1st - 2nd June 2019
Mt Eliza U7 Red 1 v 1 Mornington Orange
Marlon started in goal and the Mt Eliza defence was tested from the start with Mornington having a few skilful players. Mornington continued to press and just before half-time scored a goal. The second half started more even with Mt Eliza pressing the Mornington goal. Marlon combined with Jack to score an excellent equaliser. Late in the game Mornington pressed hard and eventually got through the defence, Benjamin now in goal dived to his left a stopped a certain goal but injuring himself against the post. After some magic spray (water) he continued. Final score 1-1.
Another wonderful game, the weather held out for us. We were very strong the first half with Ethan kicking two goals, Felipe and Oscar Woolley also kicking a goal. half time was 2-4. Then second half finished with Archer and Noah H kicking a goal each. Finished with a score of 4-6 us with the win. Wonderful game and great team to play against.
U10 Kangaroos Red v Mornington
After a close loss last week and cancelled training due to the rain the boys met early for some warm-up and tactics with everyone keen for kick off. Gidi and Marley defended well at the start and a Mornington corner was retrieved by Paul for a run forward and chances for Lachlan T and Sammy that were saved. At this point the coaches were nicely warmed up too with lots of encouragement to take a shot and ‘reset’ seeming to be the key word of the half which the boys responded to well. Toby then took up the challenge in defence but the ball got stuck in midfield for a while with neither side creating a chance until Lewis found some space and carried it through for the first goal of the game! Following some great team play Lewis then converted another to make it 2-0. A chance for Mornington was saved in style by Lachlan M who was not afraid to take a risk and shortly after Lewis managed an amazing hat trick, well done Lewis! Koroush was then unselfish and set Sammy up for a 4th for the Reds to end the half.
The pace remained high in the second half and the ball spent time in on both sides of the ground. Special mention to Marley for an excellent sliding tackle that set Paul up for a great goal before Gidi made it 6-0 soon afterwards. The pressure the boys continued to put on Mornington was impressive as they were obviously keen for a big score line. Paul managed another and Ryan struck the crossbar towards the end before Mornington slipped one through to close out the game at 7-1.
Another win 5 -3 against Langwarrin at Lawton Park. Goals scored by Thomas, Xander Levy, Xander Pearce, Ethan Weiser and Tanner. Also an 'almost goal' from Freddie. Lachlan scored 2 goals but the ref didn't count them - first one saved so didn't 'cross the line' and on the second, there was a handball right before so instead of giving us the advantage the ref gave Lachlan and indirect kick. Goalies were Freddie & Flynn. Defensive wall was secured by Lachlan, Tanner & Ethan Weiser. In the first half and second half Thomas did a magic job of sweeper to support Flynn Turner. Flynn Baker had some fancy footwork. Thanks so much to Tomi for coaching today and for the match report.
Brighton Blues 4 – Mt Eliza U10 Girls 0
Our business card is going to have to be ‘the score doesn’t reflect the game’ as once again this week this is true! This week, the girls definitely played a better brand of soccer in terms of their strength on the ball, the power of their kicks and how they kept their positions but ran into attack and back to defend. Last time we played the Brighton Blues we lost 6 - 2 so we knew they were a good team. In the first half we went toe to toe with their attack and kept them to only 2 goals with some much improved defence. We had several shots at goal too. Notable moments included Indi Bryant’s impressive goal keeping, Hannah Murton’s strong tackles, Stella Smith’s running after players which was excellent and harder kicks by all the girls. Chloe Morgan chased and never gave up and Jess Baird (who it seems actually listened to coach Charles Ewart!!) was doing some huge kicks out of defence to clear the ball straight away instead of our past habit of keeping it too long in front of our goal. Lily Rivett and Alex Ewart were kicking brilliantly and had some good runs into attack. Leyla Ay continued to run herself ragged across the field giving us much needed strength in the middle. In the second half, there was some impressive goal keeping again, this time from Gemma Gilchrist who had plenty of work. One great moment was when Stella Smith, showing some great defensive thinking, backed up goalie Gemma during a Brighton attack, almost stopping a goal from a Brighton player’s strong shot. Brighton were able to score 4 more times, 3 of which came in the last 10 minutes when the girls were tiring but they were impressive goals from Brighton’s attackers. Debuting this week were Lily Morrow and Matilda Wilson who were both impressive by getting stuck in and chasing the ball and showing some great potential for the rest of the season. Great to have you girls! Matilda was rewarded with Player of the Match for her great first run on the field. A loss in terms of score line but a definite win in terms of structured play and a stronger approach from a group developing into an impressive team very quickly! (most of whom had not played a game at the start of the season 8 weeks ago) Well done girls!
