On an icy cold evening at Pluim Park on the Central Coast, the U16s Newcastle Jets sustained their second defeat of the season in the Round 23 deferred game which was played on Tuesday night!
Without four outfield players who were “playing up” with the u18s whose match was on at the same time on a different field of the same venue, the U16s Jets crashed out 2-1 in a scrappy game which bore little resemblance to the football we have been accustomed to seeing throughout the year.
Playing with three defenders, five midfielders and two attackers, Central Coast United set out to stop the creative play of the Jets and were successful in doing so. Unable to impose their passing game, the Jets were reduced to running with the ball and dribbling to break through the CCU defence.
In the first half the Jets had most of the possession and opportunities to score but a mix up between the goalkeeper and defence resulted in CCU being gifted a goal. The Jets equalized at the start of the 2nd half with a nice cross and a glancing header. At 1-1 the Jets gained some composure and began to string their passes together and it looked like it was a matter of time before they would score again. A cross from outside the box was not cleared by Jets defenders and the ball reached an unmarked CCU forward who had no difficulty finding the net for the second time!
The rest of the match was spent with the Jets trying to get through a well marshalled Central Coast defence which held on to the 2-1 score line until the final whistle.
This marks the second defeat of the season which isn’t the end of the world but the team lacked the composure and momentum we have been accustomed to seeing this season. Given they have been scheduled to play 7 matches in 14 days, fatigue could become an issue!
Overall the visit to the Central Coast was not very productive for the Club Championship which determines which first two teams gain promotion to FNSW Boy’s League 1 next season. Gaining a mere 4 points from a possible 12 leaves us in 3rd place on 178 points from 91 games. St George City FA have 193 points from 103 games and Hills United 201 points from 100 games respectively!
Round 23:CCU vs Newcastle Jets on Tuesday 16th August at Pluim Park Gosford.
U18s Jets won 1-0
U16s Jets lost 2-1
U15s Jets drew 1-1
U14s Jets lost 2-0
U13s Jets won 5-1
U16s FNSW Boy’s Youth League2 Table:
FNSW Boy’s Youth League2 Club Championship:
Newcastle Jets: Giles Harrison 36, Pharrell Trainor 39, Reinhard Lloyd 40, Max Cooper 41, Zac Major 42, George Tsamouras 43, Kruze Davidson 44, Cooper Vimpani 45, Jordan Gu 48, Ethan Lewis 50, William Walker 65, Subs: Caleb Reed 38, Jake Goodwin 57, Will Dobson 59, Jayden Borgia 82, Seth Anderson 90
Central Coast United: James Bolte 2, Hayden Bolte 3, Cooper Clark 4, Aiden Ellis 5, Zachary Hewitt 6, Riley Holt 7, Leo Hong 8, James Lee 10, Lincoln Vaughan 15, Jake Zappas 18, Daniel Vickers 31, Subs: Lachlan King 9, Liam Lighfoot 11, Callum O’Connor 12, Zayd Husain 14, Feimen Aosai 20,
Cards: 25’ Max Cooper (yellow)
source: Tom Tsamouras