MATCH REPORTS: 15 June 2019 

AYL Round 14: CCU v Macarthur FA

 

U13 5-1 Win 

CCU were looking dangerous in attack whilst in defense showed confidence and composure throughout the whole game. The first half however had the CCU team unable to find the net till the 29th minute when a chance popped up for Cooper Clark to put away. CCU went in with just that goal at the half.

Second half CCU found the goal within the opening minute of the second half thanks to Cooper Clark again they then continued to build steam with Tahj Werner scoring in the 38th minute, Callum O'Connor scoring in the 44th minute and Tahj Werner popping up in the 46th minute to also score again. Macarthur got a 58th minute consolation goal despite a great recovery effort from our last defender and goalkeeper.

Coach Fitzy reflected, "I just love when these boys can get on an attacking roll and control a game like they did today, showing great composure when playing out under pressure as well, great result".

U14 3-2 Win 

McArthur were up for this challenge you could see it straight away, our passes weren’t as crisp as McArthurs in the first 10 mins or so. We started to get our rhythm for the next 10 mins with some nice combinations through the middle and down the flanks, our playing out from the back was good when we switched sides through our keeper. You have to be brave playing out from the back and sometimes you will get caught out and the opposition capitalised from a straight ball on the 23rdminute.

1-0 Half Time.

Second half our aim was to be patient and control the tempo of the game and believe our chances would come. In 45th minute an Ethan Debono freekick resulted in an equlaiser, 1-1 game on. The game became a great contest only for McArthur to score  5 mins later with a superb strike, our keeper had no chance, 2-1 McArthur.

It wasn’t for the want of trying the boys dug deep and just when you thought the game was gone, Ethan dobono scores in the 58th minute with some individual persistence, 2-2.

McArthur kick off and the instruction was win that ball as quickly as possible, within seconds they did and it was that young man again Ethan Debono who raided the ball went towards the goal to get brought down inside the box, penalty! There couldn’t of been any more time on the clock and Ethan showed great composure to score and win the game.

Coach Chris said, “A game of highs and lows sometimes you have to go through those highs and lows to appreciate the emotions, the boys showed real character in that game and to watch them all come together when the whistle blew was a wonderful moment for these boys.”

U15 5-3 Win 

What looked like a comfortable start having been playing in the opposition half with many key attempts and most of the possession. Turns out we were our own worst enemy again. A quick turnover gives Macarthur the ball in our back third and they punish with a goal in the 16th min.  

We equalise quickly and 2 mins later Chase breaks the line and scores. A couple minutes passed and with simple play and simple touches/passes, came our 2nd goal from Ryan Richards. We go into the break 2-1 up. 

 2nd half starts and we are still slow to react to certain situations and turning the ball over with poor decision making. We get a corner and Chase whips it straight into the goal, this being his 3rd for the season from a corner. Macarthur still fighting to get back in the game get a free kick just outside the box and puts it in the back of the net. 3-2. In the 61st minute we get a penalty kick and Mitch slots it beautifully. A few minutes later we execute a corner which finds Ryan Brown at the back post who rocket homes a goal. 5-2. Macarthur score another late on but despite some jitters the boys see out the game for a 5-3 win.

 Coach Corey said, “The boys managed to get the result despite not being at their best which is the sign of a good team. We will have to improve for next weeks top of the table clash.”

 

U16 4 - 1 loss

After our scheduled bye from last week, I was a little concerned during the week as our preparation was lacking our normal focus. We have once again suffered injuries outside of our control to key positions, which could explain a small part of our performance on the weekend, although we won’t offer excuses but instead as we have done previously work hard and bounce back in trying to correct/improve our short falls. 

Our first half performance was as per plan, we dominated possession but lack of composure in front of goal cost us dearly, as they say “goals missed are goals against”. This would prove to be correct as on the 32nd minute we conceded a goal against the run of play but was ruled offside by the linesman, only to be overruled by the referee. Right on half time he awarded a penalty to Macarthur 0-2.

Our half time talk concentrated on getting players heads back into game after decisions by officials that rattled our players mentality. Also pointing out that we are the footballing side trying to play football and what would be important will be our reaction. 

