Match Report – 13.1 – 30/06/2018

Match Report – 13.1 – Game Date: 30/06/2018

BMFC 13.1: 0
Glenmore Park FC: 2

BMFC Goal Scorers:

Player of the Match: Harry

Match Report:

Today we came up against the hand-picked Glenmore Park juggernaut that are undefeated this year.
Our manager suggested we check drivers licences, not card, as they have a couple of very big boys.
We fought hard and all got stuck in.
Going down 2-0 in the first half, we told the boys how proud we were and encouraged them to keep going and show pride in the blue jersey.
We managed to hold them scoreless in the second half, showing heart and great commitment.

Regards –
1 very proud coach.

Match Report – 14G.2 – 30/06/2018

Match Report – 14G.2 – Game Date: 30/06/2018

BMFC 14G.2: 1
Cranebrook United FC: 2

BMFC Goal Scorers: Grace

Player of the Match: Alexis

Match Report:

How proud are we of this team.
Competing against girls older then them every week, they just keep going.
Girls – a win in not too far away.
Going down 2 goals early, we needed to change formation and push on against a team that had decided to park the bus.
We managed to pull one back with a great switch of play from Gabby, after Lara had won the ball back. Grace calmly put one in the back of the net.
Great game by all.

P.S. this team gets to training in good numbers every week and is so keen to learn.
Well done girls – look out whomever we have next.

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Match Report – O35.1 – 24/06/2018

Match Report – O35.1 – Game Date: 24/06/2018

BMFC O35.1Black: 4
BMFC O35.1White: 2

BMFC Goal Scorers: Mick (2), JB, Lowndsey

Player of the Match: Mick

Match Report: Old man bragging rights at stake, on a clear sunny winter afternoon at the ‘Sack, as the two Sunday 35’s team came face to face

We had a feeling the ‘Whites’ had the upper hand just before kick off as Brad lost the battle to convince them that we should not be using the new club balls (Brad telling me later in the game to hoof one into the bush).

An even opening with the Whites troubling us through the middle. This resulted in two goals – the second one a re-taken pen by Rod – great nerve shown, despite a few comments suggesting he hit the second one, harder, higher …

We adjusted the back line formation to three pushing Mick into midfield and this seemed to do the trick as we came into the game pulling one back with a great finish from JB across the keeper and Thor serving one up on a silver platter for Lowndsey to rise above defender and keeper to level on the stroke of half time. We were very happy to come in level

Second half and we felt we were starting to boss the game though Whites were still a threat on the break. We created a number of chances but Fabian Barthez in the Whites goal made some good saves. The break through came from Mick as his shot went under the keeper and we pushed out to 4-2 with Mick slotting past the oncoming keeper

Doth my hat to the call of the day by the young female ref who had the 22 old men on the pitch well under control as this example shows – I gave a free kick away outside our box. Kev calls ‘stand over the ball Cobra’, so I do, using my shirt to slowly wipe the sweat from my brow to allow us to get organised. Ref says ‘move back number 4’, I say ‘sorry, I’m hot’, ref says with a smirk knowing what she is about to deliver ‘no, you’re not’. Too good

Thanks Whites for a competitive game played the right way

Match Report – 16.2 – 23/06/2018

Match Report – 16.2 – Game Date: 23/06/2018

BMFC 16.2: 3
Colo Soccer FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Lachlan Jones, Gus Langworthy, Lachlan Bowe

Player of the Match: Will Cooke

Match Report: We headed to Cougar Park for what we expected to be another tough contest again Colo. They are always a determined team and this proved to be the case again today. Despite only having 10 players they stuck to the task at hand and proved very difficult to get past.

We settled into the game well and started knocking it around with precision and skill, using every bit of football paraphernalia we have. After applying some good pressure through team passing football, Will Foreman fed Lachlan “Doc” Jones a fine ball. The young man with more nicknames than an Australian cricket team, used his skill to cut the ball back inside and get a shot away which was too difficult for the keeper to handle. A well deserved goal.

Whilst we continued to have the better of the possession, Colo threatened with a number of tricky long balls booted into our defensive zone. Will Cooke, Luke, “Scooooooobes” and Jacob handled these attacking balls extremely well, including working the ball out with great composure and skill. Some presses forward of our own failed to bring us another goal so it was 1-0 at half time.

With most of the possession in the second half we looked like grabbing another goal on many occasions only to see the attack break down at the last pass. At the same time Colo had a few chances, including one fine shot superbly pushed away by Robbie and a missed penalty kick. Having drawn with Colo, after dominating the play and giving away a late goal, the last time we visited Cougar Park, we were getting very nervous that it was going to be a case of, “Here we go again!”

