Sky Blue juniors out to defend unbeaten record

By opening their 2009/10 National Youth League campaign with three consecutive clean sheets Sydney FC’s young guns are proving they take the ‘defence’ of their title very literally indeed.


By opening their 2009/10 National Youth League campaign with three consecutive clean sheets Sydney FC-s young guns are proving they take the ‘defence- of their title very literally indeed.

Following wins against the AIS, Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar in their first three games the Junior Sky Blues have quickly climbed to the top of the NYL ladder and that-s where they-re determined to stay. Despite a limited preparation, Sydney-s 2009/10 crop have picked up where their Championship winning predecessors left off and proven they will also be a strong force this season.

“It always helps when you-ve got a good changeroom,” said midfielder, Iain Ramsay. “All the boys get on well, which helps us play more as a team unit on the pitch.”

“We-re improving as the season is going along,” he continued. “We-re working on things in training and it-s starting to show in our performance on the field.”

Coach, Steve O-Connor-s side has a potent attack, with exciting young striker, Kerim Bulut leading the charge up front and topping the scoring charts after the opening three rounds, but it-s in defence that Sydney is securing its points.

“We-re very proactive, not reactive,” Ramsay explained. “When they-ve (the other team) got the ball we-re always doubling up on them and making it hard for teams to break us down. It-s always the first thing in our mind in defence. When it-s on, we just ambush them to win the ball.”

The young Sky Blues will be out to continue their perfect start when they play their first stand-alone game of the season on Saturday against the winless Central Coast Mariners. The round-4 match will be fought out on the artificial turf at Seymour Shaw Park in Miranda on Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Entry will be free of charge.