U16s Newcastle Jets win the FNSW Boy’s Youth League2 Premiership after defeating Hakoah Sydney City 2-1 in Sydney in conjunction with the 1-0 defeat of Hills United by Rydalmere Lions in the second last round of the 2022 season!
On a wet and windy afternoon the U16s Newcastle Jets players took on a Hakoah team that was fighting for a semi-final birth by winning 4th place in a competition dominated by the Jets, Hills United and Nepean FC throughout the year! With Hills United only two points behind and having learnt that they were defeated 1-0 earlier in the afternoon by Rydalmere, the Jets players also knew that a win against Hakoah would give them the 2022 U16s Premiership of NSW!
With such prizes at stake for both teams and in arctic conditions at Moore Park in Central Sydney both teams began the match with intensity and aggression. The Jets dominated possession and drew first blood with a cross from the left which was brought down well and with a shot that left the Hakoah goalie with no chance. As soon as this occurred the flood gates heaven opened with bucketing rain adding to the arctic playing conditions.
Against the run of play and during a free kick from outside the box the Jets defense failed to clear a ball which ended up at the feet of a Hakoah player who buried it into the Newcastle goal for the score to be level 1-1. This was the first and only goal scoring opportunity by the opposition in the entire first half.
The Jets continued to dominate possession as the rain continued to bucket down! Just before half the Jets won a free kick outside the box and from the ensuing floating ball, a well placed header ended the half with the Newcastle team leading 2-1.
The second half was an arm wrestle between a team that needed to win to secure 4th place on the ladder and a team that was too strong to allow their opponent back into the game! The final minutes were played out and once the referees whistle sounded the end of the match players and coaching staff were one mass of happy faces.
Regarding the Club Championship, wins by U14s, U15s, and U16s have resulted in the Jets requiring 1 point (1 draw) from their remaining 7 matches (3 against Nepean & 4 against Hills United) to secure 2nd place and promotion to FNSW Boy’s League 1 for next season.
Round 29: Hakoah Sydney City vs Newcastle Jets on Saturday 3rd September at Moore Park Sydney.
U18s Jets lost 4-2
U16s Jets won 2-1
U15s Jets won 4-0
U14s Jets won 4-3
U13s Jets drew 1-1
U16s Round 28 FNSW Boy’s Youth League2 results:
U16s FNSW Boy’s Youth League2 Table:
FNSW Boy’s Youth League2 Club Championship:
Hakoah Sydney City: Xavier Caristo 19, Jonathan Harti 22, Mackenzie George Liversidge 27, Edward Lynch 28, William Poulos 30, Bailey Reid 31, Anthony Rozman 32, Luka Ruvinsky 33, Ethan Sharpley 34, Oliver Stanic 35, Valentino Robins 51 Subs: Henry Gifford 1, Tekiyah Raziel Chapman 20, Liam Henebery 23, Ethan Ignacy Hirst 24, Marcus Duong 46
Newcastle Jets: Angus Martin 35, Giles Harrison 36, Kynan Watkins 37, Caleb Reed 38, Pharrell Trainor 39, Reinhard Lloyd 40, Max Cooper 41, George Tsamouras 43, Cooper Vimpani 45, Jordan Gu 48, Ethan Lewis 50, Subs: Sam Esquilant 34, Zac Major 42, Kruze Davidson 44, Luca West 46, Seth Anderson 90
source: Tom Tsamouras