Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Helen Anderson
There were plenty of smiles as 18 of our junior boys combined for 20 goals across the age groups against Brisbane Olympic in the capital on Saturday.
Under 12 Boys
Brisbane Olympic FC – 2 (Nicholas SWEENEY 4’, Max HANSON )
Gold Coast City FC – 5 (Nathan GEYER 19’, Jack MAHER 38’ 57’, Francois MAHU 56’, Fernando NASH 58’)
The Under 12’s maintained their hold on top spot on the table with a 5-2 come-from-behind win.
Conceding early, City levelled through a header from Nathan Geyer midway through the first half.
A classy finish from Jack Maher edged the team ahead early in the second half before Olympic once again levelled terms against the run of play.
However, a strong finish saw City runaway with the win as Francois Mahu pounced on a parried save to restore the lead, before Maher’s second and the final goal from Fernando Nash wrapped up the result.
Coach Rahul Shetty said, “It was a tough game after conceding early on, but the boys dug deep and, in the end, our quality was a bit too much for Olympic.”
“We knew that Olympic would press us high, this is where we kept it simple with two-touch play-out from the back.”
Under 13 Boys
Brisbane Olympic FC – 1 (Savva BELLAS 11’)
Gold Coast City FC – 5 (Jackson BUGEJA 1’ 70’, George EARWICKER 25’, Isaac JURKIC 58’, Jack PIRONE 42’)
The Under 13’s recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they ran out comfortable 5-1 winners.
City took an early lead when Jackson Bugeja capitalised on a loose ball from a corner, however, were pegged back soon after as Olympic equalised from a free-kick.
From thereon, however, City took control as George Earwicker converted after intercepting a backpass prior to the break.
Jack Pirone added his name to the scorers with a well taken strike in the second half before Isaac Jurkic converted Cooper Newman’s cross shortly after. The win was rounded out by Bugeja’s second from a deflected long-range strike.
Coach Shane Robinson said, “Our defensive structure and pressing from the front was greatly improved on after the half time break.”
“The ability to play through our midfielders when playing out from the back was the biggest positive of the match.”
Under 14 Boys
Brisbane Olympic FC – 4 (unconfirmed)
Gold Coast City FC – 4 (Riley VIRENDER 7’, Alex PAPANIKOLAOU 16’, Cameron JAMESON 21’, Eli HUGHES 45’)
The Under 14’s extended their unbeaten run to a fifth game after a high-scoring draw that saw both sides exchange goals throughout an entertaining contest.
Riley Virender, Alex Papanikolaou and Cameron Jameson all converted in the first-half for City, before Eli Hughes added City's final goal early in the second stanza.
Coach Clayton Buckenham said, “When the players stuck to the game plan they created chances. They also showed good character against a fast and physical team.”
Under 15 Boys
Brisbane Olympic FC – 0
Gold Coast City FC – 2 (Ashta HALL-HART 2’, Brendan COOPER 40’)
The Under 15’s have notched back-to-back wins for the first time this season after a hard-fought shut-out.
Astha Hall-Hart gave City the perfect start with his first goal of the season inside two minutes of the kick-off. Brendan Cooper then capped off the result mid-way through the contest.
The result demonstrated lessons learned from the previous meeting between these two sides, when Olympic won 4-2.
Under 16 Boys
Brisbane Olympic FC – 0
Gold Coast City FC – 4 (Ryan CAMPBELL 24’, Foti PAPANIKOLAOU 29’, Nicholas BRAY 46’, Kyle MARSHALL 79’)
The Under 16’s have recorded their first clean sheet of the season and notched their second away win of the campaign.
Ryan Campbell’s opener set the tone before Foti Papanikolaou snatch a second before half-time by pouncing on a parried save.
Nicholas Bray opened his account for the season early in the second half after converting amidst a scramble in the box, before Kyle Marshall iced the result with a header following sharp build-up down the right.
Coach Maarten de Kruijf said, “We were able to play out, and create goals by ourselves.”
“This game will give the boys a boost and is so far our best game of the season. There has been a big improvement from the start of the season.”