July 7 & 8 Match Reports
AYL V Blacktown Districts SFA
Saturday July 7: Blacktown Football Park
U13s: 3-1 WIN
Goalscorers: Jude Rankin, Isaac Broomfield, Luke Colgan
Our U13's were the first to take to Blacktown Football Park as they took on Blacktown Districts. The boys played another great game and really took the game to Blacktown, who held their defensive line strongly causing havoc for CCU. The 13's boys were struggling to get through Blacktown's strong defensive line without being offside, which challenged them to find other ways through. Heading into halftime 2-0, Coach Mark Owen challenged the boys to keep the momentum going in the second half and the importance of another goal to seal the game. The CCU 13's took to this challenge well, netting a third goal to take the final score to 3-0. Goals to Jude Rankin, Isaac Broomfield and Luke Colgan sealed the win and another 3 points for the team.
U14s: 2-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Lachlan Pettitt x2
The 14's were next up, up against a strong Blacktown side in windy conditions. The team focused on keeping a strong defence in the first half and not allowing Blacktown a chance to score. The boys managed to play out well from the back and create a number of chances, of which Lachlan Pettitt capitalised on 2, giving the team a 2 nil lead at halftime. The second half saw the CCU boys come into their element, creating some great combination plays and holding out the Blacktown attack to come away with a comfortable 2-0 win.
U15s: 3-1 LOSS
Goalscorers: Bailey Holt
The U15's found themselves in a very tough and competitive match and with the margin for error each week so small, failing to score when the chances are available won't be enough to win. The match had many chances on both sides, both goalkeepers did fantastically well to keep the scores low. The second half saw many instances of the confident football we've been accustomed to each week. Despite the longest list of injuries all season, the U14's that stepped up to help fill the squad really did themselves proud, well done to Ryan.B, Ryan.R, Chase and Bailey. Congratulations to Bailey Holt with another goal this season, nearly providing the spark the team needed to climb back once again from a three goal deficit.
U16s: 5-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Jarred Steen x3, Josh Wallace, Jack Wilson
The U16's rounded out the AYL games for the day, and came away with the most convincing win of the day also. A solid performance from the boys saw them beat Blacktown by 5, with Jarred Steen netting himself a hat trick. With a fully replenished squad for the first time since Round 1, the game was played with lots of rotations allowing versatility amongst positions. The 16's looked comfortable on the ball and played with patience and composure, controlling the tempo and play of the game. This style of football and control worked well for the boys as they came away comfortably with another 3 points, a clean sheet and 5 goals.
Seniors V Hurstville City Minotaurs
Sunday July 8: St George Stadium
U18s: 2-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Mitch Wood, Peter Stewart
Tough playing conditions greeted the 18's for their Round 16 clash against the Hurstville City Minotaurs. With strong winds and a surface far from perfect, the boys knew that it was going to be a tough day and they had to be ready for a physical encounter. A delayed kick off brought with it some adjustments to our warm-up and a chance to get a closer look at the pitch. The 18's aim in the first 10 minutes was not to overplay and look to find Liam Broughton further up the pitch. Coach Alex Powell noted, "credit to the boys as they still tried to play out of the back and enact their patterns of play despite adverse conditions". Midway through the first half United took the lead courtesy of a Mitch Wood free-kick who deceived the keeper albeit with a slight deflection. With the CCU defence looking very commanding and protection from the midfield, the attacking 4 continued to probe and went 2 nil up after a great move saw Pete Stewart produce a stunning volley to continue his rise up the goal scoring charts. The second half continued in much the same manner with domination of possession and some half chances created. No goals were scored second half but a very professional performance on a surface not conducive to good football. Powell said, " I was extremely pleased with the attitude and character of the boys who could have come unstuck in such conditions." The team will look to take this attitude and performance into this week's game against last place FC Gazy Auburn.
U20s: 1-0 LOSS
The 20's boys were next up and were looking to replicate the 18's win, however, it was not to be. The game was a disappointing loss for the players, after moving the ball around well and dominating the first half they were unable to find the end product needed to score. The boys conceded early in the second half to a decent free kick but were still able to create the best chances but again failed to convert them to goals. The 20's will take this game as a learning experience and try get back to their winning ways this weekend against FC Gazy Auburn.
1st Grade: 3-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Daniel McFarlane x3
A tough game was expected after our last FFA Cup encounter against the Minotaur’s went down the wire. In tricky, windy conditions on a surface not ideal for free flowing football, the boys adapted very well and took the lead within the first 10 minutes. Skipper Daniel McFarlane converted a Josh Swadling corner on the half volley with his right foot to settle any nerves. The Minotaurs were always going to play direct with two big strikers but CCU's defensive line dealt with them very effectively and limited any cheap set pieces for the majority of the half. The boy's final passes were not as clinical as liked when several good chances presented themselves and we had to wait until just before half time for the next goal, the skipper converting an Adam Blunden cross with a diving header.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first, CCU were the more threatening team but wasted many good attacking phases. Daniel McFarlane claimed his inaugural CCU hat trick by converting another header from a corner to put the result beyond doubt and secure the points. The game was closed out comfortably and another road trip navigated successfully. Of the game, head coach Stu Davis said, "Although Daniel will rightly get the plaudits for his 3 goals, I was especially pleased with the defensive discipline and commitment with back to back clean sheets". Although he also stated that the boys need to be more clinical in the final third, wasted chances can come back to hurt. The boys head to Progress Park this weekend to take on FC Gazy Auburn.