Young sidemakes mark at tournament
The future of Ka¯piti Coast United under 19-football looks bright after its team’s admirable performance at the U19 National Youth Tournament in Napier.
Despite all but two of its players being aged between 15 and 17, the KCU team held its own, finishing third in its group of six teams, made up mostly of 18 and 19-year-olds.
KCU won two games, drew one and lost one; narrowly missing out on proceeding to the quarterfinals.
Coach Magno Vieira said they finished only two points behind the qualifiers Havelock North and Tauranga College – the rub being that they had beaten the Tauranga team one-nil in an earlier game.
‘‘The boys did very well, and were just unlucky not to qualify for quarter-finals. But, that’s football for you.
‘‘However, I’m very proud of the boys and they should be proud of themselves.’’
Vieira said they were playing against not only older, but also physically stronger players.
‘‘With teenagers, even one year makes big difference, but our boys were still able able to match them on the field.
‘‘The tournament was a massive experience for our players, and they will have grown a lot from those four games.’’
Vieira said nearly all the players having several years ahead playing at under-19 level and beyond.
‘‘Our first team has just been promoted to the Capital Premier competition, so our under-19s will continue to develop and hopefully step into their shoes.
‘‘And, with a good bunch of younger players coming through, the club’s future is looking bright.’’
The football season had now finished, except for social fivea-side football playing every Friday evening until the next competition pre-season kicked-off early next year.
Ka¯piti Coast United Football Club’s under-19 team, including manager Danny Quy (top right), head coach Magno Vieira (bottom right) and former coach Paul Jones (top left).