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The boys competed well from the kick off. Jake, Keastie and Max worked well together in centre midfield. At the back Sam, Aidy, Millsy & Ash limited Colo to a few long range efforts that Eli in goal caught comfortably. Up front Ethan was a handful for another big strong centre half. One tussle mid way through the half saw Ethan go down and a penalty awarded. Captain Calm Aidy stepped up and fired the ball into the net
In the second half Keastie won plenty of ball and played Ash away down the left in a number of occasions – Ash delivered a number of good crosses that we just couldn’t quite get on the end of. Alex Crambrook and Ash were both put in behind the defence in goal but were unable to convert
Match Report: We travelled to St Clair for the final game of the season proper with fourth or possibly even third place up for grabs. The boys were determined to improve on the recent rain-delayed match that ended as a 2-all draw against St Clair at Knapsack.
Although stand in keeper Lachlan Jones saw little action he was composed when called upon and made good distance with his punt kicks. Luke Doughty was outstanding in both defence and attack down the left hand side and often combined really well with Aidan to press forward in attack. Chris was outstanding in the centre, dominating the midfield for us in the first half, before switching to keeper in the second.
Jacob Hunter forced the attack to the wings on manner occasions through excellent positional play and Will Cooke and Will Foreman ensured there was no way that St Clair were going to get near our goal.
Even though no clear opportunities to shoot for goal were created in the first half the pressure was clearly building and our possession football was forcing St Clair do all the hard work. Despite a nil-all half time score the boys returned to the field full of confidence and resolve.
The team was rewarded in the second half with 5 fine goals to give us our biggest win of the season. Luke Springett put excellent pressure on the keeper to start the scoring on the back of a good shot from Gus who shortly afterwards then slotted a fine shot of his own. On the end of a superbly placed pass by Will Cooke, Lachlan Jones was next to score through a fabulous shot into the top left corner of the net. Will Cooke was then given a run up front and proceeded to miss a shot from point blank range! Shortly afterwards though, he more than redeemed himself with a fine strike to score a terrific goal. It was now Luke Doughty’s turn to be rewarded with a run up front and it was no time before he slotted a good shot just inside the post.
Luke Springett’s contribution built up in the second half especially, distributing the ball in fine fashion on many occasions. He used his skill on the ball to put his team mates in good positions. Will Foreman and Lachlan Bowe both won a lot of good ball in midfield and as always Gus and Aidan consistently threatened the opposition with their skill on the ball.
Five goals from five different players was indicative of a superb team effort. Will Foreman, Luke Doughty and Lachlan Jones all refereeing a game immediately before ours and our playing with only ten players both added further merit to a fine win. This excellent result gives us good momentum as we head into the end of season round robin series of matches.
Sincere thanks to the many different family members who have cheered the boys on at each game so far. India, you’re welcome to come and watch any week! Greg, sorry you missed this game as you deserved to see them enjoy a good win!
A final but important word of thanks to our manager Steve Cooke who has done a sterling job of keeping track of everyone through this tricky school holidays period. With players now starting to return we’ll be close to full strength in the coming weeks. Bring on the finals series!
Match Report: Catch up game in the school holidays and luckily everyone was available to play. We were on top in the first half but it was a scrappy game with no real flow to it. Damo was introduced after 15 minutes and made an immediate impact – Ethan played James out to the right wing and James put a great cross in that Damo ran onto to fire home. It stayed 1-0 to half time
After an early scare in the second half from a long range effort that went just over Eli’s bar, the boys started to compete harder and off the back of that played much better football. Goals came in the last 20 minutes – Ash put a good cross in from the left for Ethan to poke home; Millsy, given some time in centre midfield, showed his ability setting two goals up – playing Ethan in for his second and James to knock in his first goal of the season. Max had a good second half, winning ball and was rewarded when Ethan played him in to chip a tall keeper for his first of the season too
Match Report: We travelled to Hazelbrook for a must win game against the team who are second on the ladder. Both teams had depleted line-ups for the middle of the school holidays contest. We had 10 players and they had 9 giving plenty of room on the park to play quality open football which both teams did.
Determined defence and fine team passing were the hallmark of our play from start to finish, taking full advantage of the extra space. The back four were solid in defence, remaining calm and composed, taking control of the ball and distributing very well to the mid-field. With lots of space there were even three back passes to the keeper!
There were many fine raids on the Hazelbrook end of the field by the front five but we often fell just short of putting ourselves into close enough goal scoring spaces. Just one or two touches more would have seen more goals scored.
Fine goals were scored by Gus, Aidan and Will Cooke. These were complemented by fine ‘near misses’ from just about everyone! Luke S, Lachlan J, Aidan and Lachlan B to name a few! The best of which was Luke Doherty’s fine run up the middle and shot. It looked a goal all the way until the last second when it hit the cross bar. We could easily have scored another three or four!?
