JPL Report – Round 5 – 9th May 2015

BUFC 12PL 2 v. Emerging United 1
The Belconnen boys transitioned from the ankle deep grass of Cooma to the fast surface of Hawker in a 2-1 win over Emerging United. Belconnen came out fast and looked dangerous, with Dylan taking on the defence with a lovely run into the box then tucking the ball into the corner of the net. The second goal came from a free kick, with Odhran scoring his 8th goal of the season with a dink over the keeper.  
In the second half the girls controlled much of the ball, playing the field well and making use of the space. The Belconnen defence lead by Jake and  Ryan blunted many attacks. However, the girls got reward for poaching the ball in the midfield and within a blink of an eye it was 2-1. Following that it was end to end football with Belconnen having their chances and both defences having to work hard. Jake used the back of his head to block a fierce shot and had to be helped from the field. With the Captain off, the boys stood up with Belconnen working hard in both attack and defence to record the win.

BUFC 14PL 4 Vs CF Skilleroos 4

The U14 boys were excited to play the undefeated Skilleroos as a few of them were playing against their old team and they were keen to show them who’s boss. The match started at a fast pace and BUFC quickly went to a 2-0 lead with goals from Luca and Nicola the first coming from a goalkeeper error which Luca pounced on and the second a great strike from Nicola. The Skilleroos rallied and held out some torrid attack from the boys from Belco. Our defence and midfield were also very solid and we kept the Skilleroos quiet for the majority of the first half.

The Skilleroos then took advantage of a fast break and scored on a counter attack which was against the run of play. After a mix up from the ref on the timing of the half the boys continued to press and the Skilleroos cracked under the constant pressure scoring an own goal for BUFC to take a 3-1 lead at half time.

The second half saw the Skilleroos come out fired up and ready to make amends of at times sloppy first half. They scored within 5 minutes to close the score to 3-2 but shortly after Luca made a great strike to put us up 4-2.

The Skilleroos continued to pressure for the remainder of the half and managed to break through to score twice to level the score at 4-4. Our boys continued to play hard and had a few chances to score close to the end only to be denied.

The boys now look forward to a week off with the bye before taking on Woden Weston in a fortnight.

BUFC 16PL 8 Vs Senior Skilleroos 1

With the season well underway, the momentum of the BUFC U16’s has been very strong to date, which has seen four teams brushed aside as the boys sit high on the ladder in this competition.  Today would a new test, which would see the boys play the best Capital Football identified 2001 born players and 5 ACTAS players giving their all against the might of Belconnen.  The game started with a goal in the first minute of the game … to Capital Football, after a great solo run from ‘Tex’ Fletcher from his defensive 18 yard line who was able to pass the ball back to a waiting player at the top of the 6 to a surprised Chris Milicevic.  Perhaps this would be the ‘wake-up’ call the boys needed as they still had 89 minutes of the game to come back and win.  That thought came true as BUFC pumped home 4 goals of their own starting with the “human cannonball” Mr. Guatemala – Martin Crome after many repeated chase down of his opposition player (Ex BUFC player Miguel Da Silva), as he smashed home the ball through the hands of the keeper to make it 1 All.  Following this would be first time goal scorer for 2015, Reaghan Travers after coming off a “Man of the Match” award from last week who again, was able to rattle the cage to ink his name on the score card.  With less than 6 minutes later, after an even possession ratio with CF, we saw Mr. Crome take control of the pass from Liam Rae at the top of the box to slot home his 2nd for the half as he saluted the air with a kiss to thank those that made it possible.  It wouldn’t be too long before we see Nick Rolls name on the sheet as his positioned himself in an ‘on-side’ position to receive a pass from that man Mr. Crome again to flick the ball over the keeper, who again was left to face a one-on-one but was unlucky not to stop this one.  Half time score was 4 – 1 in BUFC favour.

Game statistics for the first half saw BUFC having 15 shots at goal, with a 26% success rate to Capital Football, 1 from 4, 25% success.  Possession was very close with 51% – 49% in BUFC’s favour and string passes (>3) about even.  The difference was the string passes from CF was 95% in their defensive half, and BUFC stringing together 21 total groupings, but over 85% in our attacking half.

The second half started off with Referee Nunzio questioning which is his best camera angle, of which the jury is still out on this … but we thanked Nunzio for his first half effort by giving him some half time snack bars which he consumed back in the sheds.  On a more serious note, Connor Schroder performed a well time slide just outside our defensive 18 yard which raised Nunzio’s eye browse and awarded a free kick to a bemused CF player.  This opportunity was nothing more than that as he skied the ball 20 metres above Chris Milicevic.  A short time later, after some strong defensive presses, Tom Adamson easily stole the ball at the half way line to take it all the way but crossed tapped the ball to an off sided Ricci James-Ward which got the heart’s pumping in the grandstand.  The next 20 minutes, we witnessed a see-saw game, with no team taking advantage of the turn-overs.  A number of chances were blown away by bad first touches but eventually, the quickness of Nick Rolls saw him steal an intercept to have another one-on-one with the keeper but this time, clearing the keeper and putting the ball in the top part of the net to go 5-1 up after 69 minutes.

With the next out, we saw Jaxon Hanily make his 2015 PL appearance with an attempt on goal with a header, but falling short of the net, only to have a second attempt from a corner kick, landing it wide of the post.  To follow in Jaxon’s footsteps, we saw Reaghan Travers push the ball wide from a set piece and moments later, Martin Crome takes the ball into the 18 yard box, only to push it wide of the keeper, and then again less than a minute later.  At this stage of the game, we saw CF have just under 55% of the ball, only leaving their defensive half on 4 occasions, seeing them take 2 shots on goals, whilst we racked up 8 shots for 1 goal.  With 45% of the ball, there was a lot of turn-overs but our BPO was high, and our BP was low after 30 minutes in the second half.

With the waves of pressure being applied on the younger CF boys, the breakthrough finally came through the ever watching Jaxon Hanily, as he accepted a wayward pass from the CF keeper and side stepped the centre back to push home the ball to make it 6-1 after 80 minutes.  It would be another minute before our next chance would come through that guy Mr. Guatemala as he tried another chip over the keeper, but this time (with all the practice he was getting), he managed to get a finger on the lobbed ball to give BUFC another corner kick.  With only another few more minutes passing, several more shots on goals would come through Nick Rolls and Michael Dariol but the killer blow would be a sensational goal from Nicky Rolls from the 18 yard line smashing home a ball that would hit the cross bar, deflecting off the keepers back and dribbling into the goals for the teams 7th goal.  The celebrations would continue into the next 30 seconds of play as the boys would string together a 4 pass play to tee up Lucas Falconer with his season debut goal in the 89th minute to bring the final score to being 8-1 in favour of the sky blues.

With a well-earned break next week, we come back for round 7 on the 23rd of May to take on Woden/Weston at Kaleen enclosed.

Goal scorers: Nick Rolls (3), Martin Crome (2), Reaghan Travers (1), Jaxon Hanily (1), Lucas Falconer (1).