NEWFM Northern League One Youth Grand Final Previews

August 30th, 2019

 Louise McKinnon


13 Years – 9:00 am

New Lambton FC v Cooks Hill United FC

To kick off a blockbuster NEWFM Northern League Youth Grand Final day, cross-town rivals, New Lambton and Cooks Hill will meet in the Under 13’s Grand Final.

Cooks Hill knocked over premiers South Cardiff on their road to the final with a determined 1-0 victory in their semi-final while New Lambton made it to the big dance by defeating Belmont-Swansea in a penalty-shootout.

The Cookers have tallied an incredible 74 goals throughout 2019 but will be coming up against the best defensive team in the competition in the Eagles, who have only conceded a remarkable 9 goals in their 20 regular season matches.

Both sides couldn’t be split in their previous encounters, with the Cookers claiming a 2-1 win in Round 2 over their Grand Final opponent while the Eagles responded in Round 13 with a 1-0 victory.

A few players to watch will be Max Field from New Lambton, who has scored a superb 22 goals so far this season while Cooks Hill’s Alexander Fox and Hugo Ridgway will look to be a dynamic duo having both scored 13 goals in 2019.

The first match of Grand Final day is set to be an absolute classic with both outfits determined to claim the day’s first piece of silverware.






14 years – 11:00 am

South Cardiff Gunners FC v New Lambton FC

The powerhouse premiers of the Under 14’s division, South Cardiff will collide with the resolute New Lambton Eagles in a sensational match-up on Grand Final Day.

Both teams love to attack with the Gunners scoring an astonishing 118 goals this season on their way to the premiership while New Lambton also scored a fair amount, knocking in 88 goals for the year to finish in third.

The Eagles defeated the second-placed Cooks Hill 2-0 to progress to the decider while the Gunners made it through by downing West Wallsend 2-0 in their semi-final.

Due to both team’s remarkable goal statistics, they both have a couple of outstanding goalscorers with Justin Banek one to watch for the Gunners having put away an incredible 45 goals in 2019 while Finnegan Abbott has notched an impressive 34 goals.

As for the Eagles, Orlando Hiegl scored a huge amount of goals, knocking in 38 for the year and could be the danger man in the front-third.

Both teams couldn’t be split in their 2019 fixtures against each other with New Lambton claiming the first win with a 3-2 triumph in Round 6 while the Gunners responded with a 4-1 victory over their upcoming opponent in Round 17.

This exciting Grand Final could come down to defence with both sides boasting electrifying attack, however the Under 14’s Grand Final will no doubt be a thrilling affair.





Under 15 – 1:00 pm

Kahibah FC v West Wallsend SFC

Kahibah and West Wallsend have made it through to the Under 15’s Grand Final, and the match is set to deliver a terrific encounter.

The Bluebells downed the hot favourites in minor premiers Wallsend with a huge 3-0 victory to march onto Grand Final day while Kahibah made their way into the decider with a big 3-1 win over Toronto Awaba.

Kahibah finished the season in second, picking up 13 wins in 2019 while scoring 59 goals along the way while West Wallsend made it through in the fourth spot, and possess a terrific defensive record having only conceded 21 goals for the season.

Daniel Coverdale could be a key man for the Bluebells having scored a deadly amount of goals, tallying 22 for the season while Kahibah’s Robert Flick (20 goals) and Christian Shaw (15) will be ones to watch due to their impressive goal tallies.

West Wallsend had the better of the fixtures between the two teams in 2019, picking up a 2-0 win over Kahibah on the final day of the regular season while the two also played out a 1-1 draw in Round 11.

All in all, the two outfits will serve up another thriving match-up that could have everyone on the edge of their seats.





17 Years – 3:00 pm

New Lambton Eagles v West Wallsend

It will be a battle between second and fourth in the Under 17’s Grand Final with New Lambton taking on West Wallsend in the highly-anticipated decider.

The Eagles defeated third placed, Toronto Awaba, with a big 3-1 win in their semi-final to progress to Grand Final day while the Bluebells earned their way into the final via an incredible penalty shootout victory over premiers, Kahibah.

The Under 17’s division was an extremely close competition with only two points separating first and fourth in the end, while only a single point separated the two Grand Final teams.

New Lambton scored an impressive 56 goals over the course of the regular season, with Alexander Ulloa-Graham scoring a team-high 14 goals while Hamish Meldrum tallied 12 goals for the season.

The Bluebells have prided themselves on their defence, leaking only 17 goals throughout 2019 but also have the leading goal-scorer in the division in Thomas Maddock, who notched 16 goals for the campaign.

The Eagles will look to their 3-0 win over their upcoming opponents back in Round 3 as motivation while the two sides also couldn’t be split in Round 14 with a 1-1 draw.

The final match of the day could come down to the wire with so much at stake, and it will come down to who wants the title more.





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