Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Bec Baartz
The games have been coming thick and fast for our junior boys over the past week - and so have the wins!
Gold Coast City FC – 1 (Trad THELWELL 79’)
Moreton Bay United – 3 (Nicholas WEBB 30’ 34’, Isaac CONSIDINE 68’)
Following last week’s impressive result against Strikers, the Under 16’s returned to earth after conceding three goals against the Jets in a battling performance on Friday night at Mallawa.
After a tight opening to the match, Nicholas Webb struck twice in the first half for the visitors before Isaac Considine effectively sealed the result shortly after the hour.
City found consolation through Trad Thelwell, who delivered a late finish after City’s pressure forced a Jets turnover.
Coach Maarten de Kruijf said, “We kept trying and still working for each other and in the end this gave us a goal.”
“It was also positive that there wasn’t any negativity amongst the boys after the loss.”
Brisbane Olympic FC – 1 (Keegan SULLIVAN 75’)
Gold Coast City FC – 0
On Sunday, the Under 16’s were left frustrated as Olympic snatched the three points via a late winner despite creating a raft of chances in the capital.
Keegan Sullivan delivered the match-winning strike late in the second stanza on the counter-attack for the hosts after City held firm for 20 minutes with ten men following the dismissal of Thomas King prior to the hour.
Despite a number of goal-scoring opportunities the ball refused to find the back of the net for City.
Coach Maarten de Kruijf said, “We couldn’t score and the ball wouldn’t go in. The ball was taken off the line and we had a goal disallowed for offside.”
“Ultimately, if you don’t score that keeps the other team alive,” he concluded.
Gold Coast City FC – 2 (Reece SULLY 42’, Zachary DONATO 67’)
Moreton Bay United FC – 1 (Toby MASON 75’)
The Under 15’s continued their recent run of form with a solid result to notch their third straight win on Tuesday night against the Jets.
Following a scoreless opening stanza, City soon grabbed the lead via Reece Sully before Zachary Donato doubled the advantage after the hour with his third goal of the campaign.
Despite conceding in the closing stages, City held on to complete a clean sweep of results against the Jets this season.
Gold Coast City FC – 2 (Tyler DE SNOO 43’, own goal 54’)
SWQ Thunder FC – 0
The Under 15’s continued their winning ways with a solid two goal win against Thunder on Saturday at Mallawa.
Neither side could find the back of the net in the first half, however, City stepped up a gear after the restart to open accounts via Tyler De Snoo’s fourth goal of the season.
The advantage was doubled prior to the hour as Thunder conceded via an own goal.
The result marked a third clean sheet in four outing for the team and moved the side within 3 points of Thunder on the table.
Olympic FC - 0
Gold Coast City FC – 1
*goalscorer unconfirmed at time of publication
Backing up a day after their previous match, the Under 15’s made it five straight wins on Sunday against Olympic in Brisbane.
The result lifts City into the top three of the competition standings.
Gold Coast City FC – 2 (Gianluca TOMASONI 13’, Eli HUGHES 56’)
Moreton Bay United FC – 0
The Under 14’s bounced back from a last start defeat on Thursday night with a solid two goal win over the Jets at Mallawa.
City struck a goal in each half to claim the points – Gianluca Tomasoni’s first goal of the season opening accounts inside a quarter of an hour before Eli Hughes sealed the result in the second stanza on the counter attack.
Coach Clayton Buckenham praised his side’s ability to stick to his game plan.
“We played with two holding midfielders and set out to frustrate our opponent. Because of this formation we surrendered possession but when we won the ball we could hit them on the counter attack.”
“Although our opponent had more of the ball we restricted them to shots from outside the area. The boys know if we keep it tight at the back we have the forward players that can win us games,” he concluded.
Gold Coast City FC – 3 (Eli HUGHES 2’ 42’, Riley VIRENDER 4’)
SWQ Thunder FC – 1 (Dylan PROCTOR 48’)
A lightning start set the platform for the Under 14’s to notch back-to-back wins with a commanding performance against Thunder at Mallawa on Saturday.
Eli Hughes and Riley Virender both struck inside the opening five minutes of the contest before Hughes’ second sealed the result early in the second half – lifting his account to 17 goals this season.
Thunder found consolation shortly after, however, City remained firm for the remainder of the contest to post their second win against the Toowoomba club this year.
Coach Clayton Buckenham said, “The boys controlled the game from the first whistle. They controlled the tempo and looked in complete control throughout the game.”
Despite dominating the match, Buckenham highlighted a pair of strong saves from goalkeeper Dylan Remmers in the first half.
“Each week Dillon's communication, decision making, shot stopping and distribution improve,” he concluded.
Olympic FC – 0
Gold Coast City FC – 1 (Alex PAPANIKOLAOU 37’)
Less than 24 hours turnaround didn’t hinder the Under 14’s run of form as they fought to a single goal result over Olympic in Brisbane.
Alex Papanikolaou’s eight goal of the season proved decisive early in the second half of the contest – which marked a third game in four days.
Coach Clayton Buckenham praised his side’s resilience and performance in light of the busy playing schedule.
“We have only managed one training session this week so the boys did really well in taking on instructions and tactical advice throughout the game and adapting to how the opposition played.”
