2011–12 Central Coast Mariners FC season

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Central Coast Mariners
2011–12 season
Chairman Peter Turnbull
Manager Graham Arnold
A-League premiership (regular season) 1st
A-League championship (finals) 3rd
Asian Champions League Group stage (3rd)
Top goalscorer League: Matt Simon, Bernie Ibini-Isei (7)
All: Patrick Zwaanswijk (8)
Highest home attendance 14 838 vs Gold Coast United
Lowest home attendance 6 883 vs Perth Glory
Average home league attendance 9 628
Home colours
Away colours

The 2011–12 Central Coast Mariners season will be Central Coast Mariners's seventh A-League season. It includes the 2011–12 A-League season as well as any other competitions of the 2011–12 football (soccer) season. This will include competing in the 2012 AFC Champions League.

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

The 2011 off-season is longer than usual (March–October) as Football Federation Australia shifted the next season's start back to avoid clashing with the NRL and AFL finals.

In May, it was announced that the Mariners would play Celtic FC on their tour of Australia in July, a game which the Mariners won 1–0 through a late Troy Hearfield long range effort.

The Mariners also agreed to a deal with a new kit supplier, Hummel International.

Much of the news at the club in pre-season related to the future of young talent Mustafa Amini, who had attracted interest from many European clubs, including German champions Borussia Dortmund and Scottish giants Celtic FC, amongst others. After an extended negotiation period, Amini was sold to Dortmund, and immediately loaned back to the Mariners until May 2012.[1]

Pre-season fixtures included the annual tour of the Australian Capital Territory, and a tour of New Zealand. Whilst in Canberra, the Mariners retained the Bank of Queensland Cup, winning their annual clash with Belconnen United FC 5–0. Overall, the Mariners enjoyed a successful pre-season, including wins over A-League opposition Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix. They also won the annual Doug Turnbull cup, against Bankstown City Lions. The Mariners were a game away from a second consecutive undefeated pre-season (after not losing a pre-season game in the 2010 pre-season), however, they were beaten 3–1 by Auckland City FC in Auckland in their final friendly before the season proper. Michael Baird was the top-scorer in pre-season, scoring 7 goals.

Pre-Season triallists[edit]

Pre-Season fixtures/ friendlies[edit]

Games in New South Wales unless specified. Games in this section are in local time.

2011–12 A-League[edit]

Fixtures for the 2011–12 A-League were announced in late May. Notable fixtures include a 2011 A-League Grand Final rematch in the opening fixture against Brisbane Roar, and the Mariners' traditional New Years Eve match, this year against Gold Coast United.

October[edit]

The Mariners' season got off to a rough start, with no wins in their first three games, picking up only one point. This included a draw with Gold Coast United, thanks to a late Patrick Zwaanswijk equaliser, and a loss in The F3 Derby against Newcastle. However, they managed to kick start their season with a come from behind win over Perth Glory at Bluetongue Stadium, winning 2–1 with goals from Matt Simon and Bernie Ibini-Isei.

November[edit]

November was a successful period for the club, with the Mariners undefeated in their four games in the month. This included an eventful 3–2 win over Sydney FC in the New South Wales derby. Bernie Ibini-Isei was named the A-League's young player of the month for November.

December[edit]

The Mariners completed a second consecutive undefeated month in December, with four wins and one draw. This included wins in The F3 Derby as well as a win over rivals Brisbane Roar, and a 4–0 victory over Adelaide United in Adelaide- the side's biggest ever home loss. The annual New Year's Eve match was a nil all draw with Gold Coast United. Late in the month, it was announced that local long-serving striker Matt Simon would be leaving in early January to play for K-League side Chunnam Dragons. The Mariners ended 2011 on top of the A-League ladder. Mustafa Amini was named A-League young player of the month for December.

January[edit]

The Mariners were again undefeated in January, extending their undefeated streak to a club record 15 games by the end of the month. Matt Simon left the club to go to South Korea, scoring a brace in his final game before moving overseas against Melbourne Victory. Trent Sainsbury, Joshua Rose and Bernie Ibini-Isei were signed to new contracts, and Tomas Rogic was transferred in. Mitchell Duke, Jimmy Oates and Anthony Caceres were promoted from the youth team, given senior contracts for the 2012 AFC Champions League and future A-League seasons. The Mariners ended 10 January points clear at the top of the A-League ladder. On 31 January the Central Coast Mariners confirmed that they had secured the services of John Sutton for 4 months on a loan deal to replace the loss of Matt Simon. Mat Ryan was named the A-League's young player of the month for January.

