NORTHERN Inland Football’s Under 12 and 13 footballers enjoyed themselves as well as showcasing their talents at Scully Park last Sunday when providing the curtainraiser to the Newcastle Jets-Central Coast Mariners A League Challenge.
The composite NIF side, made up of players from the Under 12 and 13 squads, held North Coast Under 13s to a nil-all draw.
The North Coast side had some good chances but shot wide or goalkeeper Jack Campbell made some good saves in a trial game that included some deft touches and end-to-end attacks.
Steve Carter was the coach in charge Sunday and was impressed by his side’s efforts.
“They did play well,” Carter said.
“They don’t normally play together and some of them played out of position as well so they all did well.
“We tried to play the ball on the ground as much as possible.”
The young side did well in the first half, with striker Mitchell Lawrence sharp and tall Cameron Kitching providing some good balls.
In the second half, Toby Maslen, switched to the central striker position and had one good chance.
Sadly for them it was their last game for the year, Carter said.
“The boys come from all over,” he said. “Armidale, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Baan Baa, Guyra and Uralla.
“It’s their last game in these squads.
“They had a good year.”
He said trials for next year’s NIF Under 12/13/14 squads start later this month.
“After the trials are held and teams selected, the squads will then play once a month in various venues across the region.
“They will be playing a couple of games a weekend in high-quality games like this one,” Carter said.