June 29 & July 1 Match Reports

1st Grade hame highlights courtesy of Les and his team!

AYL V Manly Warringah FA
Saturday June 30: Pluim Park

U13s: 3 - 2 WIN
Goalscorers: Jude Rankin, Will Rankin, Oliver Macnair

The U13's saw a great display by both teams. The game was played in good spirit and was good to see both teams try to play good football. The first half was looking comfortable, as the CCU boys went into the break 2-0 up. They do say 2-0 is a very dangerous score and Manly came out to prove that correct. The boys were under the pump with Manly getting the game back to 2-2, but the 13's dug deep and kept fighting and managed to score another goal making it 3-2. Manly never gave up hope and kept pushing for the equaliser but fortunately we held strong and came away with the win. A great team performance by the boys. 

U14s: 2 - 2 DRAW
Goalscorers: Oliver Appo, Bailey Holt

Our U14's were next up to verse Manly Warringah FA and were unlucky not to come away with all three points. The team played out from the back well and combined with the midfield to create a number of combination plays. The team did well to switch play from side to side, however they failed to capitalise on some of their chances. Goals to Oliver Appo and Bailey Holt saw the boys draw 2-2, and come away with 1 point. Of the game, Coach Chris O Connor said, "I am really happy with the team performance. Every player showed up and played football and we were unlucky not to of got more out of the game." 

U15s:  4 - 3 WIN
Goalscorers: Jack O'Callaghan x2, Liam Sterrett

The U15s welcomed Manly, a team looking to play skillfully all day. Despite conceding an unfortunate goal in the first half,  CCU maintained emotional control and fought back into the match. At halftime the player's tweaked the strategy they developed during the week and it proved the difference in a monster three goal comeback. An own goal, along with 2 to Jack O'Callaghan and one to Liam Sterrett, saw the boys prove their determination to win. 

U16s:  4 - 4 DRAW
Goalscorers: Jarred Steen, Ryan Martz, Jayden Debono, Mason Lavery

Going into the game the boys understood it would be a hard contest from start to end, as they started the game positively and dominated possession with not much threat on our own goal. Going ahead early with two goals from some great build up play through the middle saw the boys in a comfortable position with only a late penalty making it 2-1 being the negative. The second half proved interesting as Manly came out firing and put the pressure on, the boys rallied together to continue creating chances which resulted in 2 more goals. Unfortunately, some late reverting to long balls and sending numbers forward, mixed with some defensive mistakes by United, resulted in the draw. Coach Jake Gomez said, "a shoutout to Pat who had his first game back in goals in over 6 weeks and brought a very positive impact to the squad. The boys played some great football throughout and good work to Manly for putting up such a great fight to gain the point. We look forward to ironing out those defensive errors throughout the week". 

Seniors V Hurstville ZFC
Sunday July 1: Seymour Shaw

U18s: 6-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Taiden Rose x2, Peter Stewart x2, Cayleb Murray, Lucas Dominello

The start of three away games in succession against a potentially difficult opponent in Hurstville awaited the boys in this round. It seems that the boys have been accustomed to scoring early and that is what happened when a great move down the right side resulted in Pete Stewart opening the scoring from just inside the 18 yard box. The boys continued to create scoring opportunities and went two up courtesy of a Taiden Rose bullet header at the back post, his first of the season. However,  the side had to be mindful of an opponent looking to counter and some crucial tackles and interceptions from the back four kept the visitors scoreless going in at the break.

Halftime focused on reducing turn overs in possession and runs in behind their back four. Finding more space second half, the boys moved the ball quicker and added to scoreline with a further four goals with both Taiden and Pete grabbing a brace. A great finish by Lucas Dominello and another rocket from Cayleb Murray gave the boys a 6 - 0 win. The team is looking forward to getting some players back from injury as they again head off to Hurstville next week to play the Minotaurs.

U20s: 5-1 WIN
Goalscorers: Jayden Jackson, Jake Brownlow, Noah Ajala, Oscar Torres x2

The 20's started off really strong in their match against Hurstville ZFC. After a 5-0 win to the CCU boys last time these two teams faced off, CCU were again looking for the win. A cleared ball from a Hurstville defender gone wrong, was deflected by Torres to secure CCU's first goal of the game. Some great team play led to a ball being crossed to Jayden Jackson, who slotted it into the bottom right hand corner, across the keeper. The 20's held strong defensively, with Hurstville's only goal of the game coming from a deflection off the post. Jake Brownlow and Noah Ajala, who made his starting debut for the 20's this game, also added to the scoresheet. As did Oscar Torres with his second goal for the game. A great team performance by the boys as they look to continue it again this week against the other Hurstville side, the Minotaurs. 

1st Grade: 5-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Scott McGinley, Cade Mapu, Josh Swadling, Jack Ragen, Daniel McFarlane

After last week’s disappointing draw at home to the Condors it was important to bounce back away to Hurstville ZFC. Scott McGinley bravely opened the scoring, colliding with the post following in a Daniel McFarlane free kick that was too hot to handle for the keeper. Several chances were either well saved or not capitalized on during a dominant first half with Cade Mapu in particular causing the opposition defence many problems. They did create one chance good chance just before the break but it missed the far post. 1-0 up at half time but a pleasing first half display. 

Cade Mapu doubled the lead shortly after half time with a thumping shot crashing in on the underside of the crossbar. Josh Swadling took his season tally to 13, joining Adam Woodbine as top scorer, by converting a penalty awarded for handball. Cade again caused havoc charging like a cannoball through the two centre backs who tried to shepherd a through ball to the keeper, Cade got there first and the goalkeeper was sent from the field for a last man professional foul. Jack Ragen continues to provide impact from the bench and scored our 4th with another angled shot from the right side of the box into the far side netting. With the extra man, CCU went with 3 up front for the latter end of the game and skipper McFarlane took full advantage of a cameo in #9 and managed to score late on to make it a 5-0 score line at full time. A strong performance from the team and full credit to the players adopting a new system so successfully.