Late goal earns FTC tourney win
A late goal by Oska Smith won Gisborne a divisional final of the Central Football Federation Talent Centre (FTC)tournament in Hawke’s Bay last month.
Smith scored two minutes from fulltime to give his side a 2-1 victory over Manawatu in the 14-year-old boys’ final.
The Gisborne side were unbeaten in the two-day tournament, which was open to the federation’s best male and female footballers from 12 to 16 years of age.
Competition was split according to age-groups and gender.
Players from Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Taranaki, Whanganui and Gisborne took part in round-robin competitions on the Saturday and the early part of the Sunday. First- and second-placed teams from each group then played a final to determine the winners of their division.
The success of the Gisborne 14-year-old boys was the culmination of an outstanding season for the team.