Weekend Wrap Up- 7 from 7!!
Swaddo's on FIRE... Your defence is terrified
What a weekend for Central Coast United! This weekend saw us victorious in all 7 games across the AYL and Seniors.
Our AYL teams started off the day strong out at Pluim Park against opponent St. George. The Central Coast United U13s kicked off the day with a 3-0 win with goals from Kaiden Robertson, Lloyd Ham and Oliver Macnair. These boys set the foundations for the winning streak that was to follow. Our 14s were next, dominating the game and coming away with a 4-0 victory. Goals were awarded to Pettitt, Holt x2, and Huxtable. The 15s worked hard and earned an excellent 3-1 win, the goals scored by O'Callahan, Pezzutto and Fitzgerald. Our 16s rounded out the AYL with a 2-0 victory over St George. The boys played well and goals were score by Steen and Ebrington. We are excited to see what the rest of the season brings for our AYL teams.
Our 1st Senior matches in Football NSW State League were to follow and we faced tough competition against Balmain FC. Last season saw Balmain relegated from NPL 3 so the boys knew they were in for a tough challenge. The 18's started the proceedings and dominated possession and the field. Despite their strong form the boys struggled to get the ball in the back of the net, however, they still managed to come away with a 3-0 win. Goals were scored by Dominello, Batarseh and Stewart. The Central Coast United 20's were next up to face Balmain and again were up against it. After a physical game, the 20s boys came away with a 1-0 win, with the only goal of the game scored by Tommy Mallet. It was a great performance by all on the field.
7pm saw the Central Coast 1st grade squad kick off the first game of their inaugural season in the State League. Tensions were high but the boys were confident as a team. The first 20 minutes saw CCU get their feet and a feel for the game against a strong Balmain side. In the 22nd minute, Balmain conceded a free kick 25yards from goal, Josh Swadling broke the dead lock with a beautiful curling free kick into the bottom left corner of the goal. Josh wrote his name in the history books with CCU's first ever State League goal. Captain Daniel McFarlane scored in the 44th minute to take his team into the halftime break 2-0 up.
The second half saw Balmain come out firing, but our CCU boys could not be stopped. Balmain received a 2nd yellow card on the 56th minute for aggressive play on Scott McGinley. In the 60th minute Swadling broke down the inside left channel and put a magnificent curling strike across the face of the Balmain goalkeeper nestling in the top right hand corner. A penalty was awarded to the boys in Red & Blackin the 69th minute after a foul on McFarlane which saw the Balmain defender sent off. Regular penalty taker Adam Woodbine graciously passed the penalty to Swadling. The penalty was dispatched into the bottom right hand corner, this rounded out a hattrick for Swadling, 4-0 to CCU. Swadling added another goal to his tally with a cracking finish to take the score to 5-0. Balmain saw another player receive his marching orders for dissent against the referee in the later stages of the match.
CCU 5 - 0 Balmain FC
Josh Swadling x 4
Daniel McFarlane x1
Man of the Match - Josh Swadling