Jets Youth outlast Mariners Youth

By Ray Sandell:

National Youth League – Round 2

Sunday 3 November 2013 at Wanderers Oval

Newcastle Jets FC 2
(Radovan Pavicevic 6, O.G. 21)
Central Coast Mariners FC 1
(Jesse Curran 18)

Mariners have commenced a policy of having no over age players selected for their Youth team during the coming season, except for first grade players who may need match and fitness training following an injury. This is another step in the Club’s policy of breeding their own future first grade team. As a Club official remarked, “Well it is a Youth competition after all!”

On a hot and windy afternoon, both Newcastle and the Mariners Youth teams turned on an entertaining match, which resulted in a deserved win to the home club, before a surprisingly large crowd.

Newcastle took early control of the match and were in the lead after six minutes when livewire Radovan Pavicevic made progress into the Mariner’s penalty area and rounded advancing goalkeeper David Bradasevic to place the ball into an empty net. The Jets continued to attack and had a couple of further opportunities to score but failed with poor shooting.

Mariners were finding it hard to penetrate the Jets defence lead well by captain Nicholas Cowburn but on the 18 minute mark they received a free kick approximately 25 metres out from the Newcastle goal. Captain Jesse Curran opted to take the kick and his rocket like shot never looked like missing as the ball was buried in the right hand side of the net.

Not to be outdone, Newcastle again went on the attack and three minutes later received a corner kick on the right hand side. Matthew Bilic crossed the ball into the penalty area and a group of players went up to head the ball, but unfortunately the tall Joshua Forbes beat them all but could only divert the ball into his own goal.

Mariners seemed to use this piece of bad luck as an inspiration and for the next ten minutes or so pounded the Jets penalty area but all to no avail, and at half time there was no change in the score.

The second half was a much more equal affair. The compulsory substitutions were made, but it did not seem to change the intentions of the teams. Newcastle continued to attack mainly down the right hand side with the speedy Pavicevic causing problems for the Mariners defence, whilst similar tactics from the Mariners had Jacob Esposito showing he also possessed outstanding skills.

Newcastle came close to scoring when Kale Bradbery hit the post with Bradisevic well beaten. Patrick Dixon then had a great chance to equalise, but his fierce shot was well parried by Jet’s goalkeeper John Solari.

The final piece of action saw Mariner’s Dillon Vorster see his goal bound shot saved by Solari and then kicked off the goal line by a defender. At the final whistle the Jets had taken the three points, but the Mariners had made them fight for it all of the way.

Both clubs showed that they had many young talented players to carry them through the future years.


Crowd: Approx 200.

Newcastle Jets FC: 1. John SOLARI (gk), 2. Michael FINLAYSON, 3. Thomas WHITESIDE, 4.Nicholas COWBURN (c), 5. Matthew BILIC ( 14 Benjamin HAY 53), 6. Andrew PAWAIK ( 12 Rhys COOPPER 56), 7. Radovan PAVICEVIC, Michael KANTAROVSKI, 9. Kale BRADBERY, 10. Thomas WALLER ( 13 Beaudon McDONALD 50), 11. Brandon LUNDY.

Subs not used: 20 Adam PEARCE (gk).

Coach: Clayton ZANE.

Yellow cards: Kale BRADBERY 66min., Brandon LUNDY 78min.

Red Cards: Nil.

Central Coast Mariners FC:

Player listing: 1 David BRADASEVIC (gk) (c), 2 Jacob ESPOSITO, 3 Joshua FORBES, 4 Adrian VLASTELICA, 5 Liam ODELL (Daniel McFARLANE 45), 6 Jesse CURRAN (c),  7 Dillon VORSTER , 8. Nathan VERITY, 9 Patrick DIXON , 10 Dominic FERGUSON (Lachlan EVERITT 55), 14 Steve WHYTE.

Subs not used: 12 Tonu LIBAND (gk).

Coach: Patrick ZWAANSWIJK.

Yellow Cards: Liam ODELL 45min.

Red Cards: Nil

Referee: Trent NASH

Assistant Referees: James CLEAL, Joel COCKBAIN

Fourth Official: Byron JAYE.


Players to watch:

Newcastle Jets: Thomas Whiteside, Andrew Pawiak, Radovan Pavicevic

Central Coast Mariners: Adrian Vlatelica, Jesse Curran, Jacob Esposito

Report and photos by Ray Sandell.





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