Wollongong United FC, 2013 Youth Grade Grand Final Champions, will be conducting trials for all interested players for youth grade next season on the following dates;
Further, the club will then be having a kick around every Wednesday from the 13th November from 6pm, so all interested players are welcome to attend. All trials will be conducted at Macedonia Park, Hooka Creek Rd, Berkeley.
For further information, please contact:
Youth Grade Coach – Aaron Kellaway 0402 059 595
First Grade Coach – Oli Vrtkovski 0408 300 310
12 months of hard work came to a fitting end on Sunday when the young lions were crowned grand final winners for 2013. In a first for the club since it's formation in 1976, never has a youth grade Wollongong United team won a grand final, but the record books were re-written on beautiful Sunday afternoon at WIN Stadium.
This season's grand final was a replay of the 2012 version, when on that occasion the Dandaloo were fortunate to claim the victory 2 -1 in controversial circumstances, but nothing was going to change this season, when United were far more determined and eager to claim the silverware. The game started at a very fast paced with United having 2 good chances to open the scoring, but the score remained nil all. Dapto Dandaloo seemed to get into the game more and 2 great chances coming the way of prolific striker Shaun McRae, one rattling the cross bar and one sensationally saved by skipper Matt White keeping the game scoreless.
It was to be United who took the lead when from a cross into the box, leading scorer Nik Ristevski was the man on the spot to toe the ball into a crowded net and past the Fury keeper. The crowd went into raptures as United looked to go in at halftime with a 1 nil lead. As the referee indicated 1 minute of time added on in the first half, the turning point of the match was about to be seen.
A great through ball seen McRae going one on one, when from behind, United defender Nathan Macgraw appeared to deliberately bring down the striker and a red card seemed ominous. The referee looked across to his assistant who indicated a penalty when clearly the incident started outside the box, although he pointed to spot and started to take out his card. To the dismay of the Fury crowd the colour was yellow and not the expected red, a huge sigh of relief for the United players and supporters.
A deserved 1 nil lead looked in jeopardy as up stepped the Fury player, striking the ball low and hard to the keepers left, although United gloveman Matt White was to be the hero diving and pushing the ball around the post and out for a corner. A roar emanated from the stands and justice had been done, Whitey the hero and score remaining 1 nil to United, as the boys took to the sheds for a break and debrief from the coaching staff.
The second half started and it was United who dominated with numerous opportunities, looking to put the game beyond the reach of the Fury but to no avail, as chance after chance went begging and the score remaining 1 nil. Challenges were flying from 2 exhausted teams and the referee was forced to dish out 4 or 5 yellow cards. With 20 mins gone in the second half, a counter attack resulted in a second for United, with Ristevski again the man on the spot. Emil Bousimon had 2 great opportunities to put the game beyond doubt, but his efforts were saved by the Fury goalkeeper. United had all the running now with less then 5 minutes to go in the grand final. But the Fury had other ideas, when a goal with 3 minutes plus stoppages remaining had the score at 2 -1 and the United supporters on the edges of there seats.
Normal time was up, and the 4th official indicating an additional 4 minutes of injury time, but nothing was going to stop the United boys who went on to claim a massive 2 - 1 victory. Massive celebrations both on the field by the players and in the stands by the United faithful after a season where the last 6 games have all been sudden death, with United coming out on top to claim the win and be crowned 2013 champions.
The officials voted Nik Ristevski as the man of the match, although there could have been another 7 or 8 players who could have been awarded these honours, although Ristevski has been great this season, scoring 20 odd goals for the year. Congratulations go out to all the players, coaching staff and our hard working physios for a great season and we look forward to 2014.
United lined up as follows:
1. Matt White (C)
3. Daniel Talevski
13. Nik Ristevski
17. Billy Tsovolos
18. Nathan Jagelman
19. Billy Zappas
26. Mark Every
30. Joel Taddeo
35. Nathan MacGraw
39. Justin Petkovski
40. Dan Chapman
9. Emil Bousimon
11. Adrian Blazevski
25. Brooklan Frkovic
27. Jamie Toskovski
31. Jordan Alcorn
GK. Sam Nastic
Coach – Oli Vrtkovski
Ass Coach – Aaron Kellaway
Physio – Lou Cvetkovski
No upcoming fixtures for season 2013
See you all again in 2014
Illawarra Premier League Youth Grade
Wollongong United FC 2 def Dapto Dandaloo Fury 1
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|6||Dapto Dandaloo Fury||22||19||38|
|10||South Coast United||22||-18||17|
|11||Albion Park White Eagles||22||-28||14|