A-League: Adelaide United to host Central Coast Mariners

Adelaide United plan to nullify Central Coast Mariners striker Jason Cummings at Coopers Stadium.

Socceroos hopeful Jason Cummings looms as a huge threat to Adelaide United’s hopes of extending its A-League finals campaign beyond Sunday’s do-or-die encounter against the Central Coast Mariners at Coopers Stadium.

Cummings has been a revelation since joining the Mariners from Scottish club Dundee in January, scoring 10 goals in 20 A-League appearances.

It’s form that has Scotland-born Cummings, who is eligible to represent Australia via his mother, in the conversation for Socceroos’ selection for next month’s World Cup qualifying playoffs in Qatar.

Adelaide coach Carl Veart, himself a former Socceroos marksman, is fully aware of the damage 26-year-old Cummings ­– who scored in the Mariners’ 3-0 defeat of the Reds in March – can cause.

“It’s about limiting the supply to him,” Veart said.

“He makes a lot of forward runs, always trying to get in behind the defence, and that’s something the Central Coast are very good at, and that’s something that we’ve worked on this week.

“If we can limit those opportunities and keep him away from our goal, there’s less chances for him to score goals.”

Veart praised the Mariners’ regular season campaign following a “slow start”.

“They’ve built their season exceptionally well with some really good young players, and they’re a difficult side to play against,” he said.

“They’ve got a great goalkeeper (ex-Reds gloveman Mark Birighitti). His experience in goals at the back helps them.”

Mariners coach Nick Montgomery – whose side’s five-match winning run to end the regular season mirrors the Reds’ 15-point haul in their past five games ­– warned Veart’s men that Central Coast “don’t fear anybody” and “don’t fear going anywhere”.

“The experiences these boys are having and the mistakes they’re making will help them grow as a player and a person, and I think we’re in a really healthy position going into this game,” Montgomery said.

“It’s been a lot of firsts for a lot of the young boys this year, but they’ve already experienced quite a lot and I think they’ve gained a lot of knowledge and experience from that.”

Originally published as Adelaide United face tough task of containing Central Coast Mariners marksman Jason Cummings

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