17th August 2019
Mt Eliza U8 Red 4 v Mt Martha Pirates 1
The Mt Eliza U8 Reds toughed out a solid win at home to a disciplined Mt Martha Pirates side. The last time these sides met it was a close affair only settled in the last few moments by some quick goals - and then a very special one – to secure a good win, so the boys knew they had a contest ahead. Mt Martha always set up well and play two at the back to be quite tough to break down. The opening minutes reflected the closeness of the teams as the game flowed from end to end with Elliot Melder and Alfie Main-Siveyer forming a solid pair at the back supporting Max Silk in goals. Elliot and Alfie made many key tackles and drove the ball forward to their team mates - with Alfie again progressing as a key defender with some wonderful play. The boys finally started to press the Mt Martha goal with Austen Bettess excelling in defensive mid-field, constantly winning the ball and linking up well with attacking mid-fielders Christian Bethune and Callum ‘Boof’ Helmore. Ultimately, it was some defensive play from Luke Batey and a key run and pass from Christian to Austen, who then controlled the ball in amongst Mt Martha defenders and cooly slotted it home with the right boot to opening the scoring. A great goal. Mt Martha then responded and worked the ball forward with a deflected clearance rolling to the feet of Mt Martha’s young striker Finn who found himself with only Max to beat and rounded him well to level the scores. The game was a tight affair after this but the boys pressed well and Callum started to influence the game winning many key touches and hitting the post with a nice shot after some great link up play with Austen – but it was still all level on the score board at the break. Max Silk came out of the goal mouth for Elliot, and Christian came back on in the second half to have immediate impact. Max was simply brilliant, running hard and always being well placed to win the ball at both ends and constantly threaten the Mt Martha defenders. He also linked up well with Ewan Barnes who continues his progression as a solid defender and great team mate. Max soon won the ball again to run towards goal and drive a pass to Callum, who controlled the ball well and swiveled on the left foot to put the ball in the back of the new goals and take us to a 2-1 lead. Callum has continued his development and showed his great team play and skills. He continued to show his impact on the game and could have scored again as he forced a great save from the Mt Martha keeper and drove another shot just wide of the goal. However, the game was not over as Mt Martha’s best player, Lucca (the tall #17), won the ball well and weaved his way beautifully through the Mt Eliza defense. He looked set to level the scores but was only a last second and small touch from a lunging Angus Goodison in defense that interrupted his run. This was the key moment of the game, allowing a back pedaling Austen to collect the ball, then run and drive a beautiful pass forward to Christian who controlled well to be through on goal and took the scores to 3-1. The heads of the Mt Martha players immediately dropped and the game looked over. Austen then capped off his game with another great ball winning display and beautiful pass to the ever dangerous Christian, who controlled well and slotted home the winning goal to secure his well-deserved brace and close out the scoring. Player of the day was a clear decision with Austen ‘Aussie’ Bettess dominating the game. He was all over the field reading the play well to win the ball, scoring and providing assists to his team mates - turning on a great display for his proud grandparents who had travelled all the way from Adelaide to see him play. Another great effort boys. Two games to go boys – then the cup. We are nearly there… Go Reds!
A perfect morning for our game against Brighton Flying Banshees. A very tight match with excellent defending by Callum & Archie. Phoenix also played a fantastic game in midfield. In the second half, Tom had repeated efforts to push the ball forward & his persistence paid off. Ben moved from goalkeeper in the first half to wing & provided a lot of drive. It was a very competitive & exciting match with neither team scoring until we did towards the end of the second half. Well done boys!
As usual when we play Mornington the game started with a fast pace with a header from us creating a chance for Paul in the first few minutes before a swift turnover lead to a goal for the opposition. Mount Eliza quickly backed this up though with a great reply from Sammy! Mornington made it 2-1 soon after but our boys kept the pressure up and amazing leg work from Lachy M save a third. After this intense period of play the ball went back and forth across the midfield to take the game to half time.The second half started with a bang as Lewis took on half the opposition in a fantastic run forward and another impressive play by Paul allowed a pass in to Kourosh who scored an excellent goal to level the match 2-2. In this half Nigel took on goal keeping like a pro giving Lachy a run in defence and some sharp turning skills from Kourosh created his second. Staying strong with solid teamwork until the end we celebrated a well-earned 3-2 win.
2 goals to nil against a short Langwarrin team. Xander Levy and Thomas goal kickers and great teamwork from whole team who have started to follow Tomi’s advice about positions. Full credit to Langy boys who kept the pressure in, after their coach didn’t accept our offer to play short to match their 7.
Note from Tomi- What a great match today! And well done to all the parents for being amazing role models. A parent from the other team came over after the match to complement our boys & their parents for having such lovely well-mannered soccer players.
We missed Ethan, Tanner & Phoenix today.
Great effort today boys - really well played.
The greens saw their 7 game unbeaten run come to an unlucky end having been 2-1 up at half time then conceding a contentious goal in the last seconds of play that saw a Mornington player get a hand to the ball during the build up play. A draw would have been a fairer result but that's football. This game was always going to be tough against a strong opposition what with Tom, Tommy and Will D unavailable and some of the greens recovering from injuries. Ex Green Jarvis and Bodhi from the U11 Yellows Kangas kindly helped us out as subs just in case we had any injuries. As it was there was some very heavy tackling from Mornington which at one point saw Will MS crunched off the sideline and taken out of the game briefly. The greens were unlucky not to have a third goal called that saw the keeper carry the ball over the line. Player of the match Kian had an impressive game and scored 2 goals in the first half. Overall Mornington played the better football keeping their passes on the ground, challenging for the ball and running harder. For Greens fans it was frustrating to watch them throw a 2 nil lead knowing what they are capable of. We had a few moments of clumsy footwork, kicking wild high balls back to the opposition, leaving space in the middle and letting Morningstons star #5 have free-range despite desparate pleas from the coach to mark him up. On a positive note we had some great passages of play with Harrison, Louie, Riley, Indi, Harry, Jarvis and Bodhi all making the game difficult for Mornington. Tom Rich put in a great performance leading from the back and Benji was as ever reliable between the sticks. Next week the Greens come up against an unbeaten Berwick side so will need to work on their strategy as a team during their training sessions. The season isn't over yet so let's finish it on a high. Go Greens!
Mt Eliza U12 Gold 2-2 Mt Eliza U12 Navy
Yesterday’s game was a really tight match between the teams although I believe that we should’ve scored a few more times in the opening 10 minutes. Luca scored a terrific goal to start us off in the first half. Our attackers and midfielders put the oppositions defence under constant pressure providing numerous opportunities that could’ve been scored on another day. Mt Eliza Navy got back into the game and put Matt and the defence under pressure, which unfortunately resulted in a penalty to them. Matt made a terrific save, right in the bottom corner, that kept us 1-0 up. The second half was a close battle between the midfields where only a few chances had been created. One of these chances came off for us with Luca scoring another terrific goal putting us 2-0 up. We get to the last ten minutes when our defence is getting tired and they are creating chance after chance and eventually they score two in a couple of minutes making it two all. Then the game finishes with one final attack from us with numerous second efforts and eventually getting a shot off that goes wide.
Personally I think this game challenged us due to the fact we haven’t conceded two late goals before and it was a really positive reaction. Everybody kept their heads up and it made them go harder to try and get that winning goal.
Special mentions to Luca, Liam and Matt.Declan and I also thought Angelo had an outstanding match! (One of his best this season) He just kept going harder and harder at the ball and made some terrific passes.
Good game all and we will see you at training!