Mother's Day Weekend Wrap Up
Seniors V UNSW FC
U18s: 3-0 WIN
Goal scorers: Jack Driscoll, Matt Zucconi and Peter Stewart
The 18s boys knew that they would have to put in a committed performance if they were to take home the points against a previously undefeated University side. From the kick off, the boys dominated lots of possession and looked to move the ball from side to side in order to create some openings. A great through ball from Mitch Allen gave Jack Driscoll the chance to round the keeper and score from a tight angle taking CCU 1-nil up into half time. The boys came out firing in the second half, continuing to press and and scored a second goal with Matt Zuconni cutting in from the left and unleashing a brilliant strike which the keeper could not stop. Continuing his great form from pervious weeks, Peter Stewart scored with his first touch after coming off the bench, giving the boys a 3-nil victory and the three points. Coach Alex Powell said of the game, "I was delighted with keeping a fifth successive clean sheet against strong opposition." The boys will look to take this form into their next game against Bankstown United on Saturday.
U20s: 1-0 LOSS
Despite the scoreline, the 20s boys played their best performance of the year so far. Up against a strong, and in form University side proved difficult for the 20s, but they managed to hold their own and play their style of football. Technical Director Dean Heffernan said of the game, "I'm so proud of the player's effort and application to how we want to play. We were very unlucky not to win against a very good University side. If we play like that or better all year we will have a great season."
1st Grade: 4-3 WIN
Goal scorers: Josh Swadling, Cade Mapu, Daniel McFarlane x2
The 1st Grade game was the most of anticipated game of the week, a top of the table clash, and it did not disappoint. An early goal from a corner for UNSW kicked the boys into gear and we played our best half of football to date. Captain Daniel McFarlane equalised in the 14th minute, launching a powerful shot along the wet grass, which snuck inside the right-hand post. The second goal quickly followed in the 22nd minute, as a quick free kick found Arbelo who duly put in a well weighted pass to Mapu who beat the keeper and finished well. University were reeling at the back and weren’t given any time to recover by the visitors. A ball from central midfield found Adam Blunden breaking down the left whose low cross caught the defense napping and an in form forward Swadling at the back post slotted it in.
The second half was a stark contrast to the first, as UNSW came out firing. The opposition managed to level with two quality finishes, taking the game into injury time at a deadlock, 3-3. Captain Daniel McFarlane stole the win in the 91st minute, scoring a stunning free kick from 20 yards to see CCU remain undefeated thus far. Head Coach Stu Davis said of the game, "it was the quintessential game of two halves. The boys have plenty of room for improvement but for now the result is ultimately the most important thing."
The boys will take on Hills United FC this Wednesday night in Round 6 of the FFA Cup, before backing up to play Bankstown United on Saturday night at Pluim Park.
AYL V Southern Districts SFA
U13s: 1-0 WIN
Goal scorers: Jude Rankin
Our 13s were first to kick off the day with a rare afternoon game, which allowed the boys to spoil their mother's in the morning for Mother’s Day, and then begin the long drive down to Moorebank. The 13s had it tough from the outset with cold and very windy conditions, to add to that the pitch was a bit rough and difficult to play the passes and style of play the boys wanted. However, they managed to fight to the end and come away with a 1-0 win, courtesy of a Jude Rankin goal.
U14s: 2-1 LOSS
Goal scorers: Bailey Holt
Our 14s boys were up next, and were hoping to continue the winning ways of the 13s before them. Much like the conditions in the game before, the cold windy weather and sub par field made it difficult to play the style of football the boys wanted to. They struggled to find a rhythm in a very stop start game, however, they fought against the odds and put together some good play. Unfortunately, they 14s went down 2-1 to Southern Districts, but Coach Chris O'Connor said, "I'm extremely proud of the boys, they were unlucky not to come away with a point, and they showed tremendous character and stuck to their style of game". The 14s will be looking to resume their winning ways next week against Sutherland Shire FA.
U15s: 5-0 WIN
Goal scorers: Luke Dargan x2, Calvin Edwards x2, Alex Cochrane
The 15's were up next and were looking for another win over Southern Districts, after versing them in the first round of the league. Coming off a hard fought 1-nil win over Blacktown last week, the boys came out firing and looking to continue their winning form. The game saw Luke Dargan net two goals and extend his goal scoring streak to three matches in a row. Calvin Edwards also needed two, and Alex Cochrane netted himself one as well. The boys were in form and playing their strong, team oriented style of football despite the harsh conditions. Coach Nathan Herbert gave a special mention to Alex, Kassidy and Calvin, all taking on new roles, challenges and objectives on the field, and making the most of uncomfortable situations.
U16s: 2-0 WIN
Goal scorers: Josh Wallace, Jarred Steen
The 16's were the last team of the day to take the field, in a tough match against a very physical side. The competition put the 16s CCU boys to the test, pushing them to make their passes and keep their cool. Coach Jake Gomez said of the performance, "I was very impressed with the boys transition work to help defend when possession was turned over and it was well rewarded with a positive result". The first goal a result from a free kick only just past the halfway point, finding Jarred Steen for a perfectly executed volley on the edge of the box to open the scoring. The second goal came from some brilliant build up play along the right side, including an overlapping run from the right back to cross into the box for a simple tap in.