We started off strong and we scored in the 42ndminute with a Calvin Edwards goal, making it 1-2. 4 minutes later a mix up in our defense we conceded another soft goal making it 1-3. We continued to try and play but far too much behind the play incidents continued to bother our squad. That said, they continued in a tough situation and on the 65th minute another penalty was awarded to Macarthur, this sealed 1-4 defeat. 

Coach Chopo said, “I was pleased with how we tried to execute our CCU way for the first part of the game plus the respect we showed the officials during and after the game. However, my concern and focus for next few weeks is to ensure our players understand that under any adversity which is sometimes beyond their control, the reaction we output is what will change an outcome to a positive or a negative one.” 

CCU Men’s State League Round Up

Round 14: UNSW v CCU

U18’s 7 - 0 win 

After a disappointing loss last week, the 18s were looking to bounce back with a good performance against a strong UNSW outfit. Focusing on attacking freedom and problem solving in the final third all week at training seemed to pay off as we hit the ground running, the first half was strong and tidy with some chances for both teams but a clear gap in quality, we would head into the half with a 2 goal advantage. Going into the 2nd half there were no major changes as what we were doing was working. We had to adapt to an opposition that came out with a new defensive strategy and we began to use the middle of the park with more comfort and the goals came again. 

Coach Gomez said, “It was probably our best performance to date considering that UNSW are a strong side and you could see their quality even with the score line as it is. Some days everything goes right for you and today it was our day.”

U20’s 4 - 1 loss 

 This was always going to be a tough round and so it proved with CCU finally being beaten by a strong UNSW side. Full credit to the opposition who were first to the ball in the majority of the transition moments throughout the game. CCU found themselves up against it within the first 25 minutes with some uncharacteristically poor defending and decision making allowing the hosts to score three unanswered goals in the first half.

 In the second half a quick goal was needed with Jake Brownlow continued his fine scoring run converting a spot kick which he himself won after being brought down in the box in the 51st minute. However, with what was to be a theme of this game we gave UNSW the chance to extend their lead straight away with another defensive error and put the score line at 4-1 in favour of the hosts. The hosts went down to 10 men in the second half but although enjoying greater spells of possession we were not good enough on the day to turn this one around.

 Coach Powell said, “Although a poor performance it is hard to be too critical of this young side who have up till now been fantastic each and every week. The test of a great side is not in all the wins but how you respond in defeat. I look forward to seeing their reaction in training this week.”

1st Grade 2 - 0 win 

 An interesting start to the game with the opposition intent on protecting space in behind their line. We went behind with a serious lapse in defensive concentration, UNSW scoring a headed goal after an attacking throw-in was returned to the thrower for an unopposed cross into the six-yard box. Goals change games and we had to now be patient as UNSW were content to sit deep and counter. We managed to get an equaliser not long before half time with Alex Arbelo whipping in a dangerous near post corner that Adam Woodbine forced over the line.

The focus at half time was to increase the tempo of our performance and utilise our individual skill in the final third. We started the half much more aggressively and skipper Daniel Mcfarlane put us a head breaking the line after an Oscar Torres pass and cooly sliding past their keeper when 1 v 1. Our third game shortly after with a fine individual run from young Steen who squared to Alex Arbelo just inside the box, he delivered a quality first time finish into the top of the net. The weather then took a turn for the worse with monsoonal wind and rain making life tricky. We had to defend a barrage of high long balls into the area and contest the second ball to deny the opponent shooting opportunities. UNSW did manage to score after we failed to block several passes into dangerous areas and make the last 10 minutes of the game quite anxious. We had the opportunity to put the game to bed but couldn’t convert a late penalty and also had a goal ruled out for offside, but we successfully closed out the game.

Coach Davis said, “This was an uncharacteristic performance, quite lethargic and lacking our usual quality all over the field. However, we managed to find a way to win despite not being at our best.”

 MATCH REPORTS: 08 June 2019 

AYL Round 14: St George v CCU

 

U13 3-1 Win 

CCU were back at Pluim Park after a month of being everywhere else for Round 14 against St George. 