This was a thriller against our old friends Langwarrin Blues, a top Kangaroos team who we have been toe to toe with 5 times now without a win. The last time we played them was in the Mornington Gala that saw us score 22 goals, the only goals conceded being 2 in the final against them. Langy came to Emil Madsen off the back of a 1 nil defeat to Berwick so we knew it was going to be another close contest.
Full credit to our players marking up and not giving the Langy players any space for most of the game. We went into half time at nil nil having played some great football. In the second half Langwarrin put their strongest players on the front line and capitalised on a couple of rare moments of poor marking that set up the 2 nil final score. Throughout the game Harrison, Riley and Will D all had some great shots on goal but were unlucky not to score. Will MS, Riley and Harrison used the wings well to move the ball into Langy's half. Our defence today was magnificent with Indy, Tommy, Tom R, Tom S and Louie all 100% committed to their jobs. Our midfield was also excellent with Harry, Tom S and Will Davies staying with players and reducing options for the opposition. Benji had another cracking game in goal and was unlucky to concede. Louie and Kian also did well up front. Towards the end you could see tiredness setting in and concentration fading, with the players booting the ball away rather than taking a touch and delivering the ball to a team-mate as we've practiced in training, but mostly this was an excellent performance and the final score doesn't reflect their efforts on the day. Tommy got the player of the match having come back from illness and holding his own in right back. Unfortunately he clashed with a Langy attacker and hobbled off with an injury. After the game the Langy coach said that he had told his team that this game was a matter of pride for Mt Eliza and you could see that in the passion and determination we had. Rather than parking the bus and playing for a draw this team plays exciting attacking football and will continue to work on finding the balance between attacking and defensive football. We look forward to our next game against this team and our game next week against the Langwarrin Royals. As a coach it's been satisfying to see the players carry out what they've been learning at training and growing as a team week by week. Keep up the great work Greens!!!
The Blues travelled back to Brightons Dendy Park to take on the higher placed Brighton Leopards after last week beating the Brighton Turtles 8-1... It was a cagey opening 10 minutes with nervous defending and loose passing by both teams as neither could secure any meaningful dominance over the other. The game then opened up with chances at both ends with one drawing a great save from the Blues keeper Luca Toner. The last kick of the first half saw the Leopards finish off a quick counter that resulted in their opening goal after some static Blues defending. The second half the Blues stepped up their intensity and started dominating the game with some slick passing through the midfield to create chance after chance for the front three. The pressure finally paid off with a wonderful strike from Kai Davies to bring the game level with his first goal for the Blues, the boys never gave up and kept pushing for the winner with MOTM Maxy Musgrove twice going close at the end, final score 1-1. The Blues return back to Emil next week to take on Caulfield United.
Vs Hampton Park 5-1 win
Great game Saturday U12 Green,
Was pleasing to see boys reassert their dominance in the play of the ball during games.
Still lacking a bit of accuracy on crucial passes, but good to see when such a pass does not meet its target
all effort to regain possession of the ball is attempted. Most cases, the ball is won back.
