22nd-23rd June 2019
Mt Eliza U7 Red 1 v 1 Seaford United Yellow
The first quarter was played all in Mt Eliza’s half with Seaford on the attack but Mt Eliza defending so well that James didn’t have to make a save in goal. The second quarter Mt Eliza pressed with Benjamin’s shot glancing off the outside of the post. Jack then received a pass from midfield, headed towards goal and shot past the keeper for a goal. A few minutes later Jack was in a similar position but shot just wide. The 2nd half saw Seaford running the ball more down the wings with Zane, Benjamin and Callum defending brilliantly. The Seaford goal was a brilliant solo effort, their player switched direction wrong footing the defence and shot low and hard beating Ryan’s outstretched hand in goal who had an obstructed view. Final score 1-1.
The Mt Eliza U8 Reds toughed out a physical 2-1 win at home to a determined Casey Panthers.
The team warmly welcomed the return of Lewis Jedynak who jumped at the chance to assume goal keeping duties and show off his AFL skills. The game was evenly poised in the opening stages with both sides well-structured and the quality of play at a high level. In defence, Max Silk and Ewan Barnes formed a solid defensive unit and were supported by a dominant Thomas Allison in defensive mid-field. Upfront, Casey often had 5 boys behind the ball making opportunities to create space in the attacking half difficult for the Red and White. However, it was again the introduction of Christian Bethune into attack that changed the game with his silky skills on display to create numerous attacking chances. His moment soon came with a defensive back-heel tackle from Ewan Barnes on the left wing, which created a loose ball for strike partner Alfie Siveyer-Main. Alfie neatly passed the ball wide to Christian, who skillfully kept it in play (with some assistance from a line marking cone…) and elegantly work his way behind and around the Casey defence, riding a nice defensive tackle in the process, to score from in front of Casey’s goal with a neat finish. Attacking mid-fielder Callum Helmore must also be given credit in this goal as he was perfectly placed for the pass and drew the keepers attention towards him, just as Christian fired it home. Well done Christian and Callum and a great team goal! Casey continued to attack – finally forcing Lewis into a fine save – as the teams entered the main break at 1-0 to the good.
In the second half, Ewan Barnes took the goal keeping gloves while Lewis and Elliot Melder joined forces in defence. They were highly disciplined in their structure and sharing of defensive duties, with both making key tackles and some lovely attacking passes. Lewis’s trade mark speed was also called upon a few times to save the day, while Luke Batey made some key tackles in the mid-field. Max and Thomas combined well with great skill in attack but it was ultimately the attacking mid-fielder Austen Bettess who broke through and teamed up well with his strikers to make some space and score with his powerful right boot - sending the ball towards the inside of the back post to wrong foot the left shuffling keeper – giving him no chance of a save. Another great team goal. However, Casey were not finished yet and fought hard as some pretty willing tackles started flying in from all directions. Casey also showed some fine skills and applied pressure to the Mt Eliza defense. A ball that just could not be cleared by our defenders landed at the feet of their best player and he fired home in front of goal to take the scores to 2-1. The pressure continued with their star player showing some eye catching moves. At one point he rounded Christian with great skill and looked goalward bound until Christian fought back to chase him down and make a key defensive tackle. However, still they came, and it was only Ewan’s fine save with his feet that kept the Reds lead intact.
In the final moments of the game Christian was hurt in a tough tackle but quickly recovered, pulling himself together (under the offer of a substitution), he soon found himself running on to a loose ball and weaving through the Casey defence to be 1 on 1 with the keeper – only for his powerful shot to be denied in a fine save as the whistle blew and end a gripping contest.
Player of the day was awarded to Thomas Allison who simply put on a masterclass in defence. He won every challenge, passed the ball beautifully to turn defence into attack and has a natural instinct to read the play and position himself perfectly. He then continued this form in attack in the second half and created numerus chances - being instrumental in the build up to Austen’s winning goal. Almost a perfect game and rightly topped off with a well-deserved sausage sizzle voucher and his trademark sauce with lashings of mustard. Well done Thomas. Special thanks to Coach Damien who did a sterling job once again as Referee. We are lucky to have you mate.
There might be a few scratches and bruises for all after that game boys but you all played well as a team and deserved the win. Our best team performance yet. Go Reds!
This week was not our boys week, unfortunately we lost, 1 to 4. The other team were great, and our boys just weren't working as well as a team. Overall another great game and the boys all still had a fantastic time.
