Jets Youth make their point with late strike

The Newcastle Jets Youth Team has drawn 1-1 with Sydney FC Youth in an entertaining encounter at Adamstown Oval this evening in round 21 of the National Youth League.

The Newcastle Jets Youth Team has drawn 1-1 with Sydney FC Youth in an entertaining encounter at Adamstown Oval this evening in round 21 of the National Youth League.

An early goal by FC-s Iain Ramsay was cancelled out late on by substitute Fabian Iacovelli, despite the home side going down to 10-men in the 66th minute when left-back Mario Simic was shown his second yellow card by referee Tim McGilchrist.

The visitors couldn-t have dreamed of a better start though, when Simic was ruled to have taken down a rampaging Adam Casey in the opening minutes to pick up his first yellow of the match. Ramsay then stepped up to the ensuing free-kick and curled it perfectly into the top left corner.

From that moment on, though, the Jets dominated proceedings and strike pair Jason Naidovski and Mirjan Pavlovic began to cause havoc with the Sky Blues- backline.

The strikers had opportunities to restore parity in the 25th and 29th minutes respectively after neat interplay between the two created openings in the Sydney defence. However, some superb work by goalkeeper Ivan Necevski maintained FC-s advantage heading into the main interval.

Central defender Scott Balderson made two marauding runs forward either side of the halftime break, and hit stinging drives on both occasions, only to see his strikes fly harmlessly over the bar.

Disaster then struck midway through the half when Simic was shown his second yellow card for being deemed to have committed another foul deep inside the Jets- half.

With time winding down, the Jets called upon all their determination, and were rewarded for their spirited efforts in the 79th minute when Iacovelli stole in at the near post to tap home a low cross from Jarrad Ross on the left touchline to level matters.

The draw leaves the Jets in 7th place on the NYL ladder on 21 competition points.

Match Details: Newcastle Jets Youth: 1. Robbie KOLAK (gk), 2. Damian BROSQUE, 3. Mario SIMIC, 4. Matt SIM, 5. Scott BALDERSON, 6. Taylor REGAN (c), 7. Jason HOFFMAN, 8. Brodie MOOY (14. Will ANGEL 58-), 9. Jason NAIDOVSKI, 10. Mirjan PAVLOVIC (12. Jarrad ROSS 46-), 11. James VIRGILI (13. Fabian IACOVELLI 58-)

Unused substitutes: 20. Dion SHAW (gk)

Yellow cards: Mario Simic 3-/66-, Scott Balderson 70-, Damian Brosque 71-, Fabian Iacovelli 81-

Red cards: Mario Simic 66-

Sydney FC Youth: 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk) (1. Nenad VEKIC (gk) 46-), 2. Antony GOLEC (c), 5. Sam GALLAGHER, 6. Mitchell SPEER, 7. Brendan GAN (9. Hussein AKIL 46-), 8. Sam MUNRO, 10. Iain RAMSAY, 12. Adam CASEY, 13. Joel CHIANESE (4. Joseph GIBBS 58-), 14. Tim MCGOWAN, 15. Raymond MILLER (17. Luke AUSTIN 60-)

Unused substitutes: Nil

Yellow cards: Nil

Red cards: Nil

Newcastle Jets Youth: 1 (Iacovelli 79-) Sydney FC Youth: 1 (Ramsay 3-) Referee: Tim McGilchrist