“The biggest plus was the boys showed great character and strength to hold on for the win against a very quick and physical Olympic side.”
The result guarantees the Under 14’s will finish the season in second place, with their final match of the season against table toppers Sunshine Coast FC next week serving as a makeshift Grand Final.
Gold Coast City FC – 2 (Milan BUNDALO 5’, Jack PIRONE 56’)
Moreton Bay United FC – 0
City extended their unbeaten run to three matches on Thursday night at Mallawa with a solid two goal win over the Jets.
Milan Bundalo opened the accounts only five minutes into the contest – slotting a composed finish from a cross in from the right.
Jack Pirone then sealed the result midway trough the second half after latching onto a throughball and guiding the finish past the onrushing keeper.
Interim coach Brett Budwee said, “The attitude of the players was spot on and the fact we kept a clean sheet was very positive. The main lesson was that if we stick to our defensive game plan we will win games.”
“Our defence had to handle one of the best strikers in the league and held him to only one shot on goal, which was also very impressive.”
Gold Coast City FC – 3 (Jacob MCGUCKIN 7’, Jack PIRONE 9’ 13’)
SWQ Thunder FC – 1 (Riley WILLMOT p28’)
A breathtaking three goal opening burst set the scene as the Under 13’s recorded their first win against Thunder this year on Saturday at Mallawa.
Jacob McGuckin’s first goal of the season commenced the scoring spree as he banged in a cracking strike from the edge of the area from a corner kick.
Jack Pirone then struck twice in four minutes – hitting a pair of composed finishes to up his season’s tally to 15 goals.
Thunder found consolation from the penalty spot prior to half-time, however, City maintained their dominance to see out the win in the second half.
Interim coach Brett Budwee said, “The biggest positive was that we completely dominated Thunder who are second on the ladder and possess a lethal attack line. We adjusted well when they brought on their gun striker too.”
“We also dominated the middle of the pitch - both with and without the ball - which enabled us to successfully bring our wide players into the game.”
Olympic FC – 0
Gold Coast City FC – 3 (Jackson BUGEJA 4’, Peter OSBORNE 12’, Isaac JURKIC 27’)
The Under 13’s completed a clean sweep of their heavy playing schedule with a comprehensive three goal win over Olympic in Brisbane.
All three goals came in the opening half for City, with Jackson Bugeja commencing the scoring blitz inside five minutes by tucking home an inswinging free kick from Jack Pirone.
Pirone again turned provider for Peter Osborne to double the lead shortly after – tucking home a cross for his fifth goal of the season.
Isaac Jurkic then sealed the win prior to the break by delivering a composed finish on the back of a solid build-up from the team.
Interim coach Brett Budwee praised his charges ability to dominate the contest for the full 70 minutes.
“We started with a really fast pace and got an early lead and then the boys totally controlled the tempo for the rest of the game which was very pleasing as a coach.”
“The fact that we have played and won 3 games in the last 4 days has really raised the boys confidence coming into the last round game against the league leaders Sunshine Coast, which we are now treating as our own mini Grand Final.”
Gold Coast City FC – 2 (Francois MAHU 36’, Rylee UTTLEY 52’)
Moreton Bay United FC – 2 (Jonah TOWNSEND 5’, Jordan RYLEWSKI 37’)
The Under 12’s fought back twice to secure a hard-fought draw with the Jets on Tuesday night at Mallawa.
After conceding inside five minutes, Francois Mahu levelled terms early in the second half with a tap-in following solid build-up by Rylee Uttley.
Jets restored their lead inside a minute, however Uttley dramatically levelled the scores for the second time with a well struck free-kick from 25 yards.
Coach Rahul Shetty said, “It was positive that we came back twice and we learned that we have to move the ball quicker when against teams who press us high.”
Gold Coast City FC – 9 (Christian CARTISANO 10’ 24’ 31’, own goal 17’, Fernando NASH 32’ 37’ 41’, Harrison BERNE 52’, Nathan GEYER 57’)
SWQ Thunder FC – 0
The Under 12’s returned to winning ways with a commanding nine-goal win against Thunder on Saturday at Mallawa – their biggest win of the season thus far.
Christian Cartisano and Fernando Nash both struck hat-tricks in the wins, while Harrison Berne and Nathan Geyer also got in on the act with a goal apiece in the second half.
Olympic FC – 0
Gold Coast City FC – 6 (Rylee UTTLEY 7’, Christian CARTISANO 22’, Fernando NASH 39’, Harrison BERNE 40’, Nathan GEYER 42’, Rufus SCOTT p57’)
The Under 12’s continued their proficiency in the attacking third with a dominant six goal win against Olympic in Brisbane.
Six goal scorers shared in the spoils with Rylee Uttley and Christian Cartisano delivering a two goal lead at the break.
Fernando Nash, Harrison Berne and Nathan Geyer then struck shortly after the restart – marking a second straight match the trio found the back of the net.
Rufus Scott then wrapped up the scoring from the penalty spot approaching the hour – the goal his first of the season.
In addition to being their fifth straight game without defeat, the result also ensures the team will finish the season on top of the table ahead of Brisbane Strikers.