Mariners Set Sail For South Korea

Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au/Gregg Porteous
The Mariners won their first grand final at their fourth attempt. Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au/Gregg Porteous
They talk about a premiership hangover, but normally that applies to the season following a grand final win. For Central Coast , celebrations were put on ice to some extent on Sunday night following the club’s 2-0 victory over Western Sydney in the A-League decider at the Sydney Football Stadium. The problem being that just over two days after taking on the Wanderers, the Mariners line up in the city of Suwon, just south of South Korea’s capital Seoul, for an Asian Champions League match.

The Suwon Bluewings sit bottom of Group H, but that is mainly due to the fact they’ve posted three draws from four starts this campaign. They’re the only team to take points off runaway leader Kashiwa Reysol, and second place in the group is still well and truly up for grabs.

The teams played out a scoreless draw when they met at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford in late February. In fact, Suwon’s biggest problem has been finding the back of the net. Their three draws all finished in 0-0 stalemates. The Bluewings’ only loss came when they were thumped 6-2 at home by Kashiwa earlier this month.

The Mariners have lost both games on the road in the ACL in 2013, and their previous record in South Korea doesn’t inspire much confidence. They have lost both matches in the Republic, including a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma last season.

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