Boys 12′s Joeys
CPSC (16) def Mornington (1)
Goals: Mansor (5) Mohammed (4) Ray (4) Nicholas (2) Rahul (1)
We traveled to Mornington today without our coach but with our assistant coach Sagar taking the reigns. From the moment the game started we could see the boys were on fire today. As you can see from the score, there is not much more to say than an AWESOME team effort from every single player today. After the match I was told by the ref’s trainer how impressed he was with our team and what a great game they played today!
WELL DONE BOYS!! A BIG thank you to Sagar for his fantastic effort as coach.
Thanks to all the parents who helped out.
CPSC (1) drew Caulfield (1)
The boys were looking forward to their first home game for the season today. The game started very well with a great team effort resulting in Aussie scoring a goal. The boys had numerous attempts on goal, 3 hitting the cross bar but with no conversion. A dodgey goal from Caulfield where our goalie Matt was sat on resulted going into half time as a draw. Again the second half saw most of the play at our scoring end and we were unlucky not to score again. Great effort today by Nicholas in defense. Every player gave 100% today and really played a good team game.
Thanks to all who helped out today
Score: Half Time: 0-5
The 14d boys’ team faced the undefeated James Cook FC at home and began the game kicking with the strong wind. Panthers had two early chances to score, only being foiled by an unusual bounce and a great save from the opposition keeper. The Panthers continued their efforts to score but James Cook were able to breakdown our formations and scored regularly throughout the match. The Panthers tried hard but tired towards the end and will be better prepared for Noble Park next week. Thanks to our helpers on the day.
Under 11′s Orange
On Sunday we played our first game against Keysborough SC, all very excited with a brand new team. We started on fire with total control of the game and scoring a great goal. The Team played like they all knew each other and that made it more comfortable as the level was pretty good!
Second half was more even but a strong performance from James and great individual effort by Sebastian made it all easier!!!
Fantastic effort Team
Under 11.s Green
Sunday afternoon was long awaited as we trained really hard to get a win, we started off really solid going against a strong wind, every player stood tall and played their role to finish off the first half with an even score.
Second half was ours as we planned it, but it took as a while to get to our style of game, once we did we dominated as a whole team and took our first win for the season!!!!
congratulations to Team Green
Casey panthers 3 v Mornington SC 3
Goals – Josh (2) & Ryan (1)
Award – Matthew
Round 4 kicked off down at Mornington on a glorious sunny morning and definately a hard game again for our boys. The first half wasn’t going the way we wanted it too and Mornington were the better side making us 2-0 down before half time.
We came on in the second half a stronger side and listened to instructions and had more possession of the ball. There was some outstanding passing and looking for opportunities which enabled us to come back with a 3-3 draw.
Under 10 Joeys
CPSC 2 v Bayside Argonauts 2
Goals: Mobasher, Luka, Josh
In Round 4 the Under 10′s played at home to Bayside Argonauts. Unfortunately the Argonauts were several players short, a big thank you to Josh, Campbell and Zac who changed sides for the day to help Bayside and thanks also to Ben who stepped up from the Under 9′s to play for the Panthers.
The game started off with Bayside scoring a goal after just 3 minutes. This was quickly followed by an equaliser from Mobasher 1 minute later, and another goal shortly after from Josh who was playing for Bayside.
The second half was a lot quieter with the players tiring from a long game in the hot sun, with only one more goal being scored from Luka, the final score being a 2 all draw.
Congratulations to everyone for once again putting in a huge effort all game!
Casey Panthers 0 Goals vs Chelsea FC 1 Goal
A couple of no-shows and latecomer forced a last minute team re-structure resulting in Dylan starting as goalie.
We started brightly with the aid of the wind but once again seemed to think that it would do the scoring for us. Sadly the wind didn’t have its kicking boots on and consistently missed the net and unfortunately we followed suit.
The ball was in our half often enough but scoring remains as elusive as ever, once again let down by a lack of precision in our passing and a lack of players to pass to. On one of the rare occasions it did leave our half our defense was shell-shocked and let in the one and only goal for the game.
