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Manchester game the prize for team

Rees Duncan and Dave Shute with the NCF 15-years boys’ team, which is attempting to become the second successive NCF team to make the Australian finals of the Manchester United Premier Cup.
Rees Duncan and Dave Shute with the NCF 15-years boys’ team, which is attempting to become the second successive NCF team to make the Australian finals of the Manchester United Premier Cup.

NORTH Coast Football’s (NCF) 15-years boys begin an assault on the Manchester United Premier Cup this week as playoffs start within Northern New South Wales.

Each of the zones within Northern New South Wales, which stretches from Newcastle to Armidale and up to the Queensland border, will compete for the right to represent Northern New South Wales at the Pacific finals of the cup in Melbourne on the first weekend of April.

The winner of that tournament will represent the Pacific region at the world finals in Manchester in August, where they will take their place with 20 of the best 15-year-old teams from around the world.

To select which zone will represent Northern NSW in Melbourne, the 15-years teams in the State Youth League will play a knockout over the next two weeks.

In Newcastle, three teams – Newcastle, Hunter and Macquarie – will play off this week.

Whoever comes out on top will face the winner of tonight’s clash between North Coast and Mid North Coast in Kempsey.

The winner of that match will be flown to Melbourne in a few weeks for the Manchester United Premier Cup Pacific finals.

The local boys warmed up for the match with a 7-2 demolition of Hunter Valley on Sunday.

However, but for wayward finishing the score could have been much greater.

It doesn’t need to be any greater but the team does need to learn to put away every chance it has.

Coach Rees Duncan is confident the team can achieve the result it needs tonight.

“It will be an interesting game as it’s a new team, Mid North Coast South,” Rees said.

“I am confident we will have a comfortable win as long as we continue to convert our chances, as we are creating 10 good chances per half each game.”



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