The tradition of Central Coast Mariners hosting an A-League fixture on New Years Eve continues on Tuesday as Perth Glory visit Bluetongue Stadium. Fans will also be treated to a fireworks display over Brisbane Water at 9pm.
The Mariners season of inconsistency has continued with two wins and two losses from their last four games. They are conceding more goals than usual this season, and are perhaps fortunate that their visitors for this showpiece encounter are desperately struggling for goals themselves.
The Mariners are clearly still adjusting to the loss of many of last seasons squad. Michael McGlinchey is still available for selection before his loan move to Japan commences, but they have now lost Adam Kwasnik for the remainder of the season after a setback with his long term knee injury.
Now would be a good time for marquee man Marcos Flores to step up for the Mariners. He is now playing in a system that is ideally suited to him, so he needs to provide a better return than three goals so far this season – all penalties.
Kenny Lowe will take charge of his first away game as interim coach of the Glory. His team produced a fairly uninspired performance in his first game against Adelaide, suggesting that the issues surrounding Alistair Edwards’ departure may not be quite resolved.
For Perth it is certainly no help that a number of senior players are unavailable through injury. Players of the calibre of William Gallas, Shane Smeltz and Scott Jamieson have been sorely missed recently, and have now been joined in the treatment room by Ryo Nagai.
Tuesday 31st December, Bluetongue Stadium Gosford 18:00
Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory