Arnold eager for Glory test - Central Coast Mariners


Central Coast Mariners will look to continue their strong 2011/12 Hyundai A-League pre-season campaign on Sunday September 18 against Perth Glory.

Kicking off at 2.00pm at Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga, the match represents the first time the Yellow and Navy have battled a A-League opponent this pre-season.

Having strung seven friendly wins together in their preparation thus far, Head Coach Graham Arnold acknowledged his team would need to lift another level against the Glory.

“Perth have recruited extremely well for this season,” Arnold said. “In the likes of Danny Vukovic, Shane Smeltz and Liam Miller, they’ve added some real quality to their line-up.”

However, Arnold emphasised the result would not be the most important thing for him, or his team, against the purple-whites.

“This will be a great test to see where we are at in terms of our combinations and standard, but the result certainly isn’t the primary focus for this match.

“Like always for us in pre-season, we’re interested in the things we are doing well, and constantly scanning for the things we need to improve upon,” he said.

Indeed, Arnold believes that the fixture will provide a fantastic opportunity for fans of either side, as well as neutrals, to witness both teams in action before the season proper.

With arguably two of the strongest A-League squads on paper, it’s difficult to disagree with the wily tactician.

“Any supporter that comes out to Sunday’s game will be able to see the new recruits before the competitions kicks off in three weeks,” he said.

“There will be some fantastic footballers on display this weekend, in what I know is a unique place to witness a football match.”

Fans looking to travel to the game from the Central Coast or from within Sydney are encouraged to board a train to Warrawee station. Warrawee station is within a minute walk to the Borambil Street entrance of the Knox sporting complex.

Gates will open at 12:30pm. Tickets for the game are $10 for adults, and $5 for children under 15.

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