Young Reds to host Newcastle Jets

On Sunday afternoon in round eight of the Foxtel National Youth League, the Adelaide Untied Youth Team will be hoping to bounce back with a win when they host the Newcastle Jets Youth Team.

After a shaky period last week Adelaide Youth Coach Michael Valkanis was pleased with the teams finish to the game even though they were unable to come back with anything to show for it.

“We started off the game very well and played good football.

“We dropped off a little bit and then a minute before half time we conceded a goal... they (the team) then put their heads down a little bit and went through a period that was not the best.

“In the 60th minute we reacted really well and we played some really good football and turned to a 3-4-3 (formation).

“We created a lot of chances and scored two, and we could’ve had many more goals.”

Returning home for the first time in a few weeks on the back of a strong finish, United will be looking to burst out of the blocks on Sunday afternoon.

And if the Young Reds are able to consistently produce a high level of football for 90 minutes like they’ve shown, then a win could be on the cards.

“It’s always good playing at home and it’s going to be an interesting game against Newcastle,” said Valkanis.

“We need to play 90 minutes of football and try to consistently over the 90 minute period dominate teams and do well.”

Like Adelaide United, the Newcastle Jets have also had a slow start to the season with just one win and one draw so far.

But Valkanis isn’t concerned about who he is facing and is more determined to put out a team that will play the style of football he wants, creating the result that way.

“We’ll approach like we do every game; we don’t look at who we’re playing or how they play, its more about the way we’re going to play.””

“We want to play an attractive game of football and create as many chances as possible.

Also with the possibility of changes to the team line-up it will provide more opportunities to more youngsters, maybe showcasing a team Newcastle would be expecting to play.

“There will be a few changes made to the line-up as well giving opportunities to other boys as well, said Valkanis.

“So I think we will be looking forward to this week playing at home and hopefully playing good football, that’s the most important thing.

“And if we get a good result that’s even better.”

Adelaide United Youth Team will take on Newcastle Jets Youth Team this Sunday afternoon at the Adelaide Football Shores Sports Complex. Kick-off 2:00pm. Free entry. 

Adelaide United Youth Team squad: Samed Altundag, Niko Apostolopoulos, Anthony Costa, John Hall (GK), Bruce Kamau, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Thomas Love, Alec Maiolo, Doni Pollock, Jordan Pudler (C), Sergio Serret (GK), Dylan Smith, Thomas Stokes, Ben Warland, Oliver Zafridis