Weekend Wrap | vs Newcastle Jets (Round 2)
South Coast Flame travelled to face Newcastle Jets in the second round of the NPL 2 Youth Boys competition on Sunday at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility. However, due to weather conditions, only the under-13s played out their match with the other age groups having their games called off.
U13 Boys | Newcastle Jets 1 South Coast Flame 0
The boys travelled to Newcastle full of excitement and nerves as the side came across table toppers and heavy favourites to take out the competition, Newcastle Jets.
The game started with both teams looking to press hard and fight for possession, however, it was clear the Jets had a high level of technical skill that made it difficult for the boys to defend.
The hosts put the Flame under some early pressure, though huge credit should go to the Flame for working hard to ensure there were no clear cut opportunities for the Jets to score.
As the Flame got into their groove, the side managed to break the lines of the Jets numerous times, unfortunately lacking that cutting edge in the final third to make the most of our chances.
Flame were awarded a penalty with Ben Parry taking the responsibility but unfortunately saw his effort saved.
At the break, the teams were unable to be separated with the scores locked at 0-0.
It was a cagey second period, however, Ollie Green had an early chance as he took aim from outside the box but couldn’t find the net.
The Jets began to assume control in the fixture, as the Flame looked to hit the hosts on the break – struggling to maintain possession for extended periods.
It looked destined for the points to be shared in this game, but with less than four minutes to play, a counter-attacking move from the Jets saw the Flame punished with a cruel late goal.
Flame went all out to try and get an equaliser and puts the Jets under a lot of pressure, but it wasn’t enough as the home side ran out 1-0 winners.
Player of the Week: Billy Beniuk
Billy had a great week at training, always looking to improve his game and putting in maximum effort, displaying the values we impose at the Flame. He was tremendous in the game, causing headaches for Newcastle defensively covering multiple positions, and was instrumental in executing the side’s playing style on the ball.