May 302018
 

Result: Whites 4 – 1 Norwood

The Cs squad was replenished this week as injured players became match fit and those that weren’t available, now were. As usual, we went out dominate, but wasted chances saw Norwood still in the game early. Ismail managed to get onto a Marc free kick, of which was lobed down the left side, that Ismail picked up and drove home. For once we actually managed to replicate something from training. Evan and Ismail were pumping up and down the left side continuously, managing to collect balls and cut them across goal almost every time, but its never all sunshine and rainbows in the Cs. Not one ball cut across the box managed to be converted, with many not even finding feet in the middle. Despite not reaching the ultimate sweat (insert fire emojis), its an improvement nonetheless. Ismail doubled the lead before Bas pulled of a Champions League-esk performance, to bad that performance was Loris Karius’. The Norwood player found space outside the box and hit it, clearly Bas forgot he could use his hands as the ball zoomed past his head. We managed to go into the break on top,  but it didn’t feel like it. Ismail went out hungry for a hattrick. Again, after running down the left side, Ismail cut in, but instead of squaring it, he took on two players and slotted the ball away. Clearly frustrate at the silky skills of the Magic Omani (🎶who wears a magic hat…🎶), Ismail was hacked down on the left side, then kicked on the ground resulting in a red card. The Whites stayed on top for the rest of the game, with Andre putting the game to bed from a corner. Were keeping track of the top two so lets keep this form going. #ThatsIt
– Campbell

May 302018
 

Result: Whites 2 -5 Pembroke

With the coach otherwise indisposed (i.e. at the 3B game being played at the same time), it fell on whites legend and former A’s and B’s coach Graeme Jackson to get this rabble we call the D’s into line for a big game against the undefeated Pembroke. On what can only be described as a lumpy pitch – the boys took on a very young and fit looking Pembroke outfit. Early on, we had plenty of the ball & passed it around nicely without every really feeling like we were in the ascendancy. Pembroke’s speedy wingers and striker were testing us – but Markus was up to the early challenges. Around the half hour we got a free kick from about 30 yards – the tall timber all rushed into the box, only to watch Matt Bate’s glorious free kick sneak under the bar & inside the far post! 1-0! Soon after though Pembroke got back on level terms, as they broke through the midfield. For the remainder of the half they had us pinned back & only some desperate defending saw us keep the scores level at the half. Early in the 2nd half, we somehow received a penalty – although most players on the field thought the free was outside the box. Homood stepped up & scored with aplomb. Age and lack of fitness saw us loose the back 2 early in the 2nd half though & this coincided with Pembroke bringing a fresh striker on. The result was 2 goals in 2 minutes, allowing them to take the ascendancy. Unfortunately we fell away late in the game & Pembroke ended the day with 5 goals. That was despite Markus and left back Will Yeomans having absolute belters. A special mention though has to go to our winger Dom who covered an incredible amount of ground was our best on the day. There’s always next week.

That’s it.

Saf

May 302018
 

Result: Whites 6 – 0 Westminster

The Whites took on Westminster this week – who’d upset us last season… but looking at both teams there were only a couple of players from each team who’d played in that one. After a fighting loss last week the boys were keen to get back into the winners circle. With regular coach John Whitehouse in Kyiv for the Champions League final, it was down to the cousins from the Cove (Saf & Crab) to marshal the troops. We were lucky enough to have most of the boys who’d played the week before, with the addition of Crab, Thaddeus, Leo and Mariano. I haven’t coached in a while… so the pre-game rev-up was pretty short – pass to feet, back each other up and enjoy it. Most of the first half was a pretty even tug of war – both teams had a couple of chances & both keepers had to make saves. Leo was having a field day out on the wing, but his mazy run beating 2 defenders before cutting inside the edge of the box to score on his left was completely next level! It boosted the boys, and we were happy to go into the half at 1-0. In the second half we made a couple of changes – with Mariano moving to striker being the decisive one as he went on a goal scoring rampage! With able assistance from Mohammed and Barry in a couple of goals, and a lovely poachers goal off a rebounded free kick – his 2nd half hat-trick was a pleasure to watch. Mohammed and Stu also managed to get on the score sheet as we completely dominated the second stanza, with quick short passing being the key difference between the two teams. Special mention goes to Matt and George for completely bossing the midfield, and our defence were excellent all game – so the clean sheet was well deserved.