The match had CCU creating many attacking opportunities from the start which came to fruition by the 6th minute with a Tahj Werner strike flying into the goal. However, St George started to get into the game from that point and equalised in the 12th minute. With the game going back and forth between the teams Callum O'Connor took his chance in the 21st minute to put the home team ahead giving CCU the lead going into half time 2-1.

The second half was much the same back and forth from both teams having chances to add to their score but unable to take them until CCU were given a free kick in the 41st minute from an unsuspecting 35 meters out which Riley Holt floated in over the St George keepers head to extend CCU's lead to two goals. That was how it ended though with neither team being able to add to the score any further giving CCU a 3-1 victory over St George.

Coach Fitzy said, "The boys enjoyed being home again and were unfortunate not to put more on the score sheet with the chances we created, I love how they are continuing to improve each week and are always providing some great attacking football."

U14 2-0 Win 

Was nice to have a home game and we were ready for a game against St George.

From the kick off we struggled with their high press and too many turnovers in the first half. We persevered trying to control the tempo of the game and against the run of play we scored just before half time thanks to Ethan Debono, so 1-0 up at half time.

Second half we came out wanting to rectify our first half performance, it was an improvement throughout the next 30 mins. Whilst our shape with and without the ball needs to improve it was pleasing to see Euan keep up his goal scoring form and double our lead in the 52ndminute.

Coach Chris said “This was an ok performance second half but we need to play to our full level from the opening whistle.”

U15 1-1 Win 

After last week’s 1-1 draw with 10 men we were excited to be playing at home which saw us dominate the St George side. 

 What was a wet and soggy ground, proved to be just what we needed! It took the boys no time to take a corner kick exactly how we had planned and goal #1 for Ryan Brown. 4 mins later Ryan Richards found the ball at the back post for a lovely team goal! After playing with the ball and running St George down we go into the break 3-0 up thanks to another Ryan Brown goal. 2nd half starts and we didn’t take our foot off the pedal.

We get a corner and Chase decides to shoot from the corner kick. Goal! Still dominating the game, Ollie Walsh moves into the #9. He goes on and scores 2 goals within 4 mins, 6-0. With 10 minutes remaining Ryan Richards gets a 2nd goal. And within the last kick of the game Ryan Brown gets his well-deserved Hat trick!  8-0. 

 Coach Corey said’ “A massive thank you to U14s keeper Zayd he was fantastic in goals and kept a clean sheet. You should be very proud! To the 15s. You guys have outdone yourselves again. Keep up the good work.”

 

U16 Bye

CCU Men’s State League Round Up

Round 13: CCU v Nepean FC

U18’s 0 -1 loss 

A big game day to kick off the second round saw us playing a new look Nepean side. They came out strong and with a clear game plan to aggravate us and disrupt our play as much as possible. 

An early defensive error and some poor clearances saw a fortunate chance fall to Nepean which they capitalised on to go ahead. Shortly after a midfield contest turned nasty and we went a man down with over an hour left in the match.

Even after going down to 10 men we still looked to be the more dominant side however the final touch lacked quality and we were unable to capitalise on the multiple chances we created for ourselves. Sadly, we copped our 2nd loss of the season. 

Coach Gomez said, “There are positives to look at in the game which we dominated, and our general play was good, however football is a game of moments and those moments went against us early in the game. We will have to work towards taking our chances more consistently if we want to continue to push for the top spot.” 

U20’s 6 - 0 win 

 This was a first versus second clash with both teams sporting unbeaten records so the boys knew that they would have to be on top of their game if they wanted to continue that trend. The first half was quite an even affair with CCU just shading possession and Nepean looking dangerous on the counter at times.

The breakthrough came in the 14th minute when Mitch Wood played a great though ball to Corey Atkinson who finished with a great half volley into the bottom left hand corner. A few more half chances were created however a lack of quality in the final third was something that was to be addressed at half time.

 The second half certainly showed a cutting edge in an around the penalty area as CCU soon found themselves three up courtesy of two quick Brownlow goals after great work from Skipper Cosgrove down the right-hand side. With the back four looking commanding and offered plenty of protection from Bazza, Liam Broughton was able to take control and moving the ball around the park.  The boys continued to press and create openings with three more goals added through Caisley, Hazza and Atkinson completing his brace. 

