It all comes down to this for the Reds


On the eve of Adelaide United FC’s Elimination Final for the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Season, Club Captain Eugene Galekovic said there’s no reason why the Reds can’t create history and become the first team to win the A-League championship from sixth spot.

On the eve of Adelaide United FC-s Elimination Final for the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Season, Club Captain Eugene Galekovic said there’s no reason why the Reds can’t create history and become the first team to win the A-League championship from sixth spot.

As the Reds finalised preparations for their mission of trying to topple last season-s champions on their own patch, Galekovic emphasised “we know how they play, and we-re just going to adapt and break them down.”

“We will play our own way, and with that, give ourselves a good chance.

“It’s easy to say we’ll just try to do our best and try to achieve as much as we can.

“But in 10 years, we haven’t won anything at this football club. I want to win a trophy and the group is very motivated to win one as well. We’re a good chance to win one now – why not?”

With the contract extension of Josep Gombau yesterday, Galekovic was also quick to praise Gomabu and the work he has done for the club.

“You can talk about styles, but I just think it’s a very tight-knit group now and that is credit to him,” he said.

“We’re playing for each other and we’re getting results.

“We haven’t achieved anything yet but we’re onto something and hopefully that happens this finals series.”

Nigel Boogaard, after his announcement of his one-year contract extension, explained that, “This year we-ve got the confidence, that no matter who we play against we can get a result if we stick to our game plan,”

“We-ve got a good group, we know how we want to play and we don-t fear anyone, so hopefully this is our year.”

The Mariners and Reds will meet for the fourth time this campaign as the Hyundai A-League season enters its cut throat stage, with the top six to be reduced to four at the end of the finals series- opening weekend.

United lost to the Mariners away from home back in October last year, but the next two encounters were home wins for the Reds.

Hyundai A-League 2014 Elimination Final 1
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Central Coast Mariners (3) v Adelaide United (6)
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Kick-off: 4.30pm local (4:00pm ACST)
Referee: Ben Williams
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Anaz
Fourth Official: Strebre Delovski
TV broadcast: 4.00pm (AEST) Live coverage on FOX Sports 3HD. Delayed coverage from 5:00pm on SBS 2. Live Coverage Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand).
Radio Broadcast: ABC Radio Whole game available to listeners on 92.5 ABC Central Coast FM, Grandstand Digital in Adelaide, online and via the smart phone app. First half coverage available to listeners on local radio in NSW, QLD and the ACT. SBS Radio. Coast FM.

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Central Coast Mariners Squad: 1.Justin PASFIELD (gk), 3.Joshua ROSE, 5.Zachary ANDERSON, 6.Brent GRIFFITHS, 7.John HUTCHINSON (C), 8.Nick MONTGOMERY, 9.Mitchell DUKE, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 12.Liam REDDY (gk), 15.Storm ROUX, 17.Anthony CACERES, 19.Matt SIMON, 20.Bernie IBINI, 21.Mile STERJOVSKI, 25.Eddy BOSNAR, 26.KIM Seung-yong, 27.Isaka CERNAK, 28.Glen TRIFIRO
**Two to be omitted**

Ins:7.John HUTCHINSON (promoted), 19.Matt SIMON (promoted), 26.KIM Seung-Yong (promoted)
Outs: 29.Matt SIM (omitted)
Unavailable: 4. Marcel SEIP (knee – 1 week), 10. Marcos FLORES (knee – season), 14. Michael MCGLICNHEY (on loan – Vegalta Sendai), 18. Michael NEILL (knee – season), 23. Adam KWASNIK

Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (GK) (c), 3.Nigel BOOGAARD, 4.Jon McKAIN, 5.Osama MALIK, 7.JERONIMO, 8.ISAIAS, 9.Sergio CIRIO, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Bruce DJITE, 14.Cameron WATSON, 16.Daniel BOWLES, 17.Awer MABIL, 18.Michael ZULLO, 20.Paul IZZO (GK), 22.Fabio FERREIRA, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 25.Ryan KITTO, 32.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS
**Two to be omitted**

Ins: 4.Jon McKAIN (returns from injury), 16.Daniel BOWLES (promoted), 25.Ryan KITTO (promoted)
Outs: 21.Tarek ELRICH (suspended – 1 week)
Unavailable: 2.Michael MARRONE (fractured leg – indefinite), 6.CASSIO (hamstring tendon – indefinite)

Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United – Hyundai A-League HEAD TO HEAD Record
Played: 28, Wins: Central Coast 14, Adelaide 8, Draws: 6

At Central Coast Stadium
Played 13; Central Coast Mariners 9, Adelaide United 3, Draws 1

Last time they met in the Hyundai A-League
February 14 2014
Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Season – Round 19
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Adelaide United 2 (Carrusca 33-, Ferreira 45+2-)
Central Coast Mariners 0

Last time they met at Central Coast Stadium
26 October 2013
Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Season – Round 3
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Central Coast Mariners 1 (Fitzgerald 2-)
Adelaide United 0