Capital Football enjoyed a mixed bag of results at the 2023 National Youth Championship held at Valentine Sport Park in Sydney with the under-15 side recording a victory and couple of draws, whilst the under-16 team won two and drew two.
There were some excellent individual performances in both teams with the under-15 team starting off extremely well in their Group with a victory over NSW Country, thanks to goals from Zac Colson and Cadel Zwangobani, before successive draws against NSW Metro Blue and South Australia.
The tournament ended with four losses, but against very strong opposition from Victoria and Queensland, the team putting in some solid displays, running out of steam against the bigger States. Overall, though, there was plenty for Head Coach Marcial Munoz to be very proud of during the week.
The same can be said for the Head Coach of the under-16 team, Philippe Bernabo-Madrid, who saw his charges claim convincing wins against NSW Country and Queensland White. Country were dispatched on Day One, Steve Nealon, Joshua Amoah, and Ali Sohani striking in a superb performance.
Arguably, that was eclipsed by the 2-0 win over Queensland White, a result achieved due to goals from Samson Carr and Riley Zsuzsa, and even more remarkably, with ten players for 48 minutes of the fifty-minute match following the dismissal of goalkeeper Josh Smith in only the second minute.
This result epitomised the character and determination of the squad, who dug deep close to the end of the week to draw 1-1 with South Australia, Nicolas Pulciani netting, before ending the campaign with a 2-2 draw against Tasmania in the Pool crossover match, Zsuzsa, and Archie Vanes on the scoresheet.
Day 1 v NSW Country W 2-0 (Colson, Zwangobani)
Day 1 v NSW Metro Blue D 2-2 (Manouras, Zwangobani)
Day 2 v South Australia D 1-1 (Pratezina)
Day 3 v Victoria Blue L 0-2
Day 3 v Queensland White L 0-1
Day 4 v Victoria Blue L 0-2
Day 4 C/O v Victoria White L 0-4
2 Cadel ZWANGOBANI
1 Zac COLSON, Yianni MANOURAS, Michael PRATEZINA
Day 1 v NSW Country W 3-0 (Nealon, Amoah, Sohani)
Day 1 v NSW Metro Blue L 0-3
Day 2 v South Australia L 2-4 (Amoah, Jamtsho)
Day 3 v Victoria Blue L 0-4
Day 3 v Queensland White W 2-0 (Carr, Zsuzsa)
Day 4 v South Australia D 1-1 (Pulciani)
Day 4 C/O v Tasmania D 2-2 (Zsuzsa, Varnes)
2 Joshua AMOAH, Riley ZSUZSA
1 Samson CARR, Tashi JAMTSHO, Steve NEALON, Nicolas PULCIANI, Ali SOHANI, Archie VARNES
Under 15 Group A
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Under 16 Group A
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