NPL Boys and Community Girls update 7/8

U14’s Girls -BYE

U14’s Boys 0 Northcote 4
A dominant performance by Northcote, there was little Bentleigh could do to counter their relentless attack. From the first whistle, Bentleigh didn’t display enough urgency and let Northcote dictate the play. Controlling a majority of possession, Northcote scored three times before halftime, all from set pieces. There was little Bentleigh could do to effect the scoresheet, with Northcote owning the ball in the middle of the park.

U15’s Boys 0 Melbourne Victory 3
A valiant effort from Coach Pasq’s boys who came up against top of the table Victory. The only two sides all year that took points off Victory were St Albans and Bentleigh, heading into the away tie Coach Pasq wanted a similar result. Bentleigh looked good off the back of their win last week and trained well, but unfortunately injuries and lack of reinforcements on the bench let Victory dictate the game. After conceding two late goals, Coach Pasq went into the room and asked the boys to play their own game in the second half. A more relaxed and composed Bentleigh side only conceded once more yet showed great character and improvement.

U16’s Boys 2 Melbourne Victory 0
An amazing results for the boys who toppled previously undefeated ladder leaders Melbourne Victory. Coach Sait said all week he had a good feeling about the game, and knew after Friday night that the boys would take it to Victory. Bentleigh had the better number of chances going into halftime, but neither team could score. Sait reminded the boys that their good work in the first half would mean nothing if they didn’t go as hard in the second half. In a herculean effort the boys found a goal from a corner to take the lead, and sealed the deal by chipping the keeper to cap off a great win. Well done lads!

U18’s Boys 0 Melbourne Victory 5
An unfortunate result against a Juggernaut side in Melbourne Victory. Bentleigh simply did not have enough players firing on all cylinders to counter Victory’s quality. The beginning of the first half was all Victory, who took all the space and time they needed on the ball. Down by two goals at halftime, Coach Chris needed the boys to tackle harder and show more intensity when pressing. Converting to a 4-4-2 formation gave Bentleigh more defensive cover out wide which helped at first, but Victory showed their quality to score three more times.

U18’s Girls 1 Mount Martha 1
After two straight weeks of the bye, the girls hit the ground running against a tough Mount Martha side. Throughout the past few weeks at training, Coach Philip has been trialling a 3-5-2 formation, in hopes to get more bodies in the middle of the park. Mount Martha started strong, having majority of the chances and scored from a corner before halftime. Coach Philip reverted back to a 4-4-2, and the girls were able to knuckle down and even the scores with less than ten minutes to go.

Written by Aiden Zeccola