We regained our composure, played fine team passing football and were rewarded with two late goals, one to Gus and one through a fine left-footed finish from Lachlan Bowe. It was a fine win and to be fair we probably deserved a couple more goals.

Zach Kingsford was given a run up front and made the most of the opportunity, Will Foreman played a fine game in the midfield and Lachlan “Muppet” Jones played his best game for a while, providing many precision passes to his teammates in both defence and attack. Robbie was once again rock solid in goals, playing very well positionally. Man of the Match goes to Will Cooke on the back of the way he handled the Colo long ball, often using his skill to thread the ball out and then pass expertly to a teammate.

It was a confident and controlled team effort with everyone making a contribution. It was a good solid win although, as I said to the boys at full time, an earlier second goal would have made for a more relaxing morning for yours truly!

Match Report – O35.1 – 17/06/2018

Match Report – O35.1 – Game Date: 17/06/2018

BMFC O35.1: 7
St Clair United SC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Lowndsey (4), Skip, Super Kev, Suarez

Player of the Match: Lowndsey

Match Report: Photo day as all available apart from Sean who would be photo shopped in. Photo taken post game as learnt the hard way a few years ago never to do the photo pre-game as it has a negative effect on the result (footballers and superstitions)

We dominated possession but struggled to really turn this into goals, despite the final score indicating otherwise. Lowndsey though showed us all how to do it bagging four including a free kick from a long way out

Skippy scored – no doubt not for the last time in the month ahead – his first Blueys goal in the first half and then kitted up as goalkeeper to give Super Kev a run up front. Kev did not disappoint scoring a real crowd pleaser at the far post, throwing everything at the high ball, looking like he was back in goal, and the ball coming off his head and in

Suarez got a tap in after some fancy footwork from JB to the bye line and pulling the ball back

Too many lines fluffed by many of us in front of goal this week to run through here so finishing practice Thursday night

We farewelled New Al as he heads off to Russia for a month – New Al left with a smile on his face as Putin had over-ruled the ban placed on the local Moscow ladies and encouraged them to enjoy themselves with the tourists

Match Report – 15.1 – 16/06/2018

Match Report – 15.1 – Game Date: 16/06/2018

BMFC 15.1: 1
Penrith Rovers FC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Alex L

Player of the Match: Jake

Match Report: All available though we lost Keastie in the warm up, damaging ligaments in his ankle – hope the recovery is speedy, Will

Confident after our mid week Cup win we deployed the same structure with Sam, Alex L & Jake giving us a big strong forward line. We started very well and created a number of chances in the first ten minutes – Alex L slotting home a loose ball in the box to give us an early lead. The lead only lasted a few minutes as Rovers equalised with a great long range effort

The second half was an even contest until the last ten minutes when we started to get the upper hand. Aidy was very close with a header from a corner; Ethan’s long range effort was just over and Jake, Sam and late James all had chances. Rovers had one good chance but Eli saved brilliantly one on one

Great performance today – really met the challenge head on and carried out the coach’s instructions perfectly

Parents player of the match: Jake who was a real handful up front all game and along with Sam, Alex L and James troubled the back line of Rovers regularly

Match Report – 15.1 – 14/06/2018

Match Report – 15.1 – Game Date: 14/06/2018

BMFC 15.1: 3
Lowland Wanderers SC: 2

BMFC Goal Scorers: Sam, Keastie, Jake

Player of the Match: Jake

Match Report: Nepean Cup quarter final (ok, only 8 teams entered, that’s just detail!)

We travelled to a chilly Richmond Lowlands with a full squad and a few blankets for when the boys were on the bench for the 8pm kick off

The boys, and coach, learnt from the ref just before kick off that we would start the game 1-0 down – as we are a 1’s team & Lowlands a 3’s (even though a year older than us)

We deployed a new tactic – 3 big boys up front – 2 of the regular back 4 in Sam & Keastie as well as Jake to start with & Alex L to come on midway through the half for Keastie

Regular centre forward Ethan moved back into central midfield & our defence told to clear early & long to the front line. Not my preferred style of football but a system I was keen to test out for use in selected fixtures

We got an early break through – Sam getting a shot on target that the keeper fumbled and went in for his first goal for the season. Sam almost doubled his tally with a great strike that the keeper tipped over

We dominated play, created numerous chances but could not find the net. Eli made a brilliant one on one save but a moment later a lapse in defence allowed the centre forward through to poke home, right on half time to make it 1-1 (but actually 2-1 to Lowlands)

We kept up the direct approach in second half and finally scored – Alex L squaring for Keastie to also get his first of the season

No more goals meant 2*5 minutes of extra time. We continued to press – Jake finally getting away with 2 minutes left to slot the winner

Great night of football and a brisk 4 degrees by the time we left at 10pm

Parents player of the match: Jake

Match Report – 16.2 – 16/06/2018

Match Report – 16.2 – Game Date: 16/06/2018

BMFC 16.2: 0
Hazelbrook FC: 4

BMFC Goal Scorers:

Player of the Match: Sean Higgins

Match Report: We were back at home for our match up against Hazelbrook. It was a chance to snatch second place on the table, with a game up our sleeve.

