McKinna hails defence

Delighted Central Coast coach Lawrie McKinna paid tribute to his team's defence after the Mariners beat arch-rivals Newcastle 1-0 at Gosford on Friday night.

Delighted Central Coast coach Lawrie McKinna paid tribute to his team's defence after the Mariners beat arch-rivals Newcastle 1-0 at Gosford on Friday night.

McKinna said the victory was very pleasing considering the team had such a disrupted preparation.

Star midfielder Mile Jedinak was ruled out along with key defenders Nigel Boogaard and Andrew Clark.

But a first half strike from Dylan Macallister fired the Mariners to a 1-0 win at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford.

"It's a great result for us when you consider the players we had missing," McKinna said.

"The build up wasn't great but we put them on the back foot early. Defensively in the second half the boys were brilliant."

It was Macallister's first Hyundai A-League start of the season and the former youth international was in dynamic form.

He said he has been trying to stay patient in recent weeks with Matt Simon and Sasho Petrovski preferred up front.

Tonight all three played together and the risky move paid off for the home team.

"Lawrie took a gamble tonight and it paid off," Macallister said.

"My job now is to build on this."

Jets coach Gary Van Egmond said the match was 'very frustrating.'

"In parts we got drawn into their game," he said.

"The game was pretty even. I reckon we had most of the possession but that doesn't win you games. We need to do a lot more work."