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Match Report: ESFA Men’s Round 1

By , March 30, 2015 14:19

AA4 SAT A
It was a delight to visit Coral Sea Park on a warm and surprisingly still Saturday afternoon. Team D kicked off the season with a  less than convincing 2-1 victory over a youthful Maroubra B team.

A good first half with lots of procession delivered a 2-0 lead but the second half was less convincing.

In the end, three big saves from Terence in goals kept the home team out after our CB had been caught out mid way through the second half.

As they say, “it’s a good sign when you win whilst playing badly” and it wasn’t our best performance but all good in the end. 

AA4 SAT B
The team put in a solid effort against last year’s winners, Maroubra United FC, conceding only one goal in the first 75 minutes. Unfortunately, the team were overrun in the last 25 as they had no subs while Maroubra had many.

AA6 SAT A
A relatively dry and even first half. Followed by a tense and fiery second half including a yellow card to Tim on the 81′ for a rash challenge on their goalkeeper, followed up by his sublime finish in the bottom left hand corner from the edge of the box a minute later.

AA8 SAT A vs. AA8 SAT U21
The UNSW U21s had their first run out in the All Age men’s competition this weekend. Playing a derby game against an under strength UNSW team, the U21s had a bright start with lots of possession and a few good chances. The opposition worked their way into the game, using their size to out-muscle and out-leap the U21s at a corner scoring the first goal of the game. They were then able to sit back and hit the U21s on the counter.

The U21s got one back before half time through Sam Brand and the second half saw much of the same. As the game wore on the U21s pressed harder and harder for a goal but to no avail. The teams walked away with a share of the spoils in a well-played one-one draw.

AA4
The brand new UNSW AA4’s took to this match quietly confident that they could outplay and out pass any team in this division. However a failure to learn from preseason was telling, as again, UNSW took the early lead only to concede 2 incredibly soft goals from lapses of concentration. A deceptively curling free kick was met by a deft touch into the bottom corner but then UNI fell behind. A late inch perfect cross by David Kane was initially missed by both Coogee keeper and the uni striker but regathered quickly and the ball was slotted between the keepers legs to restore parity.

This team will be one to look out for once the kinks are ironed out.

AA5
3-2 win, good start to the season but with room for improvement. Marc Hubert our CDM scored from 35m, turns out it is easy to score.

AA8

AA8 played well in the season opener. We were leading 2-0 with 65 mins into the game. But two defensive errors within 10 mins lead to two goals conceded. We look forward to the next game. 

AA9

Goals: S. PEZET, I. GRAY

What a very strange game. We won sure but it was tough going. Started with a minute silence for of the Eagles family members passing this week and off we went. Our fab new central defender scored a divine goal on edge of box to be 1 up in second half and we then got peppered by them but comically they could not score. Richie unreal in goal. Possessed by the green lantern and took a few tough knocks to save us. Then after lots of pressure we got our second. Yep the old guy put one passed the keepers reach into top left corner! Job done! Good job guys. Good feeling to get a win first game of the season. Long road made shorter….

Men’s Score Opposition
AA4 Sat A 2 – 1 Maroubra United FC
AA4 Sat B 0 – 5 Maroubra United FC
AA6 Sat A 1 –  1 Sydney Uni
AA6 Sat B 0 – 0 (Receiving Forfeit) Redfern Raiders
AA8 Sat A 1 – 1 AA8 Sat U21
AA8 Sat U21 1 – 1 AA8 Sat A
AA4 2 – 2 Coogee United FC
AA5 3 – 2 Redfern Raiders
AA7 0 – 2 Coogee United FC
AA8 2 – 2 Easts FC
AA9 2 – 0 Olympic Eagles FC

Match Report: ESFA Women’s Round 1

By , March 30, 2015 13:53

UNSW FC’s three local women’s teams have had a perfect start to the season.

The AAW Championship team had a convincing win over Maroubra FC. The midfield’s passing game was on point and the defense, marshalled confidently by captain Alix Roberts, dealt with everything Maroubra could throw.

The AAW2s held their own at Coral Sea, demonstrating determination and strength throughout the 90 minutes. Despite conceding an unfortunate penalty, the girls dominated the second half and managed to come from behind to win 2-1.

At Heffron, the AAW4s secured a 2-0 win over Olympic Eagles to take 3 points from the home team. Domination of possession allowed the girls to win comfortably with great finishes from Caitlen Penklis and Zoe Nash.

Women’s Score Opposition
AAW Championship 5 – 0 Maroubra United FC
AAW2 2 – 1 Maroubra United FC
AAW4 2 – 0 Olympic Eagles FC

Match Report (ESFA Cup): AA4SatA v Dunbar AA3

By , March 27, 2015 13:02
AA4SatA v Dunbar AA3
Friday, 20th March

The boots were dusted off and squeaky joints had Goanna Oil applied as the AA4 Sat A, better known as “Team D”, kicked their first ball in anger.

