, 6.Chris COYNE, 7.Jacob BURNS (c), 8.Victor SIKORA, 10.Wayne SRHOJ, 11.Branko JELIC, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.Todd HOWARTH, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20.Aleks VRTESKI (gk), 21.Mile STERJOVSKI, 23.Andrija JUKIC, 24.Matthew MAYORA, 25.AMARAL

*one to be omitted*

In: 23.Andrija JUKIC (promoted)

Out: Nil

Unavailable: Jamie COYNE (knee – 1 week), Jimmy DOWNEY (knee – 3 weeks), Anthony SKORICH (hip – 4 weeks)

*Head-to-Head: Played 12: Central Coast Mariners wins 8, Perth Glory wins 1, Drawn 4

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