In the second half, Saleem took a turn in goals and we played much sharper and more direct, creating a number of fruitless chances – an excellent corner taken by Liam unlucky not to find a friendly boot, ricocheting frustratingly in front of the goal like a pinball until finally dribbling out.
The remainder of the game was fairly even with both sides missing the net. Saleem made some excellent saves keeping us from going further behind, Charlie and Dylan played well and Christopher runs like he’s being chased by the police. Once again Liam played his heart out ably assisted by Mason and Trent but overall too little by too few, particularly when going forward. Many times there’s just nobody available to provide that final passing option.
A fairly good effort in the end however, particularly in the second half. I’m sure we’ll surprise ourselves one day at just how good we can be when everyone turns up, on time and with a winning attitude.
5/6/7s age group
We had a very windy trip to Cardinia United for our hub game against Cardinia and Hampton Park. Both of these clubs struggled to field more than one team while the panthers had over 30 keen players and families. After we set up for Cardinia as their co ordinator was absent due to a family issue we allocated two teams to play against the other teams and then the others were divided up against themselves. It makes us all proud that every week we have so many parents and helpers to organise our kids regardless of home or away. It shows that we are on the right track and that is letting our kids play. Thanks to all those that helped on the day.
This week we have Friday night football under lights with kick off at 7pm but players are needed by 630. Full canteen open for all.
Casey Panthers vs Brighton Sunday 28 April, 2013
The U12 girls played their first home game of the season, and this seemed to spur them on to play very well today. From the outset they played confidently and passed well to each other. They had possession of the ball for most of the first half and at the 15 minute mark of the first half, Rachel Bright kicked a very long kick which made it to the back of the net. This gave the whole team confidence as this was the first time this season they had been in front. The whole team played very well and held their 1 – nil lead at the half time break.
The second half was played with even more vigour and Casey Panthers were under pressure right from kick off. They continued to play well and had three very good chances to score again and were unlucky that each shot went a little too wide. A great effort by Maddie Scully in goals again this week, saving several good attempts by Brighton. A great team effort. Thanks to John Romero for being linesperson and Mustafa Batak for being ref escort. Final score was 1-nil win to Casey Panthers. This week’s award went to Rachel Bright. Last week’s award went to Katie Summers. Well done girls on achieving your first win for the season and to Andy our wonderful coach for his first win.
Under 18 Girls
After a first round win vs Seaford United 6-3 the girls 18 from Casey Panthers have followed up with another outstanding result vs Hampton Jnr SC
After conceding an early goal at the start of the first half the team composed themselves to control the rest of the half and two brilliant goals from Stephanie Clayton (on loan from the 16′s) put us ahead 2-1by halftime
The second half brought lots of pressure from Hampton and were unlucky not to convert a number of opportunities, Amanda J was at her best and was well supported by at times desperate Casey defence. The midfield worked hard at pushing forward and persistence payed off, when a free kick taken by (SC) almost making it a hat trick, was knocked in by Tiygen Batack. Thank you to steph and liana for helping out and it was great to have Jess and Joslyn back on the team. Final score 3-1
Boys 12s Wallabies
Casey Panthers 1 Goals vs Endeavour United SC 8 Goals
After the heroics of the first 2 rounds, we came crashing down to earth today. It didn’t help that we were missing our coach, two of our top line players and a third who arrived at half time.
We started fantastically. In the first minute a great cross by Liam to Adrian who met it on the full and slotted it in with precision.
Unfortunately it was mostly downhill from there. Our players missed tackles or laid them against fellow team mates! Passes were almost non-existent or went to the opposition, and our defense was caught short on most occasions.
On the plus side, Adrian and Dylan toiled manfully all day, Liam worked so hard he literally ran himself into the ground late in the game and Saleem put in some great saves; once again stepping in as goalie at the last minute.
Christopher also played his first game for the season and impressed with his enthusiasm. Welcome to the team!
Unfortunately despite some excellent individual efforts, we didn’t play as a team and it was reflected in the result.
Much work to do at training but I’m sure we’ll rebound in the next round.
