Sydney juniors blast past Jets

Sydney FC has secured the inaugural National Youth League premiership, and with it, a place in the season decider after scoring an emphatic 7-1 win over the Newcastle Jets at Adamstown Oval on Saturday evening.


Sydney FC has secured the inaugural National Youth League premiership, and with it, a place in the season decider after scoring an emphatic 7-1 win over the Newcastle Jets at Adamstown Oval on Saturday evening.

Coming off a last-start defeat, Steve O-Connor-s young-guns were dealt an early blow when the home side claimed the lead after 6 minutes, but that was the only highlight for the Jets who were then blasted out of the contest by the Sky Blues.

By half time Sydney had well and truly reversed the early deficit, with a 35th minute own goal and finishes from rising stars, Chris Payne, Kofi Danning, Rhyan Grant and Sam Munro putting the game completely beyond Newcastle-s reach with 45 minutes still to play.

In the second stanza Brendan Gan and Zach Cairncross continued the onslaught, making it a tough night for the struggling Jets and sending an ominous warning to Sydney-s rivals for the first ever Youth League crown.

The junior Blues will look to build on their winning form when they face off against the Central Coast Mariners in their last outing before the Grand Final at 5pm next Saturday at Pluim Park, near Gosford.

Match Detail

Newcastle Jets 1 (Virgili 6-) Sydney FC 7 (Payne 16-, Danning 19-, Grant 23-, Regan 35-OG, Munro 42-, Gan 77-, Cairncross 84-)

Newcastle Jets: 1. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3. Antun KOVACIC (oa), 4. Jon GRIFFITHS, 5. George STROGYLOS (14. Ben MARTIN 45-), 6. Taylor REGAN (15. Simon MOONEY 45-), 7. Kaz PATAFTA (13. Joel WITHERDIN 59-), 8. Matthew HARPER, 9. Brodie MOOY, 10. Jesse PINTO, 11. James VIRGILI, 12. Jarrad ROSS.

Substitutes not used: Nil.

Yellow Cards: Jesse Pinto 44-. Red Cards: Nil. Goals: James Virgili 6-.

Sydney FC: 1. Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 2. Rhyan GRANT, 3. Luke AUSTIN (5. Chris TRIANTIS 60-), 4. Simon COLOSIMO (OA)(10. Zach CAIRNCROSS 57-), 6. Chris PAYNE, 8. Anthony GOLEC, 11. Kofi DANNING, 12. Ibrahim HAYDAR, 13. Sam MUNRO, 14. Brendan GAN, 16. Matthew HALL (7. Robbie MILESKI 55-). *OA = Over Age.

Substitutes not used: Nil.

Yellow Cards: Anthony Golec 76-. Red Cards: Nil. Goals: Chris Payne 16-, Kofi Danning 19-, Rhyan Grant 23-, Taylor Regan 35-OG, Sam Munro 42-, Brendan Gan 77-, Zach Cairncross 84-.

Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones.

Click here to read a full report on the National Youth League page of the Hyundai A-League website.