A great effort by the team playing away to East Bentleigh.
The boys dominated play for most of the game with some excellent passing against some quality opposition.
Unfortunately we were unable to get the ball past the goalkeeper who managed some quality saves. It was just one of those days.
A terrific game from Robbie on the wing who continued to put himself into good positions. He also came very close to scoring one of the goals of the season after an excellent cross from Tom into the box.
We look forward to another strong performance by the boys this week at home.
The boys performed well again in the trying and wet conditions. Up against a strong Mount Martha team the boys performed well and showed great skill all game. Mount Martha snuck away to 4 goals, but through some high skill scoring from the two Xanders and Flyn the team were able to score 4 goals to finish the game with a respectable draw. Ethan was a wall in defence, Anthony and Lachie were brilliant in goal, while Jack and Tanner played great games. Kane’s dream team continues it journey towards glory for another week.
East Bentleigh 6 – 0 Mt Eliza U10 Girls
It was back off to East Bentleigh this week to face the team we played for our first ever game. The first half had some promising signs. Hannah did a great job in goal with some excellent saves from a strong East Bentleigh attack. The girls also put into practice some of the lessons learned during training the prior week, taking more time on the ball if there was no imminent pressure and passing to a teammate into space. Bentleigh applied consistent pressure and was rewarded with a couple of goals in the first half. Great performances all round and with three subs the girls were able to get a good run out and switch up positions throughout the half. In the second half, there was some impressive goalkeeping again, this time from Jess. Additionally, Chloe, Stella, Indi & Leyla provided some strong tackles showing some great defensive thinking, backed up by the midfield of Mia, Tilly and Lilly Morrow. Lily Rivett got stuck in and chased the ball well but was unlucky not to have scored during a couple of goal match scrambles. Maddie also showed some good skills by holding the ball while not under pressure and passing to teammates into space. Ella also had a great game and was rewarded with Player of the Match for her great run on the field.
It was a bit unlucky for us not to have scored a couple of goals and another lesson learned that we need to convert our opportunities better. Overall an improvement on the prior week with better shape and more space being utilised on the field. The girls are thoroughly enjoying the season so far and we look forward to a couple of home games coming up.
Today the Greens earned a hard fought 4-3 win against a talented and gritty Dandenong Thunder side. With Riley, Louie and Indy away, the first 15 minutes of the game saw both teams trying to settle in and find their feet. The Greens did well to get the ball in front of their goal but took too many touches in looking for the perfect finish only to lose the ball. Thunder were looking for the break and found themselves unmarked on a few occasions, scoring 2 goals that could have been more if not for some confident keeping from Benji and some tenacity from Thomas, Tom and Will. Upfront we rotated positions until we found the strongest combination with Harry right wing, Tommy right mid and Kian Centre forward. Harrison and Will D were working the left side well and building up the pressure. The game seemed to change when Will D smashed the crossbar with a well taken strike. Shortly afterwards Harrison scored just before half time bringing it to 2-1. In the second half the Greens raised the bar and undoubtedly played their best football so far this season despite some rough play. Tom and Will fed the ball out wide well and Tom R, Tommy, Harrison and Will D started playing some well timed through balls to Kian and Harry. Will D scored a magnificent curling corner to bring it level. Shortly afterwards Benji fed the ball out from the back to Tom who got it up to Harry to score a 3rd and take the lead before following it up with a 4th. Thunder pressurised us causing some goal line scrambles to bring the score to 4-3. After what felt like a 35 minute second half the ref finally blew the whistle after someone thankfully called across the pitch that there was a minute left. This was a nail-biting game but the greens looked confident and determined, playing quality football and grinding out the win. As a coach I was very proud of the football the team played and the support from the parents. Every player left everything on the pitch today and everyone deserved player of the match. However, it could only go to one player and that was Harry who stepped up his game on the right wing and shone. Well done Greens - keep up the great work!
