Saturday May 19 Match Reports

AYL V Sutherland Shire Football Association

U13s: 4-1 LOSS
Jude Rankin

Our 13s were first to take the field against Sutherland Shire FA and it was another tough week for the boys, and unfortunately the result wasn’t a true reflection of the game. During training over the past few weeks, the 13s have had a focus on changing and switching sides, and the boys are improving with it each week. The full backs did well to make overlapping runs and connecting with the midfield, which they did at the very first opportunity. Whilst the result isn't a true reflection of the game, it was a good opportunity for the boys to text themselves against some of the best in the competition, and put their training skills into practice. The 13s will be looking to keep working during the week and get back to their winning ways next Sunday. 

U14s: 4-1 WIN
Cohen Farmer, Bailey Holt x2, Lachlan Pettitt

Our U14's were the next to take the field, and from the kick off, they were firing. The last time they boys versed Sutherland in Round 1 of the competition, they came away with a draw and they were looking to change that this game. Sutherland came out equally as determined to win, however our boys managed to get a hold of the game and play their attacking style of football. The boys put together some really great passes and transitional play, with the midfield and defence overlapping to create some great runs. While Sutherland looked strong through the middle, the CCU 14's had plenty of chances on goal and managed to convert 4 by the time the full-time whistle blew, through the likes of Farmer, Holt and Pettitt. Dominating for majority of the game, they boys got the result they deserved and look forward to taking on St George FA this Sunday. 

U15s: 3-3 DRAW
Goalscorers: Calvin Edwards, Cameron McCay, Jack O'Callaghan

Our 15s were up next and they were looking to replicate the winning ways of the 14s before them, however this was not to be. With the best performance of the season for the 15s in many ways, the match was all but decided as full-time neared. However, it was not meant to be as a moment of magic from Sutherland saw them tie up the scoreline and leave with a point. Jack O'Callaghan returned from injury and his presence was felt up front with strong assists and a goal of his own. The boys will be looking to replicate plenty from this performance with strength off the ball, improved defensive positioning and confidence, in their next game. 

U16s: 4-0 LOSS

The CCU 16's were the last of our AYL teams to take the field on Saturday, and started off with a good warm up and a strong start. The boys were dominant and controlling the game comfortably for the first 15-20 minutes, until a penalty was conceded against the run of play and took the boys into halftime 1-nil down. Whilst they finished the half strong, some heads dropped and that showed in the second half as a defensive error resulted in a second goal for Sutherland and all but finished the game. After the second goal, Sutherland took control of the game and the boys struggled to stay positive as they netted another two.  Whilst the loss is unfortunate, the boys started strong and kept working throughout. Coach Jake Gomez described it as "a deserved result for a less than perfect performance, but it gives us plenty to work on moving forward". The 16s will be looking to return to their winning ways this weekend against St George. 

Seniors V Bankstown United FC

U18s: 3-2 WIN
Charlie Buffon, Jack Driscoll, Peter Stewart

Great combination play between Jack Driscoll and Cayleb Murray allowed the latter to convert and the boys 1-nil up with a quality finish within the first two minutes. Another goal soon followed, as in form striker Pete Stewart looked to have put the boys in control. However, Bankstown had other ideas and started to create problems which were not helped by uncharacteristic turn-over of possession in crucial areas and the team conceded their first goal in 6 games to go in at half time 2-1 in front.

The second half continued in much the same manner with Bankstown looking dangerous on the counter and the boys struggling to move the ball quick enough. A great driving run and finish from Charlie Buffon gave the 18's a two goal lead which was once again quickly reduced by Bankstown, scoring with a quality finish on the break. The second half saw Josh Ferragamo pull off some important saves, of which without the result could have been quite different. Coach Alex Powell explained, "although not a great performance, the result was positive, as was the learnings we can take from the game." The boys will look to push forward next week as they head to Wagga Wagga. 

U20s: 2-2 DRAW
Bayley Appo, Oscar Torres

Our U20s were next to take the field and it was another tight game for them. The first half saw the boys take control early on and dominate possession. This then resulted in Oscar Torres putting away a good finish to give CCU the lead 1-nil. Bankstown managed a break away just before the stroke of halftime, allowing them to equalise and take the game into the break 1-1. The second half saw both teams come out firing, knowing just how important this round of results will be to the competition table. A foul saw CCU get a deserved penalty, of which Bayley Appo stepped up to take. Appo netted it with ease and once again gave CCU the lead, 2-1. The 75th minute saw Bankstown begin to gain possession and control of the game, as pressure mounted and full-time drew near. Full credit to the Bankstown side as stakes in this match were high, they brought on a 1st Grade striker who managed goal in the final stages of the game, making the final result 2-2. Our 20's boys were unlucky to not come away with a win in this game, as they are continually improving and building as a team. This week will see them head to Wagga and to look for their well deserved win.  

1st Grade: 4-1 WIN
Jordon Bennett, Daniel McFarlane, Alex Arbelo, Scott McGinley

1st Grade were last to take the field for the afternoon to entertain last season’s premiers Bankstown United, at Pluim Park. This was the boys third game in 6 days, and it was expected to be a tough challenge, and as they started with the look of a team with heavy legs, causing some uncharacteristic turnovers in the early minutes. Whilst it took a while for the 1st Grade boys to warm up, the opening goal came with a bang- a sublime first time long range strike from right back Jordon Bennett. Bennett's goal got the boys going and two more followed in quick succession with Captain Daniel McFarlane and attacking midfielder Alex Arbelo continuing their goal scoring form to make it a 3-0 lead at half time.

The second half saw the opposition put two up front, and the game become more of an end to end contest. A set piece saw CCU take a 4-0 lead, as Scott McGinely converted a goal bound header from McFarlane. Chances were spurned at both ends of the field, with goalkeeper Jack O’Mally making several stunning saves as the boys fatigued to keep CCU ahead. However, fatigue understandably got the best of a worn out CCU team, with Bankstown scoring a fine individual effort late on to end the game 4-1. Head Coach Stu Davis described the game as "another pleasing result given the players heavy workload recently." A long road trip to Wagga this weekend awaits, but the team aims to keep their winning momentum going.