After a tough final day of the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls, the Northern NSW 14 Years team finished in third place whilst the 15 Years finished in fifth place after two tough games against the table leaders.
10:40am Victoria 0 drew Northern NSW 0
The Northern NSW 14 Years were matched up against a tough Victorian side, however, Northern NSW girls dominated most of the game and were unfortunate to get the win.
Northern NSW Football Technical Director Michael Browne believed although the result was a draw, the 14 years should have come away with the three points.
“In some ways, it was a disappointing end to the week, the girls had enough of the play to come away with 3 points but unfortunately were unable to make the most of the position they had in the attacking third,” Browne said.
“On top of that, they also missed a penalty which ultimately would have enabled them to get a win that they deserved.”
8:40am Northern NSW 0 def. by Queensland 1 (J. Thomson 13′)
The 15 Years were unfortunate not to at least equalise in their first match of the day against Queensland where they dominated possession but hit the post on a number of occasions.
Northern NSW Football Technical Director Michael Browne said: “The girls started the game quite brightly, hitting the woodwork twice in the opening minutes, before going behind in a disappointing manner giving the ball away cheaply trying to play out the back.”
“Despite dominating possession they were unable to break down a sturdy Queensland team and ended up losing a game that they should have probably achieved at least a draw out of,” Browne concluded.
2:40pm NSW Metro 3 (J. Millard 14′, Z. Dribbus 31′, R. McNally 39′) def. Northern NSW 1 (J. Hughes 37′)
In their final match of the day, the 15 Years, defended well in the first half but couldn’t match up against the National Champions NSW Metro.
Northern NSW 15 Years coach Ash Wilson was overall pleased with the girls’ performance throughout the whole tournament and said: “The girls had a positive week, I think there’s still a lot of areas to grow and develop, however, I am pleased with how they performed.”
In regards to their game against NSW Metro, Wilson believed a little more composure may have changed the scoreline.
“The girls showed a lot of intent and maybe with a little more quality and composure in the front third, the scoreline might have been more reflective of the game,” Wilson concluded.
Northern NSW Squads had Luck on their Side for Day 4 at the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls
The Northern NSW squads dominated the park on Day 4 of the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls in Coffs Harbour.
The Northern NSW 14 Years earned a convincing 7-0 win against Northern Territory whilst the Northern NSW 15 Years had luck on their side today finding elusive victories in their two matches of the day after a succession of draws this week.
2:20pm Northern NSW 7 (A. Russell 1′ & 24′, M. Hammond 2′ & 16′, B. Williams 19′, C. Smith 41′, L. Puxty 46′) def. Northern Territory 0
The 14 Years fought back after their draw yesterday with a confidence boosting 7-0 win against Northern Territory.
Even though the game is not credited to the official points table in accordance with the regulations, Northern NSW Football Technical Director, Michael Browne said: “It was probably their best performance of the tournament. The girls created a lot of chances and thoroughly deserved their 7-0 victory.”
The 14 Years girls currently sit third on the ladder on 4 points in Group A and will face Victoria tomorrow who are coming second on 6 points.
11:00am South Australia 1 (K. Bowler 2′) def. by Northern NSW 2 (J. Johnston 16′, A. Makunja 36′)
The 15 Years responded well to an early second-minute goal from South Australia and held on tight till full-time.
South Australia almost had the equaliser in the dying seconds of the game with a shot from outside the 18-yard box that ricocheted off both posts before being gathered by Northern NSW goalkeeper Tiahna Robertson.
Northern NSW Technical Director Michael Browne was pleased with the result and said it was a deserved win.
“Despite conceding a sloppy early goal, the girls deservedly took a 2-1 lead and although South Australia hit the post in the last minute, the NNSW girls deserved their victory,” Browne said.
“The team has probably produced better performances in some of the earlier games where they drew nil-nil but fortunately today they managed to score when they needed to.”
4:00pm Northern NSW 3 (C. Williams 3′, J. Hughes 24′ & 28′) def. Capital Football 1 (R. Junna 17′)
In the girl’s second match of the day, they answered with two goals in the second half to put the nail in the coffin after Capital Football’s late equaliser in the first half.
With a few chances of Capital Football almost equalising again in the second half, Brown said: “It was certainly one of the better performances of the team, they scored three well-taken goals and dominated possession.”
“Despite a couple of late scares the girls were very good value for their 3-1 victory against a decent ACT team,” Browne concluded.
