Sydney FC Youth - NPL Season 2018
So this weekend our youth team kick-off their NPL season, with the following fixtures:
10/3/18 – 7:45pm – Lambert Park – Sydney FC vs Hakoah Sydney City East FC
17/3/18 – 6:30pm – Seymour Shaw – Sutherland Sharks FC vs Sydney FC
24/3/18 – 7:45pm – Lambert Park – Sydney FC vs Wollongong Wolves FC
31/3/18 – 7:30pm – Sydney United Sports – Sydney United 58 FC vs Sydney FC
7/4/18 – 7:45pm – Lambert Park – Sydney FC vs Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC
15/4/18 – 4:15pm – Lambert Park – APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC vs Sydney FC
21/4/18 – 7:45pm – Lambert Park – Sydney FC vs Manly United FC
29/4/18 – 3:00pm – Belmore Sports Ground – Sydney Olympic FC vs Sydney FC
5/5/18 – 7:45pm – Lambert Park – Sydney FC vs Marconi Stallions FC
12/5/18 – 7:00pm – Lily Homes Stadium – Blacktown City FC vs Sydney FC
19/5/18 – 7:45pm – Lambert Park – Sydney FC vs Rockdale City Suns FC
27/5/18 – 3:00pm – Hensley Field – Hakoah Sydney City East FC vs Sydney FC
2/6/18 – 7:45pm – Lambert Park – Sydney FC vs Sutherland Sharks FC
9/6/18 – 7:00pm – WIN Stadium – Wollongong Wolves FC vs Sydney FC
16/6/18 – 7:45pm – Lambert Park – Sydney FC vs Sydney United 58 FC
23/6/18 – 7:00pm – Bonyrigg Sports Club – Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC vs Sydney FC
30/6/18 – 7:45pm – Lambert Park – Sydney FC vs APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC
8/7/18 – 3:00pm – Cromer Park – Manly United FC vs Sydney FC
21/7/18 – 7:45pm – Lambert Park – Sydney FC vs Sydney Olympic FC
29/7/18 – 3:00pm – Marconi Stadium – Marconi Stallions FC vs Sydney FC
4/8/18 – 7:45pm – Lambert Park – Sydney FC vs Blacktown City FC
12/8/18 – 3:00pm – Ilinden Sports Centre – Rockdale City Suns FC vs Sydney FC
I like that we get a home game exactly every fortnight; football is never too far away. For those who haven't ever gone out to any of our NPL games, I assure you it is well worth the time. Usually it's a pretty solid game and it's good to break up the pre-season.
I can't find much on what our squad looks like for this season, though I assume it will be quite similar to our NYL squad. I did find this nice little read on a player who may be breaking into our first team this season - Niko Udjur:
According to LiveScore the boys got a 3-1 win over Hakoah in the Illuminati Derby after being 1-1 at half time.
They don't list the goalscorers so one of the regulars will have to provide that info.
I didn't see the game, but the Twitter account says that Cox scored a hat-trick. He scored a few in the NYL, so this is a good sign.
Here's the video from our first game of the season:
Cox is quite well built but isn't as quick as some of the other forwards we have, so it was good to see him using his body well on the second goal.
Looks like it has been a boring game out at Edensor Park. We're on the wrong end of a 5-3 scoreline.
Continuing the tradition of dull games, the U20s just played out a 5-5 draw against Bonnyrigg. The Bonnyrigg keeper made about the worst howler you can imagine to tie it up for Sydney with a few minutes left.
Sydney FC v Marconi at Lambert Park. 3:00pm Today
Jean-Paul Sartre: "In football, everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team."
If anyone is interested, I've posted a wrap-up of our academy covering March and April. I'm planning to do one every month from here on out.
The boys got their second win of the season today, 2 - 0 over Rockdale. Sam McIlhatton & Jeremy Cox with the goals. Takes us off the bottom on goal difference.
The second goal was really well worked as well. Skotadis made a good run from deep, played a 1-2 with McIllhatton and then played it wide to Cox, who was unmarked. Cox slotted it home and it was all the sweeter because it was Covic in goals for Rockdale.
McIllhatton had probably the best game I can remember from him. If Zuvela weren't already ahead of him I'd be tempted to see how he goes in the first team.
I've posted up the May academy wrap-up here:
It’s been a much better month for our academy, with first grade picking up 4 points from 4 games as we pass the half way mark. The U20s, however, have fallen off the pace somewhat. The U18s continue to fight for the title.