Under 12 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC (4) v Olympic FC (1)
After last weekend’s gritty display and hard earned draw, Fire would be looking to go one better and secure a second win of the season against bottom club Olympic. Fire won the previous rescheduled Round 8 encounter 2 – 3 at Goodwin Park a month ago.
Brisbane Olympic kicked off in almost perfect conditions and from the first whistle it was evident that Fire were intent on taking the game to the visitors. In the opening seconds Jeremy Byasse chased down an Olympic defender to challenge his clearance, the ricochet almost looping over the Olympic keeper.
Jett Wouters sent a drive marginally wide in the second minute and Byasse, after pinching the ball from an Olympic defender, sent a terrific cross into the area for Mark Shaw who was unable to steer his header goal wards.
A strong challenge from Luke Vancam, starting a right back, ensured Fire kept Olympic on the back foot. In the 5th minute Fire had strong appeals for a penalty waved away by the referee after Hayden White was met by a very heavy defensive challenge as he pressed down the right flank. White, along with Wouters, Byasse and Ryan Tappouras were controlling the game for Fire in the early exchanges, but the breakthrough was proving elusive, Lachlan Noyes sending an effort over the bar in the 11th minute.
Wouters, full of bustling energy, finally got the opening goal Fire’s early play merited in the 12th minute; receiving the ball on the edge of the Olympic box he fired a sweetly struck shot high into the opposite corner giving the keeper no chance.
Olympic were struggling to get the ball out of their own half, and from the restart Fire again won the ball, good work from Shaw allowed him to release a pass for Riley Moore who forced the keeper into a good save to deny Fire an immediate second. Wouters again charged into the Olympic area but desperate defending thwarted him on this occasion; Shaw weaving down the left in the 15th minute engineered a shot which scraped the post on its way wide. Following a Fire corner in the 18th minute the ball broke for Tappouras but he was unable to poke home from close range, Wouters fired wide again before seeing a shot saved in the 21st minute.
Olympic then launched a long ball forward and in space down their left but the shot went harmlessly high and wide of the goal.
From the resulting goal kick however, keeper Alec Lavender could only find and Olympic player on the edge of the Fire box who gratefully accepted the opportunity to knock the ball home an give Olympic a surprising equaliser.
Fire came straight back at Olympic in search of a second goal, a neat combination between Wouters and White gave White an opportunity to restore Fire’s lead but he placed his low shot a foot wide on 22 minutes, after another good passing move Moore again shot for goal but his 23rd minute effort stuck the bar. In the 25th minute Kaidin Dawson also fired over when well placed, White again saw a chance go begging and Noyes saw a low shot deflected wide. From the corner Dré Ngaha sent a teasing ball to the far post but there was no Fire player able to rise and meet it.
Signalling for half time Fire were left ruing a glut of missed opportunities to have taken a comfortable lead into the break, however the scores were tied at the midway point 1 – 1.
Fire got the game back underway with a change of keeper with Luke Vancam replacing Lavender between the sticks. Vancam was called into action to make a save within the first minute of the half as Fire started slowly, Olympic also sending a long free kick inches wide with Fire subdued and struggling to regain the intensity and cohesion their first half performance displayed.
However, in the 43rd minute after a long Vancam clearance, Wouters found himself in the clear and comfortably slotted home his 14th goal of the season to restore Fire’s advantage.
This seemed to give the hosts renewed energy and following good play from Byasse and White, Byasse sent a perfect cross into the Olympic box for Tappouras to control the ball, turn and fire home a 3rd goal in the 45th minute.
Within minutes Fire almost made it four. Delightful play from Herbie Allsopp who calmly turned away from a number of Olympic players before passing to Wouters, his through ball to Noyes resulted in the Fire midfielder being impeded, the referee immediately pointing to the spot and awarding a penalty to Fire.
Despite his superb display throughout the game, Wouters struck his kick against the post, although first to the rebound he was unable to get the ball under control and sent his follow up effort over the crossbar.
Undeterred, Fire continued to push forward, Wouters having another shot saved before Tappouras followed up and scored his second, and Fire’s fourth of the game in the 51st minute.
