MATCH REPORTS: 13 July 2019
AYL Round 19: CCU v Sutherland Shire FA
U13 1-1 Draw
After having two weeks’ worth of washouts CCU returned this week in Round 19 to Pluim Park to verse Sutherland who were in 1st place coming into the match.
First half both teams fired shots and despite having some good chances for either team neither side could find the net. Second half CCU flew out of the gates taking just one minute to break the deadlock with Daniel McCarthy finding his first goal of the season. CCU then controlled most of the second half continuing to make chances and maintain possession. It was unfortunate that with a couple of minutes remaining on the clock we overplayed in the defensive third and were left exposed allowing them a clear passage to goal, the game finishing 1-1. Coach Fitzy said, "Today is another example of the team’s ability and how much they've grown since Round 1".
U14 1-2 Loss
Our third meeting with Sutherland Shire this season and a great start to the game. After some lovely midfield combination play, Ethan Debono continued his goal scoring form with a composed finish across the goalkeeper to give us the lead in the 6thminute. The lead lasted no longer than 2 minutes and it was game on again. The game remained fairly even until the 36thminute when Sutherland capitalised from us turning over possession and they grabbed the lead. The boys tried hard to gain some control in the game but just couldn’t execute the quality with the ball to cause enough sustained pressure and we went down 2-1 to a strong Sutherland outfit.
Coach Chris said, “Perhaps the two-week break had an impact on the team’s fluency as we were not at our best today. Given we were unbeaten in the previous 7 games I am sure the boys will bounce back.”
U15 5-2 Win
With no games in two weeks, a mid week tournament, and two players out, we were in for a rough game against a strong 2nd placed Sutherland.
We started the game really well and the boys looked up for the challenge. We switch off for a minute and a long ball over the top of our defence sees Sutherland score first in the 3rd minute. Three mins later we equalise through PJ Read backing up his strong midweek form.
Still dominating possession and keeping the ball for long periods we find ourselves on the back foot of another long ball over the defence again, down 2-1. We kick off, go down the field and Kai Forshaw scores a worldie from outside the box to draw level again.
Another three minutes pass and Ryan Brown finds himself a goal with a lovely header, 3-2 and this is only in the 19th minute of the first half. We see the rest of the half out going into the break with a one goal lead.
At half time we talked about the problems and starting the half very strong unlike previous games. We press high, win the ball, and another goal to Ryan brown in the first minute. Continuing to not take the foot off, we keep the ball for long periods again, missing a few goal scoring opportunities. Now the effects of the midweek tournament are coming in, so we bring on two of the U14’s, Isaac and Jeremy. A Bailey Holt goal to finish things off in the 63rd min and an OG as well to extend the full-time score.
Coach Corey said, “Massive credit to Isaac and Jeremy from the 14s, they put in a big shift and I was extremely happy with their contribution. The 15’s boys played their hearts out after a demanding midweek tournament and I am delighted with their continued desire to be the best they can be.”
U16 0 - 0 Draw
After two weeks of washouts, we were finally back at Pluim to host Sutherland on a windy and bitterly cold Saturday afternoon. To be honest I wasn’t really sure how our team would perform as although we haven’t played for two weeks, we actually played 4 games during the week at the inaugural Central Coast Cup hosted by CCMA, which was a well-run tournament. We had 4 players unable to play due to injury and the rest of the team nursing soreness/fatigue, but it is these types of challenges that say a lot about a team and club.
The question of club/team culture was answered for me at warm up and I knew then that our boys would fight until the very end and offer no excuses. The game ended in a 0-0 affair, but it did not lack intensity, passion or chances for both sides to steal the game. It was an old fashion tug of war where both teams had the share of opportunities but lack of composure and /or some strong goalkeeping from both sides ensured teams could not be split.
We now have two double headers coming and I believe that the week we have had will hold us in great shape to overcome such challenges and keep us pushing for top spot.
Chopo reflected, “Our club Skipper Daniel McFarlane, who has been assisting me now for best part of 2 months and I were very pleased with how our boys put aside all the soreness and showed great tenacity to arm wrestle a result as football sometimes is just that, it can’t always be pretty. As CCU youth technical director what impressed me the most was that our teams have shown great improvements since round 1 and are showing great club spirit having to back up and help other squads, well done to all.”
CCU Men’s State League Round Up
Round 17: CCU v Fraser Park
U18’s 0 - 0 Draw
On a week where match points were vital for the entire club and the 18s retaining top spot it would be a tough day out. Being the first senior team to hit the field could be a trend setter for how the day went and unfortunately it wasn’t as favourable as we would hope.
With some of the boys playing in midweek competitions, fatigue and a bit of lethargy was present in our game and it really showed in the areas where we needed to be creative and quick thinking. The 18s dominated play throughout and played well through the backline as well as winning our battles in the midfield, unfortunately in the final third we were lacking. Fraser Park put up a fight and we saw some close calls for both teams in the closing minutes but the match the deadlock couldn’t be broken, and we left the game wanting more.
Coach Gomez said, “We missed some guilt edge chances in the first half so must be more clinical. I’m happy with some players really stepping up however going into next week we need to be better from 1-16 and the boys know that, so, now we will have to finish off the season the hard way.”
U20’s 1 - 2 Loss
An extraordinary start to the game with a goal in the first minute, Tyler Allen convering a Mitch Wood cross. It really should have been two or three in the first ten minutes but somehow how we were unable to convert two clear cut opportunities to make the game easier. They possessed a threat in wide areas, and we were naive in allowing their most dangerous player time and space in behind our full back. They scored two quick goals both from our own doing, both could have been avoided with better decision making and communication. Noah Ajala somehow stopped them increasing their lead not once but twice clearing off the line.
2-1 down at half time.
The second half was void of any real clear-cut chances and we had to deal with a ridiculous amount of time wasting and feigning of injuries which didn’t help the flow of the game. Ultimately, we couldn’t find that moment of quality to grab an equalizer summed up by two of our forwards getting in each other’s way when clear of their backline.
Coach Davis standing in for Coaches Powell and Crowell said, “After such a great start we lacked the experience in the spine of the team to deal with their overage players. Moving forward we must show desire to win our 1v1 battles all over the park and earn the right to play our style of football.”
1st Grade 0 - 3 Loss
1st v 2nd and the opening moments of the match were fitting of such a contest with very limited time and space. We persevered with playing out and created a great chance down the left channel, but Skipper McFarlane and Woodbine couldn’t combine to make the most of the overload. Mcfarlane had a shot just miss the far post shortly after. In games sometimes there are moments that cannot be explained and midway through the first half we gifted them 3 goals in 7 minutes. It almost defied belief.
The second half we huffed and puffed but really couldn’t break the door down and every time we had a half chance it was snuffed out through our own execution and decision making or their desperation. Scott McGinely did have a good opportunity but his was not to be our day.
Coach Davis said, “We don’t make excuses, tonight we simply were not good enough but the boys have been on a tremendous run and I’m sure the squad will rally together and want to make amends.”