13/04/2024

The Central Coast Mariners in their final training session before they face Macarthur in the AFC Cup at Campbelltown. Photo Credit: Poletti/The Inner Sanctum

The Mariners will be looking to advance further into the AFC Cup on Thursday when they face fellow A-League Men side Macarthur FC.

Ryan Edmondson, who signed for the Mariners less than a month ago, scored a hat-trick in his AFC Cup debut match, a 4-0 victory over Phnom Penh Crown.

“It’s something that’s new to me. I’ve never played in this competition before,” Edmondson said.

“The last game was nothing to do with me whatsoever. The boys had put in a brilliant shift.

“They’ve done their effort and tired out an opponent and fortunately for me, I came on and was able to make an impact.

“It’s a full credit to the boys for what they’ve done in the first hour of that game.

“As good as personal milestones come, to get a professional hat-trick, yeah, I was over the moon, but I was even more happy with that performance and advancing in the competition.”

Edmondson said he has settled nicely into life in Gosford, that he is loving it but recognised that it was a big change to move to the other side of the world as a 22-year-old.

He was also asked about what his thoughts were on seeing the famous inflatable sauce bottles for the first time.

The Englishman said it was not the sauce bottles that took him by surprise. 

“It was the cannon that got me. I had no clue what was going on.

“No one warned me about it or anything and then I heard a big cannon go off.

“It’s something different and I’m enjoying every step of it.”

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Angel Torres’ absence during the Mariners 1-0 victory over the Western Sydney Wanderers was a talking point, which coach Mark Jackson said was due to injury speaking before that match.

Jackson expects Torres to be available for selection tomorrow night.

“He’s recovered from his injury now,” the Mariners coach said.

“He’s just been carrying a long-term groin injury, which was a tendon issue. You have to settle it down now and again so he should be right to come into the squad.

“He’s 100 per cent to be in the squad. He’s been carrying it for a little while, so levels of his performance have been high given that, so at times it takes a little bit to settle it down and we’ve done that.

“So whether he’s due to start the game, we’re going to make that decision after the session today.”

Jackson also had praise for his side’s opposition tomorrow night, but feels there are things which can work to the advantage of the Mariners.

“A high percentage of what we do in games is focused around us and that’s what we do. We never want to deviate away from what we want to achieve in games too much.

“We have to be respectful of the opponent and we have to be so so respectful of Macarthur because we feel they’re a real threat from a goalscoring point of view. 

“They’ve got good wide players, they’ve got attacking fullbacks, they’ve got players in the middle of the park who rotate a lot and move around and that’s difficult to deal with at times. 

“But we’ve seen little things where we feel we can exploit as long as we deal with their threat and we’ll be looking to do that tomorrow.”

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