Newcastle Jets Academy are on fire after winning all three of their three semi-finals at Christie Park, North Sydney today! Premiers U16s and U13s Newcastle Jets overcame their obstacles against Rydalmere Lions FC and South Coast Flame FC as well as 2nd placed u15s over NWS Spirit FC.
U13s Newcastle Jets began the “trifecta” with an easy 3-1 win over South Coast Flame team. U15s Newcastle Jets then added to this with an emphatic 4-1 win over NWS Spirit who had a home game advantage!
Premiership winning U16s Newcastle Jets weren’t as lucky, meeting a Rydalmere team which played a very compact game designed not to concede and trying to threaten through counter-attacking football. The first 15-20 minutes were even with both teams standing toe to toe but after this, the Jets took control of possession but were unable to create many clear goal scoring opportunities. At the same time, the Newcastle goalkeeper didn’t have to make a single save. The atmosphere at Christie Park was great but was made even more electric by the U16s Hills United team who are playing their semi-final on Sunday and who were at the game cheering on Rydalmere and whistling at every offensive move by the Jets!
The second half was an even affair with neither team dominating the other and with goalkeepers not being called upon to make any saves. In extra time it was all Newcastle Jets but despite extending the Rydalmere goalkeeper on occasions, they were unable to resolve the stalemate.
The game was decided on penalties with the Newcastle goalkeeper saving the first penalty and all the remaining Jets players scoring their dot shots! The final score was 5-3.
This was a great semi-final by two teams that gave everything they had. The Newcastle Jets deserve to be congratulated for winning the Premiership and now booking their place in the Grand-Final but equally, Rydalmere deserve a pat on the back for planning and executing a very good tactical game.
Extended video highlights of the semi-final will be available AFTER the Grand-Final next week.
FNSW Boy’s Youth League Two semi-final results:
source: Tom Tsamouras