Saturday June 2: Match Reports
All photos courtesy of our legendary photographer Scott Gardiner!
AYL v Football South Coast
U13s: 5-1 WIN
Goalscorers: Lloyd Ham, Will Rankin x4
Our 13's were the first to take the field at Pluim Park on Saturday against strong opponent South Coast Football and they played a great game. The 13's came out strong and dominated play in the first half, but the execution wasn’t quite happening for them, failing to convert in the final third. However, they kept their heads up and encouraged each other to keep at it and the execution will come. The second half saw the team come out firing and finish with a strong 5-1 win. A special mention to Will Rankin, who managed to score 4 goals for the team. A really great game by the boys as they now look to this weekend's game against Gladesville Hornsby.
U14s: 2-0 LOSS
The CCU 14's were next up and unfortunately they didn't get the win they were chasing. A tough game between two strong sides saw South Coast come out on top. Despite a number of chances to convert, it just wasn't CCU's day, as a lack in communication and pressure on the ball saw mistakes at both end of the field. Unconverted chances, and good play through the middle by South Coast saw them take advantage of the game, scoring 2 and sealing the game. The boys will look to take the loss as a learning curve and work hard at training this week in preparation for Sunday's game.
U15s: 1-1 DRAW
Goalscorers: Luke Dargan
Our U15's were next up against South Coast, who brought with them some great attacking football. The 15's played a tight match all the way to end, which saw two goals create a share in points. Luke was at his typical calmness from the spot in the second half, converting to score CCU's only goal of the game. Despite some heavy pressure in the defensive half, the U15's continued their confident and combo based style of football to build up attacks all throughout the match. A strong, competitive game against a strong opponent for the boys.
U16s: 2-0 LOSS
The 16's were the last of our AYL teams to take the field, and the start of the match looked promising as the 16’s played the ball around nicely switching play and creating chances quite comfortably. South Coast put the pressure on early and even though the boys dealt with it well, eventually a mistake would come and South Coast managed to capitalise on this. Another mistake led to a second goal and then tempers started to flare as bickering and late tackles started to occur across the field from both teams. The pressure of the game mounted, and eventuated in a red card for South Coast and some close calls for the CCU U16's. Coach Jake Gomez said of the game, "overall the football on display by United was good and positive but we lost the game with our attitudes letting us down in the end and some misses in some very important areas." The team will look to improve on this during training throughout the week, before taking on Gladesville Hornsby on Sunday.
Seniors V Prospect United
U18s: 4-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Jack Driscoll, Luke Jacobs, Peter Stewart x2
Our 18's were the next to take the field, and the first of the senior teams to take on Prospect United. The 18's knew they were up against a strong opposition but held their own and came out ready to play. Some good team work saw the boys create a number of opportunities, with Jack Driscoll managing to convert the fist goal of the game, taking the team into half time 1-0 up. The second half played out much the same way, as CCU pulled away and began to dominate Prospect. Peter Stewart was next to score and this opened the game right up, leading to his second goal and a finisher from Luke Jacobs to make it 4-0. A strong performance from the boys as they redeemed themselves after last week's missed opportunity in Wagga.
U20s: 3-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Tyson Cosgrove, Jayden Jackson, Oscar Torres
A well deserved win for the players this weekend, as it saw some of the U20's best football so far. The boys were playing out from the back and some great lead up play in midfield to create a lot of goal scoring opportunities. This is now 3 game undefeated for the 20's boys, and with competition for places, the race is on for the top spot. Our front four worked tirelessly, especially the wide players, getting themselves into good positions to either score or assist their teammates. Defensively again, the backline were solid, keeping a much needed clean sheet, whilst Jack Ormsby put on a real captain's performance. The 20's will be looking to carry their winning form into this weekend's match against Balmain.
1st Grade: 4-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Adam Woodbine x3, Jack Ragen
Our 1st Grade team rounded out the day, hoping to follow the winning form the other senior boys had set before them. The game was against top four opponent Prospect, and concludes the first round of the competition. The tempo of the match took a while to get going with a stubborn and well organised Prospect making it difficult for the CCU boys to get in behind the line, so patience was going to be crucial. Eventually with some faster ball speed in the final third, the chances began to appear and Woodbine went close twice in quick succession, one shot flashing past the far post and a looped header hitting the top of the crossbar. CCU eventually broke Prospect's resistance on the half hour mark and it was Woodbine perfectly positioned in the six yard box who converted a Bennett cross. Scoring goals back to back in quick succession is always a reassurance, as Woodbine doubled the lead again with strikers instinct, drifting off the shoulder of his marker and powering a head into an open net after a fantastic cross from Alex Arbelo, who added to his collection of assists.
2-0 at half time and the weather took a turn for the worse, as the heavens opened it took a while for the boys to adjust with many players slipping over at crucial moments. One man who did stay on his feet was Graham Toope and he made several expertly timed tackles in tricky conditions with Prospect having some more dangerous moments in the 20 minutes after half time. Woodbine was rewarded for an excellent all round display on the 80 minute mark, again converting from close range after being picked out by skipper Daniel McFarlane. This goal broke the spirit of the opposition and new signing Jack Ragen was able to finish clinically from the right side of the penalty box after Scott McGinely unselfishly passed when he could have taken a shot himself, a good decision as it turned out. Head Coach Stu Davis said of the match, " I was very pleased with this final score and with the clean sheet as we have conceded some sloppy goals late in games recently." The Seniors will travel to Ilinden Sports Centre on Sunday to take on Balmain.