Soccer rivals to meet

NORTH Coast Football (NCF) Youth League teams will be hoping to either consolidate their recent performances or reverse the results against Football Far North Coast (FFNC) when the two zones meet on Sunday.

The neighbouring zones, who have built up a friendly rivalry in recent years, will play each other in the second of their two pre-season matches this weekend at Woolgoolga’s High St fields before NCF participates in the Northern NSW Youth League season.

First up on Sunday are the 12 years boys who are coached by Brian Linsley. They lost to FFNC two weeks ago and are keen to reverse the result. The youngest of the rep teams has been formed to compete in the new State Championships to be held in Coffs Harbour in June. They, and the 14 years girls, kick off at 10.30am.

The 14 girls, coached by Kim Barker, has been formed to compete in next year’s 14 years Youth League competition and so the squad is made up of girls who will not be turning 14 until next year. That means they are technically a 13 years squad playing up a year against FFNC.

Trevor Martin coaches the 13 years boys and was pleased with their first up showing two weeks ago when they defeated FFNC 2-1. They have no intention of losing on home soil. Their match kicks off at 11.45am, alongside the 16 years girls who are hoping the home ground advantage will prove the difference and give them a win after their 2-2 draw with FFNC a fortnight ago.

Al Courtenay’s 14 boys’ team is coming off a strong win over FFNC. The 14s and 15 years boys will kick off at 1pm.

These matches are the final pre-season matches before the Youth League kicks off on February 28.

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