A warm autumn evening and a large, warmed up Dunbar squad greeted our late arriving players. They looked at our late arrivals and un-stretched players with disdain, as we hastily rolled out 11 players to start the match on time. Little did they suspect…..
However, from the kick off,  Team D played some decent football and matched Dunbar blow for blow. Dominance doesn’t amount to goals and the fact that we are a squad consisting mostly of midfielders playing out of position, it took a while and a few chances before we finally chalked up a goal. A sweet in-swinging free kick from Chuck D was met by our German fullback Alex Willems. Alex had commenced his run at half way and arrived inside the box late and tired but unmarked. Everyone else was too tired to make a run and we were relying heavily on our only sub 25 y/o player to run….. a lot!
Despite the 1-0 scoreline, the match was rolling along nicely and GK Terence, playing more like a deep sweeper was doing a great job of switching play across the back. We poked and prodded, but it wasn’t until the 70th minute that Team D finally scored again. Notably, we had hit the crossbar twice and the Dunbar keeper was busier than a Baghdad brikkie.
One of the many Boutsikakis runs was ended by a foul (as usual) and up stepped Chuck D. From 25 yards, our trusty dead ball specialist swung the ball around the wall. His sweet left foot and beat the keeper at far post, as it dipped into the bottom corner.
Two nil and all that was left was the customary Dunbar kick fest. Frustratingly for them, we love that sh!t.
The match was followed by our first visit to Mama Teresa’s for $20 all you can eat pizza and pasta. The beers flowed at the Rege until 3am with the first post match hangover a bigger one than expected.
Thank you linesmen, thank you ballboys.

Match Report (ESFA Cup): ESFA Premier League v Dunbar AASat4

By , March 27, 2015 12:06

Premier League v Dunbar AASat4 (ESFA Cup)
Saturday, March 21

The game was scheduled to be played at Centennial Park 6. Unfortunately, due to name changes and Dunbar confusion the match took place at Mission Field 6 much to the displeasure of the our team and the refs.

Never the less the game kicked off albeit 30 minutes late which knocked 15 minutes off both halves. MPL were able to field a strong squad and started the brighter of the two teams, testing the Dunbar defense of numerous occasions. The first goal came after some strong build up play between the backs which actually started from left back. The ball was played from left back along the defense to right back, Joao, who, with a give and go, belted up the right hand side and delivered an inch perfect cross to Josh who slotted a first time volley into the back of the net.

The second followed shortly after. Again Ryan was the instigator passing the ball to the mids who then sent Martin racing through one on one with the goalkeeper. Martin slotted home with ease to put us firmly in control of the half.

Second half didn’t start as we would have hoped. We failed to assert our dominance which brought us success in the first 30 mins but never the less we stood firm and challenged the keeper once again without reward. This was until Tom Sherman, skip for the day, popped up with an opportune strike from 30 yards which skidded into the corner. Dunbar mounted some substantial pressure towards the end but only managed to test the MPL Gk on a couple of occasions. Leon, John, Tom Darling and Tristan all made appearances off the bench and continued to assert our dominance. MPL finished up with an estimated 60-70% possession on a pitch which resembled a paddock which is credit to the squad for playing our passing game on a less than ideal deck.

Final Score; MPL 3 – Dunbar AA4 0

Coaches Pick: Louis Coles if not the entire back 6- demonstrated calmness on the ball and always looked to receive and distribute effectively.

Match Report (Preseason): ESFA Premier League Reserve v Sydney Uni AA4

By , March 27, 2015 12:03

Premier League Reserve v Sydney Uni AA4

This game represented the last trial game before the season. Again we fielded an extremely competitive team against an opposition we knew nothing about. We started with the usual dominance we have become accustom to with early tests for the USYD gk. We took the lead shortly into the first half when Tristan was fed from the mids on the top right hand side of the box and hit a crunching half volley to the left of the stricken gk. It was no less than we had deserved, however, shortly after Dan Hickey limped off with a rolled ankle which threaten to leave us in the lurch. Naturally USYD put a couple of moves together in order to search for an equaliser but the introduction of Gustavo calmed the MPLR team and allowed us to regain control.

The second half started with the same intensity of the first, the wing backs (Ivan and Gabriel) were getting wide and forward which opened up plenty of space for our mids to use. We attacked their goal on several occasions and testament to their gk, it could have been 5-6 zip already. However, a clumsy handball in the box led to a penalty to USYD who converted without issue.

We started to get frustrated and thus rushed both passing and forward play. We lost our way somewhat and our ability to keep the ball. With 15 mins left to go we started to switch on with some calm defensive build up from Ziggy and Matt. Rarely did the ball leave the Usyd half which allowed our mids to press on which ultimately allowed Gustavo to score a side footed shot from 18 yards. The end of the goals came shortly before full time when Liam was sent through and somewhat rounded the keeper and score.

Credit to Leon and Tristan who backed up from the first game to provide solid attacking movement.

Final Score; MPLR 3 – Usyd AA4 1

Coaches Pick: Ziggy – started for the first time at CB with a new defensive pairing. Demonstrated a solid understanding of positioning and always provided an outlet from GK and Mids.

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