Falcons outclassed in national final


The Nelson Marlborough Falcons can still call 2014 a huge success, despite losing Saturday’s ASB Youth League final 3-0 to a slick Auckland City side.
With former Nelson Suburbs player Ross McPhie pulling the strings in midfield, Auckland proved far too good for the Southern Conference winners at a windy Trafalgar Park – stretching their unbeaten streak to two full seasons.
The New Zealand King Salmon Falcons – who reached the final in just their second ever season – lacked punch on attack without Omar Guardiola, but coach Davor Tavich was proud of the efforts his team showed in the final and throughout the entire season. “I’m obviously disappointed but when I see who we lost to, they’re a good football side and played better than us today and deserved to win,” he says. “We just weren’t good enough to win it, which is a bit sad. But the season has been great, the boys have done really well and I’m really proud of them, even today they didn’t give up.”
Captain Coey Turipa confirmed in the post match speeches that Saturday’s game was his last for the Falcons.