Wellington Phoenix travel to New South Wales on Saturday, with the intention of returning with all three points. Head Coach, Mark Rudan’s side will take confidence from their previous meetings with Central Coast Mariners, having beaten them twice already this season.
The last time the sides met, Wellington Phoenix escaped the clutches of defeat to prevail 3-2, at Westpac Stadium back in January, with three goals being scored within 17 minutes.
Injuries throughout the squad means Academy player, Gianni Stensness, has been called in and may get his chance in the game day squad this weekend.
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Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix, Saturday 9th March, Central Coast Stadium, Gosford, 9:50pm NZT or 7:50pm local time
Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Lindsay
Assistant Referee 2: Kearney Robinson
Fourth Official: Ben Abraham
VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on Sky Sport 4 from 9:45pm NZT or FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.30pm (AEDT)
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Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITS, 3.Jack CLISBY, 8.Michael McGLINCHEY, 11.Connor PAIN, 17.Peter KEKERIS, 18.Matt MILLAR, 22.Jacob MELLING, 23.Mario SHABOW, 24.Joe GAUCI (gk), 25.Jordan MURRAY, 26.Josh NISBET, 27.Charles M’MOMBWA, 28.Sam GRAHAM, 29.Stephen MALLON, 33.Lewis MILLER, 34.Michael GLASSOCK, 68.Jem KARACAN **two to be omitted**
Ins: 23.Mario SHABOW (return from injury), 24.Joe GAUCI (gk) (promoted), 26.Josh NISBET (promoted), 27.Charles M’MOMBWA (promoted), 33.Lewis MILLER (promoted), 34.Michael GLASSOCK (promoted)
Outs: 7.Andrew HOOLE (omitted), 13.Aiden O’NEILL (suspended – 1 week), 15.Kye ROWLES (foot injury), 19.Matt SIMON (suspended – 2 weeks)
Unavailable: 6.Tom HIARIEJ (groin injury) 10.Tommy OAR (knee inury), 21.Corey GAMEIRO (calf)
Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Filip KURTO (gk), 4.Mandi SOSA, 5.Ryan LOWRY, 7.Cillian SHERIDAN, 9.Nathan BURNS, 11.David WILLIAMS, 12.Antony GOLEC, 13.Liberato CACACE,15.Michal KOPZCYNSKI, 16.Louis FENTON, 17.Callan ELLIIOT, 18.Sarpreet SINGH, 20.Oliver SAIL (gk), 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE, 23.Max BURGESS, 27.Steven TAYLOR, 32.Gianni STENSNESS **two to be omitted**
Ins: 12.Antony GOLEC (promoted), 17.Callan ELLIOT (promoted), 32.Gianni STENSNESS (promoted)
Outs: 14.Alex Rufer (suspended (accumulation of yellow cards) – 1 week)
Unavailable: 3.Justin GULLEY (knee injury - 1 week), 6.Dylan FOX (ankle injury - TBC), 19.Tom DOYLE (knee injury - 1 week)