A-League Preview: City v Central Coast

The clash

Melbourne City FC has the opportunity to make it five games unbeaten to open the 2019/20 season when they host Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on Friday night.

After drawing their opening game of the season, Head Coach Erick Mombaerts and his team have recorded three consecutive wins, including a gutsy 3-2 win over Wellington Phoenix at home last Sunday.

Wellington struck first when Gary Hooper found the back of the net from close range before a youthful City outfit hit back on the half-hour mark when Connor Metcalfe netted his first A-League goal with a strong header.

Metcalfe’s goal sparked City into action as Scott Galloway produced a magnificent strike to make it 2-1 in the 34th minute. In the 63rd minute, Craig Noone converted a penalty before the ‘Nix snatched a late goal through Ben Waine to make it 3-2.

City will look to continue their red-hot start to the A-League season when they take on a Central Coast Mariners outfit who are high in confidence.

The Mariners are coming off a scintillating performance in Western Australia, where they defeated defending premiers Perth Glory 2-1 at HBF Park following two brilliant first half strikes from Daniel De Silva and Samuel Silvera.

Following a flurry of early chances, De Silva eventually capitalised for the Mariners when his low drive was fired into the bottom corner. Ivan Franjic hit back soon after for the hosts when he pounced on a scrappy clearance in the box before young star Silvera produced a moment of brilliance to secure the three points for Central Coast.

With both teams securing impressive wins in Round 4, we’re set for an intriguing battle between two teams boasting a number of talented youngsters.

Last time they met

The last time the two teams met was in the final round of the 2018/19 regular season, where a youthful City outfit ran out 5-0 winners at AAMI Park.

Shayon Harrison scored a brace, as Riley McGree, Dario Vidosic and Ramy Najjarine all found the back of the net.

Najjarine’s 90+2’ rocket was the youngsters first A-League goal.

Team news

Harrison Delbridge and Javier Cabrera return. See City’s full Team News here.

What was said

Melbourne City FC Head Coach Erick Mombaerts

“I think the team is constantly improving. We want to control the game better and continue to develop our style of play so there is still details we need to focus on and improve.

“We know the Central Coast, we played them in the pre-season. All A-League games are tough, especially teams with momentum as well so we will be cautious.”

Melbourne City defender Curtis Good

“Friday night will have that extra little bit of significance. Obviously, it will mean a bit more to me than some of the other boys but it was the club where I started my career and I’m proud to be involved.”

Where and when

City host Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on Friday 8 November, kick-off 7:30pm. Get your tickets here!