August 4th & 5th
Seniors V Bankstown United
Saturday August 4
U18s: 3-2 LOSS
Goalscorers: Charlie Buffon, Cayleb Murray
This was always going to be a tough match against a physical opponent and preparations were not helped with 2 pregame changes through injury resulting in positional changes across the back 4 and goalkeeper. A nasty head clash to Cayleb Murray within the first 10 minutes brought about a third change to the starting line-up. This amount of changes would be enough to unsettle any team but the boys, as always, started brightly and took the lead courtesy of a fantastic header from Charlie Buffon. Bankstown were causing problems with two quick strong boys up top and soon equalised. A brilliant save by Taiden Rose soon after kept the boys in the game but just before half time Bankstown took a 2-1 lead going into the break. Bankstown went 3-1 up early in the second half only for Luke Jacobs to score his third goal in two games to reduce the deficit. The boys looked like they were going to score the equaliser with a great 15 minute spell of pressure but unfortunately it was not to be. The 18's move on and look forward to another tough game against Wagga next week.
U20s: 2-1 LOSS
Goalscorers: Matthew Crowell
In tough conditions the CCU 20's started really well, they forced Bankstown to play long and were able to move the ball around once in possession. The 20's led 1 nil at half time and a couple of lapses in concentration defensively cost them the lead. They pushed hard to get an equaliser but Bankstown defended and cleared their lines well to take the 3 points. The boys will be looking to get back to their winning ways next week when they take on the Wagga City Wanderers.
1st Grade: 2-1 LOSS
Goalscorers: Josh Swadling
1st versus 2nd and an opportunity to win the league was the carrot dangling for the 1st grade squad away at Bankstown. Having seen the 18’s and 20’s narrowly lose, the boys knew it was going to be a hard fought contest and they got an indication of what was to come early on when their centre back missed a free header from a corner within the first few minutes. The game wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination, this happens in games with high stakes, as the boys had to deal with a lot of direct balls into the area for the majority of the half. Josh Swadling had two good chances to break the deadlock but just pushed both past the post whilst two goal bound efforts from Tommy Mallett and then Scott McGinley were blocked by desperate Bankstown defenders just before the break.
Nil all at half time but it didn’t take long for us to change that with a swift counter attack being finished off by Swadling when put through for a 1 v 1 with their keeper. For the next 20 minutes CCU dominated the game but couldn’t get the second goal to put the game to bed, Swadling, Woodbine, Mapu and Mallett all given glorious chances to extend the lead. With the clock counting down a hopeful long ball into our box was not dealt with and a looping far post header brought the game level. With 2 minutes remaining worse was still to come, another free kick into the box saw Jack O’Mally punch clear to the edge of the box and as quickly as they thought the danger was over a Bankstown player volleyed the ball back with great technique to give them the lead. CCU were unable to claim an equaliser with such little time remaining and suffered their first defeat of the season. Coach Davis said “It was a tough result to take but I’m sure the boys will bounce back as we still have plenty to play for this season.”
AYL V Football South Coast
Sunday August 5
U13s: 2-1 LOSS
Goalscorers: Jude Rankin
Coach Mark Owen set the 13's a challenge during the game this week- to play with the same intensity that they had in a training game against the u14's on Monday night, with the composure that they had in last Saturdays game. This task was not going to be easy. The 13's seemed off the pace for the first quarter of the game and conceded a goal, whilst the second quarter saw the boys start to fight back and managed to get a goal back before half time. The second half came and the team started similar to the first half and unfortunately conceded another goal. The reaction from the boys was fantastic and the intensity was fantastic, however they didn’t quite have the composure they wanted, but the boys threw everything they had at trying to get a goal back. Some goals were disallowed and opportunities missed, and unfortunately the 13's came away with the loss, so onward and upward for next week.
U14s: 7-3 WIN
Goalscorers: Cohen Farmer, Bailey Holt x3, Ryan Richards, Chase Huxtable x2
Against a very organised and strong opponent in South Coast, the 14's knew they were in for a game. The team went into the game wanting to retain the ball when under pressure and control the middle of the pitch, of which they did both very well. When the boys lost the ball they regained possession quickly, playing out from the back and down the flanks. The boys finishing on goal in this game was superb, with Bailey Holt netting a hat trick whistle Cohen and Chase caused havoc down the flanks for the South Coast defence. An overall great team performance, which the boys will hope to emulate in this weekend's clash against Gladesville Hornsby FA.
U15s: 2-1 WIN
Goalscorers: Jack O'Callaghan, Bailey Holt
The U15's showed just how much you can gain from a single training session, needing every bit of it against a tough South Coast competition. In a game with many turning points, goals, a red card and players returning from injury, the U15's consistently adapted to the constantly changing match. Between changing their shape, player roles, style and decisions they played with a new level of intelligence. Against a great team, the U15's found new ways to be successful, and goals to Jack O'Callaghan and U14's player Bailey Holt secured the win for the team.
U16s: 0-0 DRAW
Entering into what would most likely be their toughest game of the regular season, the U16's went out with the desire to prove themselves. South Coast were the only team in the entire competition that the 16's hadn’t scored or taken at least 1 point against so far. The long travel time showed as for the beginning of the game the boys struggled to create any real momentum going forward against a very fast and physical side. The balance of play was good and it could have gone either way at either time with goalkeeper Pat making 2 noteworthy saves, one being a long distance rocket from a free kick, the second being a penalty save. The 16's proved that they had what it took to beat the team coming first on the ladder but just didn’t step up to that final gear to finalise on the day. They take the first point from South Coast all year and look to finish the season strong so that they can attempt to get that elusive winning goal in the finals.