Slow start costs Academy at Rockdale

Despite a 4-2 loss to Rockdale Illinden on Sunday afternoon, Sydney FC NPL showed great improvement in the second half, with standout performances from some of the team’s younger players shining through on a tough afternoon.

The first half wasn’t the team’s best, with two set plays leading to a 0-2 scoreline at halftime. However, the team bounced back in the second half, creating more chances and scoring two goals while conceding two.

U19 winger Clayton Taylor was a standout performer, scoring both of the team’s goals. His first was a solo effort down the left, scoring from a tight angle, while his second was a penalty which he won late in the game. U20 player Nathan Paull also played well, and U18 player Ayouk Mow looked dangerous after coming on at the 60-minute mark.

Earlier in the day, the U20’s had a much better result, dominating their match and winning 4-1. They played some excellent attacking football in the first half, scoring three goals, two of which were great team efforts. Standout performers in the U20’s included U17 Tiago Quintal, a creative midfielder with great 1v1 dribbling skills, U17 central midfielder Dylan Rose, U18 winger Rawley St John, and U19 striker Luka Smyth, who provided two assists.

U16 player Tyler Williams played the full 90 minutes and was one of the best on the ground. U20’s goals were scored by Rawley St John, Mitch Glasson, an own goal, and Louis Agosti.

The Sydney FC Youth Academy also had some nice performances against Manly United on Saturday afternoon. Special mention should go to Eizar Tanjung, an U15 player who was instrumental in the U18’s match.

Overall, while the senior team may have lost, the performances of some of the younger players were positives to take from the day of football.

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