JPL Report – Round 7 – 23rd May 2015

BUFC 12PL 4 Vs Woden Weston FC 1
It was a scoreless, at times scrappy, first half with the team playing below their best. However the boys responded after half-time, valuing possession and moving the ball with precision. Early in the second half Cooper played Dylan in on goal and it was one-nil. From this point Belconnen dominated the midfield with Riley, Sam and Marko influential. Quality ball going forward enabled Cooper to play Dylan on goal and he sent the goalie the wrong way for a 2–nil lead.
Jake and Ryan anchored the defence and moved some lovely balls forward. Ethan played Alexander down the right and his shot deflected to Cooper who smashed the ball towards goal, deflecting off Dylan’s back, for Dylan to complete his hat-trick.
Woden Weston had their moments with Matt handling a couple of shots on goal, before a great through ball saw Woden Weston pull one back. Noah ended the game with a great individual goal, beating four defenders and slipping it past the goal keeper for a 4-1 result.
BUFC 14PL 6 Vs Woden Weston FC 1
After a bye the last week-end and in round 6 playing the best game of the season against the Skilleroos the challenge to keep the standard was on. The games this season showed so far that the boys are capable to dominate the top teams in the competition but seem to drop to a laissez-faire style of play against weaker teams. As expected, that was happening again. 

BUFC had a quick lead after a mistake from the Woden Westen goalkeeper putting a goal kick straight to Leon who put the ball on his left foot and converted the chance with a placed shoot into the left corner giving the goalkeeper no chance. The expectation now surely was that BUFC would move the ball nicely creating more and more chances. However, the boys did not find the rhythm and patience to look for the best-placed player to score. As the game went on, especially our strikers could have put the game away at a very early stage but missed several chances. So, it were two well struck shots from just outside the box from Niki and Luca which gave our boys a 3:0 lead at half time.

The sermon by the coaches at half time seemed to do no change to the style of play in the second half. After leaving out several chances at the beginning of the second half, a defensive error cost our boys a goal giving Woden Westen a glimpse of a chance to come back into the game. However, our defense with Oli, Corey, Max, Noah and Harry stood tight and did not allow any further goal. The game forward still was seeing a lot of unfortunate decision-making missing again many chances. So, it was finally a header by Jono picking up a nice cross from Leon, a strike from distance by Luca and a finish from Zedan which gave our boys a comfortable win 6:1 win. Ben was just challenged once in the game where he had no chance to save the goal and Nathan and Liam worked hard but as the rest of the crew often did the wrong decisions.

At the end, BUFC created about 30 attempts to score and could convert six. So, the figures tell that there is some work to be done to improve the decision-making and team play. Positive was that Woden Weston had just about four attempts but again a defensive error cost one goal, which was very similar to the Skillerros game. Boys, let us step it up again for the clash against Tuggeranong this weekend, which we beat in the Gala Day final and keep the run for top of the ladder tight.


BUFC 16PL 7 Vs Woden Weston FC 1

With round 6 being a bye for the club, the rest-week would have little effect on the boys as they took on Woden Weston FC at Kaleen enclosed last Saturday.  On a perfect day, the boys were able to take home the glory with a sensational win by scoring 7 goals on a perfect pitch in front of a healthy crowd.  The team was reduced somewhat without the services of Marshall Dickson, Nick Rolls, Eric Noheli and Michael Dariol but the team was not lacking talent as the boys humiliated the opposition with a 4–0 half time score.  On an important note, the boys had 63% of the play with 15 shots at goals, giving the opposition keeper plenty to think about come half time.  The goals were from Tom Cochrane in the 5th minute after stringing together 5 uninterrupted passes, closely followed by Liam Rae (also with 5 passes prior to the goal) then within a blink on the 12th minute, Jayde James-Ward put himself in the perfect position just outside the 6 yard box volleying the ball past the keepers gloves to go 3 nil up.  It would be another 12 minutes before Liam Rae would score his second for the game, racking up 5 for this season.  The pace of Liam has been noticed by all and will serve well when we challenge Tuggeranong United next week away down south.

Half time came and we were able to string together 20 x 5 unanswered passes to Woden … 2.  The intensity of the play was instigated by BUFC as they were able to capitalise on the BPO within 5 seconds before regaining control of the ball again.  The effect of this style of play was noticed in the score and Woden had very little up their sleeves to counter this strong team after 45 minutes of play.

The message from the coaching team of Jimmy Kanaridis and Colin Stirton was for the boys to maintain this style of play for the 90 minutes.  This however was not the case, but the boys were still able to score plenty more goals, but if we were to look at this from an overall performance, the team played for 70 minutes, with 20 minutes of the game going to Woden which was around the first 20 minutes of the second half.  Woden were able to run the ball out of defence on several occasions which resulted in a change in our player positions.  The mercurial Mr. Tom Adamson was able to inflict some pain on the Woden defence but the decision to move Tom back to the #6 role was called to maintain the early structure that was so dominant in the first half.

Goals from Tom Cochrane (2 for the game) in the 49th minute, followed by Lucas Falconer (2nd for the season) and that Mr. Martin Crome (alias Mr. Guata) was able to add his name on the scoring card in the 82nd minute of the game.

The game statistics revealed:

·         BUFC 7 goals from 29 shots, Woden 1 from 7.

·         BUFC was able to double Wodens good first touches by 490 to 225.

·         BUFC controlled the game with 66% of play, completing the passes with 71% to that of Woden 37%.  The most pleasing aspect of the statistics was that we were able to string together 24 uninterrupted passes in the 2nd half.

This result now has BUFC U16’s on top of the ladder after round 7.  Our biggest challenge is against Tuggeranong United this weekend who are coming off a bye weekend.  We will have our work cut out against a high scoring team at their home ground on Sunday, with a 12:30pm kick off.

Good luck boys.