Sutherland AYL Under 14s
Round 16 v Central Coast Win 1-0
Another tough game against the highly rated Central Coast. We travelled to Pluim Park hoping to keep our undefeated record intact.
It was clear from the start Central Coast were up to the challenge and they used the entire park employing a passing game that had us on the hop. Again, and again they pressed but the back 4 kept them out with solid defence.
We needed to take our chances but more patience and better control in front of goal was needed.
Daniel P connected with a good cross after a great passing interchange down the right side and we went to half time 1 nil up.
The second half was an arm wrestle with Central Coast desperate to equalise. They pressed time and gain and we were lucky to keep them out.
Certainly not our best game, and we need to keep our intensity for the full 60 minutes and not get lazy. That said record intact but the next 3 weeks will test us against quality opposition.
Goal: Daniel P
Sutherland AYL u15 v Central Coast
Score: 3-1 win
Scorers: Michael, Tim, Chris
A beautiful morning on the Central Coast after Sharkies had belted the Roosters / Lions beat the All Blacks the boys were playing in their PJs looking for the trifecta. After sustained pressure from CC we attack with a great Hudson corner & a goal to Michael. After more CC pressure we break & get another corner with a goal to Tim. A great half of football by Sutho with strong defence & lots of attack to take a deserved 2-0 lead in at HT.
A nervy start to 2nd half with Sutho giving away lots of ball in the middle & upfront & creating unnecessary pressure for us. After sustained pressure CC got a deserved goal back. Eventually we got back in the game & a great run from Ollie & we get our 1st corner but Chris heads over. A great save from CC goalie denies Tim a one on one. A wonderful run from Sam gets us a another corner & another great corner from Hudson allows Chris to nail the header for a wonderful 3-1 victory giving CC their 1st defeat of the season. Well done boys with some great football in 1st half & later part of the 2nd half. A great defensive effort in 2nd half to restrict CC to 1 goal.
U16 AYL. SSFA 1 – Central Coast FC 3
It was always going to be a tough match against Central Coast FC who are currently undefeated and leading the competition by 16 points. Our boys have been training well lately so we were hoping for an upset.
The boys took a little while to settle in and at times made the opposition work hard. Unfortunately, a couple of early lapses in our defence allowed Central Coast to make the most of goal scoring opportunities and they led 2-0 into the break.
Second half, following an inspiring talk from Stefan the boys settled into a more disciplined play. Our passing improved and much stronger defence held the opposition to a much tighter match. Central Coast’s Goal Keeper played the game well out of his area, acting as a sweeper. With some clever passing leading up, Ky slotted one into the back of the net and surprised the Central Coast’s Keeper who is not used to conceding goals!
Thank you to Stefan from the U14s for Coaching the boys while Dragan and Stef were away – your instruction and guidance was much appreciated.