The Blues got off to a flyer against Sandringham with an early brace from Kai Davies, the first a bullet header from a Fletch corner.. the second from brilliant lead up play from Ethan, Christian and Maxy.. the Blues were dominating and it was all one way traffic going forward where the boys created a string of great opportunities with Ethan carving out the best of the chances, the Sandy keeper was in excellent form thwarting each attempt. Just before halftime Jai Sheppard slotted the Blues third placing the ball into the top corner after a neat interchange between Isaac, Christian and Sean. The second half mirrored the first with the excellent build up play starting all the way from back with Luca, the chances kept coming and the fourth goal finally came from a superb Fletcher run and cross which Jordan buried with a cracking header, his first of the campaign.. the boys kept pressing with Maxy twice going close before Fletch sealed the game with a powerful strike to make it 5 nil. MOTM Isaac Katelis who keep the ball moving fwd and mopped up time and time again at the back.. The blues next game is against high flyers East Bentleigh Samari at EM.
Green vs Mt Martha 4-0
Tough game due to conditions of a very small pitch and very muddy surface which saw the boys slipping over in front of goal nearly every time.
Another obstacle was a looming cricket pitch sticking out of the ground by 1/2 a foot.
Despite those conditions, the boys dominated the game play wise and managed to put 4 away out what could have been another 5 goals.
Mt Martha played well, but all attacks were quickly shut down by our defense and swift counter attacks.
Player of the day was Oliver Kennard who scored a nice side foot then went on to replace our injured keeper Ahmad and saving what could have been
2 goals. Job well done boys.
Hampton Park 0 - 4 Mt. Eliza U12 Orange
An all-round good performance on Saturday with the boys getting the win we’ve been after following a couple of draws.
An excellent defensive effort by Nate, Ben, Josh W\E, Coby, Ben and Manny saw our first clean sheet of the season. Dom in goals was solid as usual, making a couple of nice saves.
Up front I asked the boys to use the space move and pass beyond the defenders and all 4 goals, 2 from Jimi and 2 from Josh W, were well constructed with good lead-up play and then nicely finished off.
Jem, Kai and Ollie provided some good width – the boys play their best football when they spread the ball out wide and move it quickly.
Well done to Ollie and Jimi, both getting the awards. Both boys have been putting in solid performances all season and are always a threat when attacking.
A couple of tough games coming up, and I look forward to the boys taking them on with confidence
Mt Eliza U12 Gold - 4 vs Chelsea FC - 1
The boys did really well playing against Chelsea. Innes did an amazing job and is using his hands much more, also Matt did really well to only let in one goal which was very unlucky. Ernie, Oliver and Lincoln did an excellent job to keep the attackers at bay and tackled the hell out of them. Danny, Matt, Angelo and Luca worked really hard to control the play in the middle of the ground and win all of the 50/50 balls. Liam, Ben and Alex put so much effort pressuring the defenders and forcing lots of errors and that created some great opportunities to score. Well done to Oliver for getting MOTM and playing very well in defence and Happy Birthday to Danny from the Team.
Reds vs Rosebud Hearts 7-0
Reds continue their unbeaten run of 8 games against what has been a good opponent.
Despite the score Rosebud where a very good side, just unable to convert against our very solid defense.
Captain Hunter, Alex, Jake, Shawn and Sabry have been EXCELLENT in their defence over the last 5 games.
Big Shawn Guo has continued to shine every week up front and last few games closing on goal every match.
It is hard to pick out a particular moment as all 50mins of the game were fine moments.
But all due respect to Rosebud who by far has been the most friendliest and humble opposition to date.
54 goals for, 7 Against in 8 games is something to very proud off.
Mt Eliza 1 Hampton Park 0
A cold but sunny Sunday morning saw the U14's at home against Hampton Park.
From the opening whistle Mt Eliza were on the attack. Lots of chances saw Mt Eliza pepper the Hampton Park goal in the first half. The cross bar was hit twice, and despite multiple efforts it was 0-0 at half time. Mt Eliza continued as they left off in second half, and persistence played off, and the deadlock broken when Jasper found the net.
That was the way it stayed, with a well deserved victory to the U14's.
Mt Eliza 6 Glen Eira 3
A well deserved win by the team this weekend at Emil Madsen Reserve. The hard work on the training pitch with coach Lachlan is starting to pay off for the boys. It was really good to see the team playing out from the back and keeping ball on the deck with incisive passes to split open the opposing defence.
With only 11 available and first choice goalkeeper not able to play the team worked hard and took control of the match early. They kept at it for the whole game, even when Glen Eira levelled the scores at 2-2 in the first half.
A fantastic team effort all around that had some real highlights, including a brilliant headed goal in the second half that built up from the back with great ball movement.
Well done guys and here’s hoping we can back it up against the top team in the competition this weekend.