Fire were playing with their tales up, Allsopp dribbling through midfield before sending White clear, Tappouras also looking for a hat trick sending another shot at the Olympic goal. Tanner Mathers surging into midfield to inject more energy into Fire’s forward play. Deepal Maharaj made sure Fire didn’t concede an unlikely second in the 54th minute with some great defensive work, sliding in to skilfully knock the ball back for Vancam who confidently cleared, Shaw also tracking back well to win a loose ball in midfield.
After a Noyes long range effort was knocked wide for a corner, the final action of the game saw Tappouras connect with a beautiful volley that was superbly saved by the Olympic keeper denying Fire a deserved fifth.
After securing a season best victory, Fire travel to Brisbane next week for another meeting between the teams and Fire will be seeking a similar performance, hopeful of recording a hat trick of wins against Olympic this campaign.
Player of the Match: Jett Wouters
Under 13 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC (5) v Olympic FC (0)
This was Fire’s second meeting for the season, with the last match up a rescheduled game at Goodwin Park resulting in an unexpected loss for Sunshine Coast FC. Sunshine Coast FC were determined to reverse the results from their previous match up with Brisbane Olympic. Fire took control of the game immediately, confidently moving the ball with Brisbane Olympic playing strong defensively.
A corner taken by Dimitri Pritchard on the 4th minute was followed in with the head of Matthew Becker for Fire’s first goal. Fire 1-0
Brisbane Olympic FC recomposed and pushed forward with a counter attack placing a strong shot on goal which was confidently saved by Sunshine Coast FC keeper Ben Nassiep.
The game progressed with stop, start game play as Sunshine Coast FC tried to gather momentum. Sunshine Coast FC put together a combination of passes with Samuel Klein finishing with a goal on the 27th minute. Fire 2-0
Second half began the same as the first with the game lacking momentum and consistency. Sunshine Coast FC continued to move the ball and play as they drove towards goals to increase the score line.
Sunshine Coast FC maintained majority of possession. A set play played out from a corner starting with Pritchard through to Flynn Faulkner onto to Becker resulted in Sunshine Coast FC’s first goal for the second half on the 44th minute. Fire 3-0
The 52nd minute saw a pass from Becker through to Klein and forward to Kyan Bryant for him to turn and drive towards goals to score Sunshine Coast FC’s 4th goal. Fire 4-0
This was followed quickly on the 56th minute with a combination of passes between Klein, Faulkner, Becker and Bryant for Bryant to score the final goal of the match. Fire 5-0
Player of the Match: Kyan Bryant
Under 15 Girls – Moreton Bay United FC (2) v Sunshine Coast FC (2)
6’ CHANCE FOR FIRE – Jackie Doyle had a good run short pass to Audrey Upston who took a shot at goal wide to the right.
10’ CHANCE FOR MORETON BAY – Sommer Jordan in goals saved two attempts from Moreton Bay at goal.
11’ CHANCE FOR FIRE – Jordan Weckert made good ground and narrowly missed her opportunity to score.
14’ CHANCE FOR FIRE – Kijah Stephenson through the centre made space for a chanced at goal.
26’ GOAL FOR FIRE (MB OWN GOAL) – A corner from Kijah Stephenson saw the ball curving into the goal with the Moreton Bay goalkeeper just getting her fingers to the ball claiming an own goal (score 1 nil).
30’ GOAL FOR FIRE – Jackie Doyle scored Fire’s second goal with plenty of time to place it neatly into the left corner of the goal.
36’ GOAL FOR MORETON BAY – Moreton Bay United scored early in the second half (2 -1).
42’ CHANCE FOR FIRE – Audrey Upston with a shot at goal after Jordan Weckert made a long run on the wing.
45’ GOAL FOR MORETON BAY – The back line worked extremely hard but playing with two players down the gaps on the field were obvious making it an easy goal for Moreton Bay (Score 2 -2).
50’ CHANCE FOR FIRE – A well placed crossed from Kijah Stephenson narrowly missed Audrey Upston who was set up in the box but not able to get a touch on it.
63’ CHANCE FOR FIRE – Jackie Doyle had another attempt at heading the ball into the goal but the Moreton Bay kept tight in goal.