Cambridge’s Josh Clarkin almost helped Hamilton Wanderers lift the National Youth League title in a dramatic end to this year’s competition.
The Reds forward, who plays his winter football for Cambridge, scored the winning goal for Wanderers with an 83rd-minute strike in their 2-1 win over Waitakere United on Sunday (December 8).
As the clock ran down, it looked like Wanderers might lift their second national youth title but then news came in from Auckland City’s match against the Canterbury United Dragons.
City scored their winner three minutes into added time, with a 2-1 win, and that meant the Blues clinched the title as they were tied on points with Wanderers but with a superior goal difference.
Clarkin, along with fellow Red Jack Portegys, played a big part in Wanderers youth league campaign, scoring 10 goals and finishing joint runner-up in the competition’s top goalscorer ranks.
During the winter, Clarkin was Cambridge’s top scorer in the Lotto NRFL.
Meanwhile, defender Portegys can be happy with a successful youth league season that saw him promoted to Wanderers’ ISPS Premiership squad, making his national league debut against Auckland City.
Photo: Clarkin playing for the Reds this year.