Strong squad to challenge reigning champions

Melbourne Heart FC face reigning champions Central Coast Mariners this Saturday and Head Coach John Aloisi has named a strong squad for the Round Two showdown.

Melbourne Heart FC face reigning champions Central Coast Mariners this Saturday and Head Coach John Aloisi has named a strong squad for the Round Two showdown.

Aloisi's squad performed admirably in Round One and will hope to upset the Mariners who settled for a 1-1 draw in last weekend's 2012-13 Grand Final replay against Western Sydney Wanderers.

Stefan Mauk and Benjamin Garuccio return from international duties with the Young Socceroos, while last week's debutants Massimo Murdocca, Robbie Wielaert, Patrick Kisnorbo, Andrea Migliorini and Harry Kewell remain in contention for selection.

The Mariners have named an 18-man squad with two players to be omitted, while Daniel McBreen (on loan at Shanghai SIPG until October 31), Michael McGlinchy (international duty) and Adam Kwasnik (Groin - one week) are all unavailable for the visitors.

Saturday, 19 October 2013 Hyundai A-League Round 2 Melbourne Heart FC v Central Coast Mariners AAMI Park, Melbourne Kick-off: 5:30pm AEDT Referee: Ben Williams Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Barreiro Fourth Official: Alex Azcurra

TV Broadcast: 5.30pm (AEDT) Live and exclusive coverage on FOX Sports 1HD and Sky Sports 2 (New Zealand).

Radio Broadcast: 5.30pm (AEDT) Live coverage on ABC 774 Melbourne, ABC Local Radio Victoria, 92.5 ABC Central Coast, Grandstand Digital Melbourne and Online/Mobile phone app

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Melbourne Heart FC Squad: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 3. Robbie WIELAERT, 6. Patrick GERHARDT, 7. Iain RAMSAY, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 10. Harry KEWELL (Captain), 14. Golgol MEBRAHTU, 15. David WILLIAMS, 16. Aziz BEHICH, 17. Jason HOFFMAN, 18. David VRANKOVIC, 19. Benjamin GARUCCIO, 20. Tando VELAPHI (GK), 21. Stefan MAUK , 22. Nick KALMAR, 23. Mate DUGANDZIC, 24. Patrick KISNORBO, 25. Andrea MIGLIORINI (Two to be omitted) Ins: 19. Benjamin GARUCCIO (returns from international duty), 21. Stefan MAUK (returns from international duty) Outs: 2. Jeremy WALKER (omitted), 5. Sam MITCHINSON (omitted), 11. Michael MIFSUD (omitted) Unavailable: 4. Orlando ENGELAAR (Fractured tibia - long-term), 9. Dylan MACALLISTER (Hamstring - 3-6 weeks), 13. Jonatan GERMANO (Hamstring - two weeks)

Central Coast Mariners Squad: 1. Justin PASFIELD (GK), 3. Joshua ROSE, 4. Marcel SEIP, 5. Zachary ANDERSON, 6. Brent GRIFFITHS, 7. John HUTCHINSON (C), 8. Nick MONTGOMERY, 9. Mitchell DUKE, 10. Marcos FLORES, 11. Nick FITZGERALD, 12. Liam REDDY (GK), 13. Hayden MORTON, 15. Storm ROUX, 16. Trent SAINSBURY, 17. Anthony CACERES, 18. Michael NEILL, 19. Matt SIMON, 21. Mile STERJOVSKI (two to be omitted) Ins: 13. Hayden MORTON, 18. Michael NEILL Outs: Nil Unavailable: 2. Daniel MCBREEN (On loan at Shanghai SIPG until October 31), 14. Michael MCGLINCHEY (International Duty, New Zealand All Whites), 23. Adam KWASNIK (Groin - 1 week)