 Coach Powell said, “The boys really stood up today and what a second half performance they put on. As always, I was delighted with a clean sheet against a dangerous opponent.”

1st Grade 2 - 0 win 

 Sometimes the bye week can be your friend other times is can halt momentum. In our case it was the latter in regard to the first half against a decent opponent. We looked a yard off the pace and were challenged by their high intensity pressing game. Although we did have a couple of clear opportunities to score, we were happy to be in the sheds 0-0 at half time.

The opening 15 minutes of the second half we were much energised and skipper McFarlane broke the deadlock with a long-range strike too powerful for the Nepean keeper to stop. This took the wind out of our opponents sails and we doubled the lead quickly after with a great whipped in corner from Alex Arbelo that Scotty McGinley headed in. The remainder of the half saw several clear openings squandered, a combination of execution and decision making but this gave Nepean a sniff and our goal keeper and two centre backs did an outstanding job of protecting the lead.

Coach Davis said, “A great result against a good opposition and very pleased to get the clean sheet.”

 MATCH REPORTS: 01 June 2019 

AYL Round 13: AYL Gladesville Hornsby v CCU

 

U13 3-1 Win 

Round 13 had CCU on the road again this time at Christie Park home of the Gladesville association team which was another synthetic pitch. 

CCU got off to a great start pressuring the Gladesville side straight from their kick-off and winning the ball immediately. This pressure continued until we pressured them back to their goal in the 3rd minute leading to Rakai Cardow intercepting the ball and applying a calm finish over the keeper. The CCU boys continued this momentum looking solid and not giving Gladesville any chances striking the goal again with a James Lee double in the 13th and the 18th minute. But that was as much as they could do heading into half time 3 - 0 up and looking comfortable. 

We saw what was to come in the second half as the opposition came out firing looking to intimidate their way back into the game and pulled one back with a controversial goal that needed goal line technology to confirm it had crossed the line. This spurred somewhat of a comeback from Gladesville leading to them having dominance over the second half however they couldn't impact the score any further with CCU holding out to win the game 3-1. 

Coach Fitzy said, "Today showed how hard away games can be for the boys, somethings don’t go your way and you have to deal with that. I feel that the players resilience during the game despite all of that was quite impressive compared to some teams who even with a lead may have lost". 

U14 6-0 Win 

The opening to game was challenging with Gladesville pressing and trying to stop us from playing out from the back. Euan changed the momentum of the half capitalizing on a goalkeeping error to put is 1 up after 10 minutes. We managed to implement our own pressing game and Isaac doubled the lead after 27 minutes. 

Half time 2-0 

Early into the second half Lloyd hit a thunderbolt of a free kick that cannoned of the bar and Harrison was there to follow in the rebound and make it 3-0. We kept going at them with attacks coming from the flanks and central, 46 mins in Ethan was looking menacing and it wouldn’t take long before he finally put his first away to make it 4-0. The boys were on fire now and it didn’t stop there, Gladesville couldn’t cope with our persistence to win the ball and counter, another charge forward from Ethan and he would secure his second goal in the 50th min, and 4 mins after that Logan Sayer would be in the box to secure our final goal and a comprehensive 6-0 win. 

Coach Chris said “A fantastic display from the boys who for 45 mins dominated this game. The boys too strong on the day they showed real character and determination, a fantastic team effort.” 

U15 1-1 Win 

Our third away game in just 4 weeks. It’s always a tough time playing away from home and having won our previous 4 games in a row, I think this game got to the boys. Credit to GHFC, they were a tough team and never gave up!  

First half - Not our greatest half of football the lads not winning 1st or second balls. Everyone looking off by two or three steps. Plays that normally work weren’t working.  Several chances went begging just before half time.     

Half time 0-0.  

After an intense half time talk and rev up with the boys, we knew we could play better, and we also knew how to fix the problems we were facing. Within 3 mins of kick off Rhys Owen showed great determination following a goalmouth scramble from a corner. 

