Matt Hughes and Ryan Coles are following their dreams.
Matt Hughes and Ryan Coles are following their dreams. Coffs Coast Advocate

Sweet revenge for NNSW boys

NORTHERN New South Wales Under-14 boys took sweet revenge for last year's grand final loss to South Australia when they downed the titleholders 2-0 in the opening match of the National Youth Championships.

Abe Wheelhouse scored in the 16th minute and the host side ended any chance of a rival when Sterling Wylie put the ball away with seven minute remaining.

According to NNSW striker Ryan Cole, the coaching team had done their homework on the Croweaters after finding them such a thorn in the side at the last two tournaments.

“The coach (Gerard Carey) warned us they would attack from the flanks and work the ball in toward the centre and that's what they tried to do,” he said.

“Our job was to block them on the edges and take possession at every opportunity and by getting in their faces, we managed to follow instructions.”

Some of the confidence and aggression ebbed away after Wheelhouse goaled and Northern spent a period heading to the break going through the motions

“Yes, we probably backed off and shouldn't have done that ... I expect management will have something to say about it,” Ryan said.

“But we did pick up the pace at the end when we asked the ref how long there was to go.

“Probably, it's going to be important in future games that we are still going strong at the tail end of the game and finishing the better.”

The team's next engagement is at 2pm today when they face Tasmania.

The story was not as good for the 15-years boys who opened the scoring in their match against arch-rivals NSW Country with a goal from Kevin Davison in the 14th minute.

Country replied in the 25th minute to send the teams to the sheds at intermission locked 1-1 and found the net again in the dying stages to take the match 2-1.

The 15's open play today at 9am with their clash against NSW Metro.

Meanwhile, Qantas Young Socceroos coach Jan Versleijen will be a Championship guest at BCU International Stadium today.

After watching the talent on offer he will announce his squad for the upcoming ASEAN Football Federation Under 19s Championships.

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