29th - 30th June 2019
Mt Eliza U8 Red 12 v Skye United 0
The Mt Eliza U8 Reds were dominant in a stunning 12-0 win away to Skye United.
The Reds got off to a flying start with Strike partners Callum Helmore and Lewis Jedynak both scoring early. Callum scored within the first minute, finishing clinically from a nice sequence of passes. Skye then struggled to clear the ball from the goal mouth following a corner where Lewis fought hard for the ball. He created some space and clipped it beautifully into the top right hand corner for another ‘Goal Of The Year’ nomination. Ever in the contest, attacking midfielder Christian Bethune then notched 2 quick goals, the first from a nice shot off the inside of the right upright and the second following a nice pass from Thomas Allison, where he rounded the defender to be 1-on-1 with the keeper and slot the ball home. Ewan Barnes also had his chances from an attacking role as a substitute and contributed well in team play. Elliot Melder and Max Silk were rock solid in defence and had great halves, linking well with Austen Bettess in the goal mouth, who made some nice saves and played at times like an attacking defender. At one point, Austen was on the end of some neat back pass play from Elliot and Max and then dribbled the ball up the ground driving it forward with a powerful long pass that scythed through the Skye mid-field. Attacker Thomas controlled the ball well and then set up one of Christian’s goals. Luke Batey also made some great tackles, one in front of the gallery where he seemed to grow a few inches taller from the rousing applause. The Reds went into the break with a 4-0 advantage.
In the second half, Austen Bettess entered the mid-field and had immediate impact. He soon scored with his trademark long range shot and ended up scoring 3 more goals in a scintillating 15 minute display. His additional goals included a direct corner (against the Coach’s advice) and 2 other efforts where he collected the ball in the mid-field and dribbled the defenders to score. Austen was also creative and made numerous assists including involvement in yet another ‘Goal Of The Year’ nomination where he made a high cross from the right wing to the goal mouth where a leaping Elliot met the ball on the volley to fire it home with his right boot and give the keeper no chance. This was yet another moment that would not have looked out of place in a ‘Premier League Goal of the week’ highlights package - as is becoming Elliot’s trademark. Elliot also scored another clinical goal in the goal mouth from a series of neat passes to secure his brace and is fast becoming a Tim Cahill like attacker who is ever dangerous from close range. This is high praise indeed. Callum then scored his second goal to secure a neat brace and Christian rounded out the scoring to secured his third hattrick of the season. The defenders should also be congratulated here - including keeper Luke for his clean sheet.
Player of the day was awarded to Lewis who set the tone for the team in the opening minutes with his attacking flare and brilliant goal. In the second half he was rock solid in defence yet again with his pace, determination and team play just too much for the Skye forwards. Well done Lewis and well done team. Another benchmark team performance. The selflessness and team play was a highlight. Coaches were super proud. Final goal tally: Austen 4, Christian 3, Callum 2, Elliot 2, Lewis 1. Go Reds!
Another amazing win, we stopped every single goal by our amazing goal keeper Noah Sheen. The boys all played really well, great teamwork again. Our defence was amazing, Ethan, Felipe and Noah H kicked some amazing goals. Finished 3-0
Mt Eliza U10 Girls 1 – Glen Eira 1
Glen Eira Mindys A great game this week between 2 evenly matched teams. The girls came out well with some strong tackling and better use of space to attack goal. They had more energy when tackling and chasing than in previous games. Lily Morrow did a great job as goalkeeper for the first time and Indi Bryant was tenacious in attack once again. Mt Eliza was unlucky to let Glen Eira score a goal of a breakaway attack around the 10 minute mark which meant the girls had to stay tough and fight to get a goal back. And fight they did! For the rest of the game, Mt Eliza had the majority of the attack and were unlucky to not score several times. A reflection for the girls is that we need some harder kicking in front of goal if we are going to convert more attacks to goals. We also needed to spread out more in attack as we tended to cluster around the goal rather than use players wide. Keeping in the second half, Ella Andalaroo made an excellent save when a Glen Eira player came at her solo on a breakaway. More positive signs again were the harder tackling and use of their bodies to block the opposition today by the girls. Most impressive however was how the girls fought the whole game to get the score back to even with a goal three quarters of the way through the second half and then to continue to attack and gain the win. It wasn’t too be but not for lack of trying including some big kicks at goal from Chloe Morgan and Gemma Gilchrist. Great spirit girls! New player Lily Morrow took out player of the match for her keeping in the first half and her positive chasing of the ball in the second half.
