State League success for NCF
FOOTBALL on the Coffs Coast has a bright future with two North Coast Football side's taking out the Northern NSW Football State Youth League title in Port Macquarie on Sunday.
The NCF under 15 boy's and Under 16 Girls representative sides ended their season on top with 1-0 and 2-1 wins both against Mid North Coast Football at Wayne Richards park.
The boys match was a battle of attrition with NCF and MNCF battling hard for every ball giving very little away.
The NCF Galaxy slowly took advantage of the match with right winger Nick Ranieri combining well with Joel Teece in the centre of the park.
While both sides went into the break still scoreless and it stayed that way until long into the second half.
With fifteen minutes to go the Galaxy found the breakthrough with striker Jack Vaandermat hitting the back of net after beating the keeper one on one.
The predators attempted to stage a comeback however it was too little too late with NCF holding on for an impressive victory.
The Girls clash was a free flowing affair with plenty of chances for both NCF and the MNCF Jaguars.
Slick passing from Bronte Barrera and Sarah Vidler for the galaxy created problems for the opposition and it wasn't long before NCF took the lead courtesy of a well placed Jess Midvane penalty.
The Jaguars didn't take long to respond putting the match back on level pegging at 1-1 following an uncharacteristic defensive lapse from the Galaxy.
The goal was the wakeup call NCF girls needed as they took their play up a notch going into half time.
While it was scrappy, a Lillie Moye scramble in the box put the Galaxy up 2-1 just before the break following a well placed corner kick.
The second stanza was a complete opposite to the first with opportunities drying up as both sides worked overtime in defense.
Laura Young was exceptional in goals making a number of impressive saves in the dying stages of the match as the Galaxy held on for victory.