Youth Grand Final Day saw HOFC under 16s also feature as our second team on “decider day.” Our team went into the match as favourites against Valentine Phoenix, who had upset Premiers Newcastle Jets by 3 goals to 1 the previous weekend, while our boys had defeated Lambton in a hard fought semi- final by one goal to nil, courtesy of a late penalty to Jared Muller.
The boys came out firing early, and by the 31st minute had put three goals
past the Valentine custodian. A 7th minute own goal , followed by a
beautiful Muller header in the 26th minute saw the boys go up 2 nil. Scoring
on the day was completed by Elliot Paksec, who pushed up from his defensive
position to tap in the third goal.
The boys then basically shut up shop, running out convincing winners by 3 goals to 0. A top performance by all the boys, and no doubt coaches Payton and Blair would have been extremely happy with the 2018 season. In a side note, it was great to see the support that the Paksec boys had from some of their friends on Grand Final day, as can be seen by the photo below.
Source: Tom Tsamouras