Mount Eliza Greens 7 FC Noble Hurricanes 1
With Louie and Harry away, Indigo resting a knee injury and Tom S sick we started the day with 8 players and were helped by Paul and Woody from the under 10's Kangaroos who had just stepped off from another game. The whole game was mainly played in the Hurricanes half with a few breaks well defended by Thomas, Tommy and Will MS at the back. Kian broke the deadlock after around 10 minutes with a shot. Will D followed it up with 3 well taken strikes for a hat-trick and Harrison had a strike to make it 5 nil at half time.
In the second half we changed things around to give the players experience in other positions. We took a while to settle after conceding a goal before strengthening the positions then Will broke through after numerous attempts to get the ball in the net and scored a tap in. Riley took the scoreline to 7-1 with a beautifully taken long strike. Tommy, Paul and Woody were all unlucky not to score and did well. Benji gave yet another top class performance at one stage racing off his line outside the box to beat a Noble Hurricane one on one.
Well done to Riley for coming back from a spell of laryngitis and dominating in mid-field as well as helping in defence. Player of the match went to Will D for running his heart out, winning the ball back, cutting off options and scoring a hatrick. A special mention has to be made for Thomas R who was outstanding today in centre back playing a very high press game and causing the opposition all sorts of problems and showing some nice footwork including a Maradona turn on the way! Keep up the great work Greens!
The Blues continued their push up the table with a convincing 6-2 win over high flyers East Bentleigh Samuari.. The game started very open considering what was at stake as both sides were keen to play football and score goals. The opener came from a great Max Musgrove run and great finish after excellent build up from Isaac and Ethan, the blues then dominated the next 10 mins with great work by Josh (helping out for the day) and Sean driving the midfield. The second goal came from a great through ball and Jai Sheppard was able to hold off 2 defenders to slot past the keeper. Bentleigh then had their best spell keeping Jordan and Kai busy at the back and duly got their goal to make it 2-1. The Blues fought back and Jai Sheppard scored his second from close range, however the end of the half finished with Bentleigh scoring their second from a corner to put the pressure back on the boys. The Blues came out in the second half and kook the game on creating numerous chances and playing some wonderful football starting all the way with Luca in goals. Both Christian O'Ferlan and Ethan Walker were rewarded with goals apiece with great finishes from close range and both created havoc for the Bentleigh defense with constant dangerous balls into the box. Max Musgrove capped off a great day grabbing his second late on to finish the game off. MOTM and captain for the day Jordan Fay.
Mt. Eliza U12 Orange 1 – Berwick Tigers 5
A disappointing result this week with the team starting a little sluggish, and then couldn’t get themselves back into the game.
Going into half time 2-1 down while playing some disjointed football, gave us some hope, but with a physically bigger team, some swirling wind and rain and (maybe?) start of school holidays apathy, the boys slipped further behind and never looked like making it a contest.
A great looping goal from Josh in the 1st half was a highlight, as was our Captain of the day Ben, who has improved all season and is a stalwart in our defensive line. Special mention to Manny, always willing to stick his hand up when I need a volunteer for any position, with him and Dom playing a half each in goals on a day that was most certainly not goalie friendly.
We’ll take a break this week and come back refreshed and concentrate on the final 7 games.
Mt Eliza U14 1 Glen Eira 2
A windy day met the U14's at Emil Madsen, where they played an in form Glen Eira.
The U14's came out with determination and a vision to play some great football.
For long periods, Mt Eliza were able to keep possession and utilise the width of the pitch.
The team played as one, moving the ball quickly, and with purpose. As the first half ticked on, and against the run of play. Glen Eira took the lead. Mt Eliza didnt drop, and continued with more determination. A great passage of one touch football, finishing with an excellent cross from Declan, and an excellent first time finish from Lewis - his first goal in 2 years, left the first half at 1-1.
The second half had Mt Eliza continuing to heap on pressure and working in triangles create multiple chances and shots at goal. With minutes to go, and against the run of play, a miscued cross from a Glen Eira player saw the ball taken by the wind and end in the net.
This was generally an undeserved defeat for the U14's, who played the best football so far this season - and the entire team should be proud of their performance.