It’s the second week of R32 matches with two HAL teams in action this week. As always, I was hoping to see an NPL team take down an A-League goliath but instead I chose to watch an NPL team attempt to take down everyone’s favourite wooden spooners, the Mariners.
Maitland started this week strong with their five facts about the Mariners. This seems like the sort of shit posting #SokkahTwitter lives for, so I was surprised when they posted it to Facebook. Thankfully some people still use Facebook and posted the facts to Twitter for everyone to enjoy. Bravo Maitland.
Instead of watching the game from the ground (which looks lovely btw), I was sitting at home with one eye on Kayo and the other on the Bachelor. McGlinchey’s early brace seemed more impressive than half of these women entering the Bachey pad to be honest.
Mariners started off the better of two teams, but only just. As both teams started to find their feet the Mariners enjoyed most of the possession. Even as they pressed, I did not expect to see the first goal within eight minutes, let alone from the Mariners.
McGlinchey chests down Simon’s header and smashed it how from close range to make it 0-1 in the 8th minute.
Not three minutes later and McGlinchey is on the score sheet again. Sam Silvera with a peach of a ball into the box, found McGlinchey at the far post to make it 0-2. The Mariners looking good under Staj but then I remember that they’re the Mariners and anything could happen from here.
A quick glance at Twitter and everyone is already calling this result a Cupset and I am here for all this sass. Loving it now but will be severely disappointed when it’s directed at the Roar next week.
The Mariners had a couple of decent chances later in the half but nothing really came of them. Still, they looked more comfortable in this game than they did for most of last season. Outstanding performance by Ben Homer in the first half though. His dulcet tones on commentary are both soothing and informative.
HT: Maitland FC 0 – 2 Central Coast Mariners.
The second half starts off much the same as the first, just without goals. Mariners get their first real chance in the 49th but Simon send his header wider.
Maitland are still in this though as Mariners can’t seem to find the back of the net for all their efforts. Maitlands’ first real chance coming from Matt Thompson delivering a cross into the box only to have it picked up by Pearce.
The Mariners had another great chance as Silvera’s corner cross finds Gordon but he heads it over the crossbar in the 55th. Carrying on with the theme for the night, Simon heads his chance over the cross bar in the 74th after finding the ball from Nisbet.
A big night for Maitland’s canteen as the ground announcer advised fans that they are sold out of hot chips and put out the last call for drinks in the 76th.
To their credit Maitland put up a fight to the very end, with a potential pen call in the 82nd (waved away after Brown went to ground a little too easily), a Joel Wood strike from outside the box that just went wide and Read with a chance to go one on one with Pearce before he was chased down by a Mariners defender in stoppage time.
Congrats to the Mariners who in an unlikely Mariners fashion managed to keep a clean sheet and win their first FFA Cup match in what seems like a million years but in reality is about four or five.
FT: Maitland FC 0 – 2 Central Coast Mariners
By Bree Reidy