Having ended his Central Coast Mariners stint in successful model, teenage sensation Garang Kuol is “excited to study extra” when he joins English Premier League membership Newcastle.
A Jason Cummings brace ensured his Socceroos teammate Kuol’s time with the Mariners culminated with a 2-1 New 12 months Eve win in Gosford over the sliding Melbourne Victory, who’ve now misplaced 5 of their 9 matches this season.
In his closing A-League look earlier than the beginning of his Newcastle contract, Kuol performed for 78 minutes earlier than he was substituted and given a standing ovation from Mariners followers as he left the sector.
“I used to be simply comfortable for the boys,” Kuol informed Community 10.
“I knew the boys have been going to safe the win and go into the brand new yr on a excessive.”
Along with his Mariners profession now over, Kuol mentioned he was enthusiastic about persevering with his soccer journey in Europe.
“I’m excited to study extra stuff, be round totally different folks, totally different cultures – I can’t wait,” he mentioned.
Mariners captain and goalkeeper Danny Vukovic paid tribute to Kuol.
“You’ve seen what he’s carried out for us already this season and final season,” Vukovic mentioned.
“He’s a particular child, a particular participant, and wished to ship him off on the precise word with a win, and we managed to try this.
“Now all of us watch from right here and see how far he takes his profession.”
Kuol had a hand within the Mariners’ first objective within the 11tn minute when unfold the play extensive with a top quality move that discovered overlapping fullback Storm Roux.
The New Zealander then reduce inside on to his left foot earlier than delivering a pinpoint far-post cross for Cummings to move the hosts into the lead.
Cummings thought he had doubled the Mariners lead seven minutes later when he had the ball behind the online once more following the Victory’s failure to cope with a nook.
Nevertheless, VAR intervention led to Cummings appropriately being dominated offside within the construct as much as the objective.
The Victory, equalised within the thirty ninth minute by means of an excellent strike from Spanish left again Kadete, whose curling effort into the highest nook was too good for custodian Vukovic.
Nevertheless, the Mariners restored their lead eight minutes after half time through one other Cummings header, who nodded house his sixth objective of the season after the Victory once more didn’t cope with a nook.
Cummings may need had an opportunity to safe a hat-trick after referee Daniel Elder pointed to the penalty spot within the 66th minute after Mariners midfielder Josh Nisbet went down underneath the problem of Victory goalkeeper Matt Acton, who was making his first look of the season after Paul Izzo injured his thumb in the course of the week.
However after recommendation from the VAR and checking video footage, Elder modified his thoughts, appropriately ruling that Acton’s arm reached the ball first earlier than Nisbet was despatched tumbling.
Nevertheless, a 3rd objective wasn’t wanted in the long run, because the Mariners secured their fifth win of the season.
“The boys saved going within the second half, we bought the win and we’re comfortable,” Vukovic mentioned.