In round one of the Foxtel National Youth League the Central Coast Mariners have suffered narrow a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sydney F.C. First half goals to Sydney's Aaron Calver & Charles Lokoli Ngoy were enough to overcome a second half screamer set up by Trent Buhagiar, finished by Lachlan Wales.
With 10 minutes left to play from an even and open first half it was the away side that struck first through Calver. A defensive mix up sent the ball pinballing around in the box that eventually fell to the feet of Calver who belted home from just outside the six-yard box.
Five minutes later, Charles Lokoli Ngoy, who looked dangerous in patches during the first half leapt above the pack to meet a precision cross with his head that proved too much for the Mariners’ keeper, Tom Heward-Belle who made some crucial saves through out the 90 minutes.
Highlights for the Central Coast Mariners were the combination play in the middle of the park between Adam Berry, Lachlan Wales & Trent Buhagiar who linked up for a number of impressive plays pushing forward.
The home team came out firing in the second half and it was Wales who fired home in the 47th minute of play. Buhagiar was the provider with a pacey run down the left, his ball was pin point for Wales who finished first time with power.
Full attention now turns to next Sunday that will see the Central Coast Mariners Youth Team take on the Western Sydney Wanderers Youth team at Marconi Stadium
Central Coast Mariners Youth: Tom HEWARD-BELLE (GK), Adam BERRY, Trent BUHAGIAR, Marcus DUNCAN, Matt SIM (C), Brian JAMBA (Alex DRAKE 82’), Daniel McFARLANE (Steve WHYTE 45’), Reece PAPADIMITRIOS, Ryan PETERSON, Lachlan WALES, Brandon LE MAY (Daniel TUDDENHAM 64’)
Unused substitutes: Adam PEARCE (GK)
Yellow cards: Berry 42’, Duncan 56’
Sydney FC Youth: Anthony BOUZANIS, George BLACKWOOD, Max BURGESS, Aaron CALVER, Alex GERSBACH, Nicola KULEVSKI, Charles LOKOLI NGOY (Bai ANTONIOU 55’), Yianni SPYRAKIS (c), George TIMOTHEOU, Robert STAMBOLZIEV, Alex MULLEN (Christian GONZALEZ 82’)
Unused substitutes: Nicholas SORRAS (GK)
Yellow cards: Antoniou 80’
Foxtel National Youth League Round 1
Saturday 7 November, 2015
Central Coast Mariners Youth 1
Sydney FC Youth 2
Venue: Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence, Tuggerah