Saturday April 21 Match Reports
📷 1st Grade photos courtesy of our wonderful photographer Scott Gardiner!
AYL Teams V Nepean FA
U13s: 1-0 WIN
Our U13's started the day off at Pluim Park and came away with a hard fought win. The boys struggled in the final third and to finalise their chances. However, a strong performance and a goal from Kaiden Robertson was enough to get ahead of Nepean FA and to take home a win and the three points.
Goalscorer: Kaiden Robertson
U14s: 1-0 WIN
After what was described by Coach Chris O'Connor as "the best warm up of the season so far- weight of passing, ball speed, positioning etc.", he was confident and looking forward to the game ahead. From the kick off the U14 CCU team took control of the game, keeping control of the ball and play, moving the ball from the back and up the field. The midfield dominated in their area, combining well with their wingers and strikers to put together some great combination play. Unfortunately composure and finishing in the final third was an issue, along with some bad luck, which saw a scoreline that should've been 3 or 4 nil, only end up 1-0. Despite this, the boys and coach were happy to walk away with the win and what O'Connor describes as "the best game so far" in terms of possession and control of the field.
Goalscorer: Kai Forshaw
U15s: 2-1 WIN
Our U14's were next to take the field, and they put on an exciting performance. The boys played with a mixture of fast switching play, confident attacking and a few magic moments. The composure on the ball that the boys have been lacking the past few weeks was back and on show, as they played cool and confidently. A great match against Nepean, and the boys look forward to next week's challenge.
Goalscorers: Cameron McCay, Zac Pezzutto
U16s: 5-1 WIN
The U16's rounded out the AYL games for the day, and while not quite as dominant as the past 2 weeks, it was still a good win. Coach Jake Gomez said of the game, "it was a great game to see players play out of position to improve playing with a bit more individual versatility. Hopefully will help us later in the season." The 16's look to put in another good week at training this week, and continue their winning form next week.
Goalscorers: Jarred Steen x3, Cooper Ebrington, Josh Wallace
CCU Seniors V Hurstville City Minotaurs
18s: 7-0 WIN
The boys were excited to be back at Pluim for the second week running. It was the perfect start with Lucas Dominello scoring inside 15 seconds and the boys continued to play an aggressive attacking style of football resulting in a 5 goal lead at half time. Two more goals were added in the second half with a successful 7-0 scoreline. Six different players got on the score sheet and even more pleasing was another clean sheet. The team is looking forward to another big week of training ahead to prepare for an away trip against FC Gazy Auburn.
Goalscorers: Lucas Dominello, Charlie Buffon, Nathan Cowell, Cayleb Murray x2, Peter Stewart, Mitchell Wood
20s: 0-1 LOSS
It was a tough day in the office for the 20s. In a game where they did so many things well and created chances to score, they were unable to convert. Unfortunately against the run of play they conceded a goal and Hurstville were able to defend their way through to the final whistle. With plenty to work on and look forward to this week, the 20's look towards their next game, away against FC Gazy Auburn
1st Grade: 3-1 WIN
Returning to Pluim Park on Saturday, 1st grade faced off with their FFA Cup Round 5 opponents and the night started well. Captain Daniel McFarlane providing a perfectly weighted through ball for Josh Swadling to dispatch with the confidence of a man in goal scoring form within the first 10 minutes. Although CCU dominated possession for the remainder of the half, clear cut chances were proving hard to come by. A fantastic save by goalkeeper Jack O’Mally just before half time helped protect the 1-0 lead and take the game into halftime with the lead.
The second half saw Hurstville City change tactics and put 2 up front, resulting in a more end to end contest. CCU were dangerous in transition but the quality of final pass let them down on multiple occassions. Scott McGinley doubled the lead half way through the second half with a long range shot that deflected past their wrong footed keeper. Daniel McFarlane then scored from a 25 yard free kick to secure the game for CCU. A late penalty to the opposition provided nerves, but the result was never in doubt. It was wonderful to see the young and old local football community come and support the boys with some very entertaining chants creating a great atmosphere!
Goalscorers: Daniel McFarlane, Scott McGinley, Josh Swadling
A special mention to all of our SAP teams and children. Sunday saw them all play their first games of the season at Pluim Park. We would like to congratulate all of the kid's on a great day, which saw lots of creative and skilful football played.