Our BRFC Academy coaches recap the weekend’s football against Lions FC and Gold Coast United.
Men’s v Lions FC: BRY 0 – 3 LIO
Coming off the back of an impressive 3-0 win to open the season against Capalaba, the team were ready to test themselves against the NPL benchmark of last year, Lions FC. It was a tight affair as both sides felt each other out in the early stages until Lions gradually began to get on top. Lions opened the scoring deep into injury time of a hard-fought first half through a Tommy Jarrard header.
Our men came out in the second half with more intensity producing good moments which resulted in some great opportunities in the latter stages of the game. Josh Moreland headed wide at the far post and Aaron Reardon had an effort saved by Luke Borean. Lions then unleashed a counter attack which saw Shaun Carlos extend the lead with another headed goal. A late penalty converted by Joe Duckworth blew out the score to 3-0 which didn’t reflect the closeness of the contest.
U20 v Lions FC: BRY 5 – 2 LIO
The U20’s controlled the first half from the whistle, maintaining structure and winning their individual battles on the field. The boys created good opportunities and played without fear dominating the game in every moment. The second half started with high tempo creating an exciting game of football. We were valiant in defence, winning the ball back whenever we lost it, not giving Lions any time to settle and play their attacking football.
– Kerwin Jean-Pierre
U18 v Lions FC: BRY 6 – 2 LIO
The U18’s got off to a blistering start scoring five goals in the opening 17 minutes. It was difficult to maintain that level throughout the remainder of the game but the boys tried their best to stay at a high standard. With Lions going down by five early, they adopted a more physical approach which slowed our momentum. We did an incredible job to run out 6-2 winners on the day.
“There are great early signs with this team but we must improve our final pass in the front third and deal better with crosses. We look forward to another game this week against Capalaba and look to build and improve on this performance” – Graham Fyfe
U16 v Gold Coast United: FT BRY 1 – 2 GCU
Our U16’s had not been able to train or play friendlies as a team for the past two weeks due to weather and entered the match knowing it would be a tough contest. We found it difficult to break into the opposition’s line and chances were hard to come by as we went into half-time locked at 0-0. We controlled the second half and were rewarded shortly after the break with a penalty. Despite having more chances we were punished against the run of play as Gold Coast United scored two goals before the final whistle.
“We will be back in training on Tuesday to sharpen our skills and get right idea of our shared game model to be ready for the next [NPL] Shield fixture” – Pouria Nabi
U15 v Gold Coast United: FT BRY 2 – 1 GCU
After a delayed start to the season due to weather conditions, our U15 side finally got their 2020 season underway. The game was tightly contested until Kade MacDougall picked up the ball in space and drove into the box to finish past the keeper sending us into the break up 1-0. The visitors equalised from the penalty spot soon after the break. The game was even until Kade MacDougall’s pass found Luca Damianakis who scored the winner with six minutes remaining.
“Overall it was a great first game of the season for the boys but still with plenty of moments of quality which can be improved on moving forward” – Francesco Zanoncelli
U14 v Gold Coast United: FT BRY 2 – 0 GCU
After a delay to the start of the season, our U14’s were eager to take the field. We struggled to maintain possession in the opening exchanges however gained control and dominated possession testing the GCU defence in the final third. On the 30-minute mark, Bowie Czerner broke the defence with a header from a set piece. Gold Coast United put our defence under pressure in the second half but we held strong and Eddie Ince doubled the lead on a sweeping counter attack.
– Paul Wilton
U13 v Gold Coast United: FT BRY 4 – 3 GCU
Our U13’s started brightly with Liam Ponting giving us an early lead. Gold Coast United equalised from the penalty spot making it 1-1 before Quinn MacNicol’s left foot drive handed the lead back. Gold Coast United grew into the game scoring two more goals to make it 3-2 to the visitors. After going down, our boys got on the attack and were rewarded as Sean Almond made it 3-3. With the game poised at 3-3, Quinn MacNicol produced a moment of magic smashing home a wonderful right foot volley to decide the game.
“Great effort by entire team especially given our rain effected preparation. The team showed they are a team the fans can expect to be entertained by the season” – John Ogden