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The Central Coast Mariners have continued their good form with a convincing 3-0 win over F3 derby rivals, Newcastle Jets at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday night.

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The Mariners made light work of an average Newcastle Jets side who didn’t get the new manager bounce with new man Clayton Zane at the helm.

Anthony Caceres remained in the team despite captain John Hutchinson returning from suspension, leaving the skipper on the bench and that faith was repaid in the 13th minute.

After a promising start from the Mariners Caceres was able to beat three Jets defenders before cutting in and hitting a powerful strike from distance that went in to the top corner to open the scoring, and resulting in a phenomenal way to score his career opening goal.

The Mariners continued to put the pressure on Newcastle and in the 32nd minute that dominance was rewarded with another stunning goal.

Daniel McBreen gained possession at the top of the box and beat his defenders before hitting another incredible strike that curled in leaving Mark Birighitti stranded.

The Jets night was summed up when a long ball, which was typical of their play in the first half, allowed Adam Taggart to put Emile Heskey who took advantage of a defensive error and was left with a simple finish, only to make a meal of it and send it well over the bar.

That miss was punished in stoppage time as the Mariners sealed the derby before the break when Mile Sterjovski’s corner was headed home by Matt Simon to make it 3-0 at the break.

Newcastle made changes at half-time and looked a better side, but facing a 3-0 deficit was always going to be difficult and when Liam Reddy made a phenomenal double save in the 55th minute it looked like the Jets were going to struggle.

In the 58th minute the Jets appealed for a handball after a scramble in the box but the referee saw no reason to make the call and pointed for a goal kick.

The Jets had their best chance in the 72nd minute as a ball fell for Andrew Hoole who was ablt to get a shot away low but could only find the base of the post.

Newcastle looked poor throughout the match, with their finishing leaving plenty to be desired while the Mariners were dominant in the first half, sending a big message to the league.

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