Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Tassie Youth to play A-League

Former Canberra Olympic left-back Martin Shaw is now CEO of Football Tasmania. He's organised four Tassie Youth team games against four A-League Youth sides in the coming months. Expect news from Canberra soon.

May 27, 2008 12:00am

A Tasmanian youth soccer team will play against four youth teams from A-League clubs later this year.

Tasmania will play against teams from Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United, which will be competing in the new National Youth League.

"We are pleased that Football Federation Australia has supported our request to play matches against NYL teams," Football Federation Tasmania CEO Martin Shaw said.

"This will not only provide a wonderful opportunity for Tasmania's best young players to test themselves against some of the best young players in Australia but will also give the Tasmanian public an opportunity to watch high-standard football."

Two games will be played in Tasmania, against Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory, while another two against Sydney FC and Adelaide United will be played as A-League curtain-raisers.

The National Youth League will commence in the coming A-League season, with all clubs except Wellington represented.

The teams will consist of players aged 17 to 21, with clubs able to play four over-age players in their team.

The Tasmanian squad will aim to limit their over-age players to under-23s to provide an opportunity for young players to continue their development.

"We are continuing to try to provide a pathway for Tasmanian players to excel at football and we believe the opportunity to play at this level is another step in that direction," Shaw said.

Friday, November 7, Tasmania v Sydney FC, in Sydney

November 15 or 16, Tas v Adelaide United

November 29 Tas v Melbourne Victory

December 5, Tas v Adelaide United, in Adelaide


Anonymous said...

The Tas team lost 4:1 to Sydney. We have little info about trhe game down here in Tas. Has anyone got any feedback on the game

Eamonn said...

Sydney FC young-guns topple Tasmania

There may not have been any competition points on the line but that didn’t stop Sydney FC’s Young guns from stamping their authority at home and continuing their unbeaten run tonight at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Chris Payne scored a first half double to help the young Sky Blues continue their impressive early season form, and claim an emphatic 4-1 victory in their National Youth League friendly against a visiting Tasmanian youth team.

With Sydney outclassing its opponent across the park, Payne found the net twice in the first half, with Sean Rooney and Adam Biddle also adding their names to the scoreboard to round out a thumping victory.

The home side took the ascendency early with Biddle breaking free of the Tasmanian defence before gifting Payne an easy finish at the back post in the 4th minute.

When Sean Rooney latched onto a low Mark Warren cross, the Tasmanians looked in trouble and the lead had doubled inside the opening ten minutes.

With FC continually pushing the ball into the final third, the floodgates threatened to open as Biddle intercepted a poor back-pass and completed the simplest of finishes, rounding the keeper and tapping the ball into the back of the net.

In his come-back game from injury, first-team keeper Clint Bolton rarely saw the ball in the first half as the Sky Blues continued to torment the visitors, with Payne weaving his way through the defence to grab his second and give the home side a 4-0 lead at the break.

Returning for the second half, the Sydney forwards looked to continue their opening period dominance with Rooney, Payne and Brendan Gan all creating early opportunities to extend the lead.

But the home side failed to capitalise on countless chances, and Tasmania pulled one back as Billy Gasparinatos worked his way into the box, pushed the ball across the face of goal, and set up substitute defender Julius Ross on the far post after 85 minutes.

Payne had a flurry of opportunities in the final minutes but rifled the ball everywhere bar into the back of the net, several times coming within inches of claiming his hat-trick.

With six straight victories under its belt, the Sydney FC side will look to continue its red hot form as it prepares to take on Perth Glory at Sutherland’s Seymour Shaw Park next Saturday afternoon.

Match Details

Sydney FC 4 (Chris Payne 4’/42’, Sean Rooney 7’, Adam Biddle 30’)
Tasmanian Youth 1 (Julius Ross 85’)

Sydney FC: 1. Clint BOLTON (20. Vedran JANJETOVIC 46’), 2. Rhyan GRANT, 3. Adam BIDDLE (17. Ray MILLER 51’), 4. Chris TRIANTIS (8. Jared LUM 46’), 5. Mark WARREN, 6. Chris PAYNE, 7. Luke AUSTIN, 9. Sean ROONEY 10. Zach CAIRNCROSS, 12. Ibrahim HAYDAR, 14. Brendon GAN (19. Nick STANOJEVIC 51’).

Substitutes not used: nil.

Yellow Cards: nil
Red Cards: nil
Goals: PAYNE 4’/42’, ROONEY 7’, BIDDLE 30’.

Tasmanian Youth: 1. Nathan PITCHFORD (1. Marshall POOLEY 85’), 2. Henry FAGG, 3. Hugh LUDFORD, 4. Liam SCOTT, 5. Todd HINGSTON (11. Bobby EAVES 62’), 7. Igor OLIVIERA SAO JOSE, 8. Mark AMBROSE, 9. Daniel WHITE, 10. Dwayne WALSH, 13. David OOSTERLOO (12. Julius ROSS 38’), 16. John LADIC.

Substitutes not used: nil.

Yellow Cards: nil.
Red Cards: nil
Goals: 85’ ROSS.

Referee: Kurt Ams.