Under 12 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC (2) v Redlands United FC (6)
Three minutes in, Redlands came on very strong to score their first goal from Ty Cobb with a long shot from left, straight over the GK. Redlands’ second goal came from Ty Cobb free kick outside the goal keeper area top left past the goal keeper.
The Sunshine Coast FC defenders cleared their ground with big shot to midfield which ended up with Jett Vouters.
Redlands’ Alfie Elliot landed another goal with a long distance shot high and precise that went over the goal keeper. Three minutes later, Redlands’ Alexander Melvin-Tong put a fourth goal on the board for Redland with a couple of strong shots.
Redlands’ Ty Cobb scored his third goal soon after with a strong shot on target straight to goal keeper. While the Fire defence struggled to clear ball, Cobb was able to tap the ball in.
Closing in on the 25th minute, Sunshine Coast FC started to anticipate Redlands’ passes and were able to put more pressure on the Redlands defence. This mounting pressure resulted in Fire’s first goal from Vouters, ending the first half on a positive.
Fire came strong into the second half but were stifled by Redlands as Cobb hit a full strength shot from distance into the left bottom corner.
A great attack from Jeremy Byasse to Vouters in front of goal but very good goalkeeping saved the day for Redlands.
Fire were able to prevent Redlands from scoring again, including a promising free kick was saved.
Luke Vancam put away Fire’s second goal following two strong shots from Vouters which placed the ball perfectly for Vancam to finish the job.
Player of the Match: Jeremy Byasse
Under 13 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC (2) v Redlands United FC (0)
Round 3, second game for the season after Round 2 was cancelled by Football Queensland due to a heat wave. The last meeting with Redlands in 2016 was where Sunshine Coast FC Fire had a significant win.
The game looked promising from the outset with Sunshine Coast FC taking control of the game immediately, placing pressure on Redlands United FC’s midfield and defence.
Within the first five minutes Redlands United FC keeper Connor Damsma had successfully saved three solid shots on goal by Sunshine Coast FC. Sunshine Coast FC maintained majority of possession, confidently moving the ball between the defence and midfield, attacking the goals from both the left and right sides of the pitch. With a multitude of shots on goal and continuous pressure the Redlands United defence and keeper remained strong holding the game to scoreless first half.
Second half began the same as the first with Sunshine Coast FC controlling the game with the majority of quality possession of play.
Sunshine Coast FC continued to display great passages of play with them finally capitalising on the 50th minute when Jack Connors received the ball and took it from halfway through the middle, passed it off to Kane Gibbs who took a successful shot on goal. Fire 1-0
This was followed quickly by another goal on the 52nd minute when Maxx Demerutis delivered the ball from the middle to Kyan Bryant on the left and he placed it in the net. Fire 2-0
Sunshine Coast FC Keeper Ben Nassiep foiled any attempts by Redlands United FC to score as they took a couple of shots from just over the halfway mark. Sunshine Coast FC confidently controlled the rest of the match to see the game out for a 2-0 win.
Player of the Match: Jack Connors
Under 13 Girls – Sunshine Coast FC (3) v University of Queensland FC (0)
Under 14 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC (5) v Redlands United FC (0)
The game started slowly with neither team keeping possession until the 12th minute as Nick Harvey found space on the top of the 18 yard box and shot over the cross bar.
A lovely pass from Connor Hyder to Jake Debbage, who flicked the ball on to Jacob Lombardo overlapped around the outside to force a corner. Fire started to impose themselves on the game as their ball retention improved.
Corne Boshoff starting to find space down the left wing, has two great opportunities on the far post created by Debbage, however the ball didn’t sit right for either shot to be successful.
A great run by Boshoff in the 19th minute resulted in the first goal of the game. Boshoff squared the ball across goal to find Debbage arriving late at the far post.
The introduction of Alex Patterson saw an early attempt on goal which just drifted over the top of the cross bar.
With constant team pressure, Jack Williams won possession outside the 18 yard box, he found space on his right foot and drove the ball over the keeper to bring the score to 2-0 at half time.
Fire started the second half much better. Rashal Charan was starting to impose himself on the game with some excellent overlapping runs.
Nick Harvey again used his pace, excellent shot which beat the keeper and was cleared off the line
Harvey and Debbage were making life very difficult for the full backs, both constantly getting behind their marker.
In the 55th minute the Redlands keeper was caught out of position, Emery tried to lob the keeper, ball deflected out to Patterson who calmly finished from a tight angle.
An excellent through ball from Hyder, Aughterson exploded on to the pass and rounded the keeper for a great finish to make it 4-0 on the 1 hour mark.
In the 63rd minute, Aughterson caused havoc with great pace and anticipation. Redlands gave possession away outside the box, Aughterson again drove into the box and squared a ball across the box to the far post . Boshoff just kept the ball in, avoided the post to tap in.
Excellent team performance with all players performing well. After a slow start the passing accuracy and hard work allowed Fire to dominate the game.
Player of the Match: Jake Debbage – extremely elusive in attack and always looking to get behind the Redlands defensive line.
Under 15 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC (0) v Redlands United FC (2)
Under 15 Girls – Sunshine Coast FC (4) v University of Queensland FC (3)
Under 16 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC (1) v Redlands United FC (4)
Continued hot weather made for uncomfortable conditions for game two of the season. A very even start to the game with both teams showing strong attacking football and equalling well organised defences. Fire having clearance of Jaya Wilson and the return from injury of Beau Boucher meant we had some relief for all players. Still missing with injury, Lochie Tolputt and Keegan New with last game of suspension.
Redlands were strong and well organised in the midfield made a number of attacks with quick passing and movement. Nathan Thompson had an excellent game in the middle of the midfield with some telling tackles and solid passing. Eligh Williams in goal kept the score sheet clean until a mix up in the box created an opportunity for Redlands to go one up. Fire responded well with a number of half chances and Kaelan Debbage unlucky towards the end of the first half. With only minutes remaining a loose ball on the edge of the Fire box led to a quality strike which gained Redlands a second goal.
Fire again came out strong in the second half, some nice interplay from the back and good passing from Harry Fletcher through to Liam Aughterson and then onto Kaelan Debbage who was fouled just as he was ready to shoot. More good build up from the back and a loose ball from the Redlands defence saw Liam fire a long range effort just wide. As the game opened up the Redlands attack pushed forward again and pressure on the back four of Fire finally relinquished with two more finishes. At 4-0 nil the boys looked done, but some good interplay again from the back finally saw the Fire on the board with a quality strike from Kaelan.
For short spells the Fire showed some good football, solid games at the back from Levi and Harry Fletcher, some telling tackles from Nathan and Budd in Midfield and a two great saves from Eligh in goal.
Player of the Match: Nathan Thompson