February[edit]

February saw the end of the Mariners' extended undefeated run, and two other losses in the month saw the lead at the top of the table reduced ahead of Brisbane Roar. Rostyn Griffiths was sold to Guangzhou R&F for what was rumoured to be a club record transfer fee, around the A$1 million mark. By the end of the month, the Central Coast Mariners youth team had all but won the 2011-12 A-League National Youth League title. Tomas Rogic won the A-League young player of the month award for February- the fourth consecutive month in which the Mariners had won the award.

March[edit]

March was a mixed month for the club, with two wins, one draw and two losses in A-League matches. Wins in the last two games of the regular season earned the Mariners the 2011-12 A-League Premiership, ahead of Brisbane Roar. This earned the team a spot in the 2013 AFC Champions League. The Mariners campaign in the 2012 AFC Champions League began in March, with two draws.

April[edit]

On the field, April was a less successful month for the Mariners, with the team eliminated from the 2011-12 A-League finals by Perth Glory and suffering a loss to Seongnam Ilhwa in Seongnam after the two teams drew in Gosford in the 2012 AFC Champions League. Off the field, Mathew Ryan was awarded the A-League's young player and goalkeeper of the year awards, and Graham Arnold was awarded A-League coach of the year. Ryan, Patrick Zwaanswijk and Joshua Rose were named in the team of the season, with Arnold named as coach.

May[edit]

May saw the season finish with the end of the 2012 AFC Champions League group stage. A 5–1 win over Tianjin Teda FC- the club's first in the AFC Champions League- saw the Mariners travel to Japan needing to beat Nagoya Grampus to progress in the competition. However, a loss in this game saw the Mariners finish third in the group.


Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Central Coast Mariners 27 15 6 6 40 24 +16 51 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Brisbane Roar (C) 27 14 7 6 50 28 +22 49 2013 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off
3 Perth Glory 27 13 4 10 40 35 +5 43 2012 A-League Finals Series
4 Wellington Phoenix 27 12 4 11 34 32 +2 40
5 Sydney FC 27 10 8 9 37 42 −5 38
6 Melbourne Heart 27 9 10 8 35 34 +1 37
7 Newcastle Jets 27 10 5 12 34 32 +2 35
8 Melbourne Victory 27 6 11 10 35 43 −8 29
9 Adelaide United 27 5 10 12 26 44 −18 25
10 Gold Coast United 27 4 9 14 30 42 −12 21 Disbanded at end of season

Updated to games played on 25 March 2012..
Source: the-AFC.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1First place through to sixth place qualify for the 2012 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2012 A-League Grand Final automatically earns qualification for the 2013 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off, unless first place are champions.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

2011–12 Squad[edit]

Players who have been announced as contracted to the Central Coast Mariners senior squad for the 2011–12 season. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Mat Ryan
2 Australia FW Daniel McBreen
3 Australia DF Joshua Rose
4 Australia DF Pedj Bojic
5 Australia MF Brad Porter
6 Netherlands DF Patrick Zwaanswijk
7 Malta MF John Hutchinson
8 Australia MF Rostyn Griffiths
9 Australia FW Bernie Ibini-Isei
10 Australia MF Adriano Pellegrino
11 Australia MF Oliver Bozanic
12 Australia MF Troy Hearfield
13 Australia MF Stuart Musialik
14 New Zealand MF Michael McGlinchey
15 Australia MF Brad McDonald
16 Australia DF Trent Sainsbury
No. Position Player
17 Australia FW Michael Baird
17 Australia MF Tomas Rogic
18 Australia DF Alex Wilkinson
19 Australia FW Matt Simon
19 England FW John Sutton
20 Australia GK Justin Pasfield
21 Australia DF Sam Gallagher
22 Australia MF Mustafa Amini
23 Australia FW Adam Kwasnik
24 Australia MF Anthony Caceres
25 Australia FW Mitchell Duke
27 Australia DF Trent McClenahan
30 Australia GK Nathan Denham
31 Australia GK Brody Crane
 ?? Australia DF James Oates

Transfers[edit]

