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13 Years Metro-Sixth
13 Years Country- Fifth
14 Years Metro-Fifth
14 Years Country-Third
Day 5 Friday 2nd October
Northern NSW Sides Stumble at the Final Hurdle, 14 Years Country Shine Brightest With Third Ranking
12.30pm Northern NSW Country 0 def. by Queensland Country 3 (Luke Behan 26’, Caleb Galea 29’, Liam Garnaut 47’)
Northern NSW Country entered their final match of the Championships, aware that a win would see them finish second.
Their opponents, Queensland Country, also had a high level of motivation, as they too would finish second with a win.
Queensland entered the half time break with a distinct advantage, after late goals to Luke Behan in the twenty-sixth minute, and Caleb Galea in the twenty-ninth saw them ahead 2-0.
Liam Garnaut sealed the win for Queensland in the forty-seventh minute, to round out a 3-0 win for the side in maroon.
The loss for Northern NSW Country saw them finish the Championships in third place following two wins, two losses and a draw.
They were the highest ranked Northern NSW side at the FFA National Youth Championships for Boys.
3.10pm Queensland Metro 4 (Daniel Cuttler 51’, 55’, Hassan Ramazani 60’) def. Northern NSW Metro 0 (Ethan Byrnes OG 6’)
Whilst the 14 Years Country entered their match playing for second, the Northern NSW Metro Under 14’s went into the final day playing for first.
In fact the top four teams were so tight that a loss would see them drop to fourth.
Their opponents Queensland Metro were playing for the same achievement with three points guaranteeing them the Championship also.
Northern NSW scored first, however it was into the wrong net as an Ethan Byrnes own goal in the sixth minute gifted Queensland the lead, which they took into half time.
With ten minutes to go in the match the score remained 1-0 and Northern NSW were well and truly in the contest.
A quick-fire double to the Maroons’ Daniel Cuttler saw them go ahead 3-0 with five minutes remaining, before centre defender Hassan Ramazani scored a long range screamer to finish the game in style.
The score finished 4-0 to Queensland, and in the process they became the 14 Years Champions.
Northern NSW ended the Championships in fifth place, a disappointing finish considering they won their first three matches.
3.10pm Victoria Country 1 (Alex Diamond 40’) def. Northern NSW Country 0
Northern NSW Country 13 Years’ final match was against Victoria Country. This was again a high stakes game as the winner of this match finished second in the group.
It was a tight first half, however Northern NSW would have gone into the break feeling lucky to be level after Victoria missed an open goal late in the half.
Victoria eventually found the back of the net through Alex Diamond, who put his side ahead 1-0.
That is how the match finished, with Victoria Country taking out second in the group.
Northern NSW dropped to fifth with the loss, highlighting how tight the pool really was. Throughout the tournament they recorded a win a draw and three losses, but were never beaten by more than one goal.
4.30pm Northern NSW Metro 1 (Matthew Burton 14’) def. by NSW Metro 3 (Jaiden Kucharski 28’, 35’, Cameron Peupion 39’)
The final match of the Championship coincided with Northern NSW’s last match, as the Under 13 Metro side went head to head with NSW Metro.
The 13 Years Group A was also extremely tight. If Northern NSW won they would finish third, whereas if they lost they would be last.
They got off to a great start going ahead 1-0 in the fourteenth minute thanks to a Matthew Burton strike.
They took looked set to take this lead into the half time however they gave away a twenty-eighth minute penalty which was converted by NSW’s Jaiden Kucharski.
It went from bad to worse in the second half, as NSW scored two goals, in the thirty-fifth and thirty-ninth minutes via Kucharski and Cameron Peupion respectively.
It ended a dreadful day at the office, as all four Northern NSW sides were defeated.
The 13 Years Metro side finished last with the loss following a win, a draw and three losses
Day 4 Thursday 1st October
One Win, One Draw and Two Losses on Day 4, But One Northern NSW Side is in the Final Race to Become Champions
8.30am Northern NSW Country 0 drew Queensland Country 0
Playing in their fourth match of the Championships, the Northern NSW Country Under 13’s side were chasing their second win of the tournament after two losses and a win over the first three days.
Their opponents, Queensland Country, were looking for their first win after two losses and a draw.
Both sides pushed desperately for a goal but neither could break the stalemate and the match finished 0-0, moving the Country side to four points.
The 13 Years Northern NSW Country side have just one game remaining, tomorrow in the second last match of the Championships when they take on Victoria Country who they trail by two points.
