Sunday June 10 Match Reports
AYL V Gladesville Hornsby FA
U13s: 5-1 WIN
Goalscorers: Lloyd Ham, Will Rankin, Isaac Broomfield, Rohan Prakash
Our U13's were first to take the field against Gladesville Hornsby on Sunday and they started the day off with a great game. Another solid performance with the focus of combining to attack the wide areas, the boys created plenty of chances. It was great to see the 13's hard work pay off, and convert so many chances to goals. The other focus was on our defensive shape. The boys worked well together, and are starting to communicate more and holding their shape better, each week.
U14s: 3-3 DRAW
Goalscorers: Bailey Holt, Chase Huxtable, Cohen Farmer
The 14's goal heading into this game against Gladesville was to change sides and encourage our wing backs to recognise when to overlap the midfield. The team played well together, and were dominant, scoring 2 cracking goals and going into half time 3-1 up. The first 15 minutes of the second half the boys came out and played well, changing sides and creating build up play with overlapping runs. Unfortunately, a couple of defensive errors let Gladesville back into the game, gifting them with two goals and making the final score 3-3. Coach Chris O'Connor said of the game, "I am happy with the effort the boys put in yesterday. Our high press was magnificent and our through balls and timing of our runs have also improved. We will look to continue working on this, and communication as a team, throughout the week.
U15s: 4-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Talen Green x2, Jack O'Callaghan x2
The 15's were up next and taking on a vastly improved Gladesville Hornsby team. The boys used their Round 1 analysis and improved their attacking options. Some recently developed confidence in certain players was evident in the quality of chances created, and converted. With all the half time adjustments coming from the players, they proved to be spot on, including improving on some opposition goal kick marking schemes. A solid win by the boys, as they look to carry this winning form into next week's game against Macarthur.
U16s: 2-1 WIN
Goalscorers: Jarred Steen, Harry Fountain
Our U16's were last to take the field and they went into the game with their minds focused on defensive decision making and quick transition. As the whistle blew, Gladesville immediately applied a high press and reaped the rewards as CCU were not ready to deal with it, conceding in the first 5 minutes. The next 10 minutes after that saw the 16's panicking to get a goal back and balls weren’t finding their target as well as a lot of scrappy play. The second half calmed down as the team improved their movement off the ball and communication was much better, resulting in a lot more possession and in turn, more control over how the game went. the 16's work on set pieces paid off, as they scored from a corner and then scored a second goal from a set piece free kick. Coach Jake Gomez said of the game, "the boys understand that we made the game hard on ourselves by putting ourselves under pressure early on and we look to improve on this throughout the week".
Seniors V Balmain
U18s: 1-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Jack Driscoll
Windy conditions and a nice big artificial pitch saw the 18’s dominate possession and territory in the first half but without that killer pass in the final third. Credit to Balmain, they made things very difficult playing with a low defensive block and limiting CCU's wide players and full backs from getting in behind the line. Half time allowed for some positional adjustments, particularly from the front 3 and the boys had much more success creating goal scoring opportunities, however, the commitment from the opposition defenders and goalkeeper continued to frustrate the team. It seemed as if every second ball in the box fell to them or they had a body dive in front of a shot. Only a fine save from Josh Ferragamo kept the scores level when some confusion in the middle of the park enabled their striker to be free in the box with centre backs split from playing out. A reminder that no matter how much you dominate the ball it only takes one mistake to cost you a game.
With only one minute on the clock Jack Driscoll provided a moment of magic, controlling on his head and then side volleying into the far post and up into the roof of the net from a tight angle, a goal fit to win any game. Unfortunately for Jack, in winning the game for the boys he also suffered a leg fracture landing awkwardly from his spectacular strike. A 1-0 win was no less than the boys deserved on the balance of play and their perseverance to keep going until the final whistle was rewarded.
Everyone at CCU is wishing you a speedy recovery Jack Driscoll!
U20s: 4-1 WIN
Goalscorers: Tyson Cosgrove, Kyle Price, Jake Brownlow, Tom Lyons
The 20's were up next after a nail biting U18's match. The players were slow to get going in the first half, and came into the half time break lucky to only be down by 1. Technical Director Dean Heffernan spoke to the boys about things like effort, determination and attitude at half time and that they knew what to do to win the game but without those 3 things the scoreline wouldn't change. Every single player went to another level in the second half, which turned out to be the best half of football they have played this year. The boys came away with a dominate 4-1 in the second half. This will hopefully set the boys up for this weekend's top of the table game against Nepean.
1st Grade: 3-0 WIN
Goalscorers: Geordie Howe, Daniel McFarlane, Josh Swadling
A feisty game was expected after the first round clash against Balmain but this contest started far more sedately. In fact the tempo was very slow, almost like a training game with the opposition reluctant to press and the CCU boys keeping the ball well but without the necessary speed and energy. The most notable opportunities for CCU were from corners and one long range effort.
The second half started much more like the team we know, an increased tempo, more forward runs and general all round enthusiasm. The deadlock was broken from a corner, Alex Arbelo supplying another pinpoint delivery for the near post run of Geordie Howe, a sweetly timed header into the far top corner had Geordie celebrating his second for the season before the ball even hit the net! This opened the game up and the boys were creating more chances now Balmain had to commit numbers forward. Captain Daniel McFarlane produced some trickery in the box and doubled the lead smashing in a left footed strike, his 10th of the season. The chances kept coming with Scott McGinley, Adam Woodbine and Josh Swadling all coming close. The ball over the top seemed Balmain’s tactic but Graham Toope was strong in the air and thwarting most of their attacks. Swadling did manage to get on the score sheet and draw level as top scorer for the season with Adam Woodbine, as he converted a counter attack 1 on 1 with Balmain's keeper. Jack Ragen and Jordan Bennett both went close as the clock wound down but there were to be no more goals. Head Coach Stu Davis explained, "a good win away from home, but with Nepean coming to Pluim Park next week the boys cannot afford to wait 45mintes before deciding to play."