Another win for under 13 rep team
By BRUCE WALLACE
LAST weekend saw the North Coast junior football representative squads at home at the International Stadium for the first time this season.
The day started well with Dave Secomb's age 13 boys notching up their third consecutive win of the season with a 5-0 drubbing of their northern neighbours.
The game was closer than the scores indicated with the first goal coming from a Thomas Hauville speculator.
The second half saw the home side slip another four goals past the 'keeper and into the Far North Coast net with the goals being shared by Ryan Cole, Nicholas Secomb, Matt Sibbald and Billy Irvine.
Steve Simpson's side had a real battle before running out unconvincing 4-2 winners.
Alex Duly was on the spot to pinch the opener after Josh Byrne squandered a couple of early chances.
The local lads got caught square at the back allowing Far North Coast back into the match before Byrne struck with a decisive strike.
Half-time and 2-1 wasn't what Simpson was expecting.
The second stanza saw the lads increase the lead with a Max Peel specialty before another lapse in defence let the visitors back into the game.
Josh Byrne secured the game with a late goal following some nervous moments in defence.
The age 15 boys squared up against a revitalised Far North Coast with coach Usher benching several players for late arrival.
The side welcomed back Daniel Ryan who started a bit tentatively, allowing Far North Coast a glimmer of hope.
Sam 'Hollywood' Galloway and Josh Byrne backed up from the 14 boys game with Byrne notching another brace and Galloway playing a lot better than he did in the earlier game.
Kinarnny Pearce grabbed a goal as did the hard working Rory Dollard.
The local lads won the game 4-0, but the score could have been far greater if not for the brilliance of the Far North Coast 'keeper who pulled off some remarkable saves.
The age 15 girls sent out a depleted side and suffered a 5-0 defeat.
The girls put up a spirited effort and leaked a couple of late goals to blow out the score line.
Michael Jackson's age 16 boys had a bye while the age 18 girls travelled to Newcastle to play Macquarie and suffered their first defeat of the season, going down 6-2 to last year's state champions.
This Sunday sees the locals playing at home at the stadium against Hunter Valley.