Bakers Delight Award:
Boys 12s Joeys
CPSC (11) def Baxter (2)
Goals: Mansor 4, Nicholas 2, Dakota 2, Mohummed 2, Tarek 1
The boys came prepared to play today after a disappointing loss last week. We started well with plenty of supply from the defence to the midfiled & strikers who finished off with 6 goals in the first half. Started off slow in the second half allowing Baxter to score 2 goals however a re-shuffle of the midfield and strikers got us back on track with Mansor, Mohummed and Dakota taking full control. The boys combined really well with their slick passing which gave us a further 5 goals. The boys are really starting to gell as a team and are playing for each other.
Enjoy the break next week and see everyone at training on Wednesday (no training on Friday)
Thanks to all the parents who helped today
Boys 14s B
CPSC (2) def Langwarrin (0)
Goals: Stuart 1, Austin 1
Award: Matthew Bright
The boys travelled to Langwarrin today fully confident that it was their turn for a win. On a cold rainy windswept pitch the boys dominated play from the start. It was good to see Stuart back on the pitch playing his usual position on the wing where he supplied the strikers with plenty of crosses and scored a goal himself. The defence stood strong with Nicholas, Matt Arena and Anthony all having great games. Our best player today was definitely Matt Bright who put his hand up to be goal keeper and saved numerous attempts on goal by Langwarrin. An all round good team effort by everyone. Well done boys!!
Thanks to all the parents who helped today
Under 10 Joeys
Peninsula Strikers 4 v CPSC 3
Goals: Mobasher (3)
In Round 3 the Under 10′s were playing away again, this time to the Peninsula Strikers. We were one player short this week with a total of six players missing through injury or illness, a big thank you to Ben who stepped up from the Under 9′s to be our goalkeeper for the day and who made some terrific saves.
In what proved to be a very close game, the two teams went goal for goal with the score being 2-2 at half time. In the second half the teams again traded goals until a final goal for the Strikers with only 2 minutes remaining sealed their win.
Congratulations to everyone for putting in a huge effort all game, with a special mention to Mobasher for scoring a hat trick.
Casey Panthers v Chelsea
Casey Panthers girls kicked off looking for their first win of the season after two very unlucky defeats.
From the kick off, Panthers attack looked capable of causing problems for the visitor’s defence and there were several attempts on goal before a beautiful move down the left started by Sally Wilde at left back, and moved on by Abby O’Brien on the wing ended with captain for the day, Brianna Garner, forcing the ball over the line for a well deserved lead.
Chelsea came back strongly and forced a number of good saves from our new recruit, Elisa Te in goal and Casey were equally busy at the other end. Eventually a hard fought half ended with Casey hanging on to their 1-0 lead.
In every game so far this season, Casey have put in a much stronger second half but not so this week. For some reason passes went astray and midfield in particular lost their way allowing Chelsea to take the upper hand and throw everything at the Casey goal. The defence stood up well with Olivia a tower of strength at centre back ably supported by Sarah, Star and Sally and Elisa again produced some outstanding saves. However under that pressure they could not hold on forever and eventually Chelsea broke through for a deserved equaliser.
At this stage Chelsea looked more likely to get the winner but a tactical change by Casey saw Skye Jackson move from midfield to striker with immediate results. Set free by a great through ball from Alyssa Perra, Skye out paced the defence and hammered the ball home passed the advancing goal keeper. After that Casey were on top and Isobelles’s speed and Skye’s strength continued to ask questions of the Chelsea defence. Strong midfield play by Hannah and Lara in particular setting the strikers free, meant that Casey were unlucky not to score more but no one was complaining at 2-1. Overall Casey probably deserved the win but it was an even contest throughout.
Casey panthers v Brighton
Goals: Josh 4 and Ryan 1
A draw for the boys this week (5-5), it was one of our hardest games yet. Both teams played well to keep the game level and took on some tough challenges and scored some fantastic goals.
Both Callum and Lachlan shared the goal keeping and did a fantastic job to keep the score level. Players were all over the pitch this weekend so will definately need to work on positions at training.