Captain Gus Langworthy earned man of the match scoring our opening goal and making many fine presses forward. This included a fine run down the right and excellent cross which resulted in our third and ultimately match winning goal. His on field talk was firm and positive and helped everyone to stay focussed and avoid the dreaded quick reply after we score a goal!
After our taking a 3-1 lead, Hazelbrook replied by scoring a fine goal from a free kick. A superb strike which drew an excellent attempted save from Zach. This late goal gave us a few nervous moments towards the end of the match but we held on for a well deserved victory! As I said to Lachlan 20 times in the car on the way home, “It was a good win mate!”
It was another fine keeping performance from Zach. His goal kicks were more often than not delivered to the feet of our players and his decision making was once again excellent! What a fine back up keeper for Robbie!
With a number of players away, Billy was on loan from the 15-3’s. It was great to see Billy back and enjoying a game with his old soccer mates. Even with the extra player, we only had 10 so it was clear that the boys were going to have to put in a big effort, which they all did! St Clair had 12 but some were clearly on loan from junior teams so a good contest unfolded.
The game settled into a pattern of play moving from one end to the other. Through having the better of the play overall we opened the scoring through a fine finish by Gus. Expertly tucked past the keeper for a clean goal.
After a tight struggle across the park, St Clair were next to score. The challenge was there for the taking and the boys were up to it, showing great energy and determination to gradually gain some momentum.
Lachlan Jones scored an excellent goal by ‘drilling it’ (they all count!!) into the back of the net (reminiscent of his father in his playing days!) to make the score 2-all which, despite our exerting considerable pressure in the last 10 minutes, was the final score.
Will Cooke was outstanding in defence to earn man of the match and Aidan Monaco played his best game of the season so far! Jacob and Chris were both tireless in defence and made good choices when under pressure.
Zach Scoble filled in as keeper and didn’t disappoint. He used his experience as a keeper to good effect and just missed out on MOTM. He made many fine saves and his decision making was excellent, often coming out to narrow the angles and put pressure on the attackers. Look out Robbie!
Many thanks again to Billy for helping us out and making a very positive contribution in the mid-field. One excellent strike just missed but was certainly a fine shot! A skillful and enthusiastic player!
Match Report: A crisp early start and parts of Jamo still had frost on it. The Gaffer produced his new team board and wrote on the starting 11 … unfortunately for those on the bench, in permanent marker meaning the starting 11 was now set for the remainder of the season
Goals came via Suarez and then a penalty from Brad after JB had been upended. Penrith pulled one back from a free kick. Before half time, Sean jinked his way along the byline before hitting a curling shot into the top corner to make it 3-1
Plenty more goals in the second half – Suarez adding two more to complete his hat trick and Sean doubled his tally for the day, and season, with a low shot in the corner. Double Fist had to depart early, so Mick went in goal to give Sean a chance to complete his hat trick too. Unfortunately we over looked that Mick wasn’t much of a keeper and let in two more ourselves and Sean unselfishly passed up the chance to take a shot, instead passing to Lowndsey, who didn’t score, again…
We were under the pump for the first fifteen or so but our solid defence of Aidy, Millsy, Sam and Oli with Keastie as CDM ensured Eli in goal did not have too much to worry him. We evened the contest out as midfield pair Ash and Jake started winning more ball. A cleared ball from a corner fell to Millsy, some 30 metres out and a solid toe poke sailed over the keeper and in. We almost doubled the lead when Alex played in Ethan with a great ball but Ethan’s shot was saved
It was a different game in the second half as we played largely in RSL’s half. Oli, having been switched to right wing, got at his marker time and again. Ash was doing likewise on the left and the two combined to put us ahead – Ash’s cross met sweetly on the volley by Oli. Ethan hit the bar off an Oli cross and was also denied by the keeper in a one on one. The score remained 2-1 to us
A great way for Oli to end his Blue Mtns career, scoring the winner and getting player of the match. It has been a pleasure to have Oli in the squad the last couple of years and we all wish him well on his return to England
The sideline was both strong in numbers and wise with commentary ;). Crussell was missing a knee; Frankie a shoulder; Disco, and his brotha from another motha Slasher, their ankles; Tingles a voice box and, of course, we had the Taxman on statistical recording/analysis! With so much guidance available, the team didn’t know if they were Arthur or Martha … but they were doing well!
The second half began and the team were pressing. Chances were coming but after a while the momentum shifted and the team had to concentrate on defence. Helping the opposition were the many free kicks given away for hands/elbows/arms & hands again. The call then came from Skud for everyone to grab their own buttocks cheeks, when challenging, so that these free kicks would stop occurring. This began to work, and the team then just needed to hold out for another 20 minutes.
Then, the ever running Crank heard one of his Pistons backfire and he was off with ice on his Achilles :(. The team’s half player, Dre (with mending hamstring), then came on to hopefully just keep the team on track. But no! He had to put on a double backflip, turning side fall volley into the back of that net to cement the result.