Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Angela Mussell
Gold Coast City youth teams notched a dozen goals – and both held clean sheets - as they swept aside Redlands United in the latest round of fixtures.
Gold Coast City FC – 4 (Curtis STOLLERY 30’ 67’, Jason CAMPBELL 46’, Ethan GRIMLEY 86’)
Redlands United FC - 0
City’s Youth coach Brett Budwee praised his side’s dominance after his charges returned to winning ways with a 4-0 result at Nikiforides Family Park on Saturday.
Controlling much of the contest, City posted their first win in three outings to strengthen their hold on fifth place in the standings.
Curtis Stollery starred with a brace for City and opened accounts on the half-hour on the back of strong individual work in the penalty area.
Jason Campbell doubled City’s advantage early in the second stanza before Stollery effectively sealed the points shortly after the hour by burying a strong finish from 20 yards.
Ethan Grimley iced the result late with a stunning goal – blitzing a host of Redlands defenders before slotting collected finish.
Budwee said the score line was a reflection of his side’s performance across the pitch.
“We totally dominated Redlands with 63 per cent of the possession & pass completion of almost 70 per cent,” he explained.
“Now we need to continue the great attitude that we played with in our last few matches into all the remaining games.”
Budwee also praised his side’s defensive return as they posted their fifth clean sheet of the season.
“It was a strong defensive unit that only allowed Redlands a single shot in 90 minutes,” he said.
“It was pleasing that 17-year-old centre back Harrison Lister made his third start in a row after being promoted from the Under 18’s & was again outstanding.”
Gold Coast City FC – 8 (Zane ROWLES 4’, Marley ARREOLA 54’, Joseph KNOX 70’ 90’, Regan LOWRY 75’, Andrew MACKINTOSH 78’ 86’ 88’)
Redlands United FC – 0
Under 18’s Team Manager David Lister lauded his side’s commanding 8-0 win on Tuesday night that extended their unbeaten run to six straight games.
The team went into the break with just a single goal advantage courtesy of Zane Rowles, before a insightful half-time team talk countered Redlands’ defensive set-up.
The goal spree commenced with Marley Arreola prior to the hour before Joseph Knox added a brace and Andrew Mackintosh chimed in with a quick-fire hat-trick – taking his season’s tally to 17 goals.
Skipper Regan Lowry also found the back of the net amidst the frenzy.
Speaking post-match, Lister found little the fault in his side’s consummate showing.
“It was a great team performance overall with all players contributing to the end result,” he said.
Lister identified the half-time tactical tune-up from coach Brad Robinson as crucial to the blow-out result.
“The players responded very well to the coach’s instructions. He identified Redland’s compact defensive pattern and guided the players on how to attack the defensive line.”
“Wide attacking players were used on both sides of the pitch – and our our training combination plays - which resulted in some great run-of-play goals,” he concluded.
The win sees City maintain second place in the Under 18's table ahead of a clash with top team Western Pride this weekend.