July 21 Match Report

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AYL V Sutherland Shire FA
Saturday July 21: Harrie Denning Centre

U13s: 2-0 LOSS

This was a top of the table clash for the U13's and they were under the pump from the beginning. The boys seemed very panicked in their play, while they had a few good passages of play in the first half, they were mostly  on the back foot, with Sutherland scoring 2 goals. At half time, the main focus was for the boys to forget about any pressure and get out there and enjoy their football. The second half started well and the 18's went on the attack early. The team were a lot more composed in the second half and created more chances, unfortunately they couldn’t find the back of the net. Coach Mark Owens said "I was proud of the boys turning the game around, although we didn’t get the goals, we certainly looked more comfortable". Despite the loss, the boys are still sitting in top spot of the 13's ladder.

U14s: 5-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Ryan Brown, Bailey Holt x2, Chase Huxtable, Lachlan Pettitt

The 14's came out and hit the ground running in this game, scoring straight away. They held their shape well in both attack and defence, creating a number of plays down both sides of the field. Despite having the upper hand in the match, the 14's discipline was got the better of them, resulting in a few cards being shown. On a positive note, even with only 10 men on the field,  the boys were hungry for the win and the finishing was better than previous matches. 

U15s: 1-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Luke Dargan

The U15s travelled looking for some better form in their away matches leading into finals. They were at their best on Saturday, controlling the first half with their usual calm build up play. The deciding goal coming from a great show of dribbling control, wide play and a composed finish which included two players from the U14's. An aggressive yet skillful match and great to watch right to the end. A great result for the 15's who came away with all three points. 

U16s:  1-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Ryan Martz

Going into the game the U16's knew it would be a tough match up. From the start they did their best to play their game and created some close chances, but Sutherland created chances as well and almost took the lead early on. The 16's past defensive composure work really stood out as they attempted to play out and use the ball as much as they could, rather than long balls while under pressure. This paid off for them in the second half when they maintained the pressure, hitting the crossbar and only minutes later scoring the only goal of the game by a brilliant solo run down the wing. Coach Gomez stated,  "I am super proud of the effort of the boys showing composure and strength against a very fast and physical side."

Seniors V South Coast Flame
Sunday July 21: John Crehan Park

U18s: 1-1 DRAW
Goalscorers: Cayleb Murray

Another long road trip and poor playing surface was again the pattern for this round. South Coast clearly not wanting a repeat of the 6-0 demolition in the first round were up for this encounter, getting players behind the ball and trying to frustrate and stop the 18's playing their brand of football. As always the boys dominated possession and for better descision making and composure in the final third, they could have been a couple of goals clear going in at half time. As is the case with these type of games, the boys actually found themselves behind at half time for the first time this season courtesy of an own goal. The second half continued very much the same as the first, with lots of possession and half chances created with the ball seeming to always fall to a South Coast player in the penalty area. Credit to their goalkeeper who displayed good handling skills throughout the game. The boys leveled the score when Pete Stewart was fouled in the box giving Cayleb Murray the chance to score from the spot. The boys thought they had the chance to win it at the end with the referee awarding another penalty only for the linesman to overrule him and give a free-kick outside the box. Still a valuable point gained with the upcoming top of the table clash with UNSW FC in the next round.

U20s: 2-1 LOSS
Goalscorers: Matthew Crowell

The 20's players started very well and continued that all the way through the first half which showed some of their best play of the year. Unfortunately the team lost Ethan Barrett prior to kick off to injury and Jack Buffon to a nasty cut on his head with both Liam and Jake Oxford stepping in very well which was expected. The boys conceded from a set piece against the run of play but as we all know that’s football. The second half was very similar again with the majority of play all in the attacking half. We have had some near misses and tough results this year but based on performance this was one of our best. Regardless, the mission is still the same for the CCU 20's, win their next game as it’s the only one that matters.

1st Grade: 2-1 WIN
Goalscorers: Josh Swadling x2

The last of four consecutive away games was always going to prove the most challenging with the players travelling 3 hours south to Wollongong the day of the game. With Jordon Bennett relocating to the States and Adam Blunden falling ill and unable to travel this meant 2 new full backs and only 11 fresh players for kick off. On a positive note, Josh Swadling returned from suspension and a very attacking line up was fielded. It only took a couple of minutes after kick off for Swadling to open the scoring, slotting past their keeper after good build up play fromMcFarlane, Woodbine and “Cannonball” Cade Mapu. It was one way traffic from then on, the South Coast keeper making a miraculous save from Adam Woodbine at close range before a fresh looking Swadling scored his second of the half and doubled our lead cutting in from the right and clinically bending into the far corner.

They say 2-0 is the most dangerous lead in football and the next goal often determines the way the rest of the half will pan out. Although we created multiple counter attack opportunities in the second half we could not get the goal that would kill the game off and unlike the first half when the opposition chose to sit off, they pressed higher up the field and we were often too deep. South Coast did finally get a goal with a direct ball through the centre backs to make for a nervous final 10 minutes but despite one near miss the boys closed the game out to secure the points against a team that kept us all honest for the second half. Coach Davis was very pleased with how the boys adapted to the personnel changes and is very much looking forward to a home game this week, although we will have to better for the full 90 minutes against a team playing for their season.