Academy push Olympic all the way

Sydney FC’s Academy put on an impressive show against one of the NSW NPL heavyweights in Sydney Olympic.

Bailey Callaghan, a new Academy recruit, was the star of the under 20’s match, scoring all four goals for his team. Despite being born in 2005, Callaghan has already scored six goals in his first three U20’s matches of the season. The team dominated the match and showcased their depth, with four players born in 2006 starting and three others making an appearance off the bench.

Max Burrato in action

The NPL team also had some standout performances from young players, including Will Kennedy, who made his starting debut in the top tier of the competition after joining the Academy in 2018 as an U13 player. Despite only turning 18 this year, Kennedy proved to be an aggressive and skilled midfielder, impressing in the first half of the match. Additionally, Max Buratto, Zane Schreiber, and Louis Agosti, all born in 2005, showed great promise in playing against more experienced competition.

Clayton Taylor and Luka Smyth, both born in 2004, also had cause for celebration as they scored their first goals of the 2023 NPL Men’s competition. Sydney Olympic are a team littered with talent throughout and Sydney FC Academy can hold their heads high, pushing them all the way and seeing a few late chances saved and cleared away from danger.

Head Coach Jimmy van Weeren

Overall, the performances of these young players showcase the positive development and depth within the Sydney FC Academy. With promising talents emerging across multiple age groups, the future looks bright for the remainder of the season.

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