Junior NPL season kicks off against Bulleen

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Our 2016 Junior NPL Season kicked off on Sunday at Donath Reserve with Northcote City playing against arch-rivals FC Bulleen.

Kitted out in their new Macron gear, the lads oozed class and professionalism as all of the tactics and strategies from pre-season training commenced to be executed on the ground.

Our Under 12s got their first taste of NPL competition on a full-size pitch.  It was a dream start with Liam Spencer scoring in the second minute. All players fought hard for the entire game both offensively and defensively to secure a 1-0 result.  Coach Jim Peios and Team Manager Leon Tsiandikos were proud of their young charges.

Next to play were the Under 13s who were challenged throughout the game by one of their strongest competitors from last season.  Missed opportunities would prove costly as they unfortunately went down 2-0.  The match, regardless of the result, was key in preparation for their trip in late March to Manchester City and Brussels  – of which regular feeds from the touring team will feature on the club website. A warm welcome to one of newest coaches, Jason Farrugia.

The Under 14s played the most nail-biting match of the day with the scoreline going their way in the last minute of the game.  A great win and all-round team effort saw it finish 3-2 to the relief of team manager Mary Kardimitsis.

The momentum continued with our under 15 boys also posting a hard fought 2 – 1 victory.  Pressure was on from the beginning with a goal conceded in the first 10 minutes, however, the players did not lay down, working hard to score two goals in the first half.

Our Under 16 boys couldn’t get the result they were after to start the season with a 3-1 loss. Going behind 2-0, the lads managed to pull one goal back and pushed hard for the equaliser but were caught out on the counter attack.  We also welcome John Metaxas to the NPL coaching team at Northcote City FC.

The Under 18s started strongly with a 1-0 lead at half time.  A rallying team talk inspired them to score another three goals in quick succession.  At 4-0 some complacency crept in and Bulleen pushed hard to come back with three goals. It ended 4 – 3 to City in a thriller.

Finally, the Club wants to extend its appreciation to:

– all players and parents who attended the season launch on Thursday and Friday nights
– all of our NPL team sponsors; CVA Property Consultants, Ray White Epping, Telstra Northcote Plaza, Loan Market, Collins House, Knoxfield Metal Recyclers, NJMdeign Consulting Engineers, MY Workforce, Crust Pizza Par Ivanhoe and Accountancy Group.
– Elly, Ollie and David who will be supporting the Under 15, 16 and 18 players from a fitness and health perspective.

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