2019 National Youth Championships

Day 5

U14 Victoria (3) v NSW Country (1)

The final day of the competition saw the U14 squad take on New South Wales Country. The Victorian side came out of the blocks quickly, applying some early pressure and looking threatening to start the game. Within the first 10 minutes, the team had won and converted a penalty after an explosive move to get around the opposition goalkeeper. The advantage was doubled shortly after as the second phase of an attacking corner was tucked away neatly with an opposite foot strike off the inside of the back post.

Victoria continued to control the game, despite being beaten by a long range effort mid-way through the second half. The girls showed great character to respond via a well-executed corner routine, resulting in a goal to regain the two goal advantage and finish off a successful week on a high with a 3-1 victory over NSW Country.

U15 Victoria (4) v Capital Football (1)

On the final day, the Victorian side showed strong resilience to finish the National Championships off in a positive manner. The players stuck to their game plan consistently and had long periods of controlling the game in their attacking half, which created many goal-scoring opportunities. The Vic girls dominated the first half, taking a two goal lead which allowed the players to go into the second half with a strong performance.

Victoria continued to successfully produce positive attacking play to penetrate the opposition back line. The girls were ruthless in the final third, with a very high number of shots on goal. The players continued to use their individual ability confidently whilst finding different solutions tactically, which provided further challenges to the opposition team. The Vic girls finished off a very successful week with a 4-1 win over Capital Football.

Day 4

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U14 Victoria (1) v Newcastle Jets (4)

The U14 Victorian squad came up against strong opposition in the form of the Newcastle Jets academy squad on Day 4 of the competition. Newcastle took the lead within the first 10 minutes via a ball in behind. Victoria began to gain control of the game, and were looking threatening before equalizing late in the first half with some instinctive play in the forward third capitalising on a chance created.

The second half saw Victoria continue to play some positive football, creating a number of goal scoring opportunities to put the team ahead, however failing to convert.

A defensively organised Victorian team were in control and preventing Newcastle from getting forward, before conceding an unfortunate goal to go behind 2-1 early in the second half. The Vic girls had a fantastic opportunity to equalize at 2-2, only to have the opposition counter attack and extend the lead to 3-1. A 4th goal from a corner in the dying stages sealed a 4-1 deficit.

U15 Victoria (1) v Newcastle Jets (3)

Day 4 saw a gallant performance by the U15 Victorian Squad who unfortunately experienced their first loss of the championship. After conceding two goals early in the first half, team showed strong resilience to reduce the deficit in the last 10 mins of the second half.

The Vic girls surged forward with attacking creative play in the front third, producing excellent goal scoring opportunities. The team burst forward in the final minutes of the match to push for an equaliser but unfortunately conceded in transition leaving the final score 3-1.

Day 3

U15 Victoria (2) v NSW Metro (1)

Another dominant performance from the U15 Victorian Girls saw the first 30 minutes of the match played in the attacking half. One of the youngest players in the U15 squad picked out the New south Wales Metro goalkeeper off her line and struck the ball with perfect power and enough elevation to lob the goalkeeper from distance. The second goal coming from individual talent after intercepting the ball from a well organised team press. The girls finished off the first half with a two goal lead.

The second half continued with Victoria continuing to apply pressure to NSW and forcing them to play in their defensive half. A quick transition saw the NSW Metro players pinch a goal back. The remainder of the half continued with end to end play from both sides. The final score was Victoria 2 to NSW Metro 1.

U14 Victoria (0) v Queensland (3)

Day 3 saw the young U14 Girls competing against a physical Queensland squad. The match played out with end to end action including a large number of goal scoring opportunities where the Vic girls hit the crossbar and goalpost 4 times throughout the game.

In the end, the physical advantage of the Queenslanders outdid the match play of the Victorian players with the game resulting in Victoria 0 to Queensland 3

Day 2

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U14 Victoria (5) v South Australia (3)

Day 2 saw the Victorian U14 Girls continued their dominant display by getting off to a quick start with a well struck shot to put them ahead 1-0 in the first minute against South Australia. The first half continued with lots of attacking play and numerous goal scoring opportunities resulting in a 3-2 lead at the end of the first half.

During the second half, South Australia quickly hit back to level the scores at 3-3. The Vic girls stepped up to another level and combined in the front third to score another 2 goals. The final score was Victoria 5 to South Australia 3.

U14 Victoria (2) v Queensland (2)

The Victorian U15 Squad got off to a flying start by finding the back of the net twice in the first half. The girls displayed a strong front by creating lots of goal scoring opportunities through intelligent positioning and quick play.

The second half saw the Vic girls continue to break down their opposition in the attacking half but conceded a goal through a quick transition against the run of play. Queensland found an equalizer through a shot from 40 meters out in the dying seconds of the match. The final score was Victoria 2 to Queensland 2.

Day 1

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U14 VIC (2) v NSW Metro (1)

The U14 Girls faced a tough New South Wales Metro opposition on day one of the National Youth Championships. The Vic’s went down 1-0 early in the first half but fought back to pinch two goals to make it 2-1 before half time.

The second half saw the very young U14 squad under pressure throughout the remainder of the match. The girls continued to play out under a high press by finding multiple solutions. Final score was Victoria 2 to NSW Metro 1.

U15 VIC (5) v WA (1)

The U15 Victorian Girls commenced their 2019 National Youth Championships with a match against Western Australia. A dominant start saw the girls take out the first half by 3 goals to 1 with some technical brilliance from the players.

The Vic girls continued to control the game and create goal scoring opportunities with quick attacking play. Another two goals by the Victorian girls saw the match finish with 5 goals to Victoria and 1 to Western Australia.