13 Boys: Prospect United 0-2 South Coast Flame
No match report was provided.
14 Boys: Prospect United 1-1 South Coast Flame
A game of too many missed chances. Flame started well and scored early on through James Benedetti, however a loss of focus and concentration from the restart saw Prospect equalise.
The rest of the half became a even tussle, with Flame trying to play on the smaller pitch and Prospect trying to play direct and on the counter.
The second half saw Flame dominate and create too many chances to score. However a lack of composure, calmness and a rush of blood in every scenario saw Prospect let off the hook. The game finished 1-1 and if the team wants to push for a finals berth like their football suggests, they need to convert their chances in future games.
Player of the week: Will Egan Brown
Returning from injury, Will was a mainstay in midfield, using his physicality to break up multiple attacks and begin our own.
15 Boys: Prospect United 0-1 South Coast Flame
No match report was provided.
16 Boys: Prospect United 1-3 South Coast Flame
The team started slow and were under pressure for the first 20 minutes.
We then changed our system and this changed things around for us. We were able to keep the ball for longer periods. The field was very small which gave us little time on the ball and plenty of transition. We went into the break 0-0.
Prospect were awarded a penalty which they scored. The team played good football before Blake Pearson was brought down in the box and we were awarded a penalty. Cass Marr converted. The boys started to get a roll on and Mitchell Despotovski made a positive run forward, and took his chance well. Nicholas Cadorin worked hard all game and took his 1-on-1 chance well, making it 3-1. It was great to see the team come from behind and get the points.
Player of the week: Alessandro Calmasini
Alessandro was very solid at the back.
18 Boys: Prospect United 4-2 South Coast Flame
It was a long trip to Hills Grammar for the Saturday night fixture against Prospect. The school’s facilities were impressive; however, the pitch was surprisingly small.
The Flame were still buoyed by the previous week’s victory over the Jets, but Prospect had little regard for that result as they commenced an intense opening stanza, putting the Flame players under extreme pressure.
Flame players were forced into uncharacteristic errors and Prospect were able to quickly capitalise on turnovers and scored twice within 10 minutes. It appeared the Flame were having issues adapting to the somewhat cramped playing conditions. As the Flame attempted to settle into the game, we conceded a penalty and went to half time down 0-3.
Flame reset at half time and put in a much-improved performance but not before conceding once again. However, even on the wrong side of a lopsided score board, the Flame boys continued to hang in. A terrific free kick from distance by Josh Bussoletti sparked a resurgence. Some further enterprising play from the Flame saw Junho Cho finish off an attacking movement.
Flame continued to press and finished strongly, however, the score remained 2-4.
Player of the week: Junho Cho
Junho worked extremely hard in the middle third to match a very physical Prospect midfield.
CATCH UP GAMES
14 Boys: South Coast Flame 2-0 Parramatta FC
We started the game slowly as both teams felt each other out. As the game grew on we started building confidence and started playing our normal style of football.
Some nice combination play between Oscar Loveday and Alex Bosevski found James Benedetti with time and space to deliver a dangerous ball that found the head of Gabriel Corvalan. The inital attempt was saved but Ben Parry was able to smash in the rebound.
A few minutes later those same players combined again, executing the press well and coutnered swiftly, with Parry grabbing his second.
The second half saw Flame continue to control the game. Parramatta were looking for counter attack opportunities but with no real effort on goal. Flame had a couple of their own, hitting the post on a couple of occassions, however no change to the score with Flame grabbing a much deserved win.
Player of the week: Brody Gardiner
Brody was solid at the back, working well to deny Parramatta’s long ball approach and being involved in critical moments to deny any chances on our goal. He did well in retaining possession and executing specific team and player tasks to a high standard.
15 Boys: South Coast Flame 1-0 Parramatta FC
No match report was provided
16 Boys: South Coast Flame 3-0 Parramatta FC
The team had a good first half. When we moved the ball quickly we were able to create chances. The team created a lot of of chances, though missed a lot of good opportunities. When we did move the ball quickly were able to create chances.
We did score mid-way through the first half. Jackson provided a great cross in which Levi Dirks converted. At half time the boys were instructed to play two-touch in the middle of the park and get the ball moving from side-to-side. We did this and scored a fantastic second goal. We must have played over 12 passes before Yoan Ciugureanu provide a cross for Nick Caldron, who converted.
We then score late in the game with some good football again and a great cross from Oscar Lambie, which Blake Pearson headed home. A great football performance by the boys which we need to take into next weekend game.
Player of the week: Blake Pearson
Blake’s work up and down the park was exceptional, and he scored the third goal.
18 Boys: South Coast Flame 2-1 Parramatta FC
The under 18 boys completed their double-header weekend opposing Parramatta FC.
After Saturday’s tough defeat, the boys needed to shake it off and look to return to their winning ways. And they did not disappoint, working hard to secure a 2-1 victory.
It was a very physical start to the game, with Flame having some strong attempts on goal, whilst Flame Keeper Matt Gazivoda was kept busy making two crucial saves early on.
In the 36th minute, a corner taken by Antonio Sansone found Ryan Thompson who neatly headed it into goal to take the lead.
The arm wrestle continued into the second half until the 63rd minute, when Parramatta handled the ball in the box and Flame were awarded a penalty. Jyden Harb calmly converted to extend the lead to 2-0.
Parramatta increased their attacking player numbers and began playing long balls to create goal scoring opportunities. Gazivoda worked well with the Flame defenders to deflect their attacks and manage the game.
Parramatta’s continued pressure forced a turnover, and they clawed a goal back with 10 minutes to play.
It was a tense and exciting finale, with continued attacking raids by Parramatta and desperate defence by Flame, who held on to take the points.
Player of the match: Matthew Gazivoda
Matt was outstanding in goals. Saving a number of shots to keep the team in the game.