Despite being unwell, Malik put himself out there and played the best he could, very much appreciated and
was unfortunate not to had 4 or more goals. However, you contribution to other goals is noted.
What is pleasing, is that our other boys are starting to finish in front of goals and adding their tally to the final result.
Also our player of the day Surik, despite still being sore from last week, he was hurt again but NEVER stopped and went on to score a
hatrick of 3 goals and playing some amazing passes. Well done Surik.
Also was pleasing to see Oliver K fire up on which was a difficult ball, and to fire a well placed side foot into the goal which on other days might have sailed over the bar.
Benji continues to amaze us with his pure courage and contribution during games and last 3 weeks have seen Benji really make an impact.
All other boys, also played their part in Defence and attacks, with Lockie really starting to show some form.
Defence had a better game this week, but still need to be more wary of their positioning when pressure is applied on them.
Well Done U12 Green
Mt Eliza reds 3 - Chelsea 1
Another Excellent all round performance by the boys away to a very organised & determined Chelsea team. With the team talk focused on “playing as a team” & working for each other, the reds have taken another big step in their soccer development. With 2 first half goals by Mathew & MOM Oscar really gave the team confidence coming in at half time.The boys showed the character I’ve been looking for as Chelsea pulled a goal back early in the second half to put us under pressure. With the game flowing from end to end Mathew poped up again with 10 mins to go to make it 3-1 & give us breathing space to play some nice controlled football & finish the game in total control.
Well done U12s, Looking forward to Berwick @ home next Saturday.
The team visited Mt. Martha today and although we didn't come away with the win, the boys, led by Ollie our captain today, played some good soccer and can be proud of the effort they put in. We were down 2-1 at half-time but the boys were moving the ball well and our combinations were starting to click. We pulled one back to even it all up, but a thunder bolt from Mt. Martha 10 minutes from time sealed the win for them. We went close 3 or 4 times but nothing dropped for us today.
The team are now starting to come together nicely and it is just the small things that we need to concentrate on and not give away cheap possession.
Jimi and Kai were our goal scorers today.
Mt. Martha U12 Pirates 2 - Mt. Eliza Gold 3
We started the game off strong with a great attack from Luca who fired about 10 shots in a matter of ten minutes. Well done to the midfield and attack (Danny, Ben, Liam and Alex) for supporting the players around them, providing options and supplying the attacks. It was a fast start when Luca fired 2 shots into the goal but was unlucky not to get 10 as their keeper made some terrific saves. Throughout the first half the defence (Matt, Ernie and Lincoln) and Innes as goalkeeper were under constant pressure from Mount Martha’s attack. The defence was great, especially at clearing the ball to the line, and Innes was great but unfortunately the opposition striker fired a brilliant shot into the bottom corner giving no way for Innes to save it.
In the second half we struggled to start with the defence letting an easy goal from lack of awareness making it two all at this point. There was a strong well fought 15-20 minutes of play from both teams, no one getting the breakthrough at this point. Then Innes stepped up in new territory (striker) and scored a magnificent goal to give us the lead. It was really a terrific shot from outside the box. A few of the other boys were a bit stiff not to score throughout the game, Liam especially after such a brilliant run.
Well deserved MOTM to Innes. And good job everyone else. Quick mention to Ben also who didn’t get a mention after the match but put in a really hard effort and didn’t stop running throughout the whole game.
Casey Panthers 1 - 0 Mt Eliza U14
The U14's travelled away to 2nd on the table Casey Panthers.
From the outset the U14's played with speed, passion and skill. The first 10 minutes saw them have the majority of possession, and carve out multiple chances, but unfortunately couldn't convert. The game began to open up, and the mid field of both teams vied for possession.
towards the end of the first half, and against the run of play a speculative shot resulted in Casey taking the lead.
The U14's continued to dig deep, and continued to create chances, but unfortunately couldnt convert.
A great effort by the entire team, who were most unlucky not to walk away with a win.