NCF youth start season in style
NORTH Coast Football (NCF) recorded a pleasing start to the State Youth League season on Sunday.
With four local representative teams playing a full season against all of the other zones in the Northern New South Wales region, a good start was important.
The 16-years girls won 7-0, while the 15-years boys won 7-2 to send a message to the rest of Northern New South Wales that they mean business when chasing the title this year.
The 14-years boys played an entertaining 3-all draw, while the 13 years boys paid the penalty for some mistimed clearing kicks in their 4-2 loss.
Girls’ scoring spree
HUNTER Valley and North Coast Football had a shot on goal within the first minute but that was as even is got.
The NCF 16-years girls quickly overcame early jitters, thanks to goals in the second and seventh minutes.
Jess Gunning was outstanding up front, scoring a hat-trick, while Dael Wulff and Brittany Rollason scored doubles.
The final score of 7-0 could have been much greater if not for the Hunter goalkeeper, who had an outstanding game, blocking 15 more attempts on goal.
Boys on a mission
THE 15-years boys looked strong right from the start of their clash but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Hunter Valley scored first but Steven Shute restored parity before the break.
Whatever type of oranges were eaten in the sheds need to be bought in bulk because NCF’s second half was outstanding, as they scored six goals to romp home.
Shute scored two more goals to complete a hat-trick, while Zack Smith recorded a double and Travis Waldon-Smith and Rees Duncan also managed to get their names on the scoresheet.
While the strikers received most of the plaudits, the coach was pleased with the defensive unit of Will Aranyi, Chris Lambert, Nathan Delang and Nathan Shugg, who were well led by goalkeeper Je Jacabs.
AFTER slow starts in the previous two weeks, the 14-years boys came out firing, with Ben Sonter scoring in only the second minute.
Hunter soon came back, scoring from a poor clearance and lucky rebound to start a see-sawing contest.
Sean Butt narrowly missed the back post twice but this didn’t deter the NCF boys, with Sonter scoring his second goal before half-time.
NCF relinquished the lead early in the second half but worked hard to create chances that were near misses for Nick Mallett, Cadan Gattback and Tyh Murphy. Sonter finally converted an opportunity to complete his hat-trick and restore the lead.
Unfortunately, a short time later a lapse in defence allowed Hunter to level the scores at 3-all, which is how it remained until the final whistle.
While relinquishing a 2-nil lead earned via an Adam Pickup double and losing 4-2 overall, there were some encouraging signs for the 13-years boys after experiencing a mixed pre-season.
They have a chance to get a positive result this weekend when the NCF State Youth League teams face Macquarie at Woolgoolga’s High Street fields in the second round.