A big well done to Ashton this week in his first game with the under 9′s coming up from the 6/7′s
Mazenod United 0 v 1 Casey Panthers.
Round 3 saw us travel away again to Mazenod United who had conceded 15 goals in their first two games, we were expected a weaker opposition than the first two rounds but that was not to be the case. They were a big side who passed the ball around well, we started off playing well and most of the action was in the Mazenod half. After some good pressure we managed to take the lead when Bryannen Gurr broke free in the box and got a shot away the keeper got both hands to it but let it squirm under her body and into the goal. Not 5 minutes later Bryannen found herself in a similar position down the right this time but smashed her shot against the post and watched as ran across the line only to be hacked clear. Just before halftime we lost Lorissa Soucramenien with a turned ankle so we had shuffle the pack.
The second half was an end to end game with some excellent defending and strong midfield performance which I felt we just edged them on this. Bad luck on the injury front was to strike again when Fawn Kuchtin went In for a challenge and went over heavily on her ankle and needed to be stretchered off and taken to hospital for x-rays fearing it could be broken. Luckily this wasn’t the case and a badly sprained ankle with a heavy swelling.
Over our first 3 games we have lost 3 players all with ankle ligament damage a trend we need to halt, we have two free weekends now so time for Ella Southall, Lorissa Soucramanien and Fawn Kuchtin to get fit and be ready for round 5.
In Round 2 the Under 10′s played away at Beaumaris and lost 14-2 to a very good Beaumaris Blue side. Despite the scoreline the Panthers players kept on trying and improved throughout the game. We were much better in the second half, only conceding three goals and scoring two ourselves, including a screamer from Josh from near the middle of the ground.
12′s orange joeys
CPSC (2) v Dandenong Thunder (4)
Goals: Dakota & Mohammed
Dandenong Thunder came into this game after a 10-0 win last week, however our boys played every bit as well as them. With goals from Dakota and Mohammed the boys were 2-2 with Dandenong Thunder late in the game. Unfortunately they put 2 more in and we missed a couple of opportunities up forward. But all round a fabulous team effort. All the boys are playing brilliantly together and the Head coach has called tonight to let us know how well the boys are playing and how impressed he is with the style of football they are playing and the improvement they have shown. Well done boys! Keep up the great work!!
Thanks to those who helped out today and parents, please remember if you are rostered on for a duty, we do expect you to come and help out. We can’t expect the same parents to help out week after week.
CPSC (1) v Mornington (2)
A very hard fought match against an opposition that did play quite dirty at times and on a pitch with a 30 degree slope! An awesome goal by Braden kept the score at 1-1 for most of the game and a fantastic effort by our goal keeper Stuart, really kept the boys in the game. A goal from Mornington with only 2 minutes to go saw them snatch the win.
Thanks to Bernie, Monica and Joe for your help today
Casey Panthers under14 girls came up against a well drilled and disciplined East Bentliegh team. It was a great day for football and the pitch was perfect. From the kick off East Bentliegh went straight into attack mode. In the early stages of the game Skye Jackson, standing in as goal keeper, pulled off a string of saves to keep The Panthers in the game. As the game progressed both teams attacked each others goals and both teams defence stood up to the challenge. It was East Bentliegh that broke the deadlock to go 1-0 up. Undeterred The Panthers kept pressing for the equaliser. Playing good passing football The Panthers attacked mid way through the first half and when the ball fell to Brianne Garners feet there was only one thing on her mind as she dribbled past the defence into the 18 yard box and beat the keeper to make it 1-1. This score line stood for the majority of the game as both teams battled for a winner. Both teams defences were out standing in a very evenly and entertaining contest. It looked like we were heading for a draw. With 10 minutes left on the clock East Bentliegh came on the counter attack but The Panthers were resiliant in defence as they shut up shop around the 18 yard box. Then the ball fell to an East Bentliegh player just on the edge of the area. She hit the ball on the half volley. As it sailed through the air, it looked certain to go over the bar. With Skye slightly off her line she could only jump to tip it over but it was just out of her reach. The ball dropped into the back of the net to make the score 2-1 to East Bentiegh. As the final whistled sounded East Bentliegh were the more relived team and they new they were lucky to get the win against a very resilient Casey Panthers.
