Sydney youngsters pursue perfection
It appears nothing can stand in the way of a red-hot Sydney FC youth side at the moment, with the Sky Blues consistently finding ways to win and stretch their unbeaten run.
It appears nothing can stand in the way of a red-hot Sydney FC youth side at the moment, with the Sky Blues consistently finding a way to win and stretching their unbeaten run to seven matches nearing the halfway point of the National Youth League season.
Despite being undermanned and largely inexperienced, Sydney fought out a gutsy 1-0 win over Adelaide United last weekend to maintain its perfect record.
"It was a fighting performance," said Youth coach Steve O'Connor. "We were a bit thin on players but we battled away against a decent side."
Having started its campaign with seven-straight victories FC has built a commanding six point lead at the top of the youth league table, but O'Connor believing the best is yet to come from his youngsters.
"The side has plenty of room for improvement," he explained. "Maintaining possession and working the ball into the final third are still areas we have to work on. The boys have been working hard though and the results are a credit to them."
Sydney-s young-guns will face their biggest test yet this Friday when they take on their closest rivals, the second -placed Queensland Roar in a match that could go a long way to deciding the inaugural Youth League minor Premiership.
"If we keep playing the way we have been we are a chance of a result," said O'Connor. "However Queensland are a pretty tidy team and with our injuries it will be a tough game."
The top of the table clash will be the curtain-raiser to the first team match-up against Queensland and will kick-off at the Sydney Football Stadium at 5:15pm on Friday afternoon.