Gustavsson in attendance as NSW Metro flex their muscle

CommBank Matildas head coach Tony Gustavsson was in attendance on day two of the 2022 National Youth Championships for Girls on Tuesday.

The tournament kicked off in Coffs Harbour on Monday with more than 350 of the best female under-14s and 16s players from across Australia taking part.

A cooler day greeted the players at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium with showers on and off during the day before heavy showers in the evening.

In the under-14s tournament, NSW Metro continued their perfect start to the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Queensland.

Tiana Fuller scored twice while Liana Luong also scored to keep NSW Metro top of group A with three wins from as many matches.

Northern NSW moved into equal second alongside Victoria with a 4-0 win over South Australia with a hat-trick from Sophie Johnson and a goal from Mackenzie Preston-Poole. Cas Wright’s team then held Victoria to a goalless draw.

Capital Football, Western Australia and NSW Country all share top spot in group B with two wins and a defeat each.

Capital Football downed Western Australia 3-0 thanks to goals from Leila Billington, Tehya Aspland and Bonnie Young. Ahmed Ugool’s side then beat Tasmania 2-0 with Aspland again on the scoresheet along with Ivy Stevens.

In the under-16s tournament, Queensland Maroon climbed to the top of group A with a 2-1 win over Northern NSW and a 2-0 victory over Capital Football thanks to Ashlee Hummels and Grace Kuilamu.

Queensland White are also top of group B alongside NSW Country thanks to their 2-2 draw with Tasmania.

Northern NSW Football Talented Player and Coach Development Manager Ryan Doidge said the National Youth Championships offered a number of player development benefits.

“This tournament is a great opportunity for the best players from not only our region but all the regions to test themselves against the best players from across Australia,” Doidge said.

“It’s also a chance for players to put themselves up in front of Football Australia technical staff and show their potential to make their way into the Matildas youth programs.”

The tournament returned this year after two years away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Play continues tomorrow with day three action, with the tournament to conclude on Friday.

The 2022 National Youth Championships for Boys will be played next week.

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