After an extremely disappointing club performance vs the Boomerangs last week the entire club was up for a massive day against huge rivals Campbelltown Quake.
Winning the two u/12 games were expected but the next two fixtures in the 14s were of huge importance which saw both our table topping teams take on their closest rivals on the table.
Our boys were down 2-0 at half time but not even that could stop the juggernaut which is our 14 boys from continuing their now 12 game unbeaten run, whilst our 14 girls just like the boys wouldn’t allow Quake to take 3 points and gain momentum leading into the semis and reversed round fives defeat to seal a well deserved victory.
Our 16 Girls and Womens both moved back into the top 4 with deserved victories in what were almost “lose this game and you cant make semis” scenarios.
The 16 girls played their best game of the season whilst any word other than brilliant would be understating the performance of our Womens team on the weekend.
Like the Women the Youth and Mens teams have a huge rivalry with Quake and the opposing purple jersey always seems to bring the best out of our club. Both our teams came away with brilliant victories to take our club total to a whopping 24 out of a possible 27 points available.
Our 16 boys were the only team to drop points and have now suffered their 3rd defeat in succession and leaves them teetering in 4th position.
The club needed to respond and respond it did with some sensational performances in a number of ages groups. Each and every player in the club should be extremely proud of their performance on the weekend not only for their age group but the club championship as well.
Well done and congratulations.
Another excellent performance by our academy team as we continue to go from strength to strength every week.
All the boys played equal game time. Well done boys Enfield next round.
– John Toksoz
The squad played excellently, with Nathan scoring all 5 goals well done to him and his team players, they all played like a team. With that win it should almost cement our position in the top 4 and make the semis.
Well done boys!!
– John Toksoz
With the pointy end of the season fast approaching the girls handled this tricky fixture in a sound manner. First cab off the rank to launch a salvo at our opponents was Princess, when she fired a nice pass across the bow of the Quake goal but unfortunately no one else read the intention and the chance went begging. Princess created our second decent effort when she fed a pass to Georgia, which finished narrowly over the bar. After 4 minutes Bianca had a good shot saved after some fine lead up work, again by Princess.
On the 5 minute mark we finally broke the deadlock when Bianca put a nice ball through for Princess to poke away. We almost increased the lead shortly after when Angelique put through a sublime ball only for the Quake pivot to get a nick on it and prevent it getting to a red hot Princess.
Sheridan was called upon after 9 minutes to save a well-struck volley, by turning it around the post. She again had to be on her toes shortly after when she reacted quickly a tip a speculator over the bar to maintain the slim advantage. Almost immediately we hit them on the counter when Siena and Princess combined well to set up Georgia for a goal, in a move that started deep in our own half. Dimity almost made it 3 when she closed down their pivot’s pass in front of goal, only to see her rebound go wide with the keeper well beaten.
Sheridan again reacted quickly to stifle another Quake attack when she saved well at the feet of her opponent. Princess had a good chance at the other end just before the hooter but their keeper also saved well to keep us to a 2-0 lead at the break.
With Steve and Zelko’s half time talk ringing in their ears the girls wasted no time and increased the lead when Angelique set up Princess to make it 3-0. Angelique then tried her luck from long range after a quick corner by Georgia but the attempt didn’t trouble the keeper. Moments later Princess had another good chance but could only hit the shot straight to the keeper.
Bianca then took the bull by the horns and put on a great move to set Princess up for her hat trick after 5 minutes of the half gone to make it 4-0. The girls took their foot off the accelerator a little and Quake managed to pull one back, even though we scored it, when under pressure at the back to make it 4-1 after 9 minutes.
With the predicable long ball from Quake becoming more evident the girls had to be very alert and Marissa almost created a goal from it, when she headed clear to set up Princess, who unfortunately only tested the integrity of the post with a well-struck shot. We did hit back soon after when Princess was “Johnny on the spot”, to put away a chance created by a kick in involving Chiara and Angelique.
Dimity worked hard to try and increase the lead when she hit a good shot at goal only to see it tipped over for a corner kick. Sienna then tried to get Dimity on the scorer’s card when she set her up for a nice turn and shoot but luck wasn’t to be on her side today. Taking matters into her own hands, Siena tried her luck at the near side but only managed to take a layer of paint off the post.
