Valley View 5 Angle Vale 1
Saturday's home game presented an intriguing rematch with Angle Vale, with whom we had battled out a tough 1-1 draw only weeks before. Adding to the challenge was the absence of 4 players, though Brennan from the U6s joined us so we at least had one sub. The pre-game message, then, was persistence, run, and most of all, smart team work to save our legs. From the opening whistle all of these things came into play, with our team switched on and applying heaps of forward pressure through Max and Jerome. Elliot and Deklan kept up supply from the midfield, while Ty showed excellent leadership in marshaling his backs, Jordan and Brennan, to form a strong defensive wall. It wasn't too long before the forward press produced results, with Deklan on fire with 3 great goals and Max with 2. Faith and Luke were admirable in goals, with only one goal getting through after an excellent dribble and shoot from our opponent's best player. Given how close our previous encounter had been, this 5-1 win showed another great step forward for our team with improving skills, great team work, and boundless enthusiasm. Well done team!
Valley View 1 Salisbury Villa 3
Unfortunately it seems that Salisbury Villa has become our bogey team as, once again, we couldn’t quite find our best form against them this week. As in previous encounters, Valley View had most of the attacking play but just couldn’t find a way to the back of the net, while Salisbury Villa were able to capitalise on two breaks up forward to go into the half time break 2-0.
After a rousing talk by Coach Adrian imploring the boys to be first to the ball, look up and execute good passes, Valley View came out firing in the second half. Unfortunately we could only convert one goal, despite some good attacking play and opportunities. Salisbury Villa were also able to find the net resulting in a final score of 3-1. A great effort in the second half however some strong lessons to be learnt in terms of remaining focussed for the whole game, sticking to the game plan and putting in 100% effort.
Goals: Luke (1)
Challenge Cup Round 2
Valley View 3 Modbury Vista Albion 0
The under 9s started their first of two matches against the same team in a fortnight on the small pitch at Modbury Vista, with the clear instruction to get in behind our opponents' defence and lock the ball in. Captain Himanshu and Rhett pressed from the beginning, and Jack, Grant and Christian K were playing good through balls to create several chances early. Michael and Aidan were controlling the middle of the pitch, while Simeon, Toby and Andersen (in his 50th game for the club) were relatively untroubled across the back, keeping Ilias to the role of spectator in goals. Ben and Christian W injected some more pressure into the game when they came on, and our pressure continued to create chances without us able to hit the back of the net. As the half continued, Grant was released by a great pass from Rhett, but the keeper made a good stop with his legs, and it appeared that we wouldn't get any reward for our dominance. However, Ben and Christian K soon played a nice two touch exchange and released Grant for another shot that eluded the despairing dive of the keeper. We deservedly went to half-time up 1-0, having prevented our opponents from having a shot.
After leading in 7 of our last 8 games, we were determined not to let this lead slip. The challenge was given to the players at half-time, asking them for full concentration for the second half, and to focus on doing their job for the team. We shouldn't have worried. Almost directly from kick-off, a nice passing move from Rhett, Himanshu, Ben, Jack and Grant saw Grant slot the second. We didn't take our foot off the pedal, and we gave the defenders the specific task of keeping a clean sheet. We continued to press on the small pitch, and lock the ball as far forward as possible. Jack broke down the right and released Rhett to squeeze in a third. Modbury Vista started to put a few passes together and we had to defend a cross and a couple of corners, but our Ilias and our other defenders continued to pay attention and Andersen stayed focused in goals to preserve our lead.
The final score of 3-0 was a good reward for the outstanding effort of all players today, and reflected each player's willingness to do their role for the team. We look forward to seeing if we can repeat the effort next week against the same team in the league.
Under 10 Red
Challenge Cup Round 2
Valley View 1 Salisbury Villa 1 (Penalties VVSC 4 – SV 2)
U10R hosted Salisbury Villa at home expecting a tough match given Salisbury Villa’s excellent form and very high goal tally so far. The game was a very close affair with neither team giving much away. Our defensive pressure stood tall however, supported by new goalie Cohen who showed great leadership by commanding the troops in defense. A beautiful headed goal by Anthony was unfortunately answered by a goal from Salisbury Villa resulting in a 1-1 draw at full time. Despite having no substitutes all game, the boys went into extra time with renewed energy and continued to attack and defend beautifully but unfortunately were not rewarded with any golden goals. At the end of extra time, the scores were still locked at 1-1 sending the game into penalties to decide the result.
An amazing effort from our penalty takers resulted in four converted penalties, while two awesome saves from Cohen ended with a 4-2 scoreline in favour of Valley View.
A very exciting and tense match with all boys putting in 100% for the entire game resulting in a great reward for effort. Well done everyone – while penalties are not the greatest way to determine a result, hopefully it was an experience to always remember and be proud of.
Challenge Cup Round 2
Valley View 4 - Virginia United 1
We travelled to Virginia for our challenge cup game and we had a nice win against Virginia 4 – 1.
Sam was in goals and did an exceptional job, only letting one goal in. Virginia scored the first goal and the kids quickly got one back with Daniel scoring from the left side of the goal and we were in shock on how the ball went in. So the score was one - all at half time.
The second half the kids were playing as a team with their passing of the ball which result with Soni scoring three goals within 10 minutes, so extreme with their performance as a playing group and hoping we can keep it up through the season.
Challenge Cup Round 2
Valley View 1 Tea Tree Gully 1 (Penalties VVSC 1 – TTG 3)
For our 2015 Challenge Cup debut after a round 1 bye, the Reds were keen to atone for a loss to the same side 3 weeks earlier, who happen also to be top - and ourselves 2nd - in our division. The team targeted forward pressure and an early score. Hussein's good form continued, on one occasion hunting down a ball on the left to just miss left of the upright. Some sustained early effort got a rare reward in the 12th minute. Josh L's right cross met Ben, who kicked the ball into the net to take a deserved 1-0 lead. The side played positional football well, on one occasion Haydyn making superb space our wide on the right off Darcy's goal kick, passing to Mark, setting up an end-to-end transition to a shot on goal. Josh W also made some great gut-busting runs forward and into defence, whilst Mark was great again on his left wing. Hussein and Akira worked hard for forward chances while Josh L and Ben provided regular dangerous crosses from the right and left respectively.
The second half saw the side tire a little after an injury ended Khayne's solid game in defence, but the side still put on a tenacious effort. The Wanderers' listless shooting was gone, creating more chances than their first half. At the other end Josh L and Ben tested the 'keeper 4 times with strong shots on target, or just wide. Darcy made another brave save, one of many for the match, as Trent and Jack excelled in their centre-back pairing. A scramble in the box saw the Wanderers score an equaliser 11 minutes from time. That's how the game finished, but a result was needed.
During the 10 minutes each way of extra time, Josh L and Ben had great chances whilst Darcy made a brilliant late save coming off his line to stop their #9 scoring an almost certain winner. Despite us having the greater share over the whole match of goal-scoring pressure, the game ended 1-1. Sadly, our penalty-taking was not great and Wanderers progressed 3-1 winners on penalties. Still, this draw improved on the 1-2 loss last time against our division's 'top team'.
GOAL: Ben (assist: Josh L)