Round 21: U16s Newcastle Jets travel to Nepean for a blockbuster top of the table clash

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U16s Newcastle Jets travel to Penrith on Wednesday for a top of the table clash with Nepean FC as part of a washed out Round 21 match which was originally scheduled for Sunday 10th July!

The match against Nepean will be the 5th game in eleven days for the Newcastle team and the 6th for most of it’s players who deputized for the u18s over the weekend in Wollongong and Sydney!

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Nepean occupy 3rd spot on the ladder, trail the Jets by 5 points and are fresh from a 7-1 away thrashing of Parramatta on Saturday at Melita stadium. The Jets are in recovery mode from a 1-0 away win in Wollongong over South Coast Flame on Saturday and a 4-2 win over Prospect United in Sydney on Sunday. They will be at full strength on Wednesday night, something which they haven’t been for many weeks due to many of their players ‘playing up” in u18s who in turn have been playing up to accommodate a shortfall in the playing roster of the u20s.

A win by the Jets keeps them in first spot on the ladder and ranks them favourites in the hunt for finishing as u16s FNSW Boy’s Youth League 2 Premiers for 2022! A loss for Nepean puts them out of range for this honour and reduces their season to a battle for 2nd or 3rd spot with Hills United.

Will the Jets have enough in the tank to beat a Nepean team which they defeated 4-1 at Speers Point earlier in the season or will the fatigue and the hunger of the Nepean team be too much to handle?

The match is due to kick off at 7:15pm at Jamison Park in Penrith on Wednesday 24th August.

source: Tom Tsamouras

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