Title chase reduced to four clubs after first day at national U-17 boys’ champs

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Only four clubs remain with a chance of taking out the U-17 Boys’ National League after the first day’s tournament play in Wellington.

Fencibles United, Birkenhead United, defending champions Auckland United and the Wellington Phoenix Academy all won their day one games.

These four now play on Saturday, with the two winners meeting in Sunday’s Grand Final.


Games played on Friday November 3, 2023

Nomads United 2 (Riley Myatt 6′, Joshua Litt 34′)
Fencibles United 3 (Ethan Holder 30′, 50′ pen, own goal 59′)

Selwyn United 0
Wellington Phoenix Academy 6 (Jack Perniskie 11′, Luke Flowerdew 38′, 44′, 48′, Harrison Kowalczyk 62′, 64′)

Auckland United 4 (James Ray 44′, 83′, Dejaun Naidoo 50′, 73′)
Western Suburbs 2 (Flynn Cave 2′, Liam Shearer 24′)

Onslow/North Wellington 3 (Miles Woodhall 17′, 62′, Owen Egan 22′)
Birkenhead United 4 (Joseph Marshall 47′, Natinael Leykune 61′, Joshua Wells 67′, Charlie Taylor 89′)

This game was transferred to Petone Memorial Park due to adverse weather conditions and was not able to be live-streamed.


Games to be played on Saturday November 4, 2023

Four second-round games will be played, matching first-day winners against each other and first-day losers against each other.

M5: Nomads United v Onslow/North Wellington
NZCIS 2, Upper Hutt, 10am

M6: Selwyn United v Western Suburbs
NZCIS 3, Upper Hutt, 10am

M7: Fencibles United v Birkenhead United
NZCIS 2, Upper Hutt, 1pm

M8: Wellington Phoenix Academy v Auckland United
NZCIS 3, Upper Hutt, 1pm

Games to be played on Sunday November 5, 2023

The two undefeated teams will meet in the Grand Final.

Other teams will play off for 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 placings.

M9: Loser M5 v Loser M6 (7v8 play-off) 
NZCIS 2, Upper Hutt, 11.30am

M10: Winner M5 v Winner M6 (5v6 play-off) 
NZCIS 3, Upper Hutt, 11.30am

M11: Loser M7 v Loser M8 (3v4 play-off) 
NZCIS 2, Upper Hutt, 2.30pm

M12: Winner M7 v Winner M8 (Grand Final) 
NZCIS 3, Upper Hutt, 2.30pm

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