The Central Coast Mariners claimed the inaugural F3 derby silverware on the back of a 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets on Sunday.
Before a ball was kicked in anger in 2023/24, the two A-League Women’s (ALW) clubs agreed to create a trophy to symbolise their sporting discord.
And, a piece of guard rail from the M1 Motorway, formerly known as the F3 – which links Newcastle to the Central Coast – was used as a focal point for the unique award.
Even though the Jets were in the box seat to capture the honours, after a thrilling round one victory, the Mariners rose to occasion at No. 2 Sportsground on 28 January.
But, it was a frustrating afternoon for interim coach Ryan Campbell and his girls.
Time after time, they had countless opportunities to score, yet failed to do so.
The hosts made their intentions clear from the start, with Melina Ayres narrowly missing in the opening minute.
However, disaster struck soon after when Central Coast’s Rola Badawiya delivered a beautiful pass to Wurigumula, who scored the simplest of goals for a 1-0 lead.
Newcastle’s goalscoring freak Sarina Bolden then had her header saved by rival keeper Sarah Langman.
Almost immediately, Jets’ defender Tash Prior did fantastically to block Peta Trimis’ right-footed shot from close range.
Bolden and Ayres, aided by Lara Gooch, Lauren Allen and Lorena Baumann, then went close on a number of occasions.
Newcastle boasted the majority of possession and territory in the first 45 but just couldn’t find the back of the net.
Minutes before the break, Ayres had a terrific chance to equalise, however Langman was equal to the task again.
The entertaining battle continued after the interval.
But, the Mariners surged ahead 2-0 when Tiarna Karambasis found Paige Hayward, who stepped up goalie Izzy Nino.
The Jets tried valiantly to hit back, courtesy of Libby Copus-Brown, MelindaJ Barbieri and Bolden.
However, it was to no avail.
It’s now imperative for Newcastle to respond in the best possible fashion against the Wellington Phoenix at the Maitland Sportsground on Sunday 4 February to remain in the play-off hunt.
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