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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.

DIVISIONAL WINNERS: The Gisborne 14-year-old boys’ team won their division of a Central Football Federation tournament in Hawke’s Bay last month. They are, back (from left): Bruce Talbot (manager), Eric Barbier (coach), Jimmy Somerton, Tom Talbot (goalkeeper), Kevin Burkhardt (goalkeeper), Brad Hill, Alex Davies and Matt Smith (coach). Front: Olly Davies (captain), Noah Thomas, Cory Thomson, Liam Barbier, Adam Situ, Ethan Thompson-Sheridan and Oska Smith. Picture supplied