PL U12’s Belconnen United 1 vs Gungahlin 1
The Under 12’s started the season with a one all draw in a match where both teams had their moments but neither could put the game away.
Belconnen scored after 10 minutes with Odhran outpacing the defence to slot the ball in the net. Gungahlin bounced back with sustained pressure, Matt making a series of great saves. The game was even shortly before halftime with Gungahlin scoring following a long break.
Both teams had chances in the second half, but desperate defence and the offside flag helped both sides. Jake’s leadership in defence closed down numerous Gungahlin attacks and Riley’s influential play in the midfield maintained the equilibrium.
PL U14’s Belconnen United 3 vs Gungahlin 0
The U14 PL side had a great start into the season at their home ground in Kaleen. The team was well prepared by the coaching staff of Paul, Daniel and Simon and played a great Pre-season winning the BUFC gala day and matching up very nicely with NSW PL sides in the Bathurst Cup.
After a scoreless first half with a number of lost possession, BUFC was able to turn things around with the support from the well-organised midfield around Nicki Jadric, Luca Macor, Sam Mellick and Nathan Tokley the second half saw three great goals giving BUFC a 3-0 game winning score at the final whistle. The goal scoring was started by a great run from Liam Fitzpatrick over the left wing and a wonderful finish into the left corner. Jono Leayr missing some chances in the first half was again constantly pushing forward and creating lots of chances. One was converted by Luca Macor and Leon Michl had some on his boots but great saves by the Gungahlin goal keeper prevented a higher score-line. The backline organised by captain Corey Smith saw Oli Vincent, Max Mellick and Harry Stuart not allowing much chances for Gungahlin and always pushing forward. Benjamin Nicholas had a quiet afternoon in goal but when needed he was there. Jackson Paesler had to watch their mates play from the side line due to an injury but was cheering the boys forward.
The last goal was a cracking shot just under the cross bar from Geu/Noah Ayeul and put the whole team into celebration time.
Well done everybody and we are all looking forward to the next game coming weekend against Canberra FC.
Most of the boys could not get enough and were watching the first grade later that day at McKellar Stadium.
PL U16’s Belconnen United 5 vs Gungahlin 3
The Under 16’s won their first round game Vs Gungahlin 5 – 3 in a game that saw BUFC go out to a 3 goal advantage come half-time.
The first 10 minutes was about controlling the game. Both sides had equal chances in securing the mid-field, but with the experience of Tom Adamson [www.canberranc.com.au] playing #6, he was able to control his opponent and add true value in both attack, and defence.
The impact player would have to be Paul Siwabessy, as his tenacious determination to win the ball was very noticeable by his team mates, and the opposition.
The defensive backs were strong and were able to hold off many attacking opportunities from GUFC, with Chris Milosevic claiming victory over his old side from the years gone by. A special mention to Marshall Dickson who was able to provide a number of driving moves out of defence and into attack.
Both Eric Noheli and Nick Rolls added flair up front, both scoring doubles but it was Ricci James-Ward [www.adnbuilders.com.au]who surprised everyone with his strength and speed to smash home a goal that is still rattling the cage at Kaleen.
Congratulations to all the boys that played today, it marked a special moment as we embark on what we set out to be, a great year in football, guided by the experience in Jimmy Kanaridis and Colin Stirton. With Lucas Falconer and Jayde James-Ward [www.dmjstechnologies.acndirect.com] still to come back into the team, the depth is with us in the 16’s for 2015.