A healthy crowd made their way to the grandstand at Football NSW headquarters for what promised to be a classic between the competition’s two biggest heavyweights.
After having the better of play during an entertaining first half, Rydalmere eventually edged themselves in front via a Zac Elrich goal on the stroke of half time, before the league’s top marksman, Peter Cejkaa, restored parity for Hills just after the hour mark. Amaury Gauthier put Rydalmere back in front shortly afterwards, before two more goals in injury time – one from substitute, Yoel Silvestre, and Gauthier again, with hissecond – completed the scoring in the season decider.
The boys were enthusiastic and determined from the outset, and even though at times the game didn’t seem to be panning out like they had wanted, they stayed focused and applied themselves to the task at hand.
Simon Zahra was the Man of the Match, working tirelessly across the midfield, always showing himself as a support and often winning possession as he sent his attackers on their way. Zac Elrich and Amaury Gauthier were dangerous in attack whenever they had the ball at their feet, whilst captain, Matthew Mayora, was a rock in defence, leading by example throughout.
Thanks must also go to assistant Michael Canale, Team Manager Louie El Khoury , Monica Bacha, the medical team of Charbel Daher and Danny Kim for their support of the boys.
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Congratulations must also go to Head Coach Chris Camilleri and the Under 18s squad on their fantastic achievement winning their grand final.
Coming from 4th position these boys faced elimination games every week in the final series, and they have been rewarded for that hard work.
Thanks must also go to Monica Bacha and Gill Gauthier for their hard work this year supporting the boys.