Well done boys.

That’s it.

Saf

May 302018
 

Result: Whites 4 – 0 Norwood

Whites faced off against a much improved (from pre-season) Norwood this week, as we looked to bounce back and go into the Rostrevor game full of confidence. We had one of the better starts for Whites so far this season, with Yenni confidently playing out from the back. Abdul attacked towards his favourite end making some good runs and eventually rewarded for his persistence dribbling inside and beating a few players to score on the second effort. Unfortunately Yenni tweaked his hamstring just before half time adding to our injury woes. We went 1-0 up going into the break. Alex re-organised the team at half time, Tor continued to play well in midfield; Omar came in and made a few good opportunities before scoring again. Although we were on top for more the game Norwood did have a few opportunities, Martins made a great one hand save to his right and then stepped up to save a penalty! Crab and Alex came into midfield to see out the game in the second half as we claimed 4-0. A lot of players had good games today, but if you save a pen you deserve the 3pts, so martins was my pick for best with 2 fantastic saves and improved distribution. Also Tor for his hard work in midfield and Abdul after a slow start got the job done. 4-0,

That’s it.

– Alan Evans

May 232018
 

Result: Pembroke 4 – 2 Whites

Coming off a string of good results, the Whites started out well. Aaron driving into the box and being brought down led to Alex slotting one home from the spot for our first. Pembroke managed to equalise when they drove through the middle and finished well. Frustratingly, we allowed them to do it again going 3-1 down at half time. They pressured us all over the ground and did not allow us to play the game we like. Second half Omar and Mohammad came in and offered a little pace up front, Omar unlucky not to score on a break hitting the post, eventually managed to peg one back from a free kick bouncing of the post, which pin pong-ed around, with Omar heading home on the line. Pembroke still dominated the play of most part and unfortunately went down 4-2 at the final whistle. Best on day, Aaron Chen worked hard all day, Omar came on and did well, Lewis tried to bring some much needed aggression, Joe covered as much as he could. A lot of players which haven’t played together much, couldn’t gel on the day, back to training and we go again next week and hope for a good cup draw.

  • Alan Evans
May 232018
 

Result: Whites 3 – 3 Pembroke

It was very much a game of two halves as we traveled to Park 17 to take on Pembroke. With the beginning of Ramadan and lack of squad depth (with the Senior Team yet again taking our creative forwards), it was going to be a tough game for the Cs. We had a blistering start to the game. Ismail managed to tear up Pembroke’s defence, netting 2 but could of had at least another if he didn’t let the goalkeeper pick the ball off his feet. A powered shot by the Omani himself deflected off the keepers chest and into the air, giving Evan the chance to hit the perfect volley… but instead swinging at it like a pub door during happy hour, fooling every player on the pitch, including himself, managing to slot it home second time trying. We went into the half 3-0 up, but expected more from ourself. As tiredness began to set in, we began to play sloppy. Our lack of marking resulted in two goals from crosses into the box, and opportunities for Ismail and Stu were few and far between. We did manage to get a free kick mid way through the second half, however despite Stu’s best efforts, the keeper managed to pick it off. As the half went on, it became obvious that we would be trying to hold on to the win. Clearance after Clearance, the pressure built and built. Pembroke earn’t a corner in the 90th minute, one last opportunity to draw up the game, and in typical Cs fashion…they did. The corner found the head of an unmarked CB, who powered it into the back of the net and earn’t his side a point. Yet another “Loss” for the C’s, time to hit the training ground hard and work on the essentials.

