Central Coast Mariners will farewell long serving midfielder John Hutchinson on Saturday in their final home match of the A-League season against Western Sydney Wanderers. The Mariners’ most capped player is retiring at the end of the season and fans will want to send him off in style, along with forward Matt Simon who is also making his final home appearance.
The 2013 Grand Final seems like a long time ago for the Mariners and Wanderers after difficult campaigns this season. Neither side can make the finals, but the rivalry developed between the two as a result of that decider two years ago ensures that Saturday’s game will be keenly fought.
The Mariners come into the game off the back of a 6-1 thrashing in Brisbane. Performances under new coach Tony Walmsley had been generally improved, so Mariners fans will hope to see a response from their team to end the season on a high.
The Wanderers have at least seemingly found an answer to their goal scoring issues in Kerem Bulut, who is already their joint top scorer in all competitions despite only arriving in January. Following Newcastle Jets’ shock win in Melbourne on Friday the Wanderers have again slipped to the foot of the A-League ladder, so will look to their in form hitman to fire them to a much needed win.
Saturday 11th April, Central Coast Stadium Gosford 19:30
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