Under 12 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC (2) v SWQ Thunder FC (2)
Both teams seemed to be nervous but well prepared for their first-ever NPL game. Considering it was the first match of the season, the team played brilliantly the first 20 minutes scoring two goals in six minutes. The first came from Jeremy Byasse clearing the SWQ Thunder goal keeper after pressure from Fire attackers. The second goal was the result of a through ball from Byasse to Luke Vancam.
Fire continued to create opportunities but were shut down by Thunder’s goalkeeper. After a couple of subs, the flow of the game changed as SWQ Thunder began to find their rhythm. Thunder were able to score shortly after in the 20th minute.
Sunshine Coast FC regrouped and went on the offensive via combinations from Byasse and Vancam while Mark Shaw and Riley Moore maintained control in the midfield to move the ball to the wings.
Fire made several good runs toward the goal but were shut down by Thunder’s back line.
Thunder had an equally difficult time finding Fire’s goal with Riley Moore, Jett Wouters and Hayden White preventing all but one of their efforts which levelled the score.
Fire dug deep in the last 10 minutes and managed to find the net from the corner that was declared off-side.
Overall it was a very good match with the score reflecting a hard-fought game. It was a great result and attitude from the Boys for their first match.
Under 13 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC (6) v SWQ Thunder FC (2)
In the first few minutes South West Queensland Thunder came out strong, immediately placing pressure on Fire’s defence and a challenge with keeper Ben Nassiep saw their attempt successfully thwarted.
The 5th minute saw the continued offensive pressure from South West Queensland Thunder and a lapse in concentration from the Sunshine Coast FC defence resulted in the first goal of the match in the top left corner by Luke Beutel. (0-1)
Sunshine Coast FC Fire regained their composure and maintained possession in their offensive half. On the 10th minute a cross from Matthew Becker to Kyan Bryant and a pass back to Kane Gibbs saw Sunshine Coast FC’s first goal. (1-1)
Sunshine Coast FC Fire continued the pressure with a passing combination between Flynn Faulkner, Kyan Bryant, Jake Rocker and Kane Gibbs. Kane Gibbs demonstrated great composure and control to bring the ball down, turn and score top right corner on the 19th minute. (2-1)
South West Queensland Thunder regained control however lost possession and a counter attack from our defensive half saw Kane Gibbs place the ball through to Matthew Becker. The South West Queensland Thunder keeper was out of his box and attempted to challenge Becker as he stepped around him and scored on the 22nd minute. (3-1)
Sunshine Coast FC Fire continued the momentum and on the 25th minute they scored again from a Kane Gibbs pass through to Matthew Becker on the right which Matthew Becker crossed back into the goals. (4-1)
South West Queensland Thunder continued to challenge and on the 27th minute saw them take a shot on goal which resulted in a successful save by keeper Ben Nassiep.
The final goal for the half came on the 31st minute when Kyan Bryant passed the ball to Kane Gibbs with Gibbs placing the ball in the back of the net and receiving a hat trick for the game. (5-1)
The second half saw South West Queensland Thunder came out ready to fight and once again they placed pressure on Sunshine Coast FC Fire’s defence. On the 33rd minute Luke Beutel scored for South West Queensland Thunder when a keeper kick-out fell short. (5-2)
Both teams continued to place pressure with Sunshine Coast FC Fire’s defensive team of Harrison Whitelaw, Jack Connors, Jacob Reid and Joshua Kacperski remained strong to thwart all attacks by South West Queensland Thunder.
Sunshine Coast FC Fire continued to place pressure in their offensive half drawing a free kick outside of the box.
Kane Gibbs took the free kick, crossed it across the face goals with Samuel Klein coming in for a header and scoring the final goal for the match on the 44th minute. (6-2)
Both teams remained strong to see out the end of the match with Sunshine Coast FC Fire holding strong for a 6-2 win.
Player of the Match: Kane Gibbs
Under 14 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC (5) v SWQ Thunder FC (0)
The game started evenly as a much improved Thunder side matched the new look Fire 14s. Connor Hyder was displaying plenty of energy in the centre of midfield and one of his driving runs found the flying Jake Debbage on the right wing. Debbage played a perfect square ball across the face of goal where the Thunder defender could only deflect the ball into the path of Aaron Smith. Smith placed the ball into the top right corner to make it 1-0.
Thunder continued to push the ball around and had their share of possession. The new look Fire defence was rarely troubled though with Todd Camm and Bailey Halls-Tempest dominating the Thunder attack. Smith was able to find plenty of space in between the lines and in the 7th min, played Debbage through where he shot wide.
In the 9th minute Jack Williams won the ball just outside the 18 yard box as the Fire team continually applied pressure on the ball. Williams played a nice ball to Alex Patterson inside the box. Patterson squared the ball and Corne Boshoff volleyed the ball first time into the far corner.
Both Fire fullbacks were combining with their wingers and continually looking to get forward. In the 20th minute Rashal Charan drove down the left side and played a perfectly weighted ball through to Lucas Aughterson. Aughterson rounded the keeper and squared the ball across the face of goal. Debbage timed his run perfectly and met the ball at the far post for an easy tap in.
The introduction of Nick Harvey caused the Thunder defence more worries. Harvey’s blistering pace saw him continually getting behind his player. Several crosses drifted across the face of goal with Fire players desperately close to increasing their half time lead.
Thunder improved their performance early in the second half as they tightened their defence and contested the ball with more energy. The game had evened out until Fire were awarded a free kick in the 38th minute. From 30 yards out Debbage drove the ball against the wind and into the top corner. Fire started to assert their dominance again.
In the 53rd min Harvey again showed his pace as he drove from within his own half, beating several Thunder defenders along the way. A powerful drive into the box was turned into the net by a Thunder defender.
Fire continued to press the Thunder players as they looked to increase their lead. Toby Evens-Gilham was outstanding all day. In the 60th minute Evens – Gilham intercepted a pass and drove into the Thunder half. A lovely through ball created yet another Fire opportunity which was pushed just wide of the post
In the last 10mins Fire increased their intensity in search for more goals. Jayden Emery asserted his dominance in midfield and started many attacking plays. Jack Williams had a powerful shot saved by the keeper with the resulting corner again finding Williams as he headed the ball against the cross bar.
A great start to the new campaign by a much improved Fire team
Player of the Match: Nick Harvey – excellent attacking runs all day and an impressive work rate given the hot conditions.
Under 15 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC (2) v SWQ Thunder FC (0)
Under 16 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC (1) v SWQ Thunder FC (1)