Top 5 Hyundai A-League transfers for 2017/2018 – Roy O’Donovan

Roy O’Donovan (Jets) – After two prolific seasons at the Mariners which yielded 19 goals in 45 Hyundai A-League appearances, O’Donovan has crossed the F3 Derby divide to join rivals Newcastle Jets. The former EPL striker is a real goal-poacher and with the right service around him, could prove to be a huge success for Ernie Merrick’s new-look side.


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Transfer news: Jets sign ex-Mariners Irish ace Roy O’Donovan

Prolific Irish striker Roy O’Donovan will join the Jets in June

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Newcastle Jets have confirmed they have signed striker Roy O’Donovan from #F3Derby rival Central Coast Mariners for the next two Hyundai A-League seasons.

In a huge coup for the Hunter club, the clinical Irish marksman will link up with the club in June following the completion of his contract in Gosford.
The 31-year-old has played the past two seasons with the Newcastle’s arch-rivals the Mariners.

During his time in Gosford, O’Donovan – a former Sunderland, Coventry City and Blackpool player – found the back of the net an impressive 19 times in 45 Hyundai A-League fixtures.

Indeed, in his A-League career thus far the former Irish international has scored a goal in every 207 minutes of matches he’s played.

It is a record O’Donovan is aiming to replicate, or better, during his time in the Hunter.

“I want to score a lot more goals in the Hyundai A-League,” O’Donovan said.

“Obviously the Jets are transitioning between managers and there are a lot of players out of contract, but if we can get the right type of creative players in the team then I sense that we will be able to push on.


Roy O'Donovan

“The Jets are a good football club, a big club that I can only see growing under the ownership of the LEDMAN Group.

“Obviously joining from Central Coast will be seen as a little bit controversial, but as a professional footballer this is the next step in my career.”

Newcastle Jets CEO Lawrie McKinna welcomed O’Donovan to the club and said that his signing shows how intent LEDMAN Group are in building the Jets into a Hyundai A-League force.

“We’re ecstatic that Roy and his family have chosen Newcastle over the other offers that were on the table for him both domestically and internationally,” McKinna said.

“Martin Lee and LEDMAN Group recognise Roy’s quality, and have backed us by helping to bring him to the club.” 

Mariners striker Roy O'Donovan reacts to a decision in his side's loss to Brisbane.

“We’re sure that Roy will prove to be a great addition to the Newcastle Jets over the next two seasons,” he said.

O’Donovan will join his teammates for the start of pre-season training in late June, and could play his first match on July 8 when the Jets host Chilean Primera Division side Audax Italiano at McDonald Jones Stadium.

He will complete post-season training with Central Coast over the coming weeks.


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Central Coast Mariners 2 – 3 Adelaide United – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Adelaide United have jumped off the bottom of the Hyundai A-League ladder after recording a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind win over Central Coast Mariners in Gosford on Saturday afternoon.

A second-half brace from Baba Diawara and a strike from Dylan McGowan proved the difference as Gui Amor’s side secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Adelaide United.

In a free flowing encounter, both sides created chances in the opening stanza but it was the Mariners who struck first with Appiah netting his second goal of the season just prior to the break.

But the match turned after the interval with Adelaide netting three times in the space of 10 minutes early in the second period to take control of the match.

Central Coast pulled a goal back in the dying stages with Roy O’Donovan firing home from the spot but it wasn’t enough as Adelaide held on for a well-deserved victory.

1-0 Central Coast Mariners: Kwabena Appiah, 44’

Adelaide failed to adequately clear their lines with Storm Roux pouncing on a loose ball before picking out Appiah in the area with the winger cleverly nodding the ball past Eugene Galekovic.

1-1 Adelaide United: Baba Diawara, 56’

Mariners defender Liam Rose failed to deal with a loose ball inside the area with Diawara pouncing to poke home past Ivan Necevski.

1-2 Adelaide United: Dylan McGowan, 61’

Jesse Makarounas whipped in an inviting cross from the corner with McGowan rising highest to bury a thumping header into the back of the net.

1-3 Adelaide United: Baba Diawara, 66’

Ben Garuccio delivered a well-weighted ball from the corner with Diawara wriggling free of his marker to nod home from close range.

2-3 Central Coast Mariners: Roy O’Donovan, 90’

Kim Jae-Sung was penalised for a handball inside the box with O’Donovan calmly slotting the ensuing spot kick past the wrong-footed Galekovic.


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Western Sydney Wanderers FC 0-2 Central Coast Mariners – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A slick second-half brace from striker Roy O’Donovan has seen the Central Coast Mariners stun Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 at Spotless Stadium on Sunday.

