Wasteful U18’s ease to comfortable win
Brisbane City’s Under 18’s ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over Sunshine Coast on a baking hot Saturday afternoon at Corporate Travel Management Stadium, although the scoreline could have been even higher but for City’s wastefulness.
The hosts dominated from the off but were largely frustrated by Sunshine Coast in a first half that bore just a single goal as the hosts squandered a number of chances during the siege on their visitors penalty area.
As early as the fourth minute Noah Hitchcock hit the outside of the post after the Fire failed to deal with a corner, then Ollie Williams guided the ball the wrong side of the same post when one on one with the ‘keeper just moments later.
However, Sunshine Coast should have taken an extraordinary lead in the tenth minute when the referee spotted a hand ball in the City penalty area, but a remarkable one handed save from Under 16’s ‘keeper Cooper Skerry denied Pat Shannon’s well hit spot kick.
From that moment on City’s attacking raids were relentless, Hayden Russell lobbing the ball onto the roof of the net immediately following the penalty reprieve before Ethan Wildermuth blazed over from Beck Phillips’ right sided cross.
Further scuffed efforts from Russell and Williams – who hit the side netting – continued to frustrate Coach Luca Balestrazzi on the sideline – who just about looked ready to combust in the scorching temperatures as he saw his side blow chance after chance.
However it took a remarkable display of perseverance from Dan Bassingthwaighte to break open the Sunshine Coast defence – virtually on his knees as he scrambled to the byeline under immense pressure from his defender to poke the ball across the face of the 6 yard box where Phillips made no mistake, handing City a deserved lead going into the break.
City had a second not long after the break as they looked to convert their first half dominance into scoreboard pressure – the unfortunate ‘keeper Ethan Reed dropping a straightforward corner into the lap of Williams who casually back-heeled the ball into the net.
Brad Mills brought the crowd to life on the hour mark with a sensational 30 yard strike that cannoned into the crossbar as City finally found their range with their passes in the attacking third and fashioned chances to shoot.
Stand-in ‘keeper Skerry outdid himself once more with another fine save to preserve his clean sheet, tipping Dane Dawson’s dipping drive from 30 yards over the crossbar when it had threatened to sneak in under the bar.
City should have had a third when substitute Keogh Lewis won penalty but remarkably – for the second time in the game – the penalty taker saw his effort saved, Reed guessing right and denying Lewis an opening goal.
However Lewis did get his goal shortly afterwards off the back of a sublime move from City’s front three. The ball was played forward to Lewis, whose deft first time flick found Phillips who instantly laid the ball off to Williams to shoot, that parried effort pounced on by Lewis who slotted home.
City weren’t done yet – Beck Phillips adding a fourth at the back post as Sunshine Coast struggled to deal with high ball into the area – and the striker should have had a third, sliding a subsequent effort the wrong side of the post when played in one on one with the ‘keeper.
City go into the Easter break top of the ladder with six wins from a possible seven, and will hold onto that position for the next two weeks before taking on Strikers at Perry Park on Sunday 8th April.
National Premier Leagues Queensland Under 18’s
Brisbane City 4-0 Sunshine Coast FC (HT 1-0)
Corporate Travel Management Stadium
Saturday 24th March 2018
City – Phillips 36’ – 1-0.
Bassingthwaighte raced to the byeline, but despite being felled, still managed to flick the ball across the face of the 6 yard box to Phillips who cooly side-footed home.
City – Williams 51’ – 2-0.
Reed drops the ball after coming to claim a corner onto the foot of Williams who deftly back-heels the ball into the net.
City – Lewis 75’ – 3-0.
Keogh Lewis flicks the ball to Beck Phillips who then knocks it on to Williams whose shot is saved, Lewis follows up to slide home.
City – Phillips 82’ – 4-0.
Beck Phillips grabs his second with a well taken finish at the back post.
Brisbane City: Skerry, Vyas, Hitchcock, West, Bassingthwaighte, Hanna, Russell, Mills, Phillips, Williams, Wildermuth. Subs: Millard, Uptin, Antonis, Lewis, Simpkin.
Sunshine Coast: Reed, Bowen, New, Meredith, Gamble, Davis, Roque, Shannon, Dawson, Rickard, Bradfield. Subs: Aughterson.