We were our own worst enemy shortly after and Gladesville equalised with their first shot on target. Our heads dropped after this and it seemed like the boys were doing everything right except for finding the back of the net. In the final minute our keeper was sent off due to preventing a clear goal scoring opportunity as the last man.  

Coach Atkinson said “We escaped a loss thanks to a few inches when that free kick hit the post late on but we must be more clinical in the final third and communicate more effectively in future.” 

 

U16 5-1 Win 

I was looking forward to this game as I’m a big believer, that a defeat is a valuable step in the development journey for a player or coach as a win or a draw is. I said in last week’s report that we would dust ourselves off, work hard and, hopefully put in an improved performance which, the squad did just that.  

From the outset it was obvious that we came to play as we dominated the game for 98% of the time. Our relentless pressing in recapturing the ball in Gladesville half at will caused Gladesville to panic and, in minute 14 we got our reward which, Luke Dargan pounced on the loose ball to put us 0-1 up. We continued to dominate but credit to Gladesville they were awarded a corner in their first venture into our half in the 20th Minute to equalize. We did not change a thing and continued to play our game, then in the 35th minute we were awarded a penalty which Luke Dragan took to takes us to the sheds leading 1-2.  

Our half time chat was purely a reminder of the lessons of last week’s second half performance as we needed to remain focus, continuing with our game plan.  

The boys did just that and, minute 39 Jack O’Callaghan would cleverly give us a 1-3 lead which, within two minutes later minute 41 Calvin would finish off a great move which started back on our half 1-4. A further minute later on minute 42 Jack O’Callaghan would get his brace with a deceptive run into the box beating players to seal our victory with a dominant 1-5 score line  

Coach Chopo praised his side “To say that I was pleased with the boys reaction to last week set back is an understatement. They showed character to work hard during training and put in a performance in pressing/recapturing the ball in attacking areas which was close to perfection, which we must now continue to build on it”  

 

 

CCU Men’s State League Round 11 Bye 

U18’s Bye 

 

U20’s Bye 

 

1st Grade Bye 

 

MATCH REPORTS: 25 May 2019 

AYL Round 12: CCU v Manly Warringah FA

 U13 2-1 Loss

Round 12 had CCU at Manly on their sleek and newest synthetic pitch which would mean a faster moving ball throughout the entire match.

CCU seemed to take to the quicker ball speed early creating some good attacking opportunities and breaking the deadlock 10 minutes in with Callum O'Connor pouncing on a keeper error. We then had a bit of back and forth between the teams, but the scores didn't change giving CCU a half time lead.

Manly came out a changed side in the second half creating more chances and seemingly having now adjusted to the pace of the ball leaving CCU on the back foot more often. It took it's toll with Manly scoring in the 43rd minute and then again in the 53rd minute. Despite a CCU resurgence they couldn't find the back of the net in the final 7 minutes leaving the final score at Manly 2 - CCU 1.

Coach Fitzy said "We had a good first half to the game but turned the ball over too frequently in the second half. Even then I feel we still could have levelled the score late on, it's just things didn't go our way today in front of goal."

 U14 2-1 Win

CCU travelled to manly on s bright sunny day. 

The whistle blew and off we went, a good positive start and we were looking threatening. Euan raided the ball and took it down the right flank with a neat cross to Kaiden, who struck it perfectly into the net, once again these two combining well with a finish on goal, 1-0 up.

14 minutes in and Manly drew level from a corner, an unchallenged header flying in.

The second half was a battle with a lot of contested possession and towards the end of the second half Liam won the ball from a high press and the shot was to hot to handle for the goalkeeper giving us a 1 goal advantage.

Coach Chris said, “We were by far the stronger team and more technical, but we can be our worst enemy at times with constant turnovers, especially in dangerous areas, on the positive side the boys dug deep and we more than deserved the win.”

 

U15 6-1 Win

We travel down to Manly on a perfect day for some football. Once again, the boys improved in training leading up to the game and we executed everything we had planned to do!

The boys started strong and didn’t allow Manly to play out from the back and we took control. We rarely left their half and could have had a couple of goals early on but it was in the 21st min that birthday boy Ryan Brown struck the net with a classic volley.  

1-0 at half time.