Despite dominating proceedings for large stretches the home side were made to pay for their profligacy when O’Donovan converted a penalty and then beat Vedran Janjetovic for a second time with a delightful chip.

Western Sydney’s Nico Martinez and Terry Antonis both had strong chances to open the scoring in the first-half after they were teed up by Mitch Nichols but weren’t able to capitalise.

Substitute Brendon Santalab was also wasteful when he meekly shot wide of the post despite finding himself unmarked at the back post just minutes after coming on.

Instead it was the Mariners who made the most of their chances to register their third straight win, a result which lifts them to within two points of the top six.

It was just the second time Central Coast have beaten the Wanderers away from Gosford but they’ll be without captain Nick Montgomery for next week’s home clash against the Victory after he picked up his fifth booking of the campaign.

The Wanderers remain winless at their temporary home at Olympic Park and will also be without their skipper for next week’s pivotal Sydney Derby after Dimas was also shown his fifth yellow card of the season.


0-1 Central Coast Mariners: Roy O’Donovan (pen.) 65’

Wanderers defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis was penalised for holding in the box from a Mariners corner, with O’Donovan stepping up and emphatically burying the spot-kick.

0-2 Central Coast Mariners: Roy O’Donovan, 78’

A chip over the top from Nick Montgomery played O’Donovan in behind the Wanderers backline and the Irishman subsequently chipped a stranded Vedran Janjetovic to register his tenth goal of the season.


The result was the first time in 27 games the Mariners have kept a clean sheet away from home.

Mitch Nichols became the 19th player in Hyundai A-League history to make 200 appearances.


Mariners goalkeeper Paul Izzo and Wanderers defender Scott Neville clashed in the air as they contested a cross before the break but both were able to continue after being assessed.

Paul Izzo, Scott Neville

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Melbourne City FC 2 x 1 Central Coast Mariners – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A first-half brace from Tim Cahill has guided Melbourne City to a dominant 2-1 win against a 10-man Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on Thursday night. A set-piece straight out of City’s playbook saw Cahill open the scoring for the home side after just three minutes but the Mariners hit back shortly after via the boot of Roy O’Donovan. Having got his side back in the contest the Irishman dealt the visitors a cruel blow midway through the first half when he was shown a straight red card for striking an opponent.

City peppered Central Coast’s goal thereafter with Bruno Fornaroli, Cahill and Nicolás Colazo all spurning chances, before Cahill put his side in front with a trademark header before the break. Michael Valkanis’ side continued to dictate play after the interval with Colazo hitting the post for a second time, while an unmarked Fernando Brandán headed over the bar from the six yard line.

Some tricky from Bruno Fornaroli carved out a couple of late chances but as has happened so often this season City failed to put the result beyond doubt. To the Mariners credit they stayed in the contest, putting in a dogged defensive effort with 10-men but they never really threatened to grab a second equaliser.


1-0 Melbourne City: Tim Cahill, 3’

Luke Brattan played a set-piece short to the front post from a wide position where Cahill had peeled off his marker and fired past Paul Izzo to notch his sixth goal of the season.

1-1 Central Coast Mariners: Roy O’Donovan, 9’

Connor Pain got the better of Ivan Franjic down the left wing before squaring the ball into the box where O’Donovan was lurking to hammer it home with a first time strike.

2-1 Melbourne City: Tim Cahill, 39’

City got two bites of the cherry from a corner ball, with the Cahill getting on the end of another cross from Brattan to head home virtually unchallenged at the back post.

Tim Cahill


  • The Mariners have now conceded the first goal in 13 of their 16 matches this season.
  • Melbourne City striker Tim Cahill has now scored five headed goals this season.


Roy O’Donovan was shown a straight red card midway through the first half after he flung out an arm while trying to win the ball and connected with the head of Michael Jakobsen right in front of the linesmen.

Roy O'Donovan

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Central Coast Mariners 2 x 3 Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A contentious late goal from David Carney has seen Sydney FC defeat the Central Coast Mariners 3-2 in Gosford on Sunday afternoon.

The home side will have reason to feel aggrieved after fighting back from two goals down to level the score for the second week in a row – missing a penalty along the way.

However their endeavours would ultimately go unrewarded after Carney turned home a late winner despite appearing to be in an offside position.

A goal either side of half time from Sky Blues marquee Bobo appeared to have the visitors coasting to victory, only for Roy O’Donovan to pull a goal back.

Central Coast should have drawn level from the penalty spot after Rhyan Grant brought down Connor Pain in the box but Fabio Ferreira blazed his effort well over the crossbar.

The Mariners did grab a deserved equaliser shortly after with their Portuguese winger going some way to atoning for his miss by setting up the chance that was finished by Scott Galloway.