12.30pm Northern NSW Country 6 (Chai Davis 6’, Flynn Goodman 12’, Cooper Sweeney 23’, Ryan Waite 26’, Charlie Burton 45’, 48’) def. Northern Territory 0
Northern NSW Country 14 Years were desperate to match their 13 Years Country counterparts defensively by keeping a clean sheet, but were determined to fire at the other end of the field as well.
They started the stronger of the two sides in their match against Northern Territory, and after fifteen minutes they were ahead 2-0 thanks to goals from Chai Davis in the sixth minute and Flynn Goodman in the twelfth.
Cooper Sweeny added a third in the twenty-third minute before Ryan Waite completed the first half scoring four minutes from the break to send them into half time ahead 4-0.
A second half double to Charlie Burton capped off an impressive 6-0 win for the Country side who move to second in their group on seven points.
Tomorrow they meet Queensland Country at 12.30pm in Northern NSW’s first match of the day.
1.50pm South Australia 1 (Lewis Lawrie-Lattanzio 13’) def. Northern NSW Metro 0
The 13 Years Group A points difference was extremely tight going into Day 4, with just two points separating first and last.
Northern NSW Metro had the challenge of facing South Australia who won their Day 3 match 2-0 against Football West.
South Australia took the lead in the thirteenth minute through Lewis Lawrie-Lattanzio, and held on until full time to defeat the Metro side 1-0.
Northern New South Wales finish Day 4 at the bottom of the table on four points, but trail leaders Football West by just three.
Tomorrow, in their final game, Northern NSW Metro face off with NSW Metro in the final game of the Championships. NSW Metro also lost on Day 3, 3-1 to Queensland Metro.
4.30pm NSW Metro 3 (Jackson Mortimer 7’, Thomas Aquilina 15’, Dylan Ruiz Diaz 53’) def. Northern NSW Metro 0
The final match of Day 4 saw Northern NSW Metro Under 14’s take on NSW Metro, needing a win to all but secure them the Championship.
This task became extremely hard, as they conceded two early goals inside the opening fifteen minutes, as NSW’s Jackson Mortimer and Thomas Aquilina found the back of the net.
It almost went from bad to worse for the Metro side as they conceded a penalty, however the keeper went the right way and pulled off a fine save.
2-0 down at half time and a comeback was not out of the question.
NSW Metro had other ideas however, scoring a third through Dylan Ruiz Diaz in the fifty-third minute to secure a 3-0 win.
The loss means that Northern NSW stay on ten points with Football West and Queensland Metro. NSW Metro is also in the Championship hunt, one behind on nine.
The final race is perfectly set up as Northern NSW face Queensland tomorrow at 3.10pm, and Football West challenge NSW at 11.10am.
Day 3 Wednesday 30th September
14 Years Metro Win and Draw to go to a Near Perfect Ten, Win Loss and Draw in Other Three Games
8.30am Northern NSW Metro 2 (Nick Curran 10’, Matthew Burton 42’) def. Queensland Metro 1 (Christopher Morseray 29’)
Northern NSW’s opening match for Day 3 of the FFA National Championships for Boys took place on Field 1 as the Under 13 Metro side took on Queensland Metro.
Northern NSW got off to a bright start and in the tenth minute of play Nick Curren scored to give the Metro side the lead.
They looked set to go into half time ahead 1-0 however Queensland’s Christopher Morseray scored with a minute remaining to make the score one apiece.
Twelve minutes into the second half Northern NSW regained their lead through Matthew Burton, who made the score 2-1.
The score remained that way for the final eighteen minutes of the match, with Northern NSW Metro holding on for the win, their first of the tournament.
The Metro side move to four points after this result, and tomorrow face South Australia in the second last match of the day for the 13 Years, at 1.50pm.
9.50am Capital Football 3 (Zachary Barbatano 13’, Cody Ashburner 46’) def. Northern NSW Country 2 (Sam Modderno 28’, 38’, Aleki Ingham OG 49’)
Having lost their opening game and won their second the Under 13 Northern NSW Country side were looking to make it two from three for the Championships.
Their Day 3 opponents were the in-form team of the 13 Years Group B, Capital Football, who were going after their third win from as many games.
Zachary Barbatano scored both his and Capital Football’s eighth goal of the Championships in the thirteenth minute, but Northern NSW’s Sam Modderno made the score 1-1 two minutes before half time.
Eight minutes after the break Modderno completed his brace, putting the Country side ahead 2-1, however Capital’s Cody Ashburner made it 2-2 in the forty-sixth minute.
