Saturday April 8 Match Reports

AYL Teams VS Gladesville Hornsby FA

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U13s: 3-1 win
A late change during the week saw our AYL teams home game moved from Pluim Park to Frost Reserve at Kincumber. Despite the minor change, our teams took the field on Saturday morning ready to perform. The CCU 13's team were first to take the field at 9am, and were focused and determined from kick off. They put on a dominant show, creating some great attacking combinations, which saw them come away with a 3-1 win. Goals to Lloyd Ham x2 and Will Rankin x1. 

U14's: 5-3 win
Our 14's followed the 13's dominant performance, coming out on top with a 5-3 win after a gruelling game. After conceding an early goal from a silly mistake, the boys didn't drop their heads and showed their never give up attitude. They bounced back well and began to dominate, and came away with a comfortable 3 points. Goals to Bailey Holt, Ryan Brown, Ollie Appo, Mitch Wallace and Chase Huxtable . 

U15's: 7-0 win
After 2 wins the CCU Youth teams didn't show any signs of slowing down. The 15's took the field and were the dominant team from the start. Coach Nathan Herbert described the game as "another calm and creative performance", which saw the team play well and utilise each other. "Their first goal is a glimpse of their exceptional combination play, with more of it to come in the future". Our 15's finished the game with a 7-0 win, with goals to Luke Dargan x3, Jack O'Callaghan x3, and Zac Pezzutto x1. 

U16's: 5-0 win
Rounding out the day were the 16's CCU team. After struggling in past weeks to finish when in the final third of the field, the boys came away with a strong 5-0 win. Coach Jake Gomez said, "throughout the week we worked on attacking combinations and being creative in the final third, this showed in the game as the boys continually tried new things to break down the defence".  A strong performance by our 16's, which are continually improving and building as a team more and more each week. Goals t0 Jayden DeBono x1, Ryan Martz x1, Jarred Steen x1 and Josh Wallace x2. 

Senior Teams VS Western Condors

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18's: 2-1 loss
20's: 2-0 win
1st Grade: 2-1 win

After a late round reversal, this weekend saw the CCU home games against Western Condors moved to their home ground, at Chopin Park. The 18's kicked off proceedings, and were up against it from the start. The tough conditions at Chopin Park made it hard for the boys to play their style of football. After scoring an early goal and dominating possession for large parts of the game, the boys struggled to play their usual passing game on a very difficult field. Credit to Western Condors who took their chances and clearly adapted better to the surface. It was a good learning experience for the boys, many who have not tasted defeat in a while. Coach Alex Powell said of the game, "the boys will work hard during the week and prepare for the next game, hoping to get back to winning ways". CCU's goal was scored by Jack Driscoll. 

Coming off a 4-0 loss last week to Nepean, the CCU 20's were determined to turn their form around. They took the field strong against Western Condors, and were the dominate team on the night. Focusing on structure and working as team at training during the week paid off, and the boys came away with a 2-0 win. TD Dean Heffernan said of the game, "we learnt a lot from last week's trip away to Nepean, and the player's were excellent in the execution of the game plan. They were very structured and disciplined and got the result they deserved." Goals were scored by Jayden Jackson and Tyson Cosgrove. 

CCU 1st Grade took the field with a slightly different lineup this week. Suspension saw Woodbine sidelined for the game, as Swadling took his place up front, with Captain McFarlane taking Swadling's spot on the left wing. Injury and absence played havoc with the team this week, which saw a couple of our 20's boys take the bench. The boys came away with a pleasing but hard fought 2-1 win away from home on a difficult surface. Unable to play their normal style of football, the players adapted to the field conditions making second phase play a priority. A collectively solid display was rewarded with second half goals to Captain Daniel McFarlane heading a Jordon Bennett far post cross, quickly followed by another Josh Swadling screamer. A clumsy penalty with 10 minutes remaining made for a nervous finale but the team managed it without any serious concerns. Whilst content with a 2-1 win, Coach Stu Davis believes that a couple of counter goal opportunities were probably left on the field. A special mention to Cayleb Murray of the 18's squad, as he made his senior debut late on to become the youngest senior CCU debutant. 

This Saturday night will see 1st Grade play at Central Coast Stadium as the opener to local derby Newcastle Jets versus the Central Coast Mariners. CCU 1st grade will take on Hurstville, kicking off at 5pm. The 18's and 20's play earlier on Saturday at Pluim Park, whilst the AYL teams take on Macarthur FA on Sunday.