Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Helen Anderson
Gold Coast City’s junior boys returned to Mallawa Complex for their latest round of PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues junior fixtures – and continued their prolificacy in front of goal.
Under 12 Boys
Gold Coast City FC – 5 (Harrison BERNE 5’, Jack Maher 15’ Fernando NASH 22’ 55’, Zen Pizzinat 50’)
Brisbane City FC – 1 (Novak KLJALIC 40’)
The Under 12’s extended their unbeaten run to a remarkable 12 games in a high-scoring win that saw four GCC players find the back of the net.
Harrison Berne’s quickly taken long-range free-kick gave GCC the perfect start before Jack Maher doubled the lead with a lobbed shot mid-way through the half.
Fernando Nash nabbed the first of his double shortly after – getting in behind the line before calmly converting – to ensure a three-goal half-time advantage.
Brisbane City pulled a goal back early in the second stanza, however, GCC responded smartly as Zen Pizzinat pounced on an errant clearance from the opposing goalkeeper, before Nash struck again on the back of a classy half-field run.
Coach Rahul Shetty said, “We started the second half slow with Brisbane City causing us problems in the first 10 minutes. The boys learned that at this level we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas even if we are a few goals to the good.”
Under 13 Boys
Gold Coast City FC – 2 (Tyson DIMITRIJEVIC 10’, Jackson BUJEGA )
Brisbane City FC – 1 (Joshua JOHNSON 25’)
The Under 13’s notched their third straight win for the first time this season on the back of goals to Tyson Dimitrijevic and Jackson Bujega.
Dimitrijevic’s opener came early in the contest when he converted from close range on the back of a deft run into the penalty area.
Brisbane City levelled before half-time, however, GCC delivered the decisive blow when Isaac Juric played in Bujega for his third goal in two weeks.
The win was GCC’s first against City this season after the sides’ two prior encounters ended in draws.
Coach Shane Robinson said, “We sustained our work rate for the entire 70 minutes of the match.”
“Our centre backs Kai Thelwall and Ethan Benigno were outstanding in limiting a dangerous Brisbane City attack and were assisted by a tireless Jacob McGuckin who dominated in the ‘number six’ role.”
Under 14 Boys
Gold Coast City FC – 2 (Eli HUGHES 3’, Alex PAPANIKOLAOU 38’)
Brisbane City FC – 1 (Jack STONE 61’)
The Under 14’s notched a sixth straight match without defeat as they nposted their second win of the season against Brisbane City.
Eli Hughes’ opened accounts inside three minutes – scoring in his fourth straight game – before Alex Papanikolaou rounded out the win early in the second half.
Brisbane City pulled a goal back but GCC’s defence responded adeptly to see out the win.
Coach Calyton Buckenham said, “From the first whistle the boys were better in every department.”
“The pace in which they closed the opposition down when we didn't have the ball and the speed at which we moved the ball were all big positives.”
Under 15 Boys
Gold Coast City FC – 1 (Sean SMITH 79’)
Brisbane City FC – 3 (Christopher MORSERAY 5’ 61’, Jack BEARDSLEY 63')
The Under 15’s two-match winning run came to an end despite pulled back a late goal to show their fighting spirit.
Sean Smith struck his second goal of the campaign in the closing stages to prevent GCC conceding what would have been just their third shut-out of the season.
Earlier, Brisbane City struck twice in the second half after taking a single goal advantage into half-time.
Under 16 Boys
Gold Coast City FC – 3 (Kyle MARSHALL 5’ 65’ , Oliver SIKIRIC 43’)
Brisbane City FC – 5 (Jack MCGUIRE 1’ 77’ 80’, Luke HANNA 3’, Sebastian HERNANDO 39’)
An injury-depleted Under 16’s fell just short in the highest scoring match of the day, despite fighting hard to level scores midway through the second stanza.
Brisbane City struck twice in the opening minutes before Kyle Marshall responded swiftly – converting after a smart attack down the right flank from Gabriel Freeman.
GCC conceded again just before the half but once more delivered a near instant reply when Oliver Sikiric’s second goal of the season pulled a goal back.
Marshall levelled terms – and rounded out his brace – after converting from a free-kick shortly after the hour, however, GCC succumbed to a late double to cede the result.
Coach Maarten de Kruijf said, “We were missing three defenders to injury, but other players stood up and made a difference.”
“We kept going until the final whistle pushing for a goal, but unfortunately that goal was scored by the other side.”