27th July 2019
Mt Eliza U8 Red 6 v Casey Comets 0
The Mt Eliza U8 Reds turned on a great team performance to outclass the Casey Comets at Cranbourne.
The boys looked switched on from the first whistle, keen to atone for a difficult outing last week, and immediately showed a strong desire to play as a team. Our starting combination of defenders, Alfie Siveyer-Main and Max Silk, set the tone of play. In particular, Alfie was always well positioned as the last man at the back, allowing Max the confidence to take some risks. Alfie defended well when called upon, clearing the ball wide to the applause of his coach, and it was his long throw ins that also proved decisive, with his first throw clearing the defenders for mid-fielder Christian Bethune. Christian controlled the ball well and rolled out a neat pass for Callum Helmore in attack. Callum sprinted towards goal with the ball nicely under control and clinically dispatched it to the back of the net to take us to a quick lead. This play set the standard, soon repeated over the next few minutes with neat field passes by Max and then defensive mid-fielder Angus Goodinson to again put Callum on goal and he took every chance to notch a quick fire hattrick.
The introduction of Austen Bettess from the bench had further impact as he continually won the ball in the mid-field to dribble around opponents with aplomb. His radar was a bit off early and the keeper also made some great saves, but he soon zoned in and registered a goal when firing from an acute angle across the goal face as the keeper covered the near post. Austen then came close to a second goal with a searing run and shot that left the keeper helpless but the ball crashed into the crossbar to deflect over the goal. However, the excitement was not only in the Casey half. Casey is a good team and it worked hard to challenge our defenders and get a look at our goal – only to be confronted with the impenetrable Elliot Melder in the yellow MESC keepers jersey. Elliot always delivers us something spectacular, whether he is in attack or defense, but the diving save he unleashed in the final minutes of the half was incredible - making him look a good foot taller - and was met with great excitement from the Mt Eliza onlookers.
In the second half, Alfie moved into goal and it did not take long for him to again influence play with two fine saves in quick succession to show his growing confidence and confirm that he is stepping up his game as the season continues. Callum and Elliot then teamed up in defense with Ewan Barnes in defensive mid-field. After a few minutes, they soon got their defensive mojo and Casey rarely saw the ball past them again. All three players had great games and continually moved the ball forward. Luke Batey, who had played well in the first half, then won a rebounding ball and calmly fed through a killer pass to attacker Christian, who took his chance and extended the score to 5-0. Thomas Allison then joined Austen and Max in attack for the last 10 minutes. Thomas had numerous chances to score but he often looks to pass - putting the team first. However, he is showing his team mates that his first goal of the season is not far away.
In the final act of the game, Callum snuck out of defense and found his way into a goal mouth scramble as the ball pinballed around off players and keeper alike only for it to roll free to the feet of our in-form goal scorer. Casey knew the drill from here and watched as Callum controlled the ball and again took his chance to fire home and claim his fourth goal in a 6-0 rout. A day out indeed!
Player of the Day was a difficult decision as all of the boys played well. Standout players were Elliot, Austen and Alfie who had his best
game for the club. Alfie collected some football cards as a reward. Callum’s defensive play and four goals was well deserving of the reward
and he quite rightly also earned himself some cards. However, the player of the day went to the hard running Max Silk, who created many
chances with some beautiful runs and passes to be the best player on the ground. To win the award over Callum on his day out shows that the
performance was one that Max and his team mates, and his onlooking grandparents, can be rightly proud of. Go Reds!
Amazing weather again, we played another great 4-0. Our to amazing goal keepers stopped every goal, we changed up positions had some kids who generally play defense play up forward and did a amazing job. Everyone played extremely well.
Saturday's game was at home against Elwood. From the first kickoff, we applied a lot of pressure which Elwood returned. In the first half, Will played a fantastic game in defence ably supported by Carlo. Robbie played goalie in the first half & consistently provided a lot of pinpoint passes directly to his teammates.
Some fantastic attacking play from Ben in the first half & which was then followed by one of the highlights of the game with an outstanding save that any professional goalkeeper would be proud of. Oihan also provided some strong defence in the second half. Phoenix & Charley played strongly & were important contributors.
A great all round performance by the team. Well done boys!
Probably the best thing about our trip to Rosebud / Boneo this morning was that the boys all were able to sing Happy Birthday to Kane and he generously signed all their shirts. We'll miss Kane as he heads to Shanghai next week. Thanks to Luke Curtis for his legs and goal, and Noah Sheen who was goalie for half the game. Xander Levy also kicked a great goal. Rosebud playing strong - the score was 2 to (about) 10.