  • Campbell Hodgins
May 162018
 

Result: Whites 2 – 5 Sacred Heart

We were always going to be the underdogs in this game. We saw the return of Stefan this week after a long absence, but with a injury ridden defence and the A’s pinching our on form strikers in Omar and Ismail, it was going to be difficult. In typical Cs fashion, we started on the back foot, conceding 2 inside the first 20 minutes, with Masood picking up an injury, forcing him off. We had no real control of the ball, clearing it out once when we gained possession. We began to switch on, realising our best way to see out the half was to play route one. We began pumping it long to Evan, with his expert one-on-one dribbling, we believed he could beat their slow, and for some reason angry, bald CB. Evan is a man of many talents; he has the dribbling of Messi, the strength of Akinfenwa, the tactical mindset of Fergie, but unfortunately, the finishing of Torres. Evan found himself one-on-one with the keeper and tried to curl the shot to the back stick but failed to convert. We had a few more chances in the half but all seemed to end the same way, with a goal kick. The visitors managed to sneak one before the break, leaving us 3 in the negative as we went to the rooms. Souk had a lot to say, he felt that they were not necessarily better than us, just playing better on the day, believing that is we played with more heart, and keeping more possession, we could win. I made a speech of my own, stating that we needed to keep calm, they think they have the game in the bag now, so we needed to just focus on the basics, and more importantly, quit lashing out at each other after every mistake. We went out confident, aand we played like it too. The Whites were on top for the first 15 mins, keeping possession and creating chances. Mo managed to score a perl of a volley Scholes himself would have been proud of, which swerved into the top corner. According to my notes, Bas then made a diving save, but I find that hard to believe, nevertheless he managed to keep us in it, which were starting to come accustom to. Sacred Heart got their lead back out to 3 as a cross reached the back post and was headed home. The game was even from then on in, with Bas making a fingertip save on a follow up shot from a corner. Later in the game we wound ourself with a free kick about 30 yards out, and theres only one man for the job, Mo “The King” Alghusaini. Perfectly weighted, the ball looped over the wall and found itself in the top right corner, we were back in it. We continued to press, with Evan being the main focal point of the attack. Just 2 down, we thought one more would put us in with a real chance, and we thought we’d found the one. Michael “Daniel” Petrilli perfectly timed and placed a through ball to Evan, who ran on towards the keeper and powered in the left hand side of the goal. We were buzzing, the bench was off their feet, we were back in it, but it was to no avail. The Scared Heart linesman, very controversially, deemed Evan to be offside, thus discounting the goal. With less than 10 minutes left, this crushed our hopes of a comeback. The final nail in the coffin occurred just before the whistle, with the visitors extending the lead back out to three, with the score finishing 2-5. Souk had this to say after the game:

“Well done C team today! We lost today but I felt like a win (we drew last week n I felt sh.. as that was a lost). Today We fought hard, we out played them majority of the time and had a few really good chances. Could have been different result! No excuses but considering they are 2 div higher n they drew 1-1 with our b team a few weeks ago. N we did not have our usual team!, we managed to put away 2 goals, and could easily have a few more goals! You did well and shall be proud of yourself!”

The boys fought hard, and on another day, with a full team, the result could of gone the other way. My players of the day were; Mo, Evan and Umar. Good job boys, see ya at training.
– Campbell Hodgins

