U14’s Boys 0 Caroline Springs 1
Another close lose for Coach Kosta’s team. The team has been inconsistent with results and has suffered a lot of close defeats as they try to end their year on a high note.
U14’s Girls 1 Beaumauris 1
A scrappy result for the girls, who had to do it all without Coach Jasmine on the sideline. Coach Fonda filled in for the day, and was determined to make the most of his opportunity with the girls. Getting the girls fired up, Bentleigh started with all the momentum and took the lead before halftime. During the break, Coach Fonda asked the girls to remain calm as he noticed Beaumauris’ coach became unsettled by Bentleigh’s amount of possession on the ball. An unstoppable free kick late equalised for Beaumauris, but they girls had showed great character all game.
U15’s Boys 1 Caroline Springs 4
A tough loss for the boys, who were eventually outran and outmuscled by Caroline Springs. Going off their previous encounter, Coach Pasq knew the side was a typical western side, a lot of physicality and hard pressure. Bentleigh were under the pump first half, down 1-0 at the break. Coach Pasq asked the boys to be have more fight off the ball, and run harder to win it back. The second half didn’t start as the boys wanted, conceding from the penalty spot. Again hampered back injuries and lack of bench players, Caroline ran Bentleigh out the rest of the game.
U16’s Boys 3 Green Gully
A controlling win for Coach Sait’s boys who couldn’t step a foot wrong. All week Coach Sait maintained a good feeling, seeing a lift in intensity from the group during training. A strange superstition seemed to help Sait, as he claims that the boys always perform best playing on pitch 2. A low driven free kick gave Bentleigh the lead at halftime, as Sait rallied the boys to shoot when given the opportunity. Green Gully showed great fight in a back and forth second half, but Bentleigh made the most of their chances and closed out the game.
U18’s Boys 4 Altona Magic 1
A crucial win for Coach Chris’ team as they continue to strive for a top four finish. The boys showed great intensity in the first half, and Altona simply weren’t up to the pace of the game. A key component of Coach Chris’ game is to win the 50/50 and Ariel duels, applying pressure to individual battles. Altona simply didn’t show any intensity from the first whistle, and Bentleigh struck early. Scoring early on, the boys’ energy was up as they continued to score from some great team play, as they piled on all their goals before the break.
U18’s Girls 7 Berwick 0
A massive win for the girls, who comfortably dispatched 3rd placed Berwick. Coach Philip wanted to see the girls continue from last week and see more attacking play down the wing. The early stages of the game were balanced, as the Berwick keeper made save after save whilst playing a sweeper-keeper role. The girls opened the scoring after Coach Philip saw the keeper off her line and called out to “chip her!”. From there girls rolled on and piled on the goals in a demolition performance.
Written by Aiden Zeccola