Brighton Blue Waves 4 – 2 Mt Eliza U10 Girls
Despite going down by 2 goals to the Brighton Blue Waves, this was a great game by the girls. Last time we played Brighton at their home ground, the result was 6 -1. They have some excellent strikers and runners with the ball. This game was much closer than before and the girls showed themselves to be a competitive team. In the first half, despite some great keeping from Gemma Gilchrist, Brighton scored 4 times however 2 of these were strong goals and 2 when our defence lapsed a bit too easily. We need to not let the easy ones in. The girls, however, didn’t let this phase them and they scraped a goal back through Indi Bryant. In the field, Leyla Ay continued her strong form supported by some great tackling from Hannah Bryant. The second half was one of the Mt Eliza girls’ best this season. Brighton remained scoreless and Mt Eliza were in attack most of the time, Indi Bryant scoring our second goal. If it wasn’t for some fantastic keeping from the Brighton goalie (including when she ran out from goal and down past the halfway line!) Mt Eliza could have levelled the score several times. The difference in the second half – longer, big kicks and relentless tackling. The girls took the ball off the opposition at least 8 times. With some good use of space, the game was fantastic to watch. All our players showed a great effort meriting special mention this week (Player of Match was given to a ‘team’ effort) - including Stella Smith, Chloe Morgan, Jessica Baird, Maddie Hadley, Lily Rivett, Mia Jordan (& the girls already mentioned above). They showed that they can match it with the top teams when we are focused and relentless! Mt Martha at home next week should be a great game!
U11 Mesc Green 6 Chelsea 1
An excellent performance against Chelsea today. High pressure from the start, good passing into space, lots of talking and good finishing although there were plenty of chances.
Starting as a striker Tom scored the first goal in 10 seconds tearing through the Chelsea defence. Harry put in the second minutes later followed by an own goal and another goal by Davo. Chelsea got a goal that was alledgedly kicked out of Benji's arms just before half time. In the second half Chelsea put in a determined effort but couldn't make it past our backline. After a 10 minute goaless spell Riley scored before Indigo who was playing in midfield scored using her powerful right foot. Louie back from the UK had a good game and was unlucky not to score a header. Tommy player some great balls from right back up the line to Riley waiting on the wing. Will had a great game in defence delivering some lovely high balls into space for Tom to pick up. As usual Benji made some great saves and delivered the ball out safely. Thomas was impressive as usual in centre back. Player of the match went to Tom for his inspiring performance up front having played right back for most of the season. On a side note a special mention goes to Davo for getting a place at the cross country nationals.
U12 Mt. Eliza Orange 6 – 1 Aspendale
Third win in a row and the boys are playing some good football. It has been a habit all season to concede first, but today Ollie and Jimi got us off to a flyer with a goal apiece. Jimi has been away for a few weeks, but he got himself straight back onto the scorers’ sheet. Ollie had a great first half for us, earning one of the awards, and the other 1st half stand out was Josh W-E, who now owns the right back position and is now starting to put some lovely passes together, turning our defence into attack. To Aspendale’s credit, they pulled one back before halftime, against the general run of play.
The second half was much the same one-way traffic, but this time the boys got the goals they were creating chances for. In the space of 10 minutes in the middle of the half, Josh (2), Kai and Billy were all on the scoreboard.
It was Billy’s first goal of the season, and what a great goal. He was put through the middle on the half way line, made a beeline to goal and slid it into the corner, not giving anyway away to the keeper. Josh and Kai had two nicely taken goals, but Josh’s last was a delight, tying the defenders and goalie in knots, eventually tapping in on his left, also earning him the MVP award today. Jem worked hard through the middle and out wide, having a nice shot saved by the keeper with an out-stretched hand.
All boys played their part today, and we can only score the goals when our defensive unit of Dom, Manny, Nate, Coby, Ben and Josh W-E hold our defensive line which they did again today.
A special mention must go to the Aspendale team, who, judging by the table, have had a rough season. But their coaching team were nothing but complimentary of our boys, and I thought this game was played with a great spirit by both teams, regardless of the final scoreline.
Westernport SC 1 - Mt Eliza U12 Gold 2
Today’s game was truly amazing to watch, as a coach and I’m sure as spectators, as it was a hard fought battle between the two sides. The skills Declan and I saw today have been a real highlight of the season for us so far. Mt Eliza Gold 2-1 WesternPort Wolves.
The defence were great today and did exactly what they needed to. Ben, Danny and Lincoln all played terrific games. We saw consistent effort to make runs forward, get the ball out of defence, marking your man and perfect passing.
Midfield just didn’t stop running all game; we say it all the time but everybody puts in so much effort. Matt, Innes, Jackson, Angelo and Luca - knowing when to dribble past a player and when to pass was terrific, Luca providing the outlet from defence in centre mid and then laying off a through ball to our strikers were amazing. Angelo and Jackson intercepted the ball and made vital tackles when needed, Matt and Innes providing run down the wing and connecting with Liam and Spencer was also great to see.
Liam and Spencer were amazing in striker. Spencer had a great assist to Liam, who finished off a beautiful piece of play. Liam made runs down the wing and then got a cross off into the box and Spencer continuously played the early ball which helped the team in so many ways.
-Matt and Innes were also great in goalkeeper only managing to let in one goal and stopping many more.
-Danny and Liam scored terrific goals
-Ben played his best game so far this season in an unfamiliar position and was a key player for us this game. Well done!
Another thing to note was the positivity - at the start of the game everyone was laughing and having fun, this continued at half time and at the end of the game. This was really good to see and we believe this attitude was the contributing factor that helped us win today.