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.”

 MATCH REPORTS: 28 June 2019 

AYL Round 17: CCU v Black Districts SFS

 

U13 - Washout

U14 - Washout

U15 - Washout

U16 - Washout

 

CCU Men’s State League Round Up

Round 15: CCU v South Coast Flame

U18’s 3 - 0 Win 

The worst-case scenario from last week’s performance could have been the 18’s going into this week’s game against south coast being complacent. As much as we didn’t start with our usual sharpness there was composure on the ball and the obvious expectation of a tough battle ahead. 

On a slick surface the ball moved well and though some better decision making we did find ourselves 2-0 up at half time. Leading into the 2nd half there were no major changes and with a full bench for the first time all season we were able to control the game while getting some good minutes into the players coming back from injury, finishing the game 3-0.

 Coach Gomez said, “The performance was good in the way we controlled the game, no game is ever perfect, but we seem to be getting more and more confident and composed with our playing style which is clear in our recent results.”

U20’s 1 - 1 Draw 

When you’re at the top and have been for so long, each game becomes harder as every team raises their game to beat you. The focus was to play with a high tempo and move the ball with speed. In patches the boys were able to execute this and found themselves in good positions going down the right-hand side. What was really lacking in the first half was quality in the final third, specifically balls into the box once we had got in behind their back four. This and a lack of forward runs into the box made it easy for South Coast to defend their goal. The breakthrough came just before half time when Jake Brownlow showed great composure to steer the ball into the left of the goal. Within minutes South Coast equalised, when a poor turnover high up the field allowed the opposition to counter and with no pressure on the ball their number 10 was able to get a shot away which found the back of the net. 

 The second half continued in the same manner with South Coast happy to scrap in the middle of the park and look to hurt us on the counter when possession was turned over. The boys continued to create numerous scoring opportunities but again a lack of composure and poor decisions cost us in front of goal. The boys could have suffered their second defeat of the season had it not been for Noah Ajala who stopped a certain South Coast goal with an unbelievable block on the goal line. However, with only minutes left CCU could have snatched all three points when a great cross from Ethan Denis found Brownlow whose header glanced wide of the post. 

Coach Powell said, “Not the result or performance which usually typifies this team, but it could be a very useful point come the end of the season.”

 CCU Management would like to acknowledge the tremendous work U20’s coach Alex Powell has done in managing to get this team into a position where they are 9 points clear at the top of the table before heading to Europe for the remainder of the regular season. Alex has been instrumental in developing last season’s U18’s players in the next age group up and continuing to play the CCU way. Have a good trip and we will see you for finals. The team will now be overseen by Matt Crowell until Alex returns.

1st Grade 2 - 1 win 

Football is a funny game at times, no matter how much you prepare for the inevitable sometimes it’s unavoidable. Up against a team that we beat comprehensively away from home then of course we would get a reaction. In a first half with not many chances we still had the majority of possession and the closest we came to opening the scoring was a Mcfarlane shot on a tight angle inside the box after beating his man. A stalemate at half time and we definitely were not quite at our best, their defensive block proving stubborn.

This was a game that needed a goal to kick start the contest but unfortunately the goal was against us, a superb strike from their 9 that was unstoppable. This did give us the jolt needed and we equalised shortly after when an attacking Woodbine free kick was headed in by Scott Mcginley. We managed to take the lead after a Jack Ragen cross saw Woodbine cleaned up by their keeper after bravely beating him to the ball resulting in a penalty. The skipper stepped up and won the game of cat and mouse. After a few nervy moments and some set pieces to defend we managed to see out the remaining minutes for a very valuable win.

Coach Davis said, “The most pleasing aspect of this game was the result. We were not at our best going forward tonight but the boys showed great character to come from a goal down and find a way to win, the senior players showed their experience. Onto next week and a tricky away game.”

 MATCH REPORTS: 22 June 2019 

AYL Round 16: CCU v Football South Coast

 

U13 1-1 Draw 

CCU were at Pluim for the 3rd match in a row for Round 16 this time hosting the first placed South Coast. From the kick off both teams showed what they were about with attacking play and keeping the ball almost playing identical to one another.

CCU though showed they meant business, working several good opportunities early and finding the net in the 9th minute thanks to a Cooper Clark cross finding the head of Tahj Werner. Despite both teams having more opportunities during the half neither could put them away leaving CCU in the lead at half time 1-0.
South Coast came surging back into the game scoring in the 1st minute of the second half and again despite both teams having chances could not find the net again leaving the final score at a 1 all draw.

Coach Fitzy said, "Great to see the boys show what they can really do here today against the leading team in the comp.”

U14 4-0 Win 

Another home game at Pluim and looking to improve on our playing style was the task for this game. From the whistle, our tempo was good and the boys were looking confident on the ball, playing out from the back to our attacking 3rd. It would take 9 mins to score our first goal with compliments from Ethan Debono after a great through ball by Euan. 1-0 up, still moving the ball around nicely, again from our back up the park, our keeper gaining confidence playing out, which was great to see, our second came in the 15th min, Logan Sayer driving into the far corner and our patience on the ball was being rewarded with effective possession. Euan and Ethan combined again for us to finish a terrific first half 3 nil to the good.

Second half and as expected South Coast came out firing and so they should as we took our foot off the gas, they high pressed us, and credit to them they played some good football for a period of 10 mins after the break. The rest of the half became an arm wrestle, and our boys in patches showing signs of their performance first half. Our persistence paid off when Ethan made a charge to be brought down in the box  47 mins in, he converted it nice and low slightly to his right 4-0.

Coach Chris commented “It was pleasing to watch the boys play good football, the best so far this season more so in the first half. If we can stay focused like that for entire match then this team will be hard to beat but more importantly playing good football regardless of the score.”

U15 3-5 Loss 

A cracking contest between the top two teams.

 First half -   “Couldn’t have been better”.  Execution was near perfect, we passed and moved South Coast off the field and took the lead through Bailey Holt, a great assist from Ollie Appo. 1-0.  Having to deal with long balls after every attack seemed too much for the boys with a ball over the top of our defenders and resulting in a goal. 1-1.  The half was played in opposition territory with them having struggled to deal with our attack and them having only 1 shot. 

 2nd half - We address what needed to be done to stop South Coast direct play and overall we did just that. We strike first with good pressing resulting in a goal to Byron. 2-1. 

That lead lasted three minutes with South Coast equalising off our mistake. 2-2.  We lost concentration for the rest of the half and self-inflicted errors saw South Coast pounce on scoring 2 quick goals. 4-2. A lovely header from Owen Bradstreet brings us back to 4-3 then 1 min later a defensive misjudgement from us in the box sees another goal to South Coast, full time 5-3.

Coach Atkinson said, “I feel even though we lost, the boys played their hearts out and in football sometimes the better team doesn’t win. With a few little tweaks to our game, I’m sure the boys will bounce back even better than before.”

 

U16 4 - 0 Win

We were back at home on a cold Saturday hosting South Coast Flame for a top of the table clash across a few of the age groups. Our last clash was a tough close game with CCU wining 1-0, however this one would show our overall improvement plus our learnings from recent setbacks. 

Although we were still missing our strikers due to injuries we opted to work on attack and go forward a lot earlier than what we have been doing, to ensure we finish every raid with a shot on target or force a goal kick or a corner, either way a restart of play, avoiding counter attacks. 

This proved successful as on minute 5 Luke Dargan hit the back of the net from an acute angle and, on minute 20 Tim Hopkins did the very same play, taking us to a 2-0 lead. Another clever attacking movement with good ball speed going forward, helped Calvin Edwards brake through only to be brought down inches from the penalty box. Luke Dargan stepped up and with a powerful over the wall shot to put us 3-0 in front by minute 28, which South Coast never recovered. Half time 3-0 to CCU. 

We emphasized to continue with our game plan and don’t get involved in the opposition tactics and remaining focused. We had to be the next scorers to avoid any possible comeback and we did just that in the 44thminute when Calvin Edwards once again broke through cleverly slotting it home for a 4-0 win. Huge improvements as a collective unit from our defenders to midfield and our attackers, who all put in a good honest shift which pleased me greatly. 

A delighted Coach Chopo said, “Very pleased with how the boys executed and owned the game plan and worked very hard during the week to ensure we all understood it. I guess the telling stat is 11 shots on target, 9 off target with only allowing opponents 2 shots against us. As stated in last week report the only thing in our power is the REACTION we chose and, happy to say our REACTION was positive during training and game day “ 

CCU Men’s State League Round Up

Round 14: CCU v FC Gazy Auburn

U18’s 23 - 0 win 

Not much can be said for a game that had 1st place vs last place turning up with just enough players to have a game. A completely one-sided match would be good for goal difference however arguably could affect our preparation going into a tough 4 weeks ahead. Credit goes to the FC Gazy boys who could’ve forfeited but decided to play and have a go, and credit to the CCU boys for showing professionalism and trying to play our way under even these circumstances. 

Coach Gomez said “Obviously a great result for us however its done now and hopefully won’t have any negative effects on our next few fixtures as the opposition are all vying for finals spots.”

U20’s 4 - 0 Win 

Coming off the back of their first loss, the boys were keen to put in a performance and get back to winning ways. The first half was not the greatest footballing spectacle with CCU having plenty of possession but lacking a cutting edge in the final third. Gazy were happy to sit and try and hurt us on the counter with their quick strong number 9 who gave the back four one or two issues throughout the half. The deadlock was broken when a lovely ball from Jack Ragen found Jacob Villablanca who managed to slot past the keeper from the edge of the area giving the team a 1-0 lead at the break.

 The second half was a much better performance with Tommy Lyons finding plenty of space and getting the team on the front foot. Having just finished a meat pie, Tyler Allen came off the bench and put the team 2-0 up with a good finish at the second attempt. Another substitute Bailey Appo then got on the score sheet beating the keeper with a great finish from the edge of the penalty area. The game was wrapped up by Hazza Wills who slotted home after great work from Mitch Wood down the left.

 Coach Powell reflected “It was certainly a game of two halves, but very pleasing to get the result against a tricky opponent.”

1st Grade 9 - 1 win 

A sensational team performance from our first-grade squad. Our possession through the thirds was brave, patient and intelligent waiting for the right moments to increase the ball speed and forward runs. We scored 3 goals before half time with some dynamic football. The opposition did score themselves after a long diagonal ball managed to find their winger who cut in and buried it was a good finish. 

3-1 at half time and the message was more of the same, get on the ball and play. An early goal in the second half saw the opposition lose energy and we dominated with some exhilarating attacking play finishing the game as 9-1 victors.

Gaffa Davis said “Given the opposition hadn’t lost for 10 games this was an impressive performance. The boys can do that to anybody on their day, all they need is the belief to be brave and get on the ball. It was pleasing to see a lack of selfishness in the final third.” 

 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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