South Coast Wolves
Westfield FFA Cup
Venue: WIN Stadium
Central Coast Mariners


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South Coast Wolves v Central Coast Mariners

Venue: WIN Stadium, Wollongong

KO: 7.30pm (local)


South Coast Wolves will fancy themselves to cause a Cup boilover when Central Coast Mariners come to town.

After a torrid season in the NSW NPL, a strong end to their local campaign means the Wollongong-based club is on the up and full of confidence.

Nahuel Arrarte’s men have found their scoring boots of late, banging in nine goals in their last two matches including a 5-1 drubbing of APIA Leichhardt on Sunday.

Jordan Murray grabbed a brace while Mitchell Del Turco, Lachlan Reus and Darcy Madden also found the net to ensure they head into their Cup challenge in the best possible frame of mind.

While still early in their pre-season schedule, Phil Moss’ troops will undoubtedly provide a stern test for the Wolves.

One of the most consistent sides in the Hyundai A-League over the past few seasons, a 4-1 win over the club’s Academy side last week has been their only real hit-out for the club with goals from Eddy Bosnar, Glen Trifiro, Nick Fitzgerald and trialist Nick Petrillo.

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Trifiro on target for Mariners

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Central Coast edge Wolves in the Cup
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Trifiro on target for Mariners
Trifiro on target for Mariners

Brave Wolves bow out of Cup

Central Coast Mariners held off a spirited South Coast Wolves side to win 1-0 and advance to the last 16 of the Westfield FFA Cup on Wednesday night.

The Wolves may have fallen at the first hurdle of the national knockout competition but football in the Illawarra region was a real winner, as more than 6,000 supporters at WIN Stadium cheered on their team against the 2012-13 A-League champions.

The Mariners took the lead after 12 minutes, Josh Rose benefitting from a clever quick free-kick to play in Glen Trifiro, who guided a well-taken shot from a tight angle beyond Wolves goalkeeper Daniel Collison.

The visitors should have been at least 2-0 up by half-time, with Zach Anderson having a shot cleared off the line and Mitchell Duke hitting the post, while Nick Fitzgerald also saw a good chance snuffed out.

Samuel Matthews enjoyed one of the Wolves' best openings six minutes into the second half, but failed to get a shot away before some desperate Mariners defending deprived him of possession. 

A few nervy moments aside, Central Coast were relatively comfortable protecting their one-goal lead with the clock ticking down, and almost made it 2-0 through substitute Malick Mane, who had a fierce shot saved with the last kick of the game.

South Coast Wolves 0

Central Coast Mariners 1 (Trifiro 12')