Loan Deals[edit]

Injuries[edit]

Name Position Injury Duration
Australia Matthew Ryan Goalkeeper Knee May 2011– September 2011
Australia Mustafa Amini Midfielder Osteitis pubis August 2011– October 2011
Australia Alex Wilkinson Defender Arm September 2011– October 2011
Australia Stuart Musialik Midfielder Hip September 2011– December 2011
Australia Rostyn Griffiths Midfielder Hip December 2011– January 2012

2011–12 A-League fixtures/results[edit]

All times AEST/AEDST, and PM

Regular season[edit]

  • *Match rescheduled from 27 January 2012 due to flooding risk in and around Skilled Park.

Finals[edit]

2012 AFC Champions League[edit]

The Mariners qualified for the 2012 AFC Champions League as runners up in the 2010-11 A-League. In December 2011, they were drawn in group G, along with Nagoya Grampus of Japan, Tianjin Teda FC of China and Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma of South Korea.

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 6 2 4 0 13 5 +8 10
Japan Nagoya Grampus 6 2 4 0 10 4 +6 10
Australia Central Coast Mariners 6 1 3 2 7 11 −4 6
China Tianjin Teda 6 0 3 3 2 12 −10 3

Squad stats[edit]

No. Pos. Name A-League Finals AFC Champions League Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Australia Matthew Ryan 21 0 3 0 6 0 30 0 1 0
2 FW Australia Daniel McBreen 23 2 2 0 5 2 30 4 3 0
3 DF Australia Joshua Rose 27 1 3 0 5 1 35 2 6 1
4 DF Australia Pedj Bojic 24 2 3 0 4 0 31 2 11 0
5 MF Australia Bradley Porter 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0
6 DF Netherlands Patrick Zwaanswijk 26 6 3 1 6 1 35 8 9 0
7 MF Malta John Hutchinson 19 0 3 0 6 0 28 0 9 0
8 MF Australia Rostyn Griffiths 18 2 0 0 0 0 18 2 5 0
9 FW Australia Bernie Ibini-Isei 26 7 3 0 6 0 35 7 0 0
10 MF Australia Adriano Pellegrino 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0 2 0
11 MF Australia Oliver Bozanic 20 1 3 0 5 0 28 1 1 0
12 MF Australia Troy Hearfield 26 2 2 0 4 0 32 2 0 0
13 MF Australia Stuart Musialik 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 MF New Zealand Michael McGlinchey 27 1 3 0 6 1 36 2 2 0
15 MF Australia Brad McDonald 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 DF Australia Trent Sainsbury 8 0 1 0 2 0 11 0 3 1
17 FW Australia Michael Baird 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
17 MF Australia Tomas Rogic 9 2 3 0 4 0 16 2 2 0
18 DF Australia Alex Wilkinson 24 0 3 0 6 0 33 0 3 0
19 FW Australia Matthew Simon 14 7 0 0 0 0 14 7 2 0
19 FW England John Sutton 6 1 2 0 2 0 10 1 1 0
20 GK Australia Justin Pasfield 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
21 DF Australia Sam Gallagher 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0
22 MF Australia Mustafa Amini 16 2 2 0 4 1 22 3 1 0
23 FW Australia Adam Kwasnik 16 4 3 2 5 1 24 7 5 0
24 MF Australia Anthony Caceres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 FW Australia Mitchell Duke 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
27 DF Australia Trent McClenahan 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 1 0
30 GK Australia Nathan Denham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 GK Australia Brody Crane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
?? DF Australia James Oates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Top scorers[edit]

Total Player Goals per Round
 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
7 Australia Matt Simon 1 1 1 1 1 2
Australia Bernie Ibini-Isei 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
6 Netherlands Patrick Zwaanswijk 1 1 1 1 1 1
4 Australia Adam Kwasnik 1 1 2
2 Australia Rostyn Griffiths 1 1
Australia Mustafa Amini 1 1
Australia Pedj Bojic 1 1
Australia Daniel McBreen 1 1
Australia Tomas Rogic 1 1
Australia Troy Hearfield 1 1
1 New Zealand Michael McGlinchey 1
Australia Oliver Bozanic 1
Australia Joshua Rose 1
England John Sutton 1
A goal was scored from a penalty kick
Two goals were scored from penalty kicks

References[edit]

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