Mariners defender Eddy Bosnar says his team’s preparations for the new season are on track despite being knocked out of the FFA Cup.
Central Coast went down by just one goal to the Phoenix on Tuesday night in a tight match. It was the club’s first loss in pre-season after beating Western Sydney 3-2 in Coffs Harbour and the Newcastle Jets in a behind-closed-doors friendly.
Bosnar, who was rested from the Wellington match along with Liam Reddy, believes the Mariners were unlucky to go out of the Cup.
“The game was good, we just had no luck in scoring,” he told FourFourTwo.
“I didn’t play as the boss put the two younger boys in front of me. They did a great job for the first time in playing a competition game together. I was a little tired and the younger lads looked fresher.
“They had a good combination yesterday so it was great to see. Always happy when younger lads get a good start. We missed a penalty so a little unlucky, but a great crowd and overall a great night of FFA Cup football.”
Around 6,111 fans attended the round of 32 game at Central Coast Stadium on Tuesday, a record for the two-year old Cup competition, with a mistake from Mariners keeper Paul Izzo gifting the Phoenix the only goal.
“Izzo’s a great kid – he will be fine,” the veteran defender said.
Bosnar, who played in the NSL with the Newcastle Breakers, Sydney United 58 and Northern Spirit, is a big supporter of the new competition.
“The Cup is fantastic,” the 35-year old said.
“It’s getting bigger by every game so it’s great for all players and fans who normally don’t get the exposure. It’s great for smaller clubs to make some money as well.
“It will help with younger players coming through the smaller clubs to have a chance that other clubs might scout them.”
After finishing eighth and missing the finals in the 2014-2015 campaign, many are predicting the Mariners will struggle in the upcoming season.
Bosnar is confident Central Coast can prove the critics wrong. The veteran centre back says the club’s new recruits such as Roy O’Donovan, Mitch Austin, Harry Ascroft and Izzo are acclimatizing well.
“I don’t read into that much…people always have shit to say,” Bosnar said.
“We’ve got to do the work at training and we will be fine.
“O’Donovan is experienced so no problem. Austin is a nice, quiet guy with tonnes of pace. Izzo is an Aussie so he knows what to expect and Ascroft has been training well. It’s good to see the boys doing well and fitting in.
“We need that this year to get into the finals.”