May 162018
 

Result: Whites 8 – 0 St Pauls

Cup Round 2 saw Whites 1B faced St Pauls 3B and also saw the return of the Jon George to the 2018 season. The midfield had a few sloppy mistakes in the first half but completely dominated possession with Lewis, Yeni kept ticking the game along, keeping them nailed back defending their 18 yard box. Oly opened the scoring with an intelligent run in behind to slot the first. Still need to work on delivery wide into the box it seems, though Joe did come up with an excellent cross which Jon  slightly miss timed his header ,still hitting the target. He would make up for it in the second half. One scare came as Martins came out but didn’t collect just before half time, producing St Pauls only  only real shot. Although we should have probably put a few more away in the first half by dominating possession and wearing the opposition down, the second half would open up as we starting to press forward and become a bit more direct knowing they would struggle to counter. 7 further goals would follow as the wide players made some more intelligent runs and crosses in the second half. Of note Joe Windows scored 2 goals, 1 from foot and the other a nice header at the back post. Jon finished with 4 as Ellery watched on wishing he could smack a few in I’m sure. Crab came in to grab an assist and play the holding midfield role and I tried to dribble as many players as possible and not cut back for Bate. Sorry Bate’s I owe you one. Alli got forward and slotted to complete the 8-0 win. St Pauls played in good spirit knowing they were a little out gunned in this one. Best on the day JonG, Yeni JR, and Joe in the second half.

– Alan Evans

May 162018
 

Result: Cardjin 5 – 2 Whites

The Glamour this week had the long trek to Cardijn (Noarlunga) to take on the top of the table team. For the first time this season John had the D’s and the E’s playing – meaning it was an ‘All hands on deck’ game. We also had a clash with the A’s meaning regular keeper Dan was out – but thankfully Markus was available to deputise. The ground was massive and the grass was perfect. I did a ‘Dave Wilson’, i took a quick look at the opposition and aside from one chunky fella – the rest of the team looked fit –and – perhaps even worse – YOUNG! We got under way and for about the first 10 minutes the whites didn’t touch the ball.. The young Cardijn squads used their pace and the size of the ground to perfection. We finally got a couple of passes together and with one of these Wez put a long ball through to Sam – who neatly slotted it home 1-0 with about 10% possession – thank you very much. Soon after Cardjin managed to scrap a goal to get on level pegging and then they scored again coming through the middle with the whites defence at out of shape. John made an early change bringing Crab in to sweep and for the remainder of the half we were right in it. Late on Sam and Aaron almost got us level with a lovely piece of play resulting in Aaron hitting the crossbar from about 12 yards. Instead though Cardjin scored again to go into the break 3-1. The manager reminded us we could win this at the break. Asked us to use the ball a bit better. We started off pretty well with Sam having a couple of good chances again. Cardjin managed to score first with a pretty good effort from outside the box. At the other end their keeper had to make a couple of saves but eventually we did get the breakthrough as Stu scored a beauty from a free kick. Somewhere here Cardjin scored their 5th to seal the match. Our boys fought pretty hard all over the pitch though in what was a fighting loss. Always next week eh? Crab, Shaun, Darren and Bobby all played well. We’ll all be better for the hit out.

  • Steve Saf
May 092018
 

Result: Immanuel 2 – 2 Whites

After a hard fought win against Reds the week before, the Rowdy Cs can get into the fighting sprint, take their form into the following week aaaaaaaand we’ve drawn 2-2 to Immanuel. The Whites first struggled, looking shell shocked after conceding early by giving their forwards to much space in front of goal. After fighting and pressing hard in the midfield,  the tide began to turn. midway through the first half, David Seaman entered Basnecs body. After what I hope is becoming a “standard save” by the “Croatian” keeper, he launches an intercontinental ballistic missile of a kick down wind to pick out Omar who bodies off the centreback and slots home the Whites first for the day. The C’s continued to stay on top throughout the half, after earning a penalty which was converted once again by soon to be golden boot winner, Omar, who has now netted 12 goals in 4 games. We went into the break with mixed feeling; happy we were on top, but felt our performance was terrible. Unfortunately, we could not carry our form into the second half, with Immanuel stepping up their pressure, using their pace up top to continue to pick out holes in our struggling backline. As the final whistle drew near, it looked like the C’s would hold on and clench the victory but, like 2013/14 Liverpool, sloppy defending saw a slip up, with a desperate Immanuel managed to equalise in the 90th minute to make it 2-2. That ended a frustrating day, after what felt like a 2-2 loss, with many lessons to take into the future.
– Cameron Basnec and Campbell Hodgins