Saturday June 23 Match Reports
📷 All photos courtesy of our legendary photographer Scott Gardiner!
AYL V Nepean FA
U13s: 5-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Isaac Broomfield x2, Lloyd Ham x2, Will Rankin
Our U13's and other AYL teams travelled to Cooks Park to take on Nepean FA this week. Taking the field first, our 13's were worried as their goalkeeper was out sick, and had to put the call out for someone to step up and take his place. Coach Mark Owen would like to give a special mention to Isaac and Harrison for both stepping up and doing a great job as goalkeeper, and both keeping a clean sheet. On the pitch the boys had a slow start, and seemed to be doing all the right things but lacking in intensity. The second half saw them lift and create good opportunities, and win the game 5-0. Unfortunately the win was soured with an injury to Ethan in the final minutes, and all of CCU are wishing him a speedy recovery. The 13's will take on Manly Warringah at home this Saturday.
U14s: 2-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Riley Davies, Lachlan Pettitt
Our U14's were up next and the boys showed real character this game. They stepped up after last weekend's 2-2 draw and showed the want and determination to win. A great gam was played by both teams, as the CCU defence stayed solid and didn't allow Nepean through. The strong defence allowed for space in the midfield to create a number of attacking chances for the boys, with Riley Davies and Lachlan Pettitt converting to take the final score to 2-0. A great show of team work by the boys as they hope to take this into this weekend's game against Manly Warringah FA at Pluim Park.
U15s: 3-2 LOSS
Goalscorers: Samuel Beatson, Jack O'Callaghan
Our U15's were up next and were soon to realise that every team in the competition can be dangerous given the opportunity to do so. At half time the players took responsibly for their choices, added few strategic tweaks to their game and found their hunger for the ball. A tightly contested match between the two teams made for a great game right to the end. A great second half from CCU saw some real partnerships beginning to be formed within the team. Unfortunately the result didn't go the way the boys wanted, however, they played well together and will look to take the positives into next week's match.
U16s: 3-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Josh Wallace x2, Jay Panopoulos
The U16's were next up and went into the game looking to continue applying their new movements from the week before. Like many teams at this point in the season, sickness and injury caused a bit of havoc within the squad, and the boys had the chance to experiment with different positions, to test themselves outside of their comfort zone. With the main focus being to control the tempo of the game, the U16's succeeded and took a 3-0 lead into the 2nd half. With the game becoming more physical and further experimentation with the CCU lineup virtually flipped, defenders in attack and vice versa, the boys managed to maintain control of the game creating plenty of chances but no end product. Still the positives are a clean sheet and further versatility within the squad moving forward.
Seniors V Western Condors
U18s: 6-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Nathan Cowell, Angelo Mosquera, Cayleb Murray, Peter Stewart x3
The U18's boys were pretty keen to avenge an early season defeat at the hands of Condors, the only team to have beaten them so far. With a few key players out injured, some reshuffling was in order and Nathan Cowell, playing in an unaccustomed wide left position, opened the scoring mid way through the first half. The boys were clearly up for this game, dominating the ball for long periods of time and switching sides regularly. Pete Stewart added to his rich scoring record by bagging a brace before half time to take the boys 3-0 up into the break.
The second half continued very much like the first with some good attacking football and resolute defending. Cayleb Murray then scored an absolute cracker with the ball ending up in the top corner of the net from about 35 metres out. If it wasn't for the net, the ball would still be travelling now it was hit with such force. Pete Stewart then got himself a hatrick with a great curling shot around the keeper. Not finished yet, the boys applied pressure right up until the final whistle and were awarded with a penalty when Angelo Mosquera was upended in the box. Angelo dusted himself off and then scored a brilliant penalty to open his account for the year with the last kick of the game. Another great performance from the boys who know that they have no room for error if they wish to stay at the top of the table. 3 big away games coming up over the next few weeks which will be a good test of character.
U20s: 1-0 LOSS
This was a hard result to take for the players, they created a lot of chances especially in the 1st half with Jack Ragen and Bailey Appo getting themselves into great positions to be able to play passes into the strikers or wide areas to hurt the Condors. Ethan Barrett had a very strong game screening the back 4 which gave the rest of the midfield more opportunity to get on the ball in space. The 20's defended well for the most part but the little lapses in concentration proved to be the difference. Of the game, TD Dean Heffernan said, "After a 5 game unbeaten run you could see the players are playing with a lot of confidence but just need to be more clinical in front of goal, so I'm sure we'll see a very determined group of players for this weekend." The boys will take on Hurstville ZFC this week away from home.
1st Grade: 2-2 DRAW
Goalscorers: Tom Mallet, Josh Swadling
On the back of last week’s epic effort beating Nepean there is always the danger of a come down in the next match. Western Condors set up with a low 5-4-1 block looking to contain and counter. The boys were in control of possession for much of the first half but our ball speed was a little sluggish and it was only when using some bounce plays in and around the area that we looked like creating chances. Although we had several near misses including a fine Tommy Mallet right footed volley hitting the cross bar, it was hard work creating clear cut openings. We were stung just before half time when an aerial ball fell nicely for their attacking midfield who smashed in a quality strike from outside the box, as good a finish as it was from a defensive perspective, it was disappointing that he was not tracked or blocked.
1 nil down at half time and it was last week all over again but a different style of game. CCU almost equalised directly from the kick off but it was the visitors who extended their lead when a cross from the left defensive channel was half cleared to the same opposition goal scorer centrally inside our box, he again converted. It was one way traffic from the boys after this and Tommy Mallet halved the deficit within a minute, heading in a Bennett cross at the near post, game on! It looked like it was going to be one of those games with chance after chance being squandered and their keeper pulling off some fine saves. Tommy Lyons and Oscar Torres both had chances to equalise in the last 15 minutes but couldn’t convert and just as it looked as though all of our effort would be in vain, Adam Blunden flicked around the corner for his good mate Swadling to break the line and equalise at the near post in the last minute. With four minutes of injury time left we had one more chance to pull off an amazing comeback with Alex Arbelo taking a quick free kick on the edge of their box to Daniel McFarlane but his right footed strike flew just wide of the upright. Head Coach Stu Davis said of the game, "it finished as a draw and was the least we deserved. Although we cannot fault the effort or the character of the team we must be more clinical in the final third. Dust ourselved off and get ready for a few weeks on the road, we go again!"