Matthysen awarded top striker and youth player of the year

TOP STRIKER: Cashmere High's Lyle Matthysen won the men's youth player and men's striker awards. PHOTO: CMGSPORT

Cashmere High’s Lyle Matthysen scored two accolades at the Mainland Football awards.

The 19-year-old was crowned top striker and youth player at the awards held Sixty6 on Peterborough on September 22.

It was the second time the South African-born Matthysen has won the youth award, putting a cherry on top of a great season for Cashmere High’s first XI and Cashmere Technical.

“Winning the striker of the year was an unbelievable moment in my career. Only being 19 years-old and winning the striker of the year is great,” he said.

He was also named Cashmere Tech’s youth player of the year for the second year in a row, players’ player of the year and support player of the year at the club’s awards on September 23.

He recently signed with Tasman United, instead of Canterbury United, in an effort to get more top-level game time. However, a knee injury has kept him off the pitch until last week.

He flew to Nelson on Thursday to start training with the side.

“I wouldn’t have been able to achieve all this without the help of my parents,” he said.

“They have given everything this year and have motivated me to do well each game. Also to my teammates and coaching staff, I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done,” he said.