The first day of the Football Federation Australia (FFA) National Youth Championships (NYC) for Boys kicked off today at the C.ex International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, and although there were moments of good play shown from the Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) 13 and 14 Years side, their first results didn’t go their way.
11:30am – South Australia Red 5 (H. Crawford 4′, 70′, P. McGregor 7, 27′, L. Blazevic 13′) def. Northern NSW 2 (G. Harrison 9′, OG 13′)
In the 13 Years match, Northern NSW struggled against the might of South Australia Red going down by three-goals.
After going down two goals early on in the contest, a goal from Giles Harrison, and an own goal, brought NNSWF back level, but their opponents were able to continue their attacking presence and scored from three answered strikes to find their first victory of the tournament.
“Both age groups faced a difficult challenge against really good South Australian players,” Bertos said.
“It’s the first time these 13s boys have been at an event like this so they seemed a little bit nervous which you can expect.
“It took a while for them to get into the game and they actually played quite well in the second half.
“Our captain Charlie Daniels did extremely well and lifted as the game went on.”
10:30am – South Australia Red 7 (R. Kemsley 6′, J. De Conno 10′, L. Jovanovic 19′, 20′, 45′, J. Yull 43′, M. Toure 50′) def. Northern NSW 1 (S. Jackson 22′)
It was another tough game for the 14 Years Northern NSW side, as South Australia Red won in dominant fashion scoring seven and conceding just one.
Captain of the team Sam Jackson was the one who ventured through the middle of the field to score NNSWF’s lone goal, but the offence of South Australia proved too much leaving the hosting team with factors to work on heading into the next few days.
“The 14s found it quite difficult.
“They [South Australia] were composed, strong on the ball and organised.
“There was definitely a technical difference – the touches, the understanding and the decision making. However, in the second half we played a lot better.
“Aswin Gurung came on as an attacking midfielder and made a difference. He looked very composed on the ball and it seemed to calm our team.”
Both Northern NSW sides will play two matches tomorrow – the first being against Tasmania, while the second will be played against Victoria Metro Blue.