Clean sweep in Youth League
FOR the first time this season all four North Coast Football sides competing in the Northern NSW State Youth League recorded victories.
Playing against Mid North Coast (North), the local teams were all impressive in grabbing three
valuable points, in particular the 15-years boys who smashed the ball into the back of the net 11 times.
The squad spent the week working hard on overcoming some prob- lems and it paid enormous dividends.
Putting together passes, holding possession and in general taking control of the game, the 15-years boys played like a representative squad should.
Despite leading 4-0 at the break there was no let up in the second half.
Impressively, the forwards were unselfish ensuring they set each other up for scoring opportunities.
With the forwards concentrating more on accuracy than power, Travis Waldon-Smith and Zack Smith both scored superb hat-tricks. Rees Duncan and Steven Shute both scored two goals and Lachlin Arthur scored the other.
The 16-years girls may not have scored as many goals but their win had a much bigger prize at the end of it.
Thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 over Mid North Coast the girls now sit on top of the Northern NSW table.
The girls probably have ’keeper Georgia Allen to thank for the win seeing as only one goal was scored by the opposition in a first half onslaught during which the Port Macquarie-based girls had plenty of chances in front of goal.
After the break a different team took to the pitch.
Within nine minutes of the resumption North Coast Football grabbed the lead through goals to Jess Gunning and Lizzy Tonks.
It was a tension-packed last half hour but the girls managed to hold on to the lead to take the points.
The 13-years boys had an indifferent start to the season after two losses due to lapses in concentration.
The weekend saw a determined effort and the new boys on the representative scene were rewarded with their first victory of the season.
An early goal to Nick
Ranieri set the tone for the contest while Cormac Grant scored in the second half to seal victory.
The one-goal lead the 14-boys enjoyed at half-time could’ve been more had more chances been taken. Goals to Kye Duncan, Ben Sonter, Judd Duncan and Sean Butt wrapped up a deserved 4-2 win.
This weekend Central Coast heads north to tackle North Coast Football in round four action.
YOUTH LEAGUE RESULTS
16 girls - North Coast Football def Mid North Coast North 2-1
15 boys - North Coast Football def Mid North Coast North 11-1
14 boys - North Coast Football def Mid North Coast North 4-2
13 boys - North Coast Football def Mid North Coast North 2-1