The final goal of the game came two minutes later through Northern NSW’s Aleki Ingham, but it was into his own net as an own goal gifted Capital Football a 3-2 win over Northern NSW Country.
Country play their third early morning game in a row tomorrow when they challenge Queensland Country at 8.30am.
9.50am Northern NSW Metro (Kaleb Cox 26’, Harrison Frendo 51’) def. Victoria Metro 0
Also playing at 9.50am, on Field 2 alongside the 13 Years Country, was the Under 14’s Northern NSW Metro side who were playing their first of two matches for the day.
Having won two from two the metro side went into the match against Victoria Metro as favourites, however they knew it would be no easy three points.
Captain Kaleb Cox scored his third in two days in the twenty-sixth minute to send the Metro side into half time ahead 1-0, and feeling extremely confident
Harrison Frendo doubled Northern NSW’s lead nine minutes from full time, advancing past the keeper and slotting into an empty net. That’s the way the match finished, with the Metro side defeating Victoria Metro 2-0.
Northern NSW now have to prepare efficiently now for their second match of Day 3 at 3.10pm against Football West.
11.10am Northern NSW Country 0 drew Tasmania 0
Northern NSW’s fourth of five matches on Day 3 took place at 11.10am on Field 2 as the 14 Years Country side clashed with Tasmania.
Northern NSW had recorded one win and one loss, and Tasmania a win and a draw, so this match was guaranteed to be close.
This echoed throughout the first half as both sides pushed for the opening goal, but could not find it as they went into half time locked at 0-0.
Neither side could break the stalemate in the second thirty-minute period, and the match finished 0-0.
After a win a draw and a loss Northern NSW Under 14 Country sit on four points, and tomorrow play at 12.30pm against the winless Northern Territory.
3.10pm Northern NSW Metro 2 (Kaleb Cox 49’, 59’) drew Football West 2 (Jacob Italiano 19’ Harry Collins 28’)
The final match of Day 3 for Northern NSW sides was consequently the 14 Years Metro side’s second after defeating Victoria Metro 2-0 earlier in the day.
Fifteen minutes into the match the Metro side were matching opponents Football West, however Jacob Italiano scored in the nineteenth minute to put them behind one goal to nil.
Football West gained a handy 2-0 lead just before half time through Harry Collins, and would have felt as though the three points were in the bag.
That was not to be the case though as Northern NSW battled in the second half, and Kaleb Cox recorded a brace in the forty-ninth and fifty-ninth minutes to secure a point, and ensure Northern NSW 14 Years Metro sit at the top of Group A going into Day 4.
Tomorrow the Metro outfit takes on NSW Metro who has won two of their four matches, losing the other two.
Day 2 Tuesday 29th September
Northern NSW Sides Undefeated on Day 2 of FFA National Youth Championships for Boys, Win Three out of Four Matches
9.50am Northern NSW Country 1 (Joshua Gardner 48’) def. NSW Country 0
Northern NSW Country Under 13’s were looking to improve on their Day 1 performance where they created but could not take their chances in a 1-0 loss to Tasmania.
Today they took on NSW Country who picked up a point on Day 1 in a 1-1 draw.
The sides went into the halftime break locked at 0-0, however both sides were threatening and creating chances.
Northern NSW’s Joshua Gardner’s forty-eighth minute strike separated the sides, as the Country team picked up their first victory of the Championships.
They play their third match of the Championships tomorrow on Day 3 when they meet Capital Football who has won both of their matches so far.
11.10am Victoria Metro 1 (Birkan Kirdar 55’) drew Northern NSW Metro 1 (Jack Simons 44’)
Just like their Country teammates, the Northern NSW Metro Under 13’s side went into Day 2 looking to secure their first win after a 1-0 Day 1 loss.
The sides went into the half time break locked at 0-0 after an entertaining first half. Both sides threatened their opposition keeper’s goal, but could not find the net.
That changed in the forty-fourth minute when Northern NSW scored a superb team goal, finished off with a one-on-one finish into the bottom left hand corner by Jack Simmons.
Eleven minutes later however the Northern NSW side found themselves back even as Birkan Kirdar found the back of the net. His first attempt was a penalty won from a handball, which was saved by the keeper, however the ball fell straight back to Kirdar for the easiest of tap-ins.
Neither side could add to the score line with the match finishing 1-1 and the sides sharing the points.
Northern NSW Metro are back in action again tomorrow as they take on Queensland Metro in the first game of the day at 8.30am.