Northern Girls Receive Another Unfortunate Draw at the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls
8:00am South Australia 1 (M. McGranaghan 7′) drew Northern NSW 1 (M. Hammond 8′)
Northern NSW 14 Years dominated the game this morning against South Australia and were unlucky to have not gotten the win.
The only shot that South Australia had against Northern was in the 7th minute that put themselves in the lead, however, Milan Hammond hit back for Northern in the 8th minute to equalise.
Northern NSW Football Technical Director, Michael Browne, said despite the disappointing result, there was still some pleasing performances from the Northern girls.
“Overall it was a disappointing result, the girls conceded a sloppy early goal in what turned out to be South Australia’s only really meanful attack,” Browne said.
“Despite equalising before halftime, the Northern NSW girls dominated possession but could not find another goal in a game that they could have won comfortably.”
Northern NSW – Bye
Northern NSW Sides Show Promising Signs in Day 2 of the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls
Day Two of the Westfield National Youth Championships seen the 14 and 15 Years both improve on their technical performances from yesterday but unfortunately didn’t get the results that they desired.
9:30am Northern NSW 0 def. by NSW Metro 1 (L. Johnson 3′)
An early goal from the NSW Metro side seemed to be the only deal breaker for this tough match for the Northern NSW 14 Years.
A free kick from Milan Hammond in the second half could have been the equaliser, however, the shot went straight to the keeper.
Northern NSW Football Technical Director Michael Browne believed a draw would have been a fair result.
“These were two decent teams who competed well and cancelled each other out,” Browne said.
10:00am Northern NSW 3 (A. Togo 11′, K. Brainsfair 13′, A. Makunja 38′) def. Tasmania 0
Northern NSW 15 Years dominated across the park this morning against a depleted Tasmania side.
Late in the second half seen Tasmania Goal Keeper, Enya Anderson, injured and was forced to leave the field with their substitute keeper unavailable, the Northern NSW substitute keeper assisted the Tasmanian side for the remaining minutes of the game. Northern NSW Football Technical Director said it was a comfortable win for the girls.
“In terms of quality it wasn’t the best performance of the team but they still managed to win comfortably 3-0,” Browne said.
2:00pm Victoria 0 drew Northern NSW 0
In the second game of the day seen the 15 Years draw their third game of the tournament against a tough Victoria side, drawing 0-0.
The best chances of the match came in the second half where Ameera Makunja had a chance in front of goal but it, unfortunately, ricocheted off the crossbar.
Browne said this game was a lot harder than the previous matches as Victoria matched them in every move they made.
“In the other two games, the girls dominated but couldn’t put the ball in the net; the game against Victoria was fairly even and the draw was a fair result,” Browne said.
Browne said all the girls performed reasonably well today and are looking forward to improving again on their performances for Day 3.
The Northern NSW 14 Years were the only Northern side to find the back of the net after the 15 Years were faced against tough opponents in their age division.
Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls Underway with Northern Sides Finding Mixed Results
Queensland 0 def. by Northern NSW 2 (M. Hammond ‘7 & 48’)
The Northern NSW 14 Years commenced their Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls in Coffs Harbour on a high in a 2-0 win courteous of Milan Hammond against Queensland.
Northern NSW Head Coach, Ryan Campbell was proud of the girls who were up against a physical Queensland side.
“The girls played a very big and physical Queensland team who across the park who were noticeably bigger than our players,” Head Coach Ryan Campbell said.
“But the girl’s played very well and were able to come away with a 2-0 win,” Campbell concluded.
Between both squads, there were good individual performances displayed by some of the players which is a major part of this tournament.
Northern NSW 0 drew Football West 0
NSW Country 0 drew Northern NSW 0
Nothern NSW 15 Years were unable to find the back of the net or were unable to capitalise on any chances they created against Football West or NSW Country.
Northern NSW Head Coach, Ryan Campbell said it was just those unlucky moments where the girls had lost their chances.
“In both games, the girls played really well as a team and controlled possession well but lacked someone to finish off on those chances or create a chance for themselves to win the game,” Campbell said.
In the first match against Football West, Mona Walker had the best of the chances in the first half whilst Ameera Makunja had a couple of late chances in the second half of the match against NSW Country.
With Day One concluded, both teams are looking forward to getting back on to the park tomorrow and work towards further positive results to put them in good stead for the remainder of the Championships.