NNSW U-14s still top championships

NORTHERN New South Wales Under-14 boys will go into today's rest day at the FFA National Youth Championships sitting on top of Group B.

But last year's grand finalists have plenty to ponder after striking trouble in yesterday's clash with surprise packets Tasmania, where they were held to a 1-1 draw after having the goal keeper red-carded.

The incident happened seven minutes from the end and the visitors from across Bass Strait had no trouble driving home the penalty shot to equalise.

Despite the glitch to their campaign, the host state remain unbeaten after downing South Australia 2-0 in the tournament's opening clash, before despatching NSW Country 3-0 on Sunday.

In Group A, NSW Metro has pulled well ahead of the rest of the field and is now warm favourite for the competition.

Northern have a lot riding on results from the next two days with the closest rivals for Group B honours coming up in consecutive matches.

The boys face Queensland Country at 9.30am tomorrow before tackling Victoria Metro at 3.30 on Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, local match supervisor Jim Graham believes NNSW Under-15s are destined for a consolation final after a frustrating run of outs.

“They must be feeling terribly unlucky after going down 2-1 at every start,” he said.

All three matches, against NSW Metro, Football West and NSW Country, have finished with the same outcome to leave 2007's third placegetter stranded near the bottom of Group B.

Capital Football will enter the rest period headlining Group A, just ahead of South Australia.

The 15s will be back on field two tomorrow in the late game against Tasmania at 4.30pm.

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