A spring-like day greeted players and parents at Strathdale. With yet another almost full squad on offer, Castlemaine set out to make amends for the recent loss in the League Cup against the same opposition.
The first half was intense from both teams with plenty of action around both goal mouths. Many attacks from Castlemaine coming from patient build up in the midfield, good shape led to good passing, which in turn led to more than a couple of good chances only thwarted by the Strathdale goalkeeper.
So entertaining was the game half-time seemed to come quickly with a0-0- 0 scoreline appropriate for the effort of both teams.
The second half started with a buoyant Castlemaine recognising that they had just played their best half of football so far this season. Taking themselves that one step further, they scored soon after kick-off.
The game then swung the other way with Strathdale quickly equalising, and soon after taking the lead. Some fine saves and good defending kept the Castlemaine scoreline to just the one goal. A dubious third for Strathdale took its toll on player morale and a fourth close to the end of the match was another blow.
A very positive first half and half of the second half bodes well for the rest of the season. Each week progress is made by not only individual players but the whole team. Again, the opposition coach commented on what a good match to be a part of it was. Which I fully echo…. Great team effort.
Goals R. De Podolinsky 1.
Spring Gully’s generous ground allowed Castlemaine Under12B to show how early passing coupled with moving the ball into space can reap rewards. Chances on Gully’s goal came regularly in both halves while the Maine’s committed defence was only breached by a single penalty. An impressive effort by a team showing clear signs of cohesion.
Castlemaine defeated Spring Gully Red, 5 – 1.
Goalscorers were Himal Gautam (1), Mischa Thackray (1), Fionn Kennedy (1), Jack Neilson-Bridgfoot (1) and Miro Vaskess (1).
The Swift Parrots had their first taste of a synthetic surface at Epsom on the weekend, and didn’t mind it a bit.
Although the Scorpions looked threatening early on, the Parrots’ deft defending, backed by Ciaran’s keeping, took the sting (sorry!) out of their attack. Instead, it was the Parrots who edged ahead, with first-half goals to Monte, Silas and Elliot.
The Parrots stayed on top in the second half with Dimitri adding a trademark goal.
Final score: 4-0. Among the Parrots’ stand-out efforts was the way Charlie Hutton, playing in only his second game, put the Scorpions under relentless pressure with his chasing and tackling.