The boys come out and perfectly executed what we talked about resulting in a Bailey Holt goal within 1 min of the half commencing, and he grabs his second, five minutes later. We stay switched on and controlling the game. Owen Bradstreet converted from a corner to extend the lead and then Mitch Wallace decides to chip the keeper instead of passing with an audacious finish. 

A lack of concentration lead to Manly scoring before Ryan Richards got our 6th with a minute to play.

A delighted coach Corey said “The boys have been improving week by week and they really impressed me all across the park this week. Massive credit to them.”  

U16 3-2 Loss

This away trip would prove to be a huge challenge for our u16s as Manly have shown to be are a tough strong physical squad and given that we are at the top of the table plus on a 5 game winning streak, we would have to be at our best mentality to come away with points from Cromer Park. 

We started strong and surprised Manly with a 30 second Sam Beatson goal which caught goalkeeper by total surprise. We continue dominating the game and that domination saw once again our top goal scorer Zac Pezutto with a clever far post run and dive to head home on the 21st minute. At the 25th minute the game changed as we suffered a serious knee injury to Sam Beatson who was causing Manly huge issues down their left side, I could see a change in our players. Minute 29 Manly pulled one back and half ended 2-1 to CCU.

Second half was a totally different game as our overall performance in all aspects of football was second best. Manly got their just rewards for their dominance in minutes 55 and 65, both goals were due to our mistakes which Manly capitalized winning 3-2. 

A disappointed coach Chopo said “Manly deserved their win for their tenacity and, willingness to fight for every ball. From our perspective it is a great lesson for our boys, that when you are at the top, there is always someone wanting to beat you and, you must be ready to play. We will regroup, dust ourselves off and get ready for next week’s away trip to Gladesville”

  Men’s State League 1 Round 10: Western Condors v CCU

U18’s 2-0 Win

Both teams came into the day knowing how important a win for either side would be in any grade. We looked to start the day strong with a solid performance with a focus on winning our battles and keeping play as simple as possible on a difficult field. The boys showed grit and determination to go into the break 1-0 up after Pat saved a penalty brilliantly and we reacted with a direct through ball leading Luke Jacobs to dribble around the keeper for an easy finish.

The second half saw Condors come out with heads high looking to get back in the game and a breakthrough run almost saw that happen if it wasn’t for a last-ditch tackle leading to a red card and putting United a man down for the last 25 minutes. This is where our character showed as the boys fought hard to keep the lead and after some scrappy play in the defensive third, we were able to counter with Jack Driscoll chipping the keeper to seal the win for the boys.

Coach Gomez said “Conditions were tough and the boys had to fight for everything all day but the character shown is great to see from a coaching point of view because it got us over the line.”

U20’s 2-0 Win

This game started with a bang, Tyler Allen scoring in the opening minutes with a technically perfect left footed volley in second phase from a corner. The remainder of the half was a case of wasted opportunities when we really should have extended our lead on several occasions, but it wasn’t to be, and we went in at half time 1 up.

The second half became a real arm wrestle and we played into their hands trying to play out on a difficult surface. One of the more bizarre things seen on a football pitch saw Jack Graham receiving a second yellow and sent off for taking his shin pads off whilst leaving the field as a substitute. In a real show of character, the boys not only managed to keep a clean sheet with 10 men but actually extend the lead with Jake Brownlow putting in a huge shift as one up top assisting Tyler Allen to get his and United’s second for the game.

With Coach Powell on FNSW Coaching duties stand in coach Davis said, “Tremendous unity from the boys, including the bench when we went down to ten men got us over the line. Sometimes you have to win ugly away from home and hopefully it’s a lesson learned regarding what half of the field we want to play in on a difficult surface.:”

 

1st Grade 4-1 Win

A cagey start to the game with not many clear-cut opportunities for either side until a fine delivery from an Adam Woodbine corner was headed in by skipper McFarlane mid-way through the half. Whilst we had the advantage on the scoreboard, we were not in control of the ball for long enough periods to sustain pressure, but we managed to get into the break 1 up.