Beaumaris 3 V Casey Panthers 1
The girls played Beaumaris today but couldn’t pull off a win despite playing well. The first half ended with only one goal to Beaumaris. Then during the second half Shae kicked our very first goal for the season. The girls passed the ball well but were unable to stop Beaumaris from scoring 2 more goals. Great job girls. Thanks to John for running the line and Jaimie for ref escort.
Casey Panthers 5 Skye United FC Blue 0
Award: Ryan for outstanding teamwork
A big improvement from last week. They listened to instructions given and stayed in their positions. The boys were very strong all through the first half, passing was brilliant and looking for each other for opportunities to score and to win the ball back as a team, a big well done to Callum for saving some great opportunities made by Skye. First half finished 4-0 to Casey Panthers.
Second half kicked off with a few changes made, Skye picked up their game and showed some great football and made our boys work. Another goal scored making Casey 5-0 up. Clean sheet for the boys this week with great goal keeping from Callum in the first half and Lachlan in the second half.
A big thanks to Paul for refereeing the game this week.
The boys finished the game on a high and aim to give the same outstanding performance next weekend. Well done boys, you should be very proud.
12s boys wallabies
Casey Panthers 2 Goals vs Endeavour United SC 1 Goal
On a glorious late autumn day we travelled to Endeavour Hills for our first away match of the season. And we won! Can’t recall many of the details as I was line judge for the day so excuse me if some of following isn’t entirely accurate…
Firstly our boys must have had an early night with a warm Milo and a soothing bedtime story because unlike last week they arrived alert and ready to play
From the opening kick-off we dominated. The ball never seemed to leave our attacking half and it was remarkable that with only a minute to play the score was still nil all. Long bombs by Adrian, near misses by Liam and Dylan, trick lobs by Mason, ballet moves by Alvin – nothing seemed to work! It was difficult to believe the goal was 7m wide (tape measure anyone?).
Finally a corner by Mason and a short pass to Liam who produced a beautiful curl to the right of the keeper ended the half with a well-earned lead.
The second half started much as the first with our players having the ball on a string. Unfortunately we started believing our own publicity and forgot the foundation of attack is a great defense and that manning up isn’t just not crying at the end of a Disney movie. A long kick to one of their unattended players in front of goal who duly slotted it home.
And then it got interesting…our control evaporated and the remaining game was fiercely contested. Only some great defense and our slick goalkeeper Duleen kept us from going behind.
An unintentional handball by Dylan resulted in a free kick that evaded our wall (actually more a trellis) and several defenders, nearly sealing our fate. But fortunately this seemed to be the spur that was needed and we started stringing some nice moves together finally leading to a faintly comical sequence where Trent kicked it through the legs of Alvin who kicked it through the legs of the goalie and then ran around and finished the job with flair.
The final minutes were a whirl of attack and counter-attack with neither team having any gas left in the tank but we managed to hold on for a well-deserved victory, particularly after dominating the first half. Not a perfect game and no doubt Billy has plenty of areas to work on at training but well played and congratulations to all.
Bakers Delight Award:
Team had a 3 -3 draw with Brighton SC at their ground – great game – very entertaining
FYI – Injuries – Wali Wahidi injured his shoulder during the game – still a bit sore post game – we have a bye next week so hopefully the extra week off will benefit the recovery.
Team played well they were competitive throughout much better team effort than last week against Beaumaris all round improvement in the following areas
attack on the ball
control of the ball
Look forward to the same effort in round 3
Glen Waverley 2 v 3 Casey Panthers
Another away game the second of five in succession was a nervous one for the girls, Glen Waverley had won 7-1 the previous week and we didn’t know what to expect. The girls started off where they left off at Chelsea last week playing some good passing football and pressing Glen Waverley back into their own half going close on several occasions before we were awarded a freekick 25 yards out. Up stepped Stephanie Clayton to curl a sweetly struck freekick into the top corner to put us as goal up.
