NPL Youth Wrap: Manly & Hills

Read all about how the Wanderers Academy NPL youth teams went against Manly United and Hills United. Proudly brought to you by Multiquip.

U14s 0-0 draw
Head coach: Peter Kofinas

From the first minute, the U14s gained control and tried to dictate the outcome of the match early. The young side had the majority of the ball and continuously attacked the opposition goal. Unfortunately, the Wanderers didn't take their chances and it proved to be decisive to the result.

U15s 3-0 win
Head coach: Yianni Tsattalios

The U15s demonstrated excellent resilience to bounce back from a defeat last week to beat Manly 3-0. The Red & Black put on a dominant display and played some excellent football throughout the match. A Max Hately brace and Junior Conde goal secured all three points for the young Wanderers.  

U18s 2-1 win
Head coach: Dean Mayer

It was dramatic scenes for the U18s as they scored with the last kick of the game to defeat Manly United. The game started well with the Wanderers almost capitalizing on an error leading to a shot from Jesper Webber and Ben Wass unable to finish off the rebound. Each team exchanged blows before the Wanderers got a grip on the game. Finally, the deadlock was broken with a quick counter-attack but Jesse Photi’s shot hit the post and kindly fell to Ben Wass who evaded defenders and set up Webber to fire home. 

Halfway through the second half Manly won a free-kick just outside the box. The resulting cross wickedly ricochets off both a Manly player as well as the Wanderer’s defender leaving GK Jack Gibson with no chance to keep it out.

In the dying moments of the game, the Wanderers threw everything at their opponent trying to find the winner. After a succession of corners, the team rushed to get one last attempt and a short corner finding Thomas Stobierski on the edge of the box as he quickly linked up with Frans Deli to slide him in. Stobierski neatly slide the ball into the net to run away with all three points. 

U20s 3-1 loss
Head coach: Shaf Sagol

It was a very disappointing start to the match which ended up being the main factor behind a 3-1 loss for the top-of-the-table clash. The Wanderers only had themselves to blame as we only conceded goals off our own unforced errors which Hills capitalized on. The second-half performance was much improved but left too late with Hills running off with all three points.