Christchurch United teams show off on beautiful game day

On a beautiful sunny but windy winter day in Christchurch, the Christchurch United teams showed off some great football across the pitches. With the end of the winter season coming closer, the teams keep improving and getting better every week.

Under 9


Christchurch United Gold  9 – 1  Hornby United

Back on our home ground, the U9 Golds showed off another great game, working together really well. With a lot of movement and passing throughout the whole game, a lot of chances were created and great work of the Hornby goalkeeper prevented the boys from getting a bigger score.

Some great goals and really good attacks yesterday, the crowd, parents and coaches enjoyed watching the game!

Christchurch United Black  7 – 4  Halswell United Hudsons

 

Christchurch United Rams  7 – 0  Halswell United Strikemasters

Under 10

Christchurch United Blue  2 – 7 Christchurch United White

Christchurch United Gold  0 – 3  Ferrymead Roosters

Christchurch United Red  0 – 2  Parklands Gold

Great game today, we had chances but we could not convert them into goals. On the other hand, Parklands was more accurate when it was their turn to put the ball into the net.

Player of the day: Joseph Chalabi

Christchurch United Black  0 – 2  SASFC Black

 

Christchurch United Rams  3 – 1  Waimak White

The Rams played well and kept their focus throughout the game.  It was an great team effort, particularly when we were not in possession  – the players pressed well all over the pitch,  and more importantly they covered and supported each other well – well done to all players!  Noah Gibson and Jordan Shanks were outstanding in the back, keeping it simple and clearing for safety or up towards our midfield.  The first half was very even, both teams made chances, however it was the Rams that scored from a corner after 15 mins that was earned by Lachlan Timlin following one of his strong runs down the right.  From the corner Luca May was first to the loose ball in the box and slotted it home.  The Rams took the 1-0 lead into half time.

Waimak was stronger through the second half, and levelled the scores after 3 mins.  However the Rams continued to play as a unit with strong team-defence and good support and play from the mid field players.  Bailey Dawson-Hefford made several chances in the second half with strong runs through the central mid field and he was eventual reward with a goal 23 minutes into the second half.  It was pleasing to see the Rams keep their focus right to the end when strong pressure on the ball at the attacking end from Kavin Balakrishnan resulted in the ball coming free to Bailey.  Bailey’s shot from well outside the box was half saved by the keeper before trickling over the line for a goal at 24 minutes for a hard fought win.

Player of the Day: Could have gone to any of  the team today, but went to Jordan Shanks  for outstanding work in defence.  A second award to Bailey Hefford-Dawson, and the players chose a player of the day which went to Kavin Balakrishnan.

Goalscorers: Luca May, Bailey Dawson-Hefford 2.


Under 11


Christchurch United Blue  8 – 1  CTFC Blue

Christchurch United White  2 – 2  Coastal Spirit 

We played a team that was better organised and individually had better skills. They didn’t panic when pressurized and were a little bit more confident on the ball. However, against the run of play we were ahead with 10 minutes to go. When you get in that position you must learn how to defend & make it hard for the opposition to work the ball through your defence. They stuck to a game plan & from set plays clawed 2 goals back. I believe this was a fair reflection of the game and sometimes you have to accept the opposition played well. Both teams played well & the outcome of a thrilling contest was decided by the players. Don’t be too disappointed. Just a message for us to continue our development.

Players of the week: Leon 2 goals, Josh training well Thursday, Yash for knowing the answer to my question and Max for clever play in the videoed game on Thuirsday.


Under 12


Christchurch United Blue  0 – 1  Ferrymead Knights

Christchurch United White  4  – 2   Ferrymead Footballers

Christchurch United Gold