Glen Waverley seemed to be spurred on by our goal and started to press forward themselves but some solid defending and agile goalkeeping kept them at bay. The score was doubled with some great hold up play and neat footwork from Bryannen Gurr to create space for herself to fire home from close range. As halftime time neared Glen Waverley pushed forward more and more and got there reward by pulling a goal back just before the break.
Second half carried on like the first with both sides looking to create chances and score more goals unfortunately Glen Waverley struck first with a mix up at the back leaving their the striker through on goal to slot home. Not to be deterred by letting them draw level the girls continued to press forward and the breakthrough came with less than 10 minutes left. After some good pressing forward and attacking in and around their box the ball broke free for Bryannen Gurr 6 yards out and there was only going to be one outcome, her second of the afternoon and Casey back in the lead.
Glen Waverley pushed everyone forward but some excellent defending and a top class save from Mia Varrasso kept them out. Another good performance looks like white shirts might have to stay for the season!!!!
Second match of the season we played Hampton Park with a very disappointing result.
In the first half we conceded 2 goals, with another 3 scored against us in the second half.
Hampton Park proved too strong on the day, with a very strong and organised team.
We will learn from our mistakes and focus on improving our strategy.
Final score 5-0
On a beautiful Sunday we set ourselves for the first game of the season, we had more than a full team so we were excited to see the outcome of the pre season, we played Springvale White Eagles.
We started really good with both teams playing good football, we created plenty of chances but we were behind at half time.
Second half against the wind made it really hard for us but we tried and tried and did not get the cookies.
We need to work on a few things but as always we start slow.
Award to – Milos
A fun start to this year with 23 kids showing up for their first game and it was a fun time with players divided up into teams of 4 to play against each other…We saw some improvements already being seen when it was only 4 against 4.
This week the players are off to play Hampton Park and Cardinia. A big thanks to Michael, Kevin and Claude for helping out as match officials.
A big thanks as well to the parents that showed up early and went through the how, what, why and when of how this age group is set up and works.
The Under 10′s played at home to Beaumaris Gold in Round 1 and had a 7-1 win.
Everybody played a great game, keeping to their formation and passing the ball around well, even after halftime when I switched things around and some of them were playing in unfamiliar positions.
Credit also has to go to Beaumaris who never stopped trying despite having no substitutes and tiring late in the match. Their goalkeepers also made some spectacular saves!
Special thanks go to Rafael who changed sides for the day and played for Beaumaris to make sure they fielded a full team.
Sandringham 4 v Casey Panthers 0
It was a beautiful sunny morning to play our first game at Sandringham. The team is made up of players from the two 11 sides last year and some new girls. The girls played a consistent game passing and talking to each other. The final result did not reflect the way both teams played. It was a great game and both teams performed well. Our girls stayed positive and listened to Coach Andy.
Maddie Scully did a fantastic job as goalie making some fantastic saves. She received the award this week.
Thank you to the parents that helped out with jobs and to all the parents that supported the girls. Looking forward to seeing the girls improve and play harder in the weeks to come. Thanks so much to Andy for offering to coach the girls, they will be one of the fittest teams by the end of the year.
Casey Panthers 4 Skye Utd 5
Football is a game of 2 halves as someone once said and this game proved the point. In the first half Casey played some good football but somehow as one of the girls said at half time ‘we can’t get the final pass right’. Despite only having 9 players Skye took their chances and knocked in 3 goals before a superb move just before half time saw Maddy make the half time score a bit more respectable. In the second half it was a completely different story as Casey played some beautiful passing football to pen Skye in their own penalty area and with 5 minutes to go it was all level at 4-4. A draw would have been fair but in literally the last minute Skye broke out to win a corner, concentration slipped and they were 5-4 up with seconds left.
Nevertheless it was great to see the quality of the passing running football that the girls produced once they got into their stride and we look forward to better days if we can stop giving the other girls a 3 goal start!
Goal scorers; Maddy 2 and Alyssa 2. Special mention for the 2 reluctant but willing stand in goalies Brianna and Olivia.