Hazo started very strongly holding good possession and pressing forward on many occasions. They were rewarded with a couple of good team passing goals and soon grabbed a third to take a three nil lead quite early in the game. We had a few first half chances and were able to string a couple of passes together but failed to get the third or fourth pass away. Moving into space when in possession to give our teammates more options will help.

Areas to focus on for the next game include positional play, jockeying in defence, contesting goal kicks and keeper punt kicks (Hazo grabbed at least 75% of this ball), going towards contested balls and not leaving it too late to get the final pass away.

Sean grabs man of the match honours with some good runs and strong contested ball having been given the chance to have a run out wide in attack. Chris showed great determination and worked hard in the midfield. Heath, Zach, “Scooooooobes” and Gus were all creative and threatened at times. Will Cooke and “the slicked-back Cassowary” both made good last ditch saves in defence. Jacob continues to be an unsung hero, very often composed and making good choices in defence.

It is fair to say that it wasn’t our best performance, both individually and as a team, with everyone seeming to be a little ‘off their game’. Maybe the enforced week off? Maybe being too relaxed in training and preparation? Maybe it just wasn’t our day? That’s football sometimes. There were good signs as we improved our game in the second half and were a little unlucky not to grab a goal or two.

Hazo grabbed a late second half goal when we were pressing hard in attack which left us a little vulnerable at the back. They deserved the win. Quicker to the ball and playing a good positional team game. At the same time, the Blueys boys can hold there heads high as we can learn a lot from this contest.

This week is perhaps a good chance to say a big thank you to all the parents for your great support and cooperation in all respects and your constant positive encouragement of the boys. Even when things don’t go our way there is always a positive feel in the whole Blueys supporters group.

Match Report – 16.2 – 02/06/2018

Match Report – 16.2 – Game Date: 02/06/2018

BMFC 16.2: 0
Blaxland FC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers:

Player of the Match: Robbie Churchill

Match Report: We headed up to Summerhayes for the top of the table clash with the Blaxland Redbacks. We had our full complement of players. There was a real sense of anticipation and the contest didn’t disappoint.

It was a tense match with play moving from end-to-end and our boys putting together some good passing moves. Our chances were few and far between but we gave it our best shot.

Blaxland used their speed, physicality and skill to put themselves in threatening attacking positions, on many occasions, only to be foiled by some outstanding defence from Will C, Will F, Luke, Jacob, Lachlan “Son of Salty” Jones, Zach K and “Scooooooooobes”. They were superbly backed up by Robbie in goals. More on that later in the report! The midfield and strikers were also involved in fighting hard for possession, especially Aidan, and switched from defence to attack at every opportunity. Billy, Gus and Heath often threatened, whilst Chris, Lachlan “Son of the Clever Coach” Bowe and Sean involved themselves in the play across the park.

Some interesting decisions, and some that didn’t go our way, had “the Father of the Cassowary” on edge and in need of time in the “calm down space” and a reminder that questioning the referee is never okay, on or off the field! As a referee one ought to know better! A humble apology at the end of the game was the order of the day!

I think it is fair to say that Blaxland had the better of the play, especially in the first half, but the Blue Mountains boys held firm and repelled every attacking raid until the last two minutes of the match when the only goal was scored. After showing tremendous determination to stay in the contest the boys didn’t really deserve to lose. A draw would have been a well earned result but it wasn’t meant to be!

Man of the Match (across both teams, and the whole of the world actually!) goes to Robbie who was superb in goals. He made numerous spectacular saves to keep us in the contest. I lost count at 6 or 7 wonderful athletic reflex saves! At that was just in the first half!! It was an outstanding keeping performance and one that deserves every superlative I can throw around! It is a long time since I’ve seen such a dominant keeping effort in any level of Nepean football!

Every Blueys player in the team left nothing on the park. Their petrol tanks were on empty when the final whistle blew. Having been humble in victory in recent weeks, it was our time to be gracious in defeat. It was a fine contest and one that will stand us in good stead as the competition continues.