1.50pm South Australia 1 (Beau Nunan 52’) def. by Northern NSW Metro 3 (Kaleb Cox 31’, 53’, Anthony Wood 34’)
Northern NSW Metro Under 14’s went looking for their second win from as many matches today after downing NSW Country 2-0 on Day 1.
In the opening half an hour their opponents South Australia dominated and should have gone into the break ahead, however just like the previous two Northern NSW matches on Day 2 the sides went into the break locked at 0-0.
After halftime that quickly changed as Northern NSW went on the attack and scored two goals in four minutes to put themselves ahead 2-0 and give themselves a clear advantage. Captain Kaleb Cox and winger Anthony Wood netted in the thirty-first and thirty-fourth minutes respectively.
South Australia pulled one back in the fifty-second minute through Beau Nunan, however Northern NSW skipper Cox led by example, securing all three points with an instant reply in the form of a fifty-third minute goal.
With six points to their name the Metro side can establish themselves as clear favourites in the Group when they play two matches tomorrow, at 9.50am against Victoria Metro, and at 3.10pm against Football West.
5.50pm Victoria Country 0 def. by Northern NSW Country 3 (Flynn Goodman 18’, 38’, Bayley Topper 45’)
Northern NSW Country Under 14’s were looking to continue Northern NSW’s unbeaten run on Day 2 when they took on Victoria Country in the last match of the Day at 5.50pm.
Going into the half time break ahead 1-0 thanks to a Flynn Goodman eighteenth minute goal saw them go into the final thirty minutes in the box seat.
Second half goals to Bayley Topper and Goodman in the thirty-eighth and forty-fifth minutes respectively capped off a 3-0 win for the Country outfit; their first win of the Championships
The country side will be looking to make it two in a row tomorrow when they play Tasmania at 11.10am, a side who looked quite sharp today in a 4-1 win over Northern Territory.
Day 1 Monday 28th September
Northern NSW Sides Manage Just One Win on Day 1 of FFA National Youth Championships for Boys
9am Northern NSW Metro 2 (Samuel Donellan 27’, 41’) def. NSW Country 0
Northern New South Wales Football Metro Under 14s were one of the first four sides competing in the two opening matches of the Championships as they took on NSW Country on Field 2, whilst Capital Football challenged Victoria Country on Field 1.
It was Northern New South Wales who picked up the three points in what was a brilliant display of football, beginning their Championship run in style.
Striker Samuel Donellan scored either side of the half time break, netting his first in the twenty-seventh minute and second in the forty-first to give the Metro side the victory.
Tomorrow they play South Australia at 1.50pm as they look to make it two from two and put them in the box seat.
10.20am Capital Football 1 (Mikey Katsoulis 7’) def. Northern NSW Country 0
In their opening match of the day the Northern New South Wales Country side were looking to start off their Championships in the same fashion as their Metro counterparts when they took on Capital Football.
A slight setback occurred for the Country side in the seventh minute as Capital Football scored through Mikey Katsoulis.
They went into the half time break down 1-0, then pushed hard in the second half for an equalizer but it wasn’t to be, as Capital Football won the match by a goal to nil.
Northern New South Wales Country will be looking to bounce back tomorrow in the final match of the day at 5.50pm against Victoria Country. Victoria Country lost their opening match against Queensland country 3-2.
1pm Tasmania 1 (Kynan West 27′) def. Northern NSW Country 0
Just like their Under 14’s side, the Northern New South Wales Country Under 13’s lost 1-0 despite having more chances and better field possession for majority of the match.
Opponents Tasmania picked up all three points on offer in their 1-0 victory against the Country outfit.
It was again a first goal that proved the difference, which came from Kynan West three minutes before half time.
Northern New South Wales’ next opponent is NSW Country, which takes place in the opening Under 13’s fixture of the day tomorrow morning at 9.50am. NSW Country drew their match today with Queensland Country 1-1.
2.20pm Football West 1 (Trent Ostler 2’) def. Northern NSW Metro 0
Northern New South Wales Metro was looking to make it two from two for the Metro sides in the final match of the day for all NNSWF teams.
Like the Under 13’s Metro and Country however, a first half goal sunk the side as they fell 1-0, to opposition side Football West.
The lone goal came in just the second minute, through Trent Ostler.
The Metro side had the perfect chance to square the match up and perhaps go on and secure all three points, however they struck a penalty over the bar with ten minutes remaining, which sealed their fate.
Tomorrow they take on South Australia at 1.50pm as they look to pick up their first points of the Championships. South Australia were on the end of a 4-1 defeat today in their opening match against NSW Metro.