Trialist Blake Powell scored and Roy O'Donovan smashed five goals as Central Coast Mariners disposed of a Central Coast select outfit 9-0 in a friendly on Tuesday night.
Powell – who is on trial after departing Phoenix last week – netted the opener as Tony Walmsley’s side cruised past a combined squad of players from clubs from across the Central Coast.
With the Central Coast select squad split into two teams, the Mariners defeated the ‘North Select’ 4-0 in the opening half before easing to a 5-0 win over ‘South Select’ in the second half.
In total, all 23 clubs on the Coast were represented with at least one player included in the squad.
Last season’s club golden boot winner Roy O’Donovan scored five goals while new recruits Connor Pain and Mickael Tavares both impressed in the rout.
First Half v North Select
6’ POWELL GOAL: Some great build up play resulted in the first goal of the match in the opening stages. The play finished with a perfectly placed ball from winger, Fabio Ferreira to the feet of trialist Blake Powell, Powell made no mistake in finishing from close range to send CCM 1-0 ahead.
8’ FERREIRA GOAL: The Mariners doubled their lead two minutes later courtesy of Ferreira who was on the end of a pass from Roy O’Donovan which was placed into the back of the net from close range.
24’ O’DONOVAN GOAL: After holding majority of possession for the first 24 minutes, the Mariners went three goals ahead thanks to a calm finish from O’Donovan on the edge of the 18-yard-box.
26’ O’DONOVAN GOAL (2): The Mariners scored another in the 26th minute and O’Donovan had his first half brace with another tidy close range finish.
Second Half v South Select
2’ O’DONOVAN GOAL (3): Some great individual work from Connor Pain who went past four South players saw Josh Rose tee up the Irishman for his first of the second half after Rose squared his pass across the face of goal.
9’ O’DONOVAN GOAL (4): Ferreira went past a few South defenders in the 9th minute of the second half, he then squared his ball across the face of goal to the ever present O’Donovan who was on hand to finish the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the six-yard-box.
16’ GIVERIN GOAL: Trialist Luke Giverin was showing his skills vs. the select teams and bagged a much deserved goal in the 61st minute thanks to a curling long range strike that hit the far post and into the back of the net.
19’ FERREIRA GOAL (2): The Mariners went four goals ahead when Portuguese flyer hit a stunning strike from outside the box leaving South keeper Daniel Nebauer no chance.
40’ O’DONOVAN GOAL (5): It was O’Donovan again for the Mariners who finished the ball at the near post after he picked up possession on the edge of the 18-yard-box completing his hat-trick for the second half and fifth goal of the night.
Central Coast Mariners: 13.Ivan NECEVSKI, 4.Jacob POSCOLIERO, 26.Luke GIVERIN, 3.Joshua ROSE, 21.Michael NEILL, 10.Mickael TAVARES, 8.Nick MONTGOMERY, 6.Blake POWELL, 11.Connor PAIN, 25.Christian DESA, 9.Roy ODONOVAN, 30.Adam PEARCE, 7.Fabio FERREIRA, 19.Marley PETERSON