Matchday preview: Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne City

How will the Mariners react to losing their head coach just two days before the game? Phil Moss’s sacking dominated the lead-up, now the home side must find a way to win with a new coaching team and against a Melbourne City outfit with the six very much in their sights.


Sunday, 8 March 2015

Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Kick-Off: 3pm (Local), (3pm 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, 16.Liam ROSE, 18.Glen TRIFIRO, 19.Matt SIMON, 20.Anthony KALIK, 23.Isaka CERNAK,  25.Eddy BOSNAR, 26.Fabio FERREIRA

***two to be omitted***

Ins 14.Travis MAJOR (promoted), 19.Matt SIMON (promoted), 20.Anthony KALIK (promoted), 25.Eddy BOSNAR (promoted)

Outs 15.Matt SIM (not selected), 28.Josh BINGHAM (not selected)

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

Melbourne City 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 4. Connor CHAPMAN, 5. Erik PAARTALU, 6. Aaron MOOY, 7. Iain RAMSAY, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. Harry NOVILLO, 10. Robert KOREN, 13. Jonatan GERMANO, 15. David WILLIAMS, 16. Josh KENNEDY, 17. Jason HOFFMAN, 18. Paulo RETRE, 20. Tando VELAPHI (GK), 22. Jack CLISBY, 24. Patrick KISNORBO (C), 27. Kew JALIENS, 29. Safuwan BAHARUDIN

***Two to be omitted***

Ins 9. Harry NOVILLO (promoted), 13. Jonatan GERMANO (promoted)

Outs Nil

Unavailable 3. Robbie WIELAERT (ankle 4-5 weeks), 11. Damien DUFF (ankle/calf – indefinite), 19. Ben GARUCCIO (ankle – 9-10 weeks), 25. Jacob MELLING (knee – 2-3 weeks)

Hashtag: #CCMvMCY

Broadcast coverage

TV – Live and exclusive coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 3.00pm (AEDT)
Radio - Online/ABC Radio Mobile phone app. Coast FM 963 (Central Coast)

Referee Jarred Gillett

Assistant Referee 1 Leigh Pigram

Assistant Referee 2 Owen Goldrick

Fourth Official Matthew Cropper


The struggling Mariners sacked coach Phil Moss on Friday morning. They now must rebuild confidence and find form under a new coaching team of interim head coach Tony Walmsley and player-coach John Hutchinson.

As for the visitors, which City team will turn up this week? John van ‘t Schip’s men were superb in the second half to run down Adelaide United last week to suggest they could be a real force come the finals.

But the last time they came to Gosford they put in one of their worst displays of the season.

Inconsistency has been a sorry trait for City throughout 2014/15.

A saving grace for the visitors is the Mariners haven’t been much better. While they showed good signs against Sydney FC a fortnight ago they took a couple of steps back in the draw with Newcastle in the F3 derby.

This and the coaching upheavals – and subsequent potential changes to formation, tactics and attitude from the Mariners - makes the outcome of this clash even harder to predict.

Matt Simon is back in the squad for the Mariners and they could do with his presence in attack after a stodgy display against the Jets last weekend.

City could rush new signing Harry Novillo straight into their squad, after the Frenchman received his international clearance in time to be eligible for this clash. Novillo was signed this week as an injury replacement for Irishman Damien Duff.


- Central Coast Mariners are unbeaten in their last eight A-League games against Melbourne City FC (W5 D3).

- City have failed to score in three successive A-League away matches.

- CCM’s Liam Reddy has been forced in to making 68 saves this season in the A-League; more than any other goalkeeper. 


City have been crying out for a focal point to their attack all season and Socceroo striker Josh Kennedy is starting to show he can be that man.

He’s been in the side for a few weeks now and has looked more threatening every match, grabbing his first goal for the club last weekend.

It’s vital City use their wide players smartly and they must ensure their service is spot on to get the best out of the beanpole striker.

The Mariners have relied on the pace and trickery of Fabio Ferreira and Isaka Cernak to create in recent weeks but need something more from the midfield.

It would be nice to see Glen Trifiro get a start in the number 10 role, having impressed in short cameo roles in the last few games.


Phil Moss. He was sacked.


The Mariners remain in eighth spot following their dreary 0-0 draw against Newcastle last Saturday, while City leap-frogged Brisbane into the top six following a gritty come-from-behind 3-1 win over Adelaide United. The second-half performance was one of their best of the season. But they haven’t beaten Central Coast in two clashes already this campaign, including a 2-0 loss on their last visit to Gosford in January.


Aaron Mooy has created a league-high 51 goal-scoring chances this season in the A-League.


Central Coast Mariners 3-2 Melbourne City

If City are serious about playing finals football, this is a game they should be winning. While the Mariners are always a tricky proposition at home, they don’t have the same quality as City. The big question is: what impact will sacking Phil Moss have on the Mariners? It could be the spur for a brilliant win, or at the very least an entertaining showing from a side that needs to win the fans back.