MATCH REPORTS: 4 May 2019
AYL Round 9: CCU v Nepean FA
U13 1-2 Loss
The game didn't quite go to plan with us going 1-0 down in the 2nd minute we then proceeded to calm ourselves building back into the game, creating plenty of chances and finally scoring after 14 minutes. We continued to create many chances but just couldn't convert and we went in at half time 1-1.
Second half was a similar story to the first, we conceded straight away after giving away a free kick and the opposition made the most of it playing a ball over the top that caught the CCU defence off guard taking us 2-1 down. CCU controlled the game but just couldn't find the net and at 10 minutes into the 2nd half they started to panic trying to force a goal sending as many players forwards as they could, and it didn't work. Despite having so much of the ball in and around the oppositions box CCU couldn't produce another goal the final score ending 2-1 down.
Coach Fitzy said "A game of missed opportunities with decision making and execution in the final third an improvement opportunity. I know this bunch of players will bounce back and be better for it next week".
U14 1-4 Loss
Boys were up for the challenge against Nepean on home soil, the mood was positive before kick-off, straight from the get-go we struggled to take charge of the game and 4 mins in Nepean scored. Struggling to retain possession it took until 24 mins for us to equalize against the run of play, Nepean goalkeeper fumbled the ball, great reaction from Euan Mcevoy-Folland who pounced and put the ball in the net.
We unfortunately conceded in similar fashion 2 more long range shots and must learn to pressure the ball to limit shooting opportunities. Another shot from distance in the second half saw the game finish at 4-1.
Coach Chris said “Our playing out is getting better and still improving, we can learn a lot from this defeat, the measure now is Sutherland next week for our second encounter.”
U15 3-1 Win
An excellent first half display of attacking football from the 15’s. Despite conceding the first goal to a long ball over the top, they kept to the game plan and equalized almost immediately through Ryan Richards desire and ability. He doubled his tally for the half to send the boys into a well-deserved half time lead.
The second half was not as pleasing on the eye but nonetheless we were still the dominant team and the lead was extended by goal machine Bailey Holt late in the second half.
New team coach Corey Atkinson observed “A positive performance, I’m excited by the talent in the team and can’t wait to work with them for the rest of the season.”
U16 2-1 Win
Another strong performance from our 16s as they controlled the game from the first minute to the very last. Nepean set up with a diamond midfield formation which gave the 16s lots of space and time out-wide which they fully capitalized on, especially down their left hand side. Full back Harry Newman was superb in the opening 25 minutes, his forward passes and forward runs enabled #11 Kassidy Lalor to have plenty of time on ball to create numerous
goal scoring opportunities for the home side. Luke Dargan and Liam Sterret were instrumental in keeping things ticking over in midfield enabling CCU to change sides constantly as they looked to break down a spirited Nepean defence. CCU took the lead through striker Zac Pezzutto, Nepean goalkeeper kicked the ball straight to Pezzutto from a goal kick which he took full advantage of and buried his chance in the bottom left hand corner. Nepean through a bit of individual magic got themselves level with beautiful run and strike which took GK Ash Wilson by complete surprise. Scores were tied 1-1 at the half time break.
Second half was pretty much the same as the first half, Nepean however did change formation to stop CCU from having too much space out wide but that didn't stop CCU from finding different ways to exploit their opponents. Jack Wilson came into midfield and was superb in controlling the game in front of his back four. Dargan was pushing forward more and more from midfield and was creating lots of chances for himself and the front 3. Then just as it seemed CCU wouldn't be able to break down a stubborn Nepean, Pezzutto stepped up to give CCU a deserved 2 - 1 lead.
Coach for the day Matty Crowell said " I thought the boys were superb today, full credit to TD Steve Arbelo for getting them playing in such a way. I just followed instruction from Steve on how he wanted them to play and the boys went out and executed it superbly. However, shooting practise is a must in training this week I think we had something like 26 chances to their 4. I love shooting drills so it should be a fun night in training this week. Star man was Jack Wilson, he was very comfortable in both positions he played today."
CCU v Hurstville Minotaurs Men’s State League Round 7
U18’s 3-0 Loss
This week brought a top of the table clash between the last 2 undefeated sides in the competition. The 18s faced a fast and physical Hurstville side that gave no ground in any part of the pitch, 2 early defensive errors and some unlucky moments hitting the crossbar plus an incredible save off a Peter Stewart shot within the 6 yard box saw us enter half time 2-0 down.
Reigning in the mistakes we made and going into the second half determined to take the game back from our opposition, we looked stronger and created chances all throughout the 2nd half, hitting the cross bar once more and doing our best to find any way in against an organised defence.
In the end it wasn’t our day as a quick transition found Hurstville dinking a long shot over Pat off his line and put the game to bed with 10 minutes to go.
Coach Gomez reflected on the first set back of the season “The boys put a lot into the game and on another day those chances we had find the net and we win or draw the game. We struggled against a physical opponent but look towards next week and bouncing back with a strong performance.”
U20’s 6-1 Win
With a potential tricky encounter this week (having already played and beaten Minotaurs during pre-season) it was hoped that the boys did not show any complacency. Again, we got off to a quick start with Cayleb Murray heading in at the back post to put us in the lead. With Mitch Woods a constant threat going forward it was not long before Jack Driscoll
got his first of the afternoon with a powerful finish after good work yet again down the left side. Minotaurs plan was to soak up pressure and then try to hit us on the counter and did look threatening on a couple of occasions but good work from the back four and Ferra kept the boys at 2-0 going in at half time.
Another half time, another cliché, with 2-0 always being a dangerous score line so impressing upon the boys the importance of the next goal should there be one. Unfortunately, it was Minotaurs who scored first after we turned the ball over whilst in comfortable possession. One of the real strengths of this team so far this season is character and they quickly restored a two advantage after a great finish from Jack Driscoll. Soon after coming on Jake Brownlow added to the score line with a calm finish and great work by Hazza Wills gave Mitch Woods the chance to get on the score sheet. The afternoons scoring was completed with Jack Driscoll getting a well-deserved hattrick.
Coach Powell said “A pretty good all-round team performance and pleasing to have 4 different players on the score sheet.”
1st Grade 3-1 Win
A fantastic first half performance didn’t not get the reward it deserved in terms of goals but it is only a concern if you stop creating chances that you should worry. We did eventually break the deadlock close to half time when a cross from debutant Matt Crowell found the head of the returning Scott Mcginley, this was Scott’s first game since he ruptured his ACL in last year’s final series. At half the message was more the same in terms of out attacking play and the goals will come.
Just after the break we did extend the lead with a quality long range effort from Matt Crowell after the Minotaurs keeper went walk about. The game did become a little anxious after Hurstville scored a relatively soft effort midway through the half but yet again Corey Atkinson had a positive impact from the bench, he squared deliciously for Adam Woodbine to finish from inside the six yard box after Alex Arbelo released him behind the full back and the game finished 3-1.
Coach Davis said “It was great to get back to winning ways and I’m delighted for Scott McGinley after his long rehabilitation. The game could have been over at half time so we need to be more clinical in the final third but it was a positive display after a couple of tough late defeats and showed the character of the playing group.”