12′s Orange Joeys
CPSC (4) def Casey Comets (0)
Goals: Mansor (2), Ray (1), Tarek (1)
We went down to the Comets today, not knowing what to expect with alot of new faces in the team but due to the hard training over the pre-season the boys have gelled together and won a scrappy affair. A new back line held their nerve to hold back the Comets from scoring time after time. The mid-field with a few new additions dominated and fed our strikers with plenty of ball to try and win the game. Thanks to Joe for running the line and Debbie for ref escort and for Tom our new team manager.
CPSC (2) v Aspendale (2)
Goals: Sahil (1), Austin (1)
Today the boys traveled to Kingston Heath Soccer Complex and played on the astro turf surface for the first time. The first half saw quite a few Panther scoring chances with Sahil finally scoring. Nicholas, Mitchell A, Stuart and Matt all defended very well and we went into half time with a 1-all draw. Unfortunately Aspendale
came back after the break and scored within minutes. To their credit the boys fought back hard with Austin kicking a goal to level the game. A good team effort today with everyone trying their best. Well done boys!
Just a reminder – training time has changed to 5.30-7pm.
Thanks to Stuart and Bernie for their help today
Boys South 12s Wallabies (14/04/13)
Casey Panthers 3 Goals vs Beaumaris SC 3 Goals
The start of another season…and didn’t it show! Our boys brought their pillows to the first half and were down 3 nil, outplayed and outsmarted by a much more switched on opposition. After half time the boys rubbed the sleep out of their eyes, threw off the doonas and leapt onto the field with some semblance of wakefulness.
They started passing, tackles were made and the game started to be played in our attacking half. The effort was quickly rewarded when a series of precision passes ended at the feet of Jaed who duly slotted it home – an event that had seemed improbable in the first half.
Our confidence up we started putting pressure on their goalie and 2 superb efforts by Liam and then Mason closing down the keeper leveled the score with just a few minutes to go.
Beaumaris fought to the final whistle and probably should have scored again to put us away but our defense held firm aided by some defiant goalkeeping by our fill-in for the day Saleem.
Well done everyone – a great comeback that will give us confidence for next week.
Everyone in the second half but especially:
It was great to actually be playing a game finally. It was a slow first half for us and the Langwarrin team was switched on early and it showed with a couple of goals for them from poor clearances by us from defence. The referee gave both teams a quick chat about how to throw a ball in from the sidelines as both teams struggled to get this basic skill completed. After a quite word at half time the team played better in the second half and came close to putting the ball into the back of the net but it was not to be.
Some fitness issues late in the game with Langwarrin scoring again before the game ended.
A thank you to our linesman and referee escort for helping out.
Skye Unite FC Green 5 Casey Panthers 1
Goals: Josh Marshall
Award: Joe Saunders
Round one kicked off on Saturday away at Skye and unfortunately didn’t go our way. The boys played really well and showed some good passing when they had the opportunity, especially Joe and this is why he won the award.
Skye were a very well organized outfit and this is something that we will achieve as the weeks go on.
Many thanks to the parents for being supportive and cheering them on, they thoroughly enjoyed it.
Look forward to our next game on 21/04/13 against Skye United Blue at home.
Chelsea Fc 0-1 Casey Panthers
The first game of the season was real unknown as we hadn’t played any pre-season games. The girls didn’t disappoint though with an excellent performance from the first whistle and winning a penalty after just 3 minutes unfortunately the keeper guessed correctly. This didn’t deter the girls they just got on with the game and pinned Chelsea in their own half for the remainder of the first half, peppering there goal constantly without just reward.
Half time arrived with the scores still level. The girls continued where they left off in the first half driving forward into the Chelsea half, as tiredness started to show we had to defend more and were more than up to the task restricting Chelsea to the rare long range shot. Eventually the breakthrough came with an interchange of passes between Britney Sta Maria and Stephanie Clayton down the right and Stephanie curling a 20 yard shot over the keeper into the top corner.
All in all a good performance all round and a promising season ahead.
Credit has to be given to Chelsea for good performance and resolute defending from start to finish.