Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Angela Mussell
Plenty of important football lessons were learned by our juniors as they ventured to the Sunshine Coast for their latest round of fixtures.
Under 16 Boys
Sunshine Coast FC – 4 (Budd BAUBLYS 8’ 60’p, Lochie TOLPUTT 34’, Nathan THOMPSON 62’)
Gold Coast City FC – 0
The Under 16’s were held scoreless for just the second time this season as they succumbed to a rampant Fire side.
Fire took a two-goal lead into the break courtesy of Budd Baubly’s early opener and Lochie Tolputt’s capitalising on an errant throw-in.
Despite controlling possession for extended periods, City were unable to mount a comeback as Fire struck twice more in quick succession to seal the points – Baubly adding his second from the penalty spot and Nathan Thompson icing the result.
Coach Maarten de Kruijf said,“ We gave away two easy goals by our mistakes. We have taken these points away from the game and, with four other games to go this month, we will hopefully learn from them.
Under 15 Boys
Sunshine Coast FC – 2 (Silas BECSI 13’, Jackson HAYNES 46’)
Gold Coast City FC – 1 (Sean SMITH 24’)
The Under 15’s succumbed to a second defeat in as many matches following a see-sawing 2-1 result.
Fire took the lead early through Silas Becsi before Sean Smith’s third goal of the campaign for City levelled terms at the half.
However, City’s hopes of a fightback fell short when Jackson Haynes hit the winning goal for Fire early in the second stanza.
Under 14 Boys
Sunshine Coast FC – 4 (Jayden EMERY 3’, Conner HYDER 30’, Alex PATTERSON 37’ 74’)
Gold Coast City FC – 3 (Cameron JAMESON 16’, Eli HUGHES 21’, Riley VIRENDER 36’)
The Under 14’s suffered late heart-break after succumbing to a hard-fought and high-scoring 4-3 defeat.
The back-and-forth flurry began early when Cameron Jameson and Eli Hughes long-range strike rubbed out Jayden Emery’s opener for Fire.
Fire levelled via Connor Hyder’s curling effort from distance, before a quick exchange in time added on saw Riley Virender briefly restore City’s advantage only for Alex Patterson to level a minute later.
A less frenetic second half ultimately produced a single goal – Patterson’s second for Fire in the closing stages sealing the points.
The match was marred by a time-keeping error that saw an additional five minutes played in each half.
Coach Clayton Buckenham said, “The boys left everything they had on the pitch in a difficult circumstances against a team that is top of the ladder.”
“They are increasingly comfortable playing out from the back and now need to work on feeling at ease taking the ball under pressure and identifying the right times to play short and when to play long.”
Under 13 Boys
Sunshine Coast FC – 6 (Matthew BECKER 1’, Kane GIBBS 29’ 41’ 60’, Jake ROCKER 34’, Jacob REID 40’)
Gold Coast City FC – 2 (Jackson BUGEJA 18’, Peter OSBORNE 53’)
The Under 13’s four match unbeaten run came to a halt after finishing on the wrong side of a 6-2 score line.
Despite creating a number of goal scoring chances, the team fell victim to a more clinical Fire outfit that took the lead early via Matthew Becker.
Jackson Bugeja levelled terms after benefitting from a Jack Pirone assist midway through the half, however, Fire struck the next four goals either side of the break to effectively seal the result.
Peter Osborne showed City’s fighting spirit by pulling a goal back in the second stanza – poking home past the onrushing goalkeeper – however, the comeback proved fleeting as Kane Gibbs sealed his hat-trick for Fire late in the contest.
Coach Shane Robinson said, “There was excellent attacking work in wide areas by Jack Pirone, George Earwicker and Peter Osborne, however, we need to be more clinical in converting chances and, defensively, need to be better in one-on-one situations.”
Under 12 Boys
Sunshine Coast FC – 0
Gold Coast City FC – 6 (Christian CARTISANO 15’ 19’, Michael TODD 32’, Fernando NASH 36’ 42’ 47’)
The Under 12’s continued their stunning run of form with a dominant 6-0 win marking their eleventh straight match without defeat.
Christian Cartisano’s early double commenced the procession – firstly volleying home from Jack Maher’s free-kick before benefitting from a Rufus Scott cross for his second.
Michael Todd added City’s third from long-range before the prolific Fernando Nash iced the result with a second-half hat-trick, taking his season’s tally to an immense 32 goals.
Nash capitalised on good supply from Todd and Liam Miller to tuck away his first two before a clever turn in the box allowed him to slot his third.
Coach Rahul Shetty said, “We dominated possession throughout the game and didn’t allow Sunshine Coast a single shot on goal. Aside from the goal scorers, we benefitted from another tireless midfield masterclass by Rufus Scott.”