NPL Boys and Community Girls update 14/8

U14’s Boys 1 Oakleigh Cannons 1
Coach Kosta’s boys could only manage a draw against their heated rivals. The team has continued to improve their results, as they build towards the end of the season.

U14’s Girls 3 Whitehorse 2
The positive results keep on coming for Coach Jasmine’s side, who overcame a tough opponent in Whitehorse. During training the girls had been working on a new 4-4-2 formation to give more support on the wing. The change of formation was successful as the girls held a 3-1 lead at the break. Knowing White horse would come out firing, Jasmine played it safe by reverting to their favoured 4-3-3 formation, and held on for the win.

U15’s Boys 0 Bulleen 0
An even contest for Pasq’s side, taking it to one of the top sides in the division. Bulleen previously beat Bentleigh early in the season, and Pasq knew the boys needed to stop their lightning quick forwards to stop any chance of defeat. Bentleigh looked to start strong, but momentum was wrestled out of their hands as Bulleen controlled the first half. At halftime coach Pasq praised the boys defensive effort, as Bulleen failed to penetrate defence yet continued to pepper the goals from distance. The second half was an arm wrestle, with neither teams able to find the back of the net.

U16’s Boys 2 Bulleen 4
Coach Sait was looking for his squad to backup their performance against Melbourne Victory last week, yet couldn’t replicate a similar result against a strong Bulleen side. From the first whistle, Bulleen had great number of chances and hit the woodwork on multiple occasions. Down 2-0 at halftime, Coach Sait wanted to see the boys redeem their efforts from the first half. His halftime words did wonders, as the boys fired off two quick goals in the first five minutes. Scores were locked at two all for a long period, but unfortunately Bentleigh’s legs ran out as Bulleen sealed away the game.

U18’s Boys 7 Heidelberg 0
A fantastic effort against a rival, Coach Chris’ boys couldn’t put a foot wrong against bottom placed Heidelberg. After a poor result the week earlier, Coach Chris asked the boys to play with belief and they did from the get go. Some fantastic combinations gave the boys a three nil lead going into the break. Coach Chris reminded the boys that nothing changes in the second half, and that they cant be complacent with the result. Showing great hunger in attack, they pilled on four more goals to cap off a huge win.

U18’s Girls 6 Pakenham 1
A great result for the girls, who turned the game around and showed great ferocity in attack. A fast start saw Pakenham catch Bentleigh off guard to score the opening goal. Conceding quickly woke Bentleigh up, who went on the front foot and started driving at the Pakenham defence. Drawing level before halftime, Coach Philip knew the girls could find another gear to run over the top of Pakenham. Asking the girls to play more wide, Bentleigh was creating chances after chances from the wing and dominated play for the remaining half. Some fantastic passing and forward runs saw a five goal last half to top off a great win.

Written by Aiden Zeccola