NPL GRAND FINAL 2016 – U14’s vs Emerging Jets

September 6th, 2016

Saturday 3rd September 2016

Under 14’s vs Emerging Jets
Darling Street Oval

FMNC 14’s travelled to Hamilton to take on the Newcastle Jets in the NPL Youth Grand Final on Saturday. The facilities were fantastic and a credit to Hamilton Olympic Football Club for hosting a well organised day.

Earlier in the year in round 11, FMNC lost their only game of the season to the Jets 1:0. In the return leg in round 22, FMNC defeated them 5:0 at WRP. The final was a game that could go either way, so it was set up to be a real contest.

In the first minute of play, FMNC had an opportunity to score first but the shot was put just wide of the post from close range. It sent a sign to the Jets that FMNC had come to play.

After piling on the pressure a free kick was awarded to FMNC on the right side just outside the 18 yard box. Sam Modderno put the kick to the far post and Max Lynch placed the ball nicely, uncontested, into the bottom left corner to make a 1:0 lead.

The Jets then came into the game where possession became 50/50 and ball movement going from end to end. In the 20th minute, the Jets were awarded a corner. With the assistance of a strong wind, the corner carried to the far post and despite FMNC’s height advantage, the Jets had an uncontested header which was placed into the bottom right corner, levelling up the scores 1:1.

The game to and fro’d for the next period and then with 5 minutes to go in the half, FMNC began to assert their authority on the match. An opportunity in front of goal in the 29th minute was put wide of the post. Two minutes later a cross skimmed off the crossbar and forced the Jets to clear. In the 33rd minute the Jets were again forced to clear off the goal line.

Half time came and despite the score being level, FMNC walked into the sheds with their tails wagging.

The boys came out of the sheds for the second half ready to play after some reassuring words and some truths given by the coach.  FMNC were again dominating play at the start. There were some stray passes handing over cheap possession, but you could feel the pressure building into something good for FMNC.

On the 44th minute mark, the game changed. Andrew Walton received the ball just inside the Jets half. With plenty of room in front of him, he attacked the space well defeating three defenders and placing his 22 yard shot untouched into the bottom right corner.

FMNC were on top. Three minutes later, Aubrey DeSilva attacked down the left, destroying the Jets with his speed. He drove in the box and fired a left foot shot into the Jets net to make it 3:1.

FMNC kept applying pressure. When the opportunity to shoot came, they took it. When the Jets had possession, they were shut down well. The Jets however did have a good shot on goal to force a nice save from Keegan Hughes to push the ball wide of the post.

Whatever Newcastle threw at FMNC, the defence handled it well, the midfield controlled the game and the forwards kept the pressure on in the front third.

An all-round good effort by FMNC. All players did their job and can hold their heads high. Their attitude and team dynamic is a credit to them, especially with five new faces coming into the team this year. To the parents, although small in numbers compared to other teams, they were clearly more vocal and supportive, thank you. FMNC 14’s should be proud of their efforts. An emphatic victory against good opposition.

Final score 3-1 to FMNC.

– Match Report by Corey Walton.

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