JPL Report 25 April 2015

U12 Belconnen United 8 v. Canberra Olympic 0

It was a memorable 8-0 win over Canberra Olympic for the Under 12’s on ANZAC day that had a little bit of everything at Kaleen. The game started in sunshine, rained goals and was called off in the second half due to lightning.

The game was minutes old when Cooper put Odhran through on goal for a 1-0 lead. Then Dylan turned provider and Odhran again had the ball in the back of the net. The boys continued to move the ball quickly, with Cooper slipping the ball to Alexander to bring the score to 3-0.

Olympic packed the midfield, so Sam took things in hand. Bursting from halfway, flying past one defender, he feinted a pass and then beat another player before slotting the ball past the keeper from 20 metres out.

With Belconnen well on top, Alexander rose to meet an Odhran corner only to bring out a great save from the keeper. The game became an end to end affair, with Olympic having three clear scoring shots including a one on one from 5 metres out. On each occasion, Matt stood his ground and made tremendous saves.

Dylan, whose speed and quick transition was causing Olympic all sorts of problems, played another beautiful through ball to Odhran, who completed his hat-trick. Noah then finished a long run by finding the top of the net, before Dylan found Odhran again, leaving Belconnen with a 7 goal lead at half time.

With the rain coming down, Odhran long range shot for his fifth goal was parried by the goalie to James who made it 8-0. While the boys were loving the pouring rain, with lightning about the referee wisely ended the game.

 

U14 Belconnen United 0 v. Canberra Olympic 0

The storm just had passed when the U14 kicked off against Canberra Olympic. The two teams came into the game with a quite different record this season. Belconnen winning the first two games wanting to secure first spot on the ladder and Olympic with two very close games loosing against Gungahlin and a draw against Tuggeranong very keen to score three points.

And that is how the game started. Both teams very well set-up not getting behind in the first part of game. Our boys showed some excellent ball passing skills developing the game from the back. Especially the two center backs Oli and Corey stood very strong moving the ball into the midfield for Jono, Nicki, Luca, Jackson or Nathan to press forward. The game looked nice from the sideline (Belconnen having almost 150 completed passes in the first half) but the final pass into the runs from Zedan or Liam was seldom timed correctly. Also facing a defensively very strong team of Olympic around their number 14 our boys could not create many clear chances. After 35 minutes on a very wet and tough to play  surface our team showed great ball and passing skills but well timed diagonal runs and ball domination in front of the Olympic goal was missing.

The question of the second half surely was if Belconnen can find a way to break down the Olympic defense and not conceding a goal on a counter attack. Leon playing left back second half showed some excellent ball skills with a great first touch moving forward on the left and Harry and Max did not allow much either on the right side with solid defending. As the game went on our boys more and more dominated the game but Olympic was always dangerous with their physical strong attackers. The ball possession was even a bit higher than in the first half but the fast transition to cause damage to the Olympic defense was still not happening. So it was mainly a free-kick from Leon and several corners which could had giving our boys the lead but Liam as well as Noah missed their chances. On the other side Ben kept a clean sheet for Belconnen.

At the end our boys probably played the best match of the season so far but had to learn that it is not easy to break down a defensively strong and well-structured team like Olympic on that afternoon. Surely much more to learn as the next games against the Tigers in Cooma and the Skilleroos are not getting easier. See you all next Saturday in Cooma.

 

U16 Belconnen United 3 v. Canberra Olympic 0

Round 3 saw the 2014 U14 Premiership team take on our lads at Kaleen enclosed.  With the pitch in near perfect condition, the rain and dark clouds around us did not stop the referee from blowing his whistle to start the game.  With a strong home crowd watching, we were able to watch some great action earlier on from our mid fielders Tom Adamson, Jayde James-Ward and Paul Siwabessy take control to blitz Olympic with over 80% of the play.  Ricci James-Ward had a chance in the 18 yard box at the 10 minute mark with only the keeper to beat, but the usually reliable striker would pull his shot left of the post, leaving the crowd gasping at the near miss.  With less than 2 minutes later, Marshall Dickson intercepted, passing to Reaghan Travers who cut past three players to pump the ball at the keeper, leaving Martin Crome to push home the first goal of the day.

There would be another 8 minutes before the second goal would register for BUFC, with Ricci James-Ward having two attempts at goals but leaving no chance with a thumper into the net.  Half time would see BUFC 2-0 up leaving Olympic with some headaches to think about with 45 minutes to go.

Credit to the boys at the back with Zach Browning, Nelson Cary, Marshall Dickson and Reaghan Travers ALL stepping up to make Chris Milicevic have a quiet day in goals.  Chris was shown the ball on a number of occasions with some set shots from long out but it would not trouble him as he finished the day with a clean sheet.

The third goal would come from the boot of Ricci James-Ward again as he received a great ball from Nelson Cary from the half way line that saw Ricci size up the keeper before hitting the ball past a diving keeper into the top right side of the net.

No new injuries to report for this game but Tom Adamson was assisted from the park after receiving a knock to the knee, but we were able to see the Captain return to the park late in the second half to take the helm again leading the team to its third win of the season.

Next week, the train rolls on to Cooma for a game in the snow!!!