NEWFM Northern League One Youth Grand Finals Preview

August 31st, 2018

 EDWARD WRIGHT

 

17 Years

West Wallsend SFC v Kahibah FC

Head to Head

West Wallsend 1 def. by Kahibah 2 – Round 1

Kahibah 2 def. West Wallsend 1 – Round 12

Road to Grand Final

Kahibah 3 def. Cooks Hill United 1

West Wallsend 2 def. New Lambton 1

 

The top two sides from the regular season were both knocked out in the semi-finals last weekend in the Under 17s, and it now sets up an exciting matchup between West Wallsend and Kahibah FC.

Fourth-placed Kahibah caused an upset over the premiers Cooks Hill United last weekend, while third-placed West Wallsend won against runners-up New Lambton FC. This also marks the third consecutive year this West Wallsend side have made it to the Grand Final.

Kahibah coach Mat Moncrieff didn’t expect to be there and doesn’t feel any added pressure beating the premiers, however is he aware of West Wallsend and their strengths.

“Well we came from fourth, so we didn’t have high expectations, but we do feel we played well throughout the year, so the guys are pumped,” Moncrieff said.

“I don’t think there isn’t really any extra pressure beating the top team.

“They do have a really good striker who is pretty potent, but we are both a pretty evenly matched team.

“We have been low on bodies, so we are hoping to have all bodies on deck for the Grand Final.”

West Wallsend coach Gary Ellis isn’t worried about the previous games against Kahibah and believes his team can win.

“The boys are focused,” said Ellis.

“Having the right attitude each game is what I wanted from the boys.

“We won’t be doing anything different, the boys are a really tight unit and they have worked really hard for each other this year.

“We just need to play our game.”

West Wallsend have proven their dominance over Kahibah during the year having beaten them on both occasions during the regular season.

Both teams are evenly matched in goals scored this season with Kahibah scoring 57 and West Wallsend 52 in their 20 matches.

Soloman France (14 goals) is Kahibah’s leading scorer and is closely followed by Clayton Williams (11 goals), while Jasper Shipley (11 goals) leads for West Wallsend with Caden Hall on (10 goals).

Given both teams’ great attacking records in 2018, expect the final match of the day to be an eye-catching one.

 

15 Years

Kahibah FC v South Cardiff FC

Head to Head

Kahibah 2 def. South Cardiff 0 – Round 2

South Cardiff 1 def. Kahibah 0 – Round 13

Road to Grand Final

Kahibah 1 drew with West Wallsend 1 (Kahibah won 2-1 on penalties)

South Cardiff 1 def. New Lambton 0

 

Kahibah FC and South Cardiff were the top two sides in the Under 15s regular season and it only seemed fair that they would be going head to head in the Grand Final.

Kahibah were dominant all season with only conceding five goals this season and collecting just one loss which was against their opponents, South Cardiff. Kahibah only progressed on penalties against West Wallsend while South Cardiff sneaked through against New Lambton.

Kahibah Coach Andre Gumprecht said that they boys are ready for the Grand Final and look forward to taking on South Cardiff.

“The boys are ready to go, they have worked hard all season on their defence which has allowed us to perform well offensively,” said Grumprecht.

“South Cardiff do play similar to us, they have a great formation and defensive line.

“They do also have key players that we will need to put extra pressure on.”

Even though Kahibah have been dominant most of this season, South Cardiff coach Stuart Prince says his team is not worried at all and are aware of what they need to do to win.

“The boys are very excited, very keen and focused,” said Prince.

“We are not that worried against them, we have beaten them once and I am more worried about how we play.

“The key for us will be in the midfield and playing at a high intensity because if we play to our capacity we can win.”

When these sides met in the regular season both trades victories meaning this game will surely be another tight encounter.

Kahibah goals has been quite spread with most of their players scoring at least a goal. Leading their attack has been Curtis Baggs (8 goals) and Cody Neat (7 goals).

South Cardiff have also been good in front of goals with Thomas Sainsbury and Daniel Jaeger both scoring 6 goals for the season.

With Kahibah gaining the upper hand so far in 2018, they deserve to be favourites, but the South Cardiff side are the only team to have beaten them so they should not be underestimated.

 

14 Years

Wallsend FC v Kahibah FC

Head to Head

Kahibah 4 def. Wallsend 1 – Round 3

Wallsend 3 def. Kahibah 1 – Round 14

Road to Grand Final

Kahibah 2 def. Cessnock City 0

Wallsend 4 drew with West Wallsend 4 (Wallsend won 3-1 on penalties)

 

Premiers Wallsend will meet second-placed Kahibah in the Under 14s Grand Final looking to complete the Premiership-Championship double. Wallsend finished two points clear of their nearest rival Kahibah in the season and scored a massive 98 goals in the regular season.

The semi-finals saw second-placed Kahibah ease past Kahibah, while Wallsend very nearly were eliminated after drawing against rivals West Wallsend 4-all. Luckily for the side they won in a penalty shootout but they’ve now got a tough task against a side that’s already beaten them once this season.

Wallsends’ coach Jordan Tselembis was proud of the boys effort this year being the premiers and are excited about heading to the Grand Final after beating their rivals West Wallsend.

“I don’t think there is any extra pressure, I think we will be doing the same thing as we have all year which is the simple things,” Tselembis said.

“They are a bit nervous as some of the boys haven’t experienced this type of atmosphere before, but if they play like they did in the semi-finals, we will be fine.

“Our midfield has dominated all year in the middle and have controlled the ball well.”

Kahibah as a club had fallen short of a Grand Final on multiple occasions, but the 14 Years team broke the drought and the rest of the Youth sides followed suit.

Coach Alex Evans said the boys are feeling great and isn’t concerned about facing the leaders.

“The boys are buzzing, we have had a really good season and the boys are sparked up and ready to go, the boys played really well this season especially the backline,’’ Evans said.

“It was an awesome feeling as a club.

“There we got a lot of support from the club and we are also receiving great support from all the parents who have played a massive part this season.”

Wallsend will need to watch out for Kahibah’s dynamic attackers Tom Bailey (19 goals), Kyle Brock (14 goals) and Robert Flick (11 goals) who are all in double figures for goals scored this year. While for Wallsend, their go to player is Bailey Ryan who has scored an incredible 42 goals this season.

With only two points separating them this season, and given the fact that they’ve already traded wins, fans should expect a close Grand Final.

 

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