Sunday in the A-Leagues: Mariners fans farewell a Champion & a veteran clocks game 150

That’s a wrap for 2023!

There were three games on the agenda as 2023 in the A-Leagues came to an end in entertaining fashion.

In the Liberty A-League, Central Coast Mariners hosted Perth Glory in the first game of a doubleheader at Industree Group Stadium on New Year’s Eve, with the visitors winning 2-1 thanks to a brace from star striker Millie Farrow.

Newcastle Jets then welcomed Adelaide United to No.2 Sportsground in the second of two Liberty A-League fixtures on Sunday, with the hosts winning 3-1 after trailing early in the first half.

In the Isuzu UTE A-League, defending champions Central Coast Mariners concluded the day’s action with a 4-2 win over Perth Glory at Industree Group Stadium.

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Central Coast Mariners 1-2 Perth Glory – Industree Group Stadium (Liberty A-League)

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Millie Farrow’s two-goal haul guided Perth Glory past Central Coast Mariners 2-1 in their New Year’s Eve Liberty A-League showdown.

Englishwoman Farrow was the difference at Industree Group Stadium, where she scored in either half to help the second-placed Glory snap their two-game skid heading into the New Year on Sunday despite Rola Badawiya reducing the deficit.

Former Chelsea striker Farrow took her season tally to six goals through 10 rounds – her best ever league return, having previously scored five goals in 19 matches for Crystal Palace in 2021-22.

Newcastle Jets 3-1 Adelaide United – No.2 Sportsground (Liberty A-League)

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MATCH REPORT: Jets end 2023 on a high as Philippines international strikes in comeback win over Reds

Newcastle Jets came from behind to notch a 3-1 win over Adelaide United at No.2 Sportsground on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds led after 10 minutes through Dylan Holmes but Newcastle acted swiftly to carve out a 2-1 advantage by the 20-minute mark, with Libby Copus-Brown and Natasha Prior finding the back of the net.

Philippines international Sarina Bolden put the Jets out of sight shortly after half-time, scoring her fourth goal in five games to wrap up all three points in a 3-1 victory.

Jets defender Gema Simon came off the bench in the 85th minute to reach the special individual milestone of 150 Liberty A-League appearances; only five players have reached the appearance figure in the league’s history: Kim Carroll, Michelle Heyman, Teresa Polias, Clare Polkinghorne and Caitlin Cooper.

Central Coast Mariners 4-2 Perth Glory – Industree Group Stadium (Isuzu UTE A-League)

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MATCH REPORT: New Year’s Eve fireworks in Gosford as Túlio bids special farewell to Mariners faithful

Central Coast Mariners came from behind to defeat Perth Glory 4-2 in an entertaining New Year’s Eve affair at Industree Group Stadium on Sunday night.

Glory took an early lead through Adam Taggart but trailed 3-1 by the break, with Jacob Farrell, Alou Kuol and Marco Túlio all finding the back of the net before half-time.

Túlio’s first of the night came via the penalty spot and he repeated the feat in second-half stoppage time in a special send-off in front of his home fans ahead of his imminent departure to Japanese club Kyoto Sanga.

Glory co-captain Mark Beevers was sent off for collecting two yellows in the second half, with his second caution coming after his handball that led to the late Mariners penalty. Fellow Perth centre-back Aleksandar Susnjar also received his marching orders in the aftermath of Túlio’s second goal from the spot.