FFA Cup preview: Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix

​Another of the all Hyundai A-League FFA Cup ties on match day 4 throws up a tie between one side with a point to prove (the Mariners) and another looking to build on a strong A-League Season 10 campaign (Phoenix).


Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Central Coast Stadium, Gosford (NSW)

Kick-off: 7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Referee: Steve Lucas

Assistant Referee 1Lance Greenshields

Assistant Referee 2: Leigh Pigram

Fourth Official: Ben Abraham

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

Online Broadcast: Streamed online at www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand and Apple TV via FOX SPORTS Now

Radio Broadcast: Coast FM 96.3

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Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Paul IZZO (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Jacob POSCOLIERO, 5.Harry ASHCROFT, 6.Mitch AUSTIN, 7.Fabio FERREIRA, 8.Nick MONTGOMERY, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 12.Liam REDDY (gk), 15.Matt SIM, 16.Liam ROSE, 18.Glen TRIFIRO, 19.Josh BINGHAM, 20.Anthony KALIK, 21.Michael NEILL, 22.Jake McGING, 23.Eddy BOSNAR

Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 10.Michael McGLINCHEY, 11.Kwabena APPIAH, 13.Albert RIERA, 14.Alex RUFER, 16.Louis FENTON, 17.Vince LIA, 18.Ben SIGMUND, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE, 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 29.Joel STEVENS, 30.Oli SALI (gk), 31.Andrew BLAKE



The Mariners are eyeing a fresh start – though they will hold onto their flashy new strip till the Hyundai A-League season kicks off.

The FFA Cup provides the first chance to re-establish their credentials after a poor A-League season. And after an encouraging 3-2 win over the Wanderers last week in a friendly, confidence will be high inside the group.

Having made the semis of the FFA Cup last year, this will provide impetus to right that wrong and go all the way this time.

Phoenix have played a number of pre-season games against local sides in New Zealand but the Mariners will present a different challenge. 


Tony Walmsley (Central Coast Mariners coach)

“Everything so far has been geared towards the FFA Cup game against Wellington and for me the pleasing thing is that we are in front of where we thought we would be for this part of the pre-season. We’ve definitely put a lot of work into the players that is going to hold them in good stead.”

Ernie Merrick (Wellington Phoenix coach)

"We do need to sign a key striker but I'm afraid we're no closer to that. Everybody in the world wants a goalscoring striker so if you target a player that's got a good record, there's a chance you can't afford him.”



·         League: Hyundai A-League

·         Current ladder position: Last season, eighth in the Hyundai A-League

·         Latest result: Defeated Wanderers 3-2 in a friendly

·         Who to watch out for: Fabio Ferreira

·         Official site: www.ccmariners.com.au


·      League: Hyundai A-League

·      Current ladder position: Last season, fourth in the Hyundai A-League

·      Latest result: Friendly: Beaten 3-2 by Wests  in a friendly

·      Who to watch out for: Roly Bonevacia

·      Official site: www.wellingtonphoenix.com