Semi-Final Ins & Outs: Sydney youngster pushing for minutes after injury setback

The teams are in ahead of the return legs of two Isuzu UTE A-League Semi-Finals.

Central Coast Mariners hold a slender advantage over Sydney FC after a 2-1 win away from home in the first leg of their Semi-Final clash. Sydney were reduced to nine men after red cards to Jack Rodwell and Corey Hollman and both players will miss the trip to Gosford for the second leg on Saturday night.

Sydney coach Ufuk Talay is hopeful Jake Girdwood-Reich will be fit to play against the Mariners. The 19-year-old suffered up a cork to his thigh in the first leg but has been included in the Sydney squad for this weekend.

The Mariners meantime add Dylan Wenzel-Halls and Miguel Di Pizio to an otherwise unchanged extended squad.

Wellington Phoenix also go into the weekend unchanged for their home clash with Melbourne Victory after a 0-0 draw at AAMI Park in the first leg. Victory head coach Tony Popovic promotes Leigh Broxham and Stefan Nigro to the squad but is still without suspended Zinedine Machach, who is serving the second week of a two-week suspension.

Read on for the full teams ahead of Saturday’s Semi-Finals.

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Central Coast v Sydney FC at Industree Group Stadium!
Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory at Sky Stadium!

Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory

Sky Stadium – Saturday, May 18 – 4.30pm AEST

Wellington Phoenix squad: 3. Finn SURMAN, 4. Scott WOOTTON, 5. Fin CONCHIE, 6. Tim PAYNE, 7. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 8. Ben OLD, 9. Oskar ZAWADA, 10. David BALL, 11. Bozhidar KRAEV, 12. Mo AL-TAAY, 14. Alex RUFER (c), 15. Nicholas PENNINGTON, 17. Youstin SALAS, 18. Lukas KELLY-HEALD, 19. Sam SUTTON, 24. Oskar VAN HATTUM, 25. Jack DUNCAN (gk), 26. Isaac HUGHES, 40. Alex PAULSEN (gk), 43. Matt SHERIDAN.

Ins: Nil

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Nil

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Melbourne Victory squad: 2. Jason GERIA, 3. Adama TRAORE, 5. Damien DA SILVA, 6. Leigh BROXHAM, 7. Chris IKONOMIDIS, 10. Bruno FORNAROLI, 11. Ben FOLAMI, 14. Connor CHAPMAN, 16. Stefan NIGRO, 17. Nishan VELUPILLAY, 19. Daniel ARZANI, 20. Paul IZZO, 21. Roderick MIRANDA, 22. Jake BRIMMER, 23. Salim KHELIFI, 25. Ryan TEAGUE, 27. Jordi VALADON, 28. Roly BONEVACIA, 37. Kasey BOS, 40. Christian SICILIANO

Ins: 6. Leigh BROXHAM, 16. Stefan NIGRO

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 8. Zinedine MACHACH (suspended)


Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC

Industree Group Stadium – Saturday, May 18 – 7.45pm AEST

Central Coast Mariners squad: 2. Mikael DOKA, 3. Brian KALTAK, 4. Josh NISBET, 6. Max BALARD, 7. Christian THEOHAROUS, 9. Alou KUOL, 14. Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 15. Storm ROUX, 16. Harry STEELE, 17. Jing REEC, 18. Jacob FARRELL, 20. Danny VUKOVIC (c), 22. Ronald BARCELLOS, 23. Dan HALL, 26. Brad TAPP, 30. Jack WARSHAWSKY, 33. Nathan PAULL, 37. Bailey BRANDTMAN, 39. Miguel DI PIZIO, 99. Ryan EDMONDSON

Ins: 14. Dylan WENZEL-HALLS (promoted), 39. Miguel DI PIZIO (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 5. Noah SMITH (injured), 27. Sasha KUZEVSKI (injured)

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Sydney FC squad: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE, 3. Aaron GURD, 4. Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, 8. Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH, 9. Fabio GOMES, 11. Robert MAK, 13. Pat WOOD, 15. Gabriel LACERDA, 16. Joel KING, 17. Anthony CACERES, 18. Matthew SCARCELLA, 19. Mitch GLASSON, 20. Adam PAVLESIC (GK), 22. Max BURGESS, 23. Rhyan GRANT, 24. Wataru KAMIJO, 25. Jaiden KUCHARSKI, 26. Luke BRATTAN ©, 27. Hayden MATTHEWS, 28. Nathan AMANATIDIS

Ins: 18. Matthew SCARCELLA (promoted), 19. Mitch GLASSON (promoted), 24. Wataru KAMIJO (promoted), 28. Nathan AMANATIDIS (promoted)

Outs: 6. Jack RODWELL (suspended – 2 weeks), 12. Corey HOLLMAN (suspended – 1 week)

Unavailable: 10. Joe LOLLEY (injured), 30. Gus HOEFSLOOT (injured)