Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tassie Under-14s make it two wins and two losses in four outings

Tasmania’s Boys’ Under-14s trounced Northern Territory 5-0 at the Nationals in Coffs Harbour, NSW, today.

Tasmania led 2-0 at the interval before piling on three more goals in the second half.

Jesse Curran netted twice and Alex Bellini, Hugh Undy and Cameron Rogers grabbed a goal apiece.

“Northern Territory have done very well, but we played some good football,” said Tasmania’s coach, Dale Itchins.

“They’ve competed this year and they’ve obviously had some improvement and we thought it would be a danger game for us.

“We’re down to 14 players. Our second keeper and our right-fullback are scratched for the rest of the tournament. That restricts you a little bit.

“The first 15 minutes we played some good football. We started off slowly but then we created three or four really good chances. We probably should have scored three or four, but our finishing was ordinary. We weren’t clinical at all.

“We mis-hit, mis-timed and didn’t connect and I thought, the longer we go, the longer they’re in the game and the more danger.

“And then we scored two great goals to make it 2-0 at half-time. The second half, it just opened up. Having said that, they probably should have scored.

“We then scored three very nice goals and the build-ups were great.”

Tasmania plays Country NSW tomorrow, a side that has won all four of its games.

Tasmania’s Under-15s lost 3-0 to Queensland Metro today.

“The boys performed very well, considering two of the goals we gave away,” said assistant coach, Anthony Alexander.

“The boys probably played one of their best games of the tournament.

“It was a very even game, really, but Queensland just finished their chances more than anything. They played to percentages and maximised them.”

Tasmania play Victoria Country tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

What a great result for the Tassie under 14s. It's nice to see them pick up a couple of wins. Hopefully the Under 15s can lift a win against Country Victoria tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Well done Mr Itchins. He's been there before and knows what is required.

Anonymous said...

The 15s have had a tough year. The boys will reap the rewards when they return to local competition.