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Howlers help Mariners to F3 victory

CCMvNEWTwo goalkeeping errors by Mark Birighitti handed Central Coast a 3-1 victory in the latest F3 Derby, with Eddy Bosnar, Bernie Ibini and Glen Trifiro all getting on the scoresheet.

Marcel Seip, Mitchell Duke and Ibini freshened up a Mariners side that beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima mid-week, with Storm Roux, Nick Fitzgerald and Matt Simon all finding spots on the bench. They faced a significantly strengthened Newcastle lineup, as David Carney and Joel Griffiths replaced Hoole and Goodwin in the Jets’ starting XI.

The returning Griffiths set the tone just 20 seconds into the match when he hacked down Hutchinson on the half way line, but it was the home side with the dream start as Bosnar scored from the resulting free-kick. The ball skidded and bounced harmlessly towards Birighitti but the Jets ‘keeper inexplicably misread the effort, and the ball rolled past him into the back of the net.

It got worse for Newcastle as the Mariners doubled their lead in the 5th minute. Sterjovski controlled Kim’s far post corner before turning and cutting the ball back across goal, where Ibini was on hand to make it 2-0.

The Jets responded positively and captain Zadkovich forced a low save from Liam Reddy with a well-struck effort before Carney put a dangerous free-kick over.

The visitors were slowly growing in confidence and they eventually got a deserved goal in the 22nd minute, when Brillante’s cut-back picked out Griffiths on the penalty spot and the striker slotted it home.

The rest of the half was far more even-handed, and Zadkovich exploited space outside the box to curl an effort straight at Reddy before Duke glided past two defender only to be closed down just as he shaped to shoot.

Newcastle continued brightly in the second half as a snap shot from Taggart signalled their attacking endeavour.

Carney was at the centre of the visitor’s following opportunities, the first coming in the 52nd minute when Jaliens set Taggart free down the left with a beautiful cross-field ball and the youngster played it through to the left-footer, but he declined to shoot first-time and the chance was lost.

Two minutes later and Carney looked like he would score after a squared ball by Joel Griffiths, but Liam Reddy was well-positioned to block his close-range effort.

Phil Moss was clearly unhappy with Newcastle’s dominance and introduced Simon and Trifiro on the hour mark, as he looked to inject more energy into his side. The substitutions had an immediate impact as both attacking players tested the Jets defence with efforts.

Reddy was called into action from a quick-fire Brillante shot before Montgomery forced Birighitti into a diving save as the game opened up further.

Central Coast thought they had sewn up the win in the 74th minute when Nick Fitzgerald, who replaced Ibini a minute earlier, put the ball into the net. However, he was rightly ruled offside.

Both sides continued to create opportunities, as a ricocheted Heskey effort flew just over the crossbar before Fitzgerald shot straight at the goalkeeper and Taggart put a chance wide.

The game was finally settled in the 88th minute, courtesy of another error from the Jets ‘keeper. Simon sent a loose shot at Birighitti, who looked to save smartly, but instead bobbled the ball and gifted Trifiro the goal to seal the win for the Mariners.

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