It was a very positive week for the Youth Boys’ teams with four wins and only one defeat against Northbridge Bulls.
U13 Boys | Northbridge Bulls 1 South Coast Flame 2
With numerous absences and terrible conditions we travelled to Valentine Sports Park to take on a struggling Northbridge Bulls.
With several players playing in unfamiliar positions we started off fairly well. As stated, the conditions of heavy rain and pitch probably levelled out both sides.
We took an early lead after great work down the right wing by Cohen Pegler found Lewis Tomlinson just outside the box and his shot found the far corner.
From then, we held the opposition to very limited efforts on our goal and created a few of our own but both teams struggled with conditions.
The second half ended up being a battle played in our half as we struggled to maintain possession and were allowing our opposition a lot of chance.
They eventually equalised with 10mins to go and looked like they would be the ones who would get the result until with approximately 3 mins to go Lucas Tancevski pounced on a goalkeeper’s unfortunate error and scored from 30 metres to clinch it for us.
Special mention to the Under 11’s and 12’s SAP boys who came up and played some crucial minutes for us.
Player of the Week: Kingston Obienovski & Dylan Vlaski
Both boys great efforts in their positions.
Several last-ditch tackles and defending at crucial times.
U14 Boys | Northbridge Bulls 0 South Coast Flame 1
Flame travelled to VSP with a depleted squad to take on top of the table Northbridge.
Flame started well and looked dangeorus down the right early through Daniel Starcevic, however couldn’t find the killer edge in the box when it mattered.
Northbridge grew into the game and started asserting their dominance, Flame working hard to win back possession but unable to make anything come from it.
Although Northbridge dominated, some resilient defending ensured Northbridge only chances were comfortable saves for Declan Pearce in goals.
Scores kept 0-0 at the break.
Flame started the second half on fire.
Some neat combination play eventually found James Benedetti in the box, whose cutback scrambled across the box and was eventually force over the line by Starcevic.
The 2nd half continued much like the first, Northbridge retaining much of the ball however Flame remained resiliant in defence to prevent any meaningful chances to win the game 1-0.
A big effort and result made even more memorable after having Harley bermudez, Oscar Holden Kim and Declan Pearce from the U13s start the game.
Player of the Week: Brody Gardiner
Brody played a very solid game at the back.
Worked well in organising his defence and was a big reason why we kept Northbridge scoreless.
U15 Boys | Northbridge Bulls 0 South Coast Flame 2
The 15 boys started the game with a better mindset this week, which resulted in a 2-0 win.
A strong start saw us knocking on the Northbridge door early and we were rewarded with a goal in the 23rd minute.
After no pressure from a short corner, Willem Robaard rifled an effort from the corner of the 18 yard box which the goalkeeper could only parry into the top corner.
The second goal came at the end of the first half, some of our best football saw us break through northbridge and win a penalty.
Robaard again stepped up and converted.
A few tweaks to our shape at half time and continuing with the same intensity, the boys were able to keep applying the pressure to Northbridge.
We were unlucky not to add a third or fourth goal.
The second half also saw the introduction of Jake Morris who returned from shoulder injury, his drive and energy helped spurred the team to fight till the final whistle.
Player of the Week: Willem Robaard & Euan Williams
U16 Boys | Northbridge Bulls 1 South Coast Flame 0
The boys didn’t match the intensity of the Bulls in the first half and were second to the ball. We didn’t close them down and they scored a long range effort. In the second half, we matched their intensity and played good football.
We created enough changes to win the game easily unfortunately however we were unable to finish some great opportunities and lost the game 1-0.
Player of the Week: Joshua Davidson
Was solid at the back, leading the defence.
U18 Boys | Northbridge Bulls 2 South Coast Flame 4
The Flame opposed the equally positioned Northbridge Bulls FC on Saturday and were keen to build on recent success.
With the return of several team regulars, they went about the task with enthusiasm.
It was the Bulls who maintained majority possession in the opening stanza, but our solid Flame defence shut down any scoring chances.
A smooth transition to Zac Birch was followed by an incisive run into the box where he was brought down, and the resulting penalty was neatly converted by Jyden Harb in the 11th minute.
As the game began to open, enterprising play by Lucas Ayala created some scoring chances but they were defended by the Bulls.
A free kick in our favour to Bowen Spencer gave him the chance to cross the ball, finding the feet of an advancing Ryan Thompson who doubled the lead in the 42nd minute.
The score was now 2-0 at half time.
The Bulls returned in the second half with a sense of purpose and within minutes were on the scoreboard.
Flame immediately return fire when William Aston is fouled outside the box and Zac Birch’s direct free kick finds the target.
Score is now 3-1 our way.
The Bulls were far from done, and they began to force turnovers whilst the Flame conceded several yellow cards.
The continued pressure resulted in a second Bull’s goal in the 77th minute and all the momentum remained with the Bulls.
With play going from end to end, Mason Vidella gained possession and drove forward with one of his signature attacking runs.
He passed to William at the 18-yard line, who created space for himself and took a shot on the turn, squeezing it inside the right post and restoring the 2-goal advantage in the 81st minute.
South Coast Flame FC take the points with an exciting 4-2 WIN and look forward to continuing this trend next week against the Parramatta FC at The Furnace.
Player of the Week: Ryan Thompson
Excellent distribution playing out from the back and once again getting himself on the score sheet from a set piece.