South Coast Flame had another positive week in the NPL NSW Youth 2 competition picking up four wins and a draw on Saturday at Ray Marshall Reserve.
U13 Boys | Western Rage 2 South Coast Flame 10
The game started with Flame looking to get on the front foot early.
An early freekick was slotted away by Gabriel Corvalan, with Ben Parry scoring a second for the team only a few minutes later.
Parry then turned creator, unselfishly setting up Jacob Tucker for the team’s third goal, followed by Alex Bosevski converting a penalty which he won to make it 4-0 to the Flame in the first 15 minutes.
A strong start saw complacency seep into the boys game, providing Rage with two goals that were considered gifts by the team’s standards.
The half finished with a second penalty for the Flame, Corvalan converting at the second attempt after his initial penalty was saved.
The boys went into the break 5-2 up.
The half time talk was about the team’s attitude and mentality, ensuring no matter the score the side don’t drift away from the values or style as a team.
This resulted in a more consistent second-half performance, Ben Parry nabbing his second goal early in the second half, and completing his hattrick a few minutes later.
Jude Taylor-Chamberlain, Tyce Tehovnik and Oscar Loveday combined expertly with Taylor-Chamberlain slotting the ball calmly to grab the team’s eighth.
Some more strong combination play between Tucker and Bosevski saw Tehovnik finish unmarked at the back post.
The rout was completed with Parry grabbing his fourth with a calm finish after being sent clear face-to-face with the goalkeeper, seeing the team run out 10-2 winners.
Player of the Week: Ben Parry
Four goals is a strong enough reason alone, however, Parry displayed a strong performance throughout the match.
Executing key player tasks to link up with our midfielder players to create attacking opportunities, dominating his opponents in one-on-one situations, working hard in defensive moments and capped off with an assist, an overall strong performance this week.
U14 Boys | Western Rage 0 South Coast Flame 2
In a game full of chances for the away side, the Flame boys struggled to break the deadlock after creating numerous chances in the first half.
Unable to find a way to put the ball in the back of the net, in a very one-sided half, the score was 0-0.
The second half was about being focused defensively and moving the ball quickly to keep creating chances.
Midway through the second half, an unlikely source in Will Bain found himself on the end of a through ball past the Rage defence.
Will stayed composed against the onrushing goalkeeper to loft the ball past him for a goal.
With the clock winding down, the Flame took the sting out of the game when Willem Robaard’s perfectly timed run past the defence enabled him to slide the ball past the goalkeeper and into the far-right corner.
Player of the Week: Jake Morris
Tireless effort during the game against Rage and lead by example, playing to the Flame’s core principles.
Growing in confidence and positional awareness at training, allowing him to create chances for himself and his teammates.
U15 Boys | Western Rage 0 South Coast Flame 4
The boys trained well all week and took it into the weekend.
It was a very strong first-half performance and a few tactical changes midway through the half saw the side head into the break with a 2-0 lead.
There were more changes were made at halftime – with the boys going out and executing the instructions.
This makes it consecutive matches the side have managed to score four goals in a match.
Player of the Week: Jackson Beniuk
Jackson created numerous goal-scoring chances for the team and worked at an exceptional rate.
U16 Boys | Western Rage 1 South Coast Flame 2
As the boys lined up against Western Rage the side were looking to continue our unbeaten start to the season.
The boys started lively, controlling the tempo and causing Rage some problems in wide areas. In the eighth minute, the Flame would be the first to score when Bowen Spencer delivered a dangerous cross from the right flank only to be deflected in by a Rage defender.
It was in the 23rd minute the team would score again with Jyden Harb finishing off after some excellent build-up play.
As play continued and with a few missed opportunities, the Rage would score with a quick counter-attack and see the side’s lead halved heading into the break leading 2-1.
As the second half got underway the Rage started a lot more determined and applied a lot of pressure with the hope of scoring the equaliser.
Flame had some good chances at the other end to finish the game off but it just wasn’t the visitor’s day in front of goal.
The score would finish 2-1 to the Flame with the boys grinding out a hard-fought win.
Player of the Week: Jacob Carney
Jacob put in a resilient performance with some excellent cover defence.
U18 Boys | Western Rage 1 South Coast Flame 1
The Rage’s attacking prowess was evident in the third minute when their left winger found himself with time to deliver a dangerously placed cross into the box.
Keeper Matt Gazivoda deflected the ball before it was cleared by Ethan Hawkin.
The Flame countered in the fifth minute when a cross found the feet of Alex Farah, whose shot on goal was saved.
The Rage established their patterns quickly thereafter.
They relied heavily on their pacey midfield and looked to set up their striker.
They mixed up the play with long balls that pressured the Flame defenders.
The Rage had numerous chances on goal.
A freekick just outside the Flame box in the 12th minute was saved, a goal-line clearance by Aiden Chard in the 16th minute, a one on one save by Matt Gazivoda in the 29th minute and a volley off a cross in the 33rd minute that goes high.
A 0-0 half time score was welcomed by the Flame.
The Flame regrouped for the second half and one focus was winning the midfield battle.
Liam Marsden performed this job admirably as both teams played some good quality football.
A crisp movement by the Flame from central midfield to the right flank in the 75th minute was rewarded.
After six consecutive passes including a well-weighted cross from Ned Glasgow, Corey Burling directed his header wide of the keeper – a terrific team goal.
The Rage increased their intensity, but the Flame continued to play attacking football.
After defending another Flame play, the Rage transitioned quickly down the left flank and drew the Flame defenders forward.
The ball was advanced towards the byline and a short cross towards the goal face was sent to the back of the net in the 85th minute to even the score.
It was an intense final five minutes as both teams looked to secure the winner; however, the score remained 1-1 at fulltime.