A-League preview: Central Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar

Sitting eighth and seventh respectively on the A-League ladder, a win will boost one of these sides' finals run. This should be an intriguing battle with a possible debut for the home side's new signing Fabio Ferreira.


Friday, 13 February 2015

Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Kick-Off: 7.40pm (Local) (7.40pm AEDST)


Central Coast Mariners 1.Matthew NASH (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Jacob POSCOLIERO, 5.Zac ANDERSON, 7.John HUTCHINSON (c), 8.Nick MONTGOMERY, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 12.Liam REDDY (gk), 14.Travis MAJOR, 15.Matt SIM, 16.Liam ROSE, 18.Glen TRIFIRO, 19.Matt SIMON, 20.Anthony KALIK, 25.Eddy BOSNAR, 26.Fabio FERREIRA  ***two to be omitted***

Ins 5.Zac ANDERSON (promoted), 18.Glen TRIFIRO (promoted), 26.Fabio FERREIRA (promoted)

Outs 9.Mitchell DUKE (transferred to Shimizu S-Pulse)

Unavailable 17.Richard VERNES (shoulder – indefinite), 21.Michael NEILL (foot – indefinite)

Brisbane Roar 1.Michael THEO, 2.Jerome POLENZ, 3.Shane STEFANUTTO, 4.Adam SAROTA, 5.Corey BROWN, 8.Steven LUSTICA, 9.ANDRIJA Kaluderovic, 12.Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 13.Jade NORTH, 15.James DONACHIE, 17.Matt McKAY (c), 18.Luke BRATTAN, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 34.Shannon BRADY

Ins 9.ANDRIJA Kaluderovic (promoted), 34.Shannon BRADY (promoted)

Outs 14.Daniel BOWLES (omitted), 20.Kofi DANNING (omitted)

Unavailable: 6.George LAMBADARIDIS (knee – two weeks), 10.HENRIQUE (calf – two weeks), 23.Dimitri PETRATOS (knee – three weeks)


Central Coast got out of jail to beat Adelaide last weekend, scoring twice in four minutes late on to snatch a win that never really looked like coming. Brisbane were similarly lucky to have taken all three points just a little bit further up the F3 at Newcastle thanks to a stoppage-time winner. 

Having ridden their luck last time out, both coaches will be demanding much more which should make for a cracking contest in Gosford. The Mariners are just three points behind Roar – who have a game in hand – on the ladder and therefore will hope to make the most of home ground advantage here.

With Mitchell Duke moving on to J-League club Shimizu S-Pulse this week, Mariners boss Phil Moss will be forced into at least one change from the side that beat Adelaide. Fabio Ferreira is available and is likely to take a spot in the starting XI. Zac Anderson is also available again after recovering from a back problem.

New Roar signing Andrija Kaluderovic has been named by coach Frans Thijssen for the first time but might have to settle for a spot on the bench, with Jean Carlos Solorzano scoring twice in each of the last two matches.


- Brisbane Roar has lost just two of their previous 17 trips to Central Coast Mariners in the A-League (D5 W10).

- Seven of the last eight goals that Brisbane Roar has scored against CCM have arrived in the second half of games.

- Roar has won their last two A-League games – they have not won three in a row since December 2013 (four wins in a row).

- The Mariners have failed to score in the first half in five of their last six A-League games.


Roar have benefited big time since Thomas Broich’s return from injury since the A-League’s resumption after the Asian Cup. Of the five goals they have scored, the German has set up four of them. Costa Rican striker Jean Carlos Solorzano also seems to have find form at just the right time, bagging goals in the last two games. Goals have been hard to come by for the Mariners this season with just 15 from 16 matches. They will need striker Matt Simon to rediscover his scoring boots, without a goal since the last time these two sides met back in December.


Fabio Ferreira. The ex-Adelaide flyer is set to make his Mariners debut after a “gentleman’s agreement” kept him out of the win over the Reds last weekend. With Mitch Duke leaving the club for the J-League this week, Ferreira is expected to come straight in on the right flank and is the type of player the Mariners have been crying out for. Quick, direct with a good cross and eye for goal, the Portuguese winger will relish getting at either Shane Stefanutto or Corey Brown in the Roar side. Matt Simon could also benefit greatly by having an out-and-out winger in the home line-up.

The Mariners came from behind to beat high-flying Adelaide United 2-1 last week, to make it two wins from their last three matches and having tasted defeat just once in their last five. It’s the kind of form they must maintain to mount a push for the finals. 

Roar have returned from the Asian Cup break with a roar, so to speak, with back-to-back wins over Wellington (3-2) and then the Jets (2-1), both while not playing their best and scoring game winning goals in injury time. Their last meeting in Gosford in December ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Brisbane has conceded a league-low 179 fouls in the A-League this season.

Central Coast Mariners 1-2 Brisbane Roar FC 

Mariners were held to a 3-3 draw the last time these two sides met before the New Year but this is a very different Brisbane side that heads to Gosford this time around. Broich, goal-keeper Michael Theo and new signings Jerome Polenz, Andrija Kaluderovic give the visitors a much stronger look and they now have greater threat and experience right throughout their side. Roar have the chance to leapfrog Melbourne City into the top six with a win – for 24 hours at least – and with that added carrot they should have just enough quality to get the points in this one.