The second half we managed to address a couple of areas of improvement and we were immediately on the front foot with the front three running riot. Steen got a double and the game was over as a contest before substitute Tommy Lyons added a goal with 10 minutes remaining. Condors did score late on but there was not enough time to mount any realistic comeback.

Coach Davis said, “A very pleasing day for the club at a notoriously difficult venue to get points. It was important for us to go into the bye round with a win to keep the momentum going.”

MATCH REPORTS: 18 May 2019 

AYL Round 11: CCU v Southern Districts FA

U13 12-1 Win

Another set of unforeseen events had us at home but not at Pluim again to verse Southern Districts this time playing at Budgewoi Soccer Club.The change in venue didn't worry the CCU boys with it only taking 38 seconds to start the scoring spree that would occur. Despite conceding in the 8th minute the CCU boys asserted their dominance on the game creating numerous opportunities and by the end of the first half they had 4 goals on the board with 4 different scorers.

The second half had the flood gates open up as CCU continued to dominate proceeding to put 8 goals in the back of the net.

Coach Fitzy was quoted as saying "Great play from the boys today creating so many chances to score with many of our goals being team goals too. I hope they can carry todays ability to find the net into the tighter fixtures.”

U14 4-0 Win

After last week’s game against Sutherland the squad were feeling very positive and focused. We started well, high pressing and the desire to win the ball was great. In the 5th minute some individual brilliance from Rohan lead to our first clear cut goal scoring opportunity. We broke the deadlock in the 11th minute with some great persistence from Euan, playing into Ethan who feed Isaac for a superbly worked goal. In the 14th minute Ethan went from provider to scorer, doubling our lead. The boys remained in charge and Kaiden Robertson made it 3-0 before half time.

Second half Southern came out pressing high, our bravery playing out was tested but we persisted to do so rather than play it long, credit to Southern to press us continuously.

Our 4th goal would come in the 39th min from Liam Mccaig, with a superb strike 4 to the good and that would be the final score.

Coach Chris said, “The last 20 mins became an arm wrestle at times but looking on the positive side of that, we kept a clean sheet and I am very proud of the boys.”

U15 3-1 Win

A home game played on a wet Budgewoi ground was always going to be interesting.

Coming off the back of two impressive wins, the lads were looking to continue their style of play. We started the first half slowly making a few errors which luckily weren’t taken by Southern players. Half way through the first half on comes substitute Chase, with his first touch of the game comes our first goal. 1-0. We now start to control and manage the game like we knew we could. In the 25th minute Ryan Brown enters the game and also makes a positive impact with a lovely header within a minute of going on to give us a 2-0 half time lead.

2nd half starts and we’re dominate from the whistle. A Bailey Holt cross finds Ryan Brown on the back stick for a beautiful volley which sees us go 3-0 up. We remained in control of the game having most of the possession but couldn’t find the back of the net squandering several clear opportunities. Southern find a goal from a scrambled cross but we remain calm and see the game out with a gritty but confident win.

Coach Atkinson said, “A learning from this game is to start as we mean to go on but I was delighted with the positive impact made by the players that started on the bench.”

U16 2-0 Win

Interesting game for the 16s this week. Lots of clubs that we come across all follow the FFA National Curriculum formation 4-3-3 but not Southern districts, they played a traditional 4-4-2 formation. This created a few problems for us early doors, Southern were very direct in their approach. They moved the ball forward as quickly as they could which put us under a lot of pressure in our back 3rd. However Peter Karipidis and CB partner Alex Cochrane-Smith both stood up to the challenge and were able to nullify the direct approach from Southern. A superb solo strike from Liam Sterrett gave us a deserved 1 0 lead at half time.

The 2nd half was pretty much the same as the first, southern very physical and direct with their approach but our boys matched them in the battle. Once they won the battle, it allowed players like Talen Green and Luke Dargan to get on the ball and create plenty of scoring opportunities for our front players. Substitute Jack O’Callaghan came on and scored his first goal to make it 2-0 which gave the boys a much deserved win.

Stand in Coach Crowell said “Top performance from everyone involved today, sometimes you find yourself in games where you have to do the dirty things well before you can play. The boys did that, then they let their footballing abilities do the rest. Talen Green was superb in midfield, very calm and composed on the ball. Someone for us to keep an eye on in the years to come”

Men’s State League Round 9: CCU v Hurstville FC

U18’s 1-0 Win

Another game and we start to see a trend of teams setting up to block us out of the game. Ball speed seemed to be our greatest enemy as we made our own problems throughout the entirety of the game. Hurstville were physical and aggressive looking to break up play and catch us on the break as much as possible. With players being shifted around due to injury the 18s had to adapt quickly and fight hard all game but got a well-deserved 1-0 win constructed through some beautiful build up play on the right side resulting in a cross to the far post finding Alan in space with an open net.

Coach Gomez said “I’m happy with the boys for digging in and getting a hard earned result, however ball speed and patterns of play will need to be better if this is the opposition trend we are going to see for the remainder of the season.”

U20’s 3-1 Win

This was a top versus bottom clash which can always present problems, so the message given was to remain focused with no room for complacency. Hurstville started well and pressed the boys around the park giving us little time on ball. After the opening 10 minutes the boys started to get into the game and move the ball around looking for openings in the final third. The breakthrough came on 15 minutes when a good free kick by Mitch Woods was headed in by skipper Tyson Cosgrove. Soon after, good work down the left by Woodsy allowed Jake Brownlow to poke the ball past the keeper. 10 minutes later Brownlow was once again on the score sheet when he beat the left back and slotted past the keeper after an excellent pass from Luke Sanders.

In the second half there was some great midfield combination play with Cayleb Murray consistently finding room in the pockets and a combination of good saves from the Hurstville keeper and poor finishing meant that we did not add to our tally after halftime. The last goal of the game was scored by Hurstville in the final 5 minutes.

Coach Powell said “Another good result with some pleasing attacking play from the boys but how we did not score in the second half I will never know. With several changes to the starting line up the attitude remained positive and demonstration our #oneclub mentality!”

1st Grade 5-1 Win

Our best start to a game all season seeing us go two goals up in the first ten minutes against a shell shocked Hurtsville FC. The front 3 of McFarlane, Steen and Woodbine combining with speed and quality to set a great platform for the half. Although Hurstville regained some controlled possession throughout the half, they didn’t really create many clear-cut opportunities with set pieces being their main danger. Just before half time the key moment of the match happened with their keeper being dismissed for a professional foul handball outside the area denying a clear goal scoring chance. Scott McGinely produced a freakish piece of skill from a Woodbine free kick right on half time, scorpion kicking a right footed effort into the corner of the net.

The second half started perfectly with another goal from the kicked off, a sequence of passes moving from one side to the other and Woodbine was the fox in the box to finish the square ball. There was an even more spectacular goal to come with Graham “Hammerfoot” Toope scoring from 35 meters with a thunderous effort the keeper couldn’t keep out of the top corner. Hurstville scored late on with a shot that apparently defied the laws of physics and we ran out with a comfortable win albeit against 10men for 50minutes.

Coach Davis said, “There was a really calm feeling within the playing group before the game and a sense that a big performance was on the cards. The fantastic start set the platform for the rest of the game and I was pleased with our desire to keep playing football against the block defence once they went down to 10 men.”

 

 

Yuki Morikawa and Luke Sanders Join #theGraveyard for 2019

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Central Coast United is delighted to announce the signings of Luke Sanders and Yuki Morikawa. The two additions will further strengthen the senior squad with the new season just around the corner starting on the 23rd of March. 

Head Coach Stuart Davis is looking forward to working with his new signings

On Yuki-San Davis said “Yuki-San is a highly mobile midfield player that is able to break up play and bring others into the game adding some balance to the team. He has lived on the Central Coast for nearly two years now and played for Gosford City last season making him eligible for our club and we couldn’t be happier”

“Sando has a strong representative junior pedigree and represented NSW and Australia in Futsal. Most recently he has played for Gosford City in the local MPL but after spending time focusing on his family feels he is ready to commit to representative football again. He has size and strength to compliment his technical ability and I believe he can play a crucial role for the squad this season.” 

Please extend a warm welcome to both Luke and Yuki-San.

#OneClub

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