NSW Metro Thunder 7 (Awaz 5’, 8’, Youlley 6’, 15’, 34’, Schreiber 19’, Kiceec 40’) def. Football Victoria 2 (Tektonopoulos 3’ (pen), Lavale 32’)
A hat-trick from Rhys Youlley and a Maisam Awaz double propelled NSW Metro Thunder to a big 7-2 win over Football Victoria in the U14 Boys Final at the AIS on Friday.
There was early drama in the contest as Victoria were awarded a penalty just three minutes in, and Alexander Tektonopoulos calmly sent the keeper the wrong way to put the Vics ahead.
But NSW Metro took control of the match from that point with three goals in three minutes, including two from Awaz, giving NSW a commanding 3-1 lead.
Youlley scored his second in the 15th minute when he curled a lovely free-kick past the wall and into the top corner, putting NSW up by three.
Victoria’s first half was summed up in the 18th minute when Aston Askew failed to put the ball into an open net, allowing NSW to charge up the court on a counter-attack, with Zane Schreiber finishing off the move by slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
Down by four, Victoria started the second half on the front foot, but were unable to get past Christian Marjanovic who made a number of impressive saves to keep NSW ahead by four.
That was until the 32nd minute, when Oliver Lavale received the ball with his back toward goal, turned his defender and slid a shot past Marjanovic for Victoria’s second.
Youlley then sealed his hat-trick with easily the goal of the game, firing a shot from just inside halfway that cannoned off the crossbar and bounced in, before a Sebastian Kiceec goal right on full time rounded out the dominant 7-2 victory.