Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Bec Baartz
Gold Coast City FC junior boys teams concluded their seasons on the weekend – find out how they finished the 2017 campaign!
Redlands United FC – 4 (Byron MCLEOD 39’ 58’, Jackson HART-PHILLIPS 50’, Caleb BAILEY 80’)
Gold Coast City FC - 0
The Under 16’s penultimate match of the campaign didn’t go to plan as they fell to a four goal defeat on Wednesday night at Cleveland Showgrounds.
After a tight opening half-hour, the hosts opened accounts via Byron McLeod before doubling the advantage early in the second half through Jackson Hart-Phillips’ free-kick.
Another set-piece saw McLeod strike his second soon after before Caleb Bailey’s late strike ended hopes of a City comeback.
Coach Maareten de Kruijf said that despite the result there were plenty of positives from the match.
“We were able to press high on our opponent. Most of the times we could win the ball on their half. Also our decision making was great as soon we had the ball.”
“Parents told me after the game that this was the best game they have seen from us this season,” he concluded.
Gold Coast City FC – 0
Sunshine Coast FC – 0
The Under 16’s concluded their season with a hard-fought goalless draw at Mallawa on Thursday night.
City missed the opportunity to end the season with a win with a missed penalty in the opening minutes proving costly. However, coach Maarten de Kruijf said he was pleased with the team’s progress in 2017.
“The biggest positive has been the development of the players from begin of the season to now.”
“We were choosing the right moments to press and made it hard for them. Sunshine Coast couldn’t keep the ball for long.”
He added, “There was great attendance for the team for this last game of the season. Everybody came down with family and friends. That was very pleasing.”
The result sees the Under 16’s finish the campaign in eighth position with four wins and five draws this season.
Gold Coast City FC – 1 (Brendan COOPER 29’)
Sunshine Coast FC – 0
The Under 15’s closed out their season on a high with a single goal win over the Fire on Sunday at Mallawa – their sixth straight win.
Brendan Cooper delivered the decisive blow late in the first half – latching on to a through ball to convert his eleventh goal of the season.
Coach Nick Taylor said he was delighted to see his side continue their winning run into the final game and praised their work rate over the entire 80 minutes.
The result secures the Under 15’s a third placed finish to 2017, with 12 wins and three draws to their credit across the campaign.
Gold Coast City FC – 1 (Alex PAPANIKOLAOU 27’)
Sunshine Coast FC – 1 (Aaron SMITH 44’)
The Under 14’s extended their unbeaten run to five game as they closed out the season with a draw against the Fire.
Alex Papnikolaou scored for a second straight match to ensure the team a single goal lead at the break, however Aaron Smith salvaged a share of the points for the visitors in the second stanza.
The result sees the Under 14’s finish their season in second place, with 13 wins and six draws throughout 2017.
Gold Coast City FC – 1 (Jack PIRONE 10’)
Sunshine Coast FC – 2 (Maxx DEMERUTIS 45’, Matthew BECKER p50’)
The Under 13’s were left frustrated after a controversial second half penalty put paid to their six match unbeaten run in their final hit-out of the campaign.
City made a promising start when Jack Pirone opened accounts from a corner – the goal his 16th of the season.
However, Fire’s response saw them claim the three points as Maxx Demerutis struck on the counter attack before Matthew Becker sealed the win from the penalty spot.
Despite the result, interim coach Brett Budwee said he couldn’t have been prouder of his charges efforts.
“We treated the game as our own mini Grand Final and the boys were really up for the game from the first whistle to the last.”
“A draw would have been a fair result with even the opposing players admitting they didn't deserve the penalty decision as their player fell over the ball.”
“But even after this the boys attitude was first class and we finished the game off full of running and still creating chances to score.”
The result sees the Under 13’s end their season in second place, with ten wins and five draws to their credit through 2017.
Gold Coast City FC – 6 (Fernando NASH 27’ 42’, Jack MAHER 36’, Liam MILLER 46’, Rylee UTTLEY 48’, Nathan GEYER 60’)
Sunshine Coast FC – 0
The Under 12’s capped off their Premiership winning season with a consummate six goal win – their sixth straight match without defeat.
Leading goalscorer and age group golden boot Fernando Nash led the scorers with a double, while Jack Maher, Liam Miller, Rylee Uttley and Nathan Geyer also found the back of the net.
Coach Rahul Shetty praised his side’s performance, which saw the team notch their 100th goal of the season.
“It was great effort by all the boys. Another great display of attacking football with us having 15 different goal scorers this season.”
“All four of our shadow players got a run out, with three on them being their first game of the season. They slotted in with ease and all put in solid shifts.”
The Under 12’s had already sewn up top spot on the table, with the result meaning the team finished with 18 wins and three draws in 2017.