However the goal proved to be in vain when Paul Okon’s side allowed Sydney FC to reply barely a minute later to grab all three points.


0-1 Sydney FC: Bobo, 43’

Michael Zullo floated in a cross to the top of the box that was headed down by Filip Holosko for his strike partner, who took a touch before stroking it past Paul Izzo.

0-2 Sydney FC:  Bobo, 48’

Some crafty work from Milos Ninkovic had the Mariners defence retreating before the he laid the ball off for the Brazilian who was able to side-foot into an empty net.

1-2 Central Coast: Roy O’Donovan, 66’

Fabio Ferreira whipped in a dangerous free-kick which was headed towards goal by Holosko. O’Donovan was lurking at the back post and headed strongly to level the score.

2-2 Central Coast: Scott Galloway, 76’

Ferreira set sail down field before finding O’Donovan with a cross at the back post. The Irishman got a shot away which was saved by Danny Vukovic but Galloway was there to turn home the rebound.

3-2 Sydney FC: David Carney, 77’

The home side switched off after drawing level, with Ninkovic allowed to run at the defence before crossing for Carney who angled the ball inside the near post. The substitute appeared to have been marginally offside but the goal was allowed to stand.


The Sky Blues were dealt a huge blow less than 90 seconds into the contest when Sebastian Ryall injured his hamstring after losing his footing and landing awkwardly. The stand-in skipper, who had come into the side for the departed Matt Jurman, was replaced by Josh Brillante with Brandon O’Neill dropping into the defensive line.


Josh Brillante picked up his fifth booking of the season midway through the second half which will see him suspended from next week’s Sydney Derby. The misery was compounded by the fact the Mariners scored from the resulting free-kick.


11,398 @ Central Coast Stadium – the home side’s biggest of the season.

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Central Coast Mariners 2 x 2 Melbourne City FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Central Coast and Melbourne City have put on a show for football fans in Gosford on New Year’s Eve, with both sides coming from behind in a heart-stopping 2-2 draw.

In a match that proved to be somewhat of an arm-wrestle in the opening exchanges Tim Cahill put City in front before the interval with a regulation header.

The visitors appeared to be easing to victory until two goals in eight minutes from Trent Buhagiar and Roy O’Donovan saw Central Coast take a shock lead.

The Mariners’ leading scorer had a strong chance to bank a quick fire double but was unable to connect from just a couple of yards out leaving the home fans gasping.

Instead Paul Okon’s side were left to rue that miss after City earned a late penalty that was buried emphatically by Bruno Fornaroli to earn a share of the points.

The result was City’s fourth straight draw and sees them remain in fourth spot at the midpoint in the season. Meanwhile the Mariners edged to just one win from the top six and will take plenty of heart from their second half showing.


0-1 Melbourne City: Tim Cahill, 40’

An inviting cross from Bruce Kamau was met by the charging run of Cahill who left his marker behind and had plenty of time to head past Paul Izzo.

1-1 Central Coast Mariners: Trent Buhagiar, 77’

Substitute Fabio Ferreira scooted downfield on the counter before laying the ball off for the 18-year-old, who struck it sweetly into the near top corner.

2-1 Central Coast Mariners: Roy O’Donovan, 85’

Some swift ball movement from the home side sent Buhagiar clear down the flank, who squared the ball for O’Donovan to fire home from close range.

2-2 Melbourne City: Bruno Fornaroli pen; 90’

Substitute Daniel Arzani earned City a penalty when he was cut down in the box by Scott Galloway, with Fornaroli stepping up and firing the spot-kick straight down the middle to level the scores.


Tim Cahill’s goal was the third match in row the Caltex Socceroos striker has opened the scoring.

Melbourne City’s two goals took them to 58 for the calendar year – a Hyundai A-League record.

The Mariners are unbeaten in the last four New Year’s Eve clashes in Gosford, having previously won the last three.


Mariners defender Jacques Faty was forced off with a hamstring injury following his first touch of the ball after just two minutes, with Michael Neill coming on.


11,184 @ Central Coast Stadium

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Central Coast Mariners 1 x 2 Brisbane Roar – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Brisbane Roar have moved into third spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder following a hard-fought 2-1 win over Central Coast Mariners in Gosford on Sunday afternoon. Dimitri Petratos gave the Roar the lead in the first half with a stunning strike before Roy O’Donovan restored parity for the hosts early in the second stanza. But John Aloisi’s side weren’t to be denied with the class of Thomas Broich allowing Jamie Maclaren to fire home the winner at Central Coast Stadium. Both sides started brightly in an entertaining affair but it was the Roar who were unfortunate not to take the lead on 20 minutes with Jack Hingert striking the post after a stunning solo effort. The visitors continued to press and were rewarded for their persistence with Dimitri Petratos netting a stunning free kick just past the half-hour mark to give Brisbane the advantage.

