Christchurch United teams enjoy beautiful gameday

A freezing cold winter morning in Christchurch turned into a nice and sunny day and the Christchurch United teams couldn’t wish for better weather to play their games in.

Under 9

Christchurch United Gold  8 – 0  HU Vampires

On a big pitch at Westlake Reserve, the Gold team had a tough start and didn’t manage to come out quick, but after 10 minutes they came into the game. After a few good breaks and attacks from the back, the boys started to score goals, with Ryan gaving most of the assists. This resulted in a deserved 5-0 half time score and Aidan already scored a hat-trick in the first half.

The second half didn’t have any goals for a long time, until Spencer, who was playing against his old teammates, scored a goal. Ryan came on as a striker in the last 5 minutes and put 2 against the back of the net.

Player of the Week: Mehdi, played a solid game as a defender and helped the team to the 2nd clean sheet of the season.

Christchurch United Black  1 – 5  Christchurch United Rams

Wow our team just keeps getting better and better… it is so awesome to see.  They should be all proud of themselves.
Today we played Chch United Black at Spreydon Domain.  First half was close and a nice game to watch.  Half time score 2-1 to the Rams.  Heading into the 2nd half we wanted to keep attacking the goal by passing the ball amongst our players and by giving each other space, but also remembering to get back and defend when needed.
Eli had some amazing runs, and the team were unlucky not to be rewarded with more goals. Our goals were set up by some great passing by everyone.  Yet again, they never gave up.  Shikha scored a well positioned goal to be her first in competition football, this goal was set up by a great pass from Liam.. .well done to the team.
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Brandon, player of U9 Black, had a great game.


Under 10

Christchurch United Blue  1 – 4  Nomads Cheetahs

Christchurch United White  6 – 2  FC TWENTY11 Red

Christchurch United Gold  0 – 4  Hornby United

Christchurch United Red  3 – 3  Cashmere Technical Gold

Christchurch United Black  1 – 2  Cashmere Technical Green

This was a huge step up for the boys coming from the U9 league to the U10 band A, but the team relished the physical, competitive game. They opened the scoring with a great goal from Ruarc Burrows and went into half time 1-1. The second half tested the defence but they only conceded 1 goal.

Player of the day: Felipe Felitti

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Player of the Day Felippe Felliti, is too quick for the Cashmere defence.

Christchurch United Rams  6 – 4  Selwyn Wekas

The Wekashad the kick off for first half and dominated possession for the first 5 minutes.  The Rams eventually won the ball and quickly turned that into a goal through Alex Wilton off an nice assist from Bailey Dawson-Hefford to take the lead.    However the Weka continued to play strongly and scored twice to hold the lead for most of the first half.  The Rams worked hard with a number of excellent runs and crosses through the box particularly from Bailey and Lachlan Timlin.  We were unlucky not to score on several occasions with some close misses and rebounds off the post.  The Rams eventually slotted 2 goals through Lachlan and Alex Taylor just before half time to finish the half with a 4-2 lead.

From the kick off the Rams made a very positive start with Bailey scoring after only a minute.   The remainder of the second half was closely contested  – both teams creating chances.   The Weka managing to pull a goal back after 10 minutes and threatened a come-back.  However, the Rams were more assertive in defence in the second half, and the backs (pairings of Ethan Rogers, Noah Gibson and Jordan Shanks) did well to cover the strong breaks from the Weka.  Luca May made a notable save midway through the half, coming off his line in a one-on-one to stop what looked to be a certain Weka goal.   The Rams continued to make good chances through the midfield combinations, and Jacob Cosslett was unlucky not to score with a heading chance from a corner.  The Rams scored late in the half after a good defensive corner resulted in a quick break that Alex Taylor converted into a goal.  The Weka scored right on full time to end the game 4-6.

Goalscorers: Alex Taylor 2; Lachlan Timlin 2; Alex Wilton; Baily Dawson-Hefford

Player of the Day:  Jordan Shanks

Under 11

Christchurch United Blue  6 – 0  Nomads Red

Christchurch United White  5 – 1  Oxford

Goalscorers: Sam G., Bobby & Leon 2 & an own goal (good work by Callum who squared the ball back & the Oxford player couldn’t get out of the way.)

I thought Oxford played well – they showed good spirit – ran hard all day (country kids) & were well organised. So it was going to take a good team to break them down – we did that – the first 2 goals came from slick passing movements.

Player of the Day: Jamie for defending well with composure on the ball, making accurate passes. Ben W. – our Captain – gave an assured performance in the middle of the park – reads the game beyond his years.

I am also giving another Player of the day Award to Leon – I thought he showed brilliant skill in keeping the ball close to his foot to score a wonderful second goal.


Under 12

Christchurch United Blue  2 – 2  Waimak Black

Christchurch United White  9 – 1  Hornby United

Christchurch United Gold  5 – 2  FC TWENTY11 Green 

Christchurch United Rams  2 – 3  Medbury Black

An extremely close game that could of gone either way.

Player of the Day: Braxton Ashworth

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The U12 Rams celebrating a goal all together.


Under 13

Christchurch United Academy  3 – 0  Cashmere Technical FC 

Today’s game started on a rather crisp ground at Warren Park in Hornby. Last time these two teams met, United Academy team went down 2-1, and United were determined to reverse the result.

United looked to play a more structured and forward moving game, and it proved to be successful as they went 1-0 up into the half time break, thanks to a fantastic header by Memphis Vaszilyko in the 23rd minute of the game.
Second half of the game, after a robust half time talk, Mat Boon had the boys moving well and passing off to their supporting layers, and this eventually resulted in Caleb Johnson popping in an seemingly effortless goal after 20 minutes into the second half.  United’s 3rd goal by Sam Senior was a beautifully struck pop over 12 minutes later.
United coming out deserved winners with a 3-0 final score. The whole team is playing better than ever, the structure and passing improving with each game. Intensely competetive moments followed by cool, calm and collected passing.

Christchurch United White  3 – 1  FC TWENTY11 Red

Under 14

Christchurch United White  1 – 0  FC TWENTY11

WOW – what a game. We have finally come up against a football team that wants to play the beautiful game instead of relying on physicality and long balls.

CHCH United played for the first 50 minutes as we have been training using wide and the ball been moved with purpose. At this age we will still make mistakes (and we did but today we also transitioned so well). We finally paid for the lack of fit subs late in the game with our shape but our fight continued and we were rewarded with a long range own goal created from pressure applied.

This probably was not the best way to win a game but you take every opportunity that’s legal because you wont win them all.

Be proud of your effort today boys, enjoy your effort and we go back to work Tuesday. And commiserations to FC2011, a well coached side. Special mention to both goalies today who made some terrific saves to keep us in the game.

Player of the Day: John Oakman and Ethan Mani, with another mention to Xavier Mayers who worked his hide of.


Christchurch United Rams  3 – 5  Parklands Black

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A Christchurch United U14 Rams player trying to avoid the tackle from a Parklands defender.

Christchurch United Hawks  1 – 1  SBHS

Under 17

Christchurch United Rams  1 – 2  STAC