MATCH SUMMARY: FNYL Rd 10 FFA CoE v Newcastle Jets FC

FFA CoE v Newcastle Jets FNYL 16-17 Rd 10
FFA Centre of Excellence 2 (Marc Tokich 22' 59'), Newcastle Jets 1 (Kristian Brymora 34')

The FFA Centre of Excellence finished their Foxtel National Youth League season on a high, sealing a 2-1 victory in front of a home crowd at the AIS.

There were a few familiar faces in the Jets side as Cameron Joice and Mark Moric both made their return to the AIS for the away team.

Both teams had opportunities to score in the first 15 minutes, but the breakthrough came in the 22nd minute from another Marc Tokich freekick.

Tokich put the home side up 1-0 with a bending freekick which took a deflection to the far post, giving Clark no chance to get across to it in goal.

The Jets found their equaliser in the 34th minute as Brymora was released in behind the FFA CoE defence at pace, calmly finishing past an advancing Griffiths.

The youngsters responded strongly, as Muratovic let off a shot that rocketed towards goal, Clark was up to the challenge and paried it away, ensuring both sides went to half time level.

When play resumed it was the Jets with the first chance, Brymora looking certain for his brace but his header finding the cross bar.

He would rue the miss as FFA CoE took the lead again 10 minutes later. Tokich on the score sheet again, neatly placing the ball into the far bottom corner after some excellent build up play.

With the score line at 2-1, FFA CoE started to take control of the match, moving the ball around well, keeping it from the Jets and looking to make it 3.

Frustration got the better of the Jets, as Waller was cautioned in the 69th minute for a late challenge on Tokich, and Thurgate was given his marching orders just two minutes later for a reckless tackle on Callen.

FFA CoE continued to move the ball around and find space with the extra man, though Jets were determined to stay in the game, Waller denying Muratovic from the goal line in what looked to be a certain goal. The Jets were just as determined in attack, searching for an equaliser and finding the woodwork on two more occasions.

With the final whistle, the FFA Centre of Excellence 2016 intake wrapped up thier maiden Foxtel National Youth League season with a win. It was a steep learning curve for the youngsters, but they showed some tremendous promise along the way. The squad will now turn their focus to the 2017 PS4 NPL competition in Canberra, looking for continual improvement, and striving to come back stronger in the FNYL 2017-18 season.

FFA Centre of Excellence: 1. Jordan Griffiths (GK), 2. James Fletcher 3. Patrick Scibilio, 5. Joel King, 6. Kai Trewin, 9. John Roberts, 11. Mirza Muratovic, 15. Luke Callen (4. Kaleb Cox 78'), 20. Bryce Bafford (17. Louis D'Arrigo 70'), 21. Melad Ahmad (16. Benjamin Obst 59'), 23. Marc Tokich

Unused Substitutes: 12. Lachlan Watson (GK)