On the 17-minute mark, disaster struck when we turned the ball into our own goal for a 2nd time when trying to clear from an innocuous cross by their flanker, reducing the deficit further. It must be said though the girls were able to keep good control of the game for the remainder of the match and it finished 5-2, despite us scoring all 7 goals! With two hard rounds remaining the girls have a bit of graft to do to maintain their high standard, so keep up the focus and work hard, well done.
– Stephen Rainey
With Quake being the only team to beat us in any competition this season (state titles) our boys were hell bent on “restoring order” when they took on second placed opposition. Even though 12 points clear and with the Minor Premiership wrapped up our boys were keen to maintain our unbeaten streak but Quake came out firing and took a 2 nil lead into the half time break.
Our fluent passing game seemed a little off, our movement seemed a little awkward in what wasn’t our most polished half of the season whilst their 2 goals were a case of our poor defending. But full credit to Quake on an excellent first half.
After a stern talking to at the half time break it seemed like it was a totally different team in the second half.
The boys came out firing and showed why they have been the best team to date with some sublime goals. Our passing was back to its crisp best, our movement the opposition couldn’t handle and our boys were back to their best. In fact if possession was calculated it would’ve read something like 85%-15%.
4 second half goals were the making of an excellent second half performance with Alusine Fofanah and Liam Rose the standouts and had it not been for standout Quake keeper Connor Irwin the scored could’ve been more.
An excellent effort even with 2 of our boys missing which keeps us on track for the perfect season. Well done lads!!
Congratulations Girls !
The girls went into the game more relaxed then last time and with the urge to win. All season both teams have been very tight on the ladder and with a win we would surge 5 points ahead.
A win is what we got but it was not to come easy. The whistle blew and both teams were hot to trot, it was a tight game. First goal was scored by Lorena, her quick thinking allowed her to gain the ball on their keepers error and hit the back of the net. 1 – nil.
Quake retaliated immediately and became tougher for our girls to break through. Our girls continued to play some great football but neither team could find mesh until a few minutes left in the first half Quake did and we went into half time at 1 all draw.
Second half started and there was no resting, all players were working hard to keep the other side on there toes, Mini made a break and was dealt with quickly, this time it was sited by the Referee and the call went our way. Mini took full advantage and took the score to 2 – 1.
It did not take long for Quake to equalise.
With only minutes to go the score was locked at 2 all. With a ball from the back by Minito Vic who took the ball forward and a cut back cross to Lorena the girls made it good. 3 – 2, now all the girls had to do was to defend hard and not let Quake get through. it was hard but the hard work paid off, the whistle blew and the final score was 3 – 2. Mind over matter and good football got us a win and kept us on the top of the ladder. Well done Girls 😀
In a seemingly cemented semi final position 2 weeks ago, 2 defeats on the trot has our season in our own hands. Beaten by a better team, our boys quickly need to re find the form that had us 3 points of the top only 2 weeks ago.
Knowing that a win was essential to keep their semis hopes alive, it was good to see the girls make the most of their chances. Last match up was a draw but the girls knew they had what was needed to win.
A strong, early goal to Emily off great passing from the back through Mel gave Magic a 1 nil lead.
Dominating play, the girls went further ahead when Zoe beat players and got a back post pass to Ellie, who made no mistake with it.
The girls were solid in defence and dominated the match.
Have a well earned break and Happy Christmas girls. Return ready to take on Enfield and Dural in the lead up to semis.
In a congested table a loss today would virtually end our season and to take on the Premiers and Grand finalists of the last two years was going to be a massive test.
With Quake sitting on equal points with us it truly was win or miss out on semis. But our girls were primed for one of their best performances all season. Having trained extremely hard for the past few weeks the rewards were there for all to see.
The girls were right into the Quake girls early on and took a 2 nil lead going into half time. Quake pulled one back mid way through the second half but normally when a team concedes a goal in a game like this the momentum swings, but not this game! Our girls went straight back doing what they had been for the opening 40 minutes went back at the Quake girls to score a further 2 unanswered goals to end the game winning 4-1.
Quake are a great side and can still easily make the semis with the easier draw whilst our season remains in our own hands with games against 2 teams ahead of us on the table. In a performance where each and every one of the girls were 10/10 there were no clear standouts but was clear was the heart and fight of the TEAM.
Brilliant game girls!!