By GREG WHITE
FOR the second year running Northern New South Wales Under-14s have endured the pain of losing the grand final of the FFA National Youth Championship for Boys and as was the case in 2006, all the pain was supplied by Football South Australia.
The young Lions headed into battle at BCU International Stadium on Saturday as slight favourites to take the title but by half-time the writing was on the wall.
State Marketing and Communications Manager David Cromarty said the team lost momentum just after the break.
"They went to half-time all tied up but two minutes after coming back they allowed South Australia the window they needed," he said.
"Once SA got through our defence for what was to prove the winning goal they spent the rest of the game defending solidly to protect the lead."
But the story was brighter for the Under-15s who went into the final for third tournament placing as rank outsiders and pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the championships.
From the start the boys took it right up to Western Australia and were well rewarded with their 2-0 victory.