Central Coast worked their way into the contest and levelled proceedings with Roy O’Donovan firing home a well-taken goal after a brilliant ball from Fabio Ferreira.

But Brisbane rallied and punished the visitors on the counter with just over 10 minutes remaining as Jamie Maclaren netted his sixth goal of the season to secure the three points.



0-1 Brisbane Roar: Dimitri Petratos, 33’

After being awarded a free kick on the edge of the area, Petratos thumped a wicked free kick which arrowed into the far corner leaving Mariners keeper Paul Izzo with no chance.

1-1 Mariners: Roy O’Donovan, 57’

Fabio Ferreira picked up the ball inside his own half before threading a piercing ball in behind for  O’Donovan with the Irishman calmly slotting past Michael Theo.


1-2 Brisbane Roar: Jamie Maclaren, 76’

A quick counter-attack saw Thomas Broich found in acres of space inside the area with the German coolly picking out Maclaren who headed home at the back post.


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Central Coast Mariners 2 x 0 Perth Glory – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

The Mariners have jumped into the Hyundai A-League’s top six after notching a thoroughly deserved 2-0 win over Perth Glory at Central Coast Stadium on Thursday night.

Defender Harry Ascroft, making his first start of the season, opened the scoring from a corner in the first-half with Roy O’Donovan doubling his side’s advantage after the break with a cool finish.

The Glory’s endeavours were not helped by injuries to key personnel but in truth the final scoreline flattered the visitors as the Mariners were rampant throughout.

Paul Okon’s side had a couple of shouts for a penalty waved away and an O’Donovan finish chalked off in the opening stanza, while Connor Pain rattled the crossbar with a thumping strike late on.

The three points is the Mariners first home win in almost 11 months as they climb to sixth, while the result extends Glory’s poor record in Gosford and sees them remain fourth.


1-0     Central Coast Mariners: Harry Ascroft, 30’

Having earned a corner skipper Nick Montgomery swung the ball into a dangerous area with the Mariners defender winning the second ball and sweeping it home with a left-footed finish from six yards out.

2-0     Central Coast Mariners: Roy O’Donovan, 63’

A mishit shot from Montgomery fortuitously played O’Donovan in behind the Glory defence, with the Irishman calmly slotting past keeper Liam Reddy to register his fifth goal in five games against Perth.


The Mariners’ cleansheet was their first in 36 matches and the first of goalkeeper Paul Izzo’s Hyundai A-League career.

Glory’s Rhys Williams became the first player who’ll miss a match due to an accumulation of yellow cards this season after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign.


The Glory lost right back Josh Risdon before kick-off after he picked up an injury in the warm-up with Shane Lowry promoted to the starting side and forcing a backline reshuffle.

There were further injury woes for the visitors when reigning Johnny Warren Medallist Diego Castro had to be substituted after just 16 minutes, with Adam Taggart his replacement.

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Adelaide United 1 x 2 Central Coast Mariners – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A stunning second half comeback – and a Connor Pain howitzer – has inspired Central Coast Mariners to their first win of the season, beating Adelaide United 2-1 on Sunday. A Sergi Guardiola penalty had the Reds 1-0 up at the break at Coopers Stadium before the Mariners launched their fightback. First Roy O’Donovan levelled things up two minutes into the second half before Pain produced an absolute screamer just before the hour mark to complete the turnaround. Despite their best efforts – and the return of playmaker Marcelo Carrusca for the last 30 minutes – Adelaide couldn’t find an equaliser as they slumped to a fourth straight defeat in the Hyundai A-League.

But it was delight for Paul Okon and the Mariners as the club picked up their first victory in 281 days since a win over Wellington in round 17 last season. Catch up with all the action in our match centre here GOALS 1-0 Adelaide: Sergi Guardiola, 27’ Tarek Elrich’s right-wing cross looked to tee up Guardiola only for the striker to be brought down in the box by a mis-timed sliding challenge from Storm Roux for a penalty. The Spaniard sent Paul Izzo the wrong way, calmly placing the ball into the bottom right corner. 1-1 Mariners: Roy O’Donovan, 47’ A turnover in midfield allowed Connor Pain to win the ball and he produced a peach of a pass over the top of the defence to send O’Donovan through one-on-one. And the Irishman did the rest, lobbing it over Eugene Galekovic and into the net. 1-2 Mariners: Connor Pain, 57’ A cross from the right made its way to Pain just outside the box. He cut back inside onto his right foot and unleashed a rocket of a shot which whistled into the top corner. An absolute ripper!


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