July 28 Match Reports
CCU SEE ANOTHER 7 / 7 WINS!
AYL V St George SFA
Saturday July 28: Pluim Park
U13's photos courtesy of Kerryn Prakash.
U13s: 15-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Oliver Bettison, Isaac Broomfield x3, Luke Colgan, Will Rankin x2, Xavier Reid x3, Kaiden Robertson x3, Lloyd Baker x2
After last week's loss to Sutherland Shire, the 13's boys were ready and came out firing. Coach Mark Owen spoke to the team spoke before the game around how they could create space and exploit it to score goals and how the team needed to transition quicker to our defensive position once the ball was lost. The 13's attacked well, combining with their team mates, changing sides to shift the opponent and then ensuring we finished. Even though the score blew out, the boys never lost their structure and kept playing as a team. Defensively, they transitioned well and while still plenty of work to do, they organised themselves well. Full respect to St George, they were a depleted side and had to play a few players up from a lower age.
U14s: 11-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Ryan Brown x3, Bailey Holt x3, Lachlan Pettitt x3, Rhys Owen, Cohen Farmer
The boys were up against a deflated team on Saturday, however, the task was to take control of the game straight away. And the boys did just this. The employed all their skills learnt and practiced at training during the week, and switched the ball well. The team played out from the back well, creating some good combination play which resulted in chances on goal and some great finishing. Despite the blow out of the scoreline, the team, just like the 13s did, stuck to their structure and style of play. They continued playing as a team for the full match, practicing different tasks they'd tried at training and creating some great overlapping runs. Overall a fantastic game for the 14s who will look to continue this form this week against Football South Coast.
U15s: 2-1 WIN
Goalscorers: Jack O'Callaghan x2
The U15s continued their late season surge for 1st place with another crucial 3 points. With Sutherland rarely dropping points CCU will likely need a perfect finish to the year to end ahead. Having learnt their lessons from the last St.George match, the U15s were prepared for most situations thrown their way. With multiple players still yet to return from injury, the entire squad is showing their strength and great performances regardless of lineup. Another great effort from the U14s playing up, again proving their hunger for as much football as possible.
U16s: 2-1 WIN
Goalscorers: Harry Fountain, Josh Wallace
Going into the game the U16’s knew it would be a tough game to take control of after losing last round. The team went into the game with the focus of being patient on the ball and controlling tempo throughout. The 16's struggled to break down the St George defence and became a bit too rushed at times. CCU's first goal came from chasing down the St George defensive line to cough it up for a tap in. A second goal soon followed, however St George were giving up without a fight, scoring a goal back and making for a stressful final few minutes of the game. Coach Jake Gomez said, "The boys did a great job of controlling the back and middle third of the pitch which allowed us to dominate possession and be comfortable. The attacking third was our problem this week and will need to be improved for next week's game against top of the table South Coast."
Seniors V UNSW FC
Sunday July 28: Pluim Park
1st Grade photos courtesy of Scott Gardiner!
U18s: 3-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Luke Jacobs x2, Cayleb Murray
A tough game against good opposition is what the boys were up against in this round. The boys looking to get back to winning ways and started well. UNSW were causing some problems on the break with two speedy wingers who were looking to run at the back four and get in behind at every opportunity. The defence, boosted by the return of captain Noah Ajala, made some valuable tackles and interceptions along with Mitch Allen. A sweeping move down the left side resulted in a great cross from Mitch Wood from which Luke Jacobs scored the opening goal. With the midfield starting to get a hold of the game, it was once again Luke Jacobs who doubled his account with a well taken finish with his left foot. As always a 2-0 lead at half time can be a dangerous score line as the next goal can dictate the pattern for the second half. Fortunately, it was United who scored their third from the penalty spot through Cayleb Murray, after a good break from Josh Walsh allowed Lucas Dominello to get into the box and was upended whilst about to shoot. Coach Alex Powell said of the game, " A very good overall performance against one of the top teams in the league. It was really pleasing to keep another clean sheet, especially against some lively strikers."
U20s: 4-2 WIN
Goalscorers: Matthew Crowell, Kyle Price, Jayden Jackson, Harry Wills
A great performance by the players this week again but this time they got the result they deserved. Before the game the players spoke about disregarding any prior results and focusing on the game at hand, and securing the win against UNSW. And the boys did jus that. The 20's took the game to UNSW from the start and even though we went a goal down you could see they were still getting themselves enough chances to score. Everyone played a part in the game as they have all year and a special mention to Harry Wills and Jayden Jackson to come on and score to secure the win. Great leadership from the back from Kyle Price and Jack Ormsby also made sure that we weren’t going to let he game slip. Matthew Crowell also scored a tap in. The boys look to continue this form next week against Bankstown.
1st Grade: 2-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Cade Mapu, Daniel McFarlane
A big day for CCU verses one of our direct rivals for promotion and the boys got off to the perfect start with both the 18’s and 20’s claiming victories. Given the dramatic fashion of the last encounter with UNSW it was somewhat of a cagey first half with CCU dominating possession but without really being able to convert good field position into clear cut chances. It wasn’t until later in the half that all the action happened, Cade Mapu bravely heading in an Adam Blunden cross, getting between his marker and the keeper to give CCU a 1-nil lead. Adam Woodbine then outfoxed a defender in the box just before the break winning a penalty but a great save by the UNSW keeper denied Josh Swadling.
The opposition rallied after the break and the boys lost their composure in possession from the first half, a couple of dangerous crosses from their right winger caused danger but the centre backs dealt with them. Midway through the half UNSW were reduced to 10 men but the momentum of the game didn’t really change with both sides turning the ball over cheaply. It wasn’t until the 73rd minute that the game was put to bed, Daniel McFarlane picking the ball up outside his man just inside their half with the back four at his mercy, he drove straight at the centre backs, used some incredible footwork to leave them in his wake and calmly side footed past the keeper! To see countless CCU kids sprinting to the corner to celebrate with their first grade captain and team mates reminds us all of what CCU is building, a foundation for youth.
The remainder of the half was short on any real quality but a desperate goal line clearance by Graham Toope in the last minute to protect the clean sheet probably says more about the performance than anything else, it wasn’t pretty at times but job done and we move onto next week for another big challenge against second placed Bankstown. Coach Davis said “This was a game to enjoy the result more than the performance and I would like to thank the hundreds of Central Coast locals who came to support the players today, whether it was CCU juniors, the Graveyard or people wearing their own club colours, the United front is greatly appreciated.”