MATCH REPORTS: 10 August 2019
AYL Round 23: CCU v St George FA & AYL Round 17: CCU v Blacktown Districts
U13 2-1 Win St George
U13 1-5 Loss Blacktown
For the Saturday game in our double header weekend the CCU13’s started with a home game at Pluim Park against St George.
The 13s came out firing with James Lee scoring in the 2nd minute and Tirryn Daniels scoring in the 4th minute. They continued the heat for most of the first half however they couldn't find the back of the net.
Second half was much the same till St George scored in the 41st minute showing them a way back into the game, which they almost took having several opportunities to draw level. The 13's held on to win 2-1.
Coach Fitzy said, "They were fantastic in the first 10 minutes and then just took the pressure off a bit, the second half they let St George back into the game. The lesson for them this game is to maintain your performance and go until the final whistle".
For the Sunday game of the double header weekend the CCU13’s had another home game at Kariong Oval against Blacktown.
The windy hills of Kariong seemed to suit the opposition as the 13s played their main threat to finals football and Blacktown took an early 8 minute lead, doubling it after 14 minutes. The CCU boys weren't out of it though and continued to create chances getting one back in the 20th minute and looking like anything was possible heading into the second half.
The second half had the CCU boys look like they could win even at 2-1 down taking the game to Blacktown in the early stages of the second half however a 38th minute counter attack goal soon doused that surge and despite the 13s efforts Blacktown scored again in the 49th and 55th minute leaving the CCU boys out of finals with a loss of 5-1.
Coach Fitzy said, "As unfortunate as the loss was today for the boys they never gave up during the game and were always looking for a way to win. Even though we are out of finals with two games to go we can still show everyone what we can do"
U14 5-1 Win St George
U14 2-2 Draw Blacktown
We entertain St George at Pluim, with the intention of keeping up the good form, the boys got straight to it looking comfortable on the ball and dominating possession. With a lot of injury’s we had a few 13’s who stepped up to the plate and it would only take until the 10th minute, with a great ball into the box from Luke one of our u/13s boys, to Euan who turned his man brilliantly to a great strike on goal 1-0. A minute later we gained a penalty, once again Euan steps up and drills it nicely bottom left 2-0. St George really struggled with the quality of our boys all over the park and it would take 25 mins for Euan to get his hattrick after a fine solo run and finish.
Second half much of the same, 37 mins in Gryffyn raids the ball and a great pass to Euan, Euan crosses, Ethan heads it in 4-0. St George managed a goal but in the 57th minute. Ethan then collects a ball from a throw and charges down the left, cuts into his right only to lose the ball which comes out of the box and Callum strikes it first time bottom right, cracking strike.
Coach Chris said,” A 5-1 win with quality football and very pleased with the way we played, couldn’t be happier a special mention to those boys from 13’s not one of you looked out of place.”
So, we get moved to Kariong for our second game in as many days and it was blowing a gale. After a scrappy start we started to play some football, Zayd delivers a through ball from Isaac to Ethan who scores. We continued to high press and our second would come from that, again Ethan bagging his second. It was a bitter cold and windy day with the boys feeling it from the day before, again with more 13’s helping out. Second half wasn’t much different with Blacktown opting to go long and eventually pulling one back then in the 57th minute and they would equalise so 2-2 the final score.
Coach Chris said, “I thought we were by far the better team, an ok performance, I won’t knock them as they had back to back games and I’m proud of the lads thank you 13’s.”
U15 8-1 Win St George
U15 3-1 Win Blacktown
Our last home game for the season, which turned out to be a one-sided game.
A good week at training with everything to play for in the League Championships we knew we had to get goals, and win.
1st 10 mins were very eventful, both teams creating chances but unable to score. After this we broke the dead lock and didn’t look back from there. Ryan Richards, Ryan Brown, Chase Huxtable and Mitch Wallace all got on the scoresheet, although it was a Bailey Holt masterclass, scoring 4 goals and getting 1 assist.
On Sunday we had our catch-up game against Blacktown in windy conditions against a difficult opponent and we ended up 3-1 winners.
Coach Corey said, “Two games in two days is never easy and the boys have pulled out strong performances closing in on one of our goals with 2 games to go.”
U16 1 - 0 Win Blacktown
On a bitterly cold & windy Sunday we hosted Blacktown Association Round 18 catch up game. Blacktown have been on a winning streak pushing for a finals birth and, we knew this game would be a tough fought game with unpredictable weather conditions a concern.
That said, we started the stronger, settled quickly and, our early pressure paid off in minute 11 when Luke Dargan reacted the quickest in the area to sweetly hit a volley which gave the goalkeeper no chance to put as 1-0 up. We continued our dominance and, our disciplined pressing game caused Blacktown to go long which, in the windy conditions caused us no concerns.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first as Blacktown continued to play long whilst we continued to play quick via wide areas and, we should have scored another 3. In the end It was a just victory as Blacktown had 3 shots on target the whole game, which clearly showed our dominance.
Coach Chopo said, “I was happy with how quickly we settled in trying conditions, although the aspect that pleased be the most is how we controlled the tempo of the game from start to finish.”
CCU Men’s State League Round Up
Round 21: CCU v Western Condors
U18’s 3 - 1 Win
With only the finals left to play for the 18s went into the weekend knowing they could wrap up the League Championship no matter what result, however going out with a win was always the goal. It wasn’t our cleanest game with half time locked at 1-1 with a penalty going against us and Condors clearly coming out looking for the upset. A bit of a wakeup call was required at half time and it had good effect as the second half had a lot of improvement scoring a goal through some scrappy play falling to Cayleb Murray on the edge of the box and a classic Pete Stewart goal to finish it all off.
Coach Gomez said, “It was a great day for the boys and a good result to get against a competitive side who were up for the challenge. We will need to be better for finals, but the boys have well and truly earned the League Championship and the well-earned rest over this next week.”
U20’s 3 - 2 Win
Top sides don’t lose two games on the bounce… After last weeks upset against Hurstville there was extra motivation amongst the squad to bounce back and beat a strong Western Condors side. A bright start from CCU saw them create some really good opportunities through some great link up play between Bayley Appo and Corey Atkinson. CCU continued to dominate, but just as it looked as though they wouldn’t break the deadlock a thunder strike from Liam Broughton put CCU 1 up. It looked as though it would stay that way before half time but a quick break away attack from Condors saw them snatch a late equaliser just before half time. Half time 1-1
Second half Condors continued to spoil CCUs momentum and through another error in our defensive third Condors took full advantage and took the lead through their #9. Now in these moments you get to see what type of players you have, do they hide and accept it’s not going to go their way or do they role up their sleeves up and give it all they have. Well CCU produced the latter, a super equaliser from Pete Stewart gave the team hope and then right on the death captain Tyson Cosgrove snatched a late winner. A superb come back from our U20s boys.
Stand in Coach Crowell said “I really, really believe in this group of players, we had an honest chat at halftime about what I believed we needed to do to be better, then to go down early in the second half you might of thought it wasn’t going to be again. However this is when you get to see what your players are really made of. How they fought back to win the match just reaffirmed why we think so highly of them, they are going to come out fighting in finals that’s for sure”
1st Grade 1 - 2 Loss
An unorthodox starting line-up this week due to several first team regulars in card trouble and I showed with a slow and disjointed first half. The opposition were content to play on the counter and we couldn’t leverage our full backs effectively enough to create an overload and get behind their defensive line.
A couple of positional changes at half time at least saw more of a threat in the second half and we certainly dominated possession. We were eventually rewarded with a goal courtesy of a great cross by Jack Ragen being turned in by the opposition. With only 7 minutes remaining Condors scored from our own corner and then in the final minute we somehow allowed them to secure the win with what can only be described as naivety.
The Gaffa said, “It’s extremely disappointing not to finish our last home game with a win but it’s a lesson for the younger players in the team about game management. With a +16 goal difference advantage we have all but secured the League Championship to compliment overall promotion and the entire squad deserve a lot of credit to be so driven and motivated for the last 2 seasons. We will now freshen up and look toward the finals series where we hope we can give the Central Coast Football community more to be proud of, after all, these are Central Coast boys giving their all for the Region.”