Cast-offs and youngsters: the Mariners are still a work in progress

This season represents a period of transition for the Central Coast Mariners. Paul Okon is rebuilding from Tony Walmsley’s reign with a squad pieced together by the cast-offs of other A-League clubs combined with several promising but very raw youngsters. Results, and the style of play, have marginally improved, but these are the first steps in what is a long-term plan.

Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 Central Coast Mariners: Hersi and Santalab build pressure, then the Wanderers defend comfortably

The Wanderers are into a second consecutive Grand Final thanks to a goal and assist from Youssouf Hersi. Teams Tony Popovic's two selection debates were in midfield and upfront - he opted for Iacopo La Rocca and Brendan Santalab respectively, meaning Aaron Mooy and Tomi Juric were on the bench. Phil Moss made one change … Continue reading Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 Central Coast Mariners: Hersi and Santalab build pressure, then the Wanderers defend comfortably