It was an extremely competitive day across all five age groups for our youth boys squads at Rydalmere Park on Saturday morning, with two draws, two losses and a win for the Flame across the five games. The largest winning margin across the day was two goals, which was the difference in the U/14’s and U/15’s games.
13’s Boys: South Coast Flame 2-2 Rydalmere Lions
No match report was made available
14’s Boys: South Coast Flame 2-4 Rydalmere Lions
The Flame struggled early on to play through Rydalmere’s press. As we grew into the game, a great piece of build up saw Tyson Tomlinson hit the crossbar before the Flame won a penalty which was put away by Ben Parry.
Flame were on top, however Rydalmere responded with a goal from 40 metres out to equalise. Flame rallied together and some nice movement saw Gabriel Corvalan find Parry in the box, who cut it to the back post for it to be scrambled in by Oscar Loveday for a 2-1 lead at half time.
The 2nd half was a even tussle, however an unfortunate own goal from a corner gave Rydalmere an equaliser, before some poor defending from a free kick saw the Lions take the lead. As Flame pushed and created chances that went begging, Rydalmere scored their fourth in the dying minutes to seal the result.
Player of the week: Will Egan Brown
Will executed his player tasks from training to a high standard this week, and showed the Flame spirit and desire by playing through a unique injury to help his team.
15 Boys: South Coast Flame 2-0 Rydalmere Lions
No match report was made available
16 Boys: South Coast Flame 1-2 Rydalmere Lions
The Flame played well in patches in the first half, and went into the break with a one-goal lead.
Unfortunately in the second half, the U/16’s didn’t stick to their game plan. The effort and desire was there, but unfortunately we lost the game 2-1.
Player of the week: Nick Calderón
Nick showed a high work rate, plenty of effort, and determination.
18 Boys: South Coast Flame 0-0 Rydalmere Lions
The U18’s Flame team played a very tight and competitive game against the Rydalmere Lions on the weekend. Although Rydalmere have only one win to their name, their focus on possession and strength was evident.
Rydalmere dominated possession in our half for the first 25 minutes, with our goalkeeper and defenders having to make several saves from both direct shots and rebounds as the opposition looked to score.
In return, our attackers were keen to make runs and push high on their goal, and several attempts by Jay De Gouveia, Antonio Sansone and Noah Duarte were made but unsuccessful.
In the second half, our boys continued to work hard and put in some great defence holding Rydalmere at bay whilst looking to make opportunities to score. With only five minutes to the final whistle, a dangerous cross by Flame from out wide sees a rebound find the feet of Jyden Harb as he slipped the ball into the back of the net. However, the celebration was short lived as the referee overruled the linesman and declared Jyden offside.
It was an exciting game to watch as the two teams were evenly matched with both sides showing some great technical skill, but the score remained at nil-all at full time. The boys can be proud of their effort especially given they had several regulars out due to injury and sickness. They will regroup before taking on high-flyers St. George next weekend.
Player of the week: Jay De Gouveia
Jay worked tirelessly in both defence and attack.