Saturday June 16 Match Reports
📷 All photographs of Senior games courtesy of Scott Gardiner!
Seniors V Nepean FA
U18s: 1-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Cayleb Murray
The 18's boys knew that this was going to be a tough game and so it proved. Being the only team to beat Nepean this year in the 18's competition so far, the boys had to raise their level of intensity even more. To steady the nerves, Cayleb scored a well taken individual goal in the fifth minute after a great through ball from Lucas Dominello. Nepean nearly scored a quick reply but a brilliant save from Taiden Rose kept the score 1-0 going into half time. Nepean continued to look lively up front in the second half but some great defending and protection from the midfield continued to frustrate the visitors. A couple more chances for both teams but no more goals were added to the scoreline. A very impressive win from the boys who had to dig deep and showed lots of character, especially in the second half. Next week we take on Western Condors who are the only team to have beaten us this season so once again the boys will have to take their game to another level.
U20s: 2-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Tyson Cosgrove, Tait Johnston
Big game players. That is what the 20s team are proving to be week in and week out now. The boys came up against a team that was 6 points clear at the top of the table and showed why they are now one of the best teams in the league. The players were very structured and disciplined defensively for the full 90 minutes, they all competed to win there individual battles which was key to winning the game. The boys kept possession and played out through the backs to create chances along with their counter attacks. But most pleasing is they are started to believe they should be at the top of the table. A great win and performance by the 20's boys who will look to take this form into this weekend's game against Western Condors.
1st Grade: 2-1 WIN
Goalscorers: Adam Woodbine x2
Nepean travelled to Pluim Park with their season on the line and as expected, CCU faced an opposition up for a contest. The first half was difficult to gain any controlled possession with their man on man pressing resulting in lots of turnovers. Jack O’Mally was forced into a good near post save early in the game with their striker getting behind our left side defensive line. This should have served as a warning sign when 10 minutes later a similar run resulted in the opening goal with Jack getting a touch but unable to stop the ball crossing the line. CCU's reaction to going behind was positive, Cade Mapu and Josh Swadling both had good chances to return parity. Although not dominating the ball, the boys still created the better chances and went close to equalizing twice before half time. Adam Woodbine just failing to get on the end of a cross at the far post with the goal begging and then Swadling somehow hitting over after Daniel McFarlane’s long range shot hit the post and rebounded straight to him.
Half time saw the team reinvigorated and despite an early scare from their star man dragging a shot past the near post, we were much more threatening and closer to each other in transition, limiting their counter attacks. It did take something special to draw us level and Adam Woodbine rifled an Arbelo square pass into the top bins from the edge of the box and we had momentum. Only a couple of minutes later Woodbine, on the far post, clinically volleyed in a Bennett cross leaving the keeper with no chance. He had his chance to get the hatrick but hit straight at the keeper when found free on the 6 yard box. The boys professionally saw out the game to complete a memorable come from behind victory against a difficult opponent.
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AYL V Macarthur
U13s: 4-2 WIN
Goalscorers: Will Rankin, Lloyd Ham, Oli Macnair x2
Our 13's were up first for the day and it was another good performance by the boys. While they played well the whole game, the first half was much closer and CCU were lucky not to concede some more goals. A great display of team work by the back line managed to keep the opposition at bay. The boys kept their cool, tightened their defence further up the pitch, and came out in the second half firing, finishing the game with a 4-2 win.
U14s: 2-2 DRAW
Goalscorers: Ryan Brown, Oliver Appo
Our 14's were next up and were a much more improved side from their first match against Macarthur. Whilst a little sloppy with their passing at times, the boys played well together as a team. A few mistimed runs lead to a few unlucky offsides. They worked well as a side to press Macarthur and keep pressure on them, and were unlucky to come away with the draw. However, the result is better than a loss and the boys look to push forward into next week's match against Nepean.
U15s: 2-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Sam Beatson, Tim Hopkins
The U15's were next, and continued to take the home field advantage now having taken 20 out of a possible 24 points at home. Some of the newly developed fluid movements enhanced the teams attacking combination play as new standards of football were created. With the extra space the players were creating for each other, Sam and Tim both scored exceptional long range goals. An excellent show of team work throughout this game by the 15's.
U16s: 4-1 WIN
Goalscorers: Jarred Steen, Cooper Ebrington, Elijah Ross, Jay Panopoulos
Our U16's were next up, coming off a tough past few weeks. The boys were focusing on some changes in roles, with some new individual tasks on the field throughout the week. The first 10 minutes of the game was shaky as the boys tried to implement these changes in a proper game scenario. But once the game settled, you could see the boys getting more and more comfortable as they found it easier to find feet and string together nice passes. Composure was a major focus and the boys did amazing to not panic under the pressure of a fast physical side and continue playing the ball around. Once the first goal was scored, the U16's were hungry for more and though Macarthur got one back the boys never seemed like slowing down putting in another 3 to finish with a 4-1 win. Coach Jake Gomez said of the game, "I'm very happy with how confident we looked coming into the game and the way the boys implemented the changes we made throughout the week."