Christchurch United teams back on the pitch after holidays

After the holiday break and an extra week off because of the cancelled games last week, the Christchurch United teams finally got back into competition games. With some very muddy pitches, the teams experienced something new, but still played some great football.

Under 9

Christchurch United Gold  6 – 4  Halswell United Hudsons

On a muddy pitch at Westlake Park, with a couple of puddles on one side of the pitch, the boys started off really well. Because the game had been moved last moment, we started off playing with just 6 players, but because of the hard work, it was hard to notice. After 10 minutes, the Hudsons scored the opening goal, but the response from Christchurch United came straight after, when Connor scored a great goal, with a long-range shot. Before half-time, Aidan scored a second one for Christchurch United, which meant we went up 2-1 into the half-time break.

With Mehdi coming into the team, we had 7 players on the pitch and this meant the boys were able to play better football in the second half which was great to see. The Hudsons added some goals as well, which we can prevent in the future, defending together as a team.

Players of the Week: Aiden, who scored 4 goals and Mehdi, who played an oustanding game in the defense once again.

The U9 Gold team, who earned a well deserved 3 points yesterday, after the muddy game.

Christchurch United Rams  4 – 6  Halswell United Hudsons

Under 10

Christchurch United Blue  0 – 8  SASFC Black

Christchurch United White  2 – 1  Waimak Black

Christchurch United Gold  5 – 5  Waimak Gold

Christchurch United Red  3 – 2  FC TWENTY11 Red

Today we were lucky to have a game after such a wet week. Our children were over the moon to be outside and have the chance to have a game. Our children played a very hard game against a very good side from FC 2011. When we had the ball we looked into passing to space and support the player. At half time we made a plan on  how to play the second half and the children execute to the perfection. I am very proud of the boys.

Christchurch United Black  1 – 5  Nomads Jaguars

In conditions similar to the trenches in France in World War I. The young lads come up against a very determined Nomad Jaguars team.

After having to move pitches to find a slightly drier ground the boys trailed 2-1 at halve time, with Ruarc scoring our goal. The boys played out of their skins in what ended up being a mud bath with the ball getting bogged down in the mud. The final score was 5-1 to Nomads in what will probably be the wettest and muddiest conditions they ever play in.

Player of the day goes to Perry who never gave up despite some pretty tough

Christchurch United Rams  2 – 6  Halswell United Mustangs

The Rams made a good start after the long break since our last games and training. However we were unable to capitalise on the good early pressure – particularly created by some great crosses from Alex Taylor from the left wing. The Mustangs took all their early chances to lead 2-0 after ten minutes. The Rams pulled one back after good defensive work by Jordan Shanks and Noah Gibson cleared to the ball to Alex Wilton who played a great through ball over the defence to Lachlan Timlin. Lachlan stayed cool in the one-on-one with the keeper to finish a nice goal. Unfortunately the Mustangs scored again to take a 3-1 lead into the second half.

Throughout the second half the Rams worked hard to try and pull the goals back, and showed some excellent decision making under pressure. Luca May made some great saves in the second half to keep the Rams in the game. We made a number of opportunities – particularly from the great runs from Bailey Dawson-Hefford and Lachlan Timlin and high-pressing from Jacob Cosslett. This effort was rewarded by a great goal for Jacob that followed a good run and cross from Bailey. A good effort from the Rams right to the end in a game that was probably closer than the 6-2 final score.

Goals: Lachlan Timlin, Jacob Cosslett

Player of the Day: Luca May

Under 11

Christchurch United Blue  3 – 0  Parklands

Christchurch United White  9 – 0  Selwyn Black

Football is the greatest of team games – today we played the passing game and it worked. Crisp, precise & accurate – CHAMPAGNE play. Your parents were pleased, your coach was pleased, you should be pleased! THANK YOU to ALL the players.

THANKS Dave W. for refereeing the second half. PLAYERS of the DAY were too hard to pick. So I have decided to give player of the day certificates to boys that worked their socks off at training. (CALLUM, SAM G., BRUCE,BEN W. & SAM S.)

Under 12

Christchurch United White  4  – 4   FC TWENTY11

Christchurch United Gold  1 – 2  MCUFC

Christchurch United Rams 2 – 3  Nomads 12C

It was a fantastic game to watch against a very good Nomads team who have not lost a game all season. Half time Nomads lead 1-0 and both teams scored 2 each in the second half. Rams had plenty of opportunities to win or draw this game and everyone was extremely proud of the football, teamwork and skill shown today.

Player of the Day: Ryoga Wisjnuery


Under 13

Christchurch United White  1 – 3  Cashmere Technical FC


Under 14

Christchurch United White  1 – 4  FC TWENTY11


Christchurch United Rams  3 – 3  Parklands United Black

Christchurch United Hawks  4 – 0  Selwyn Blue

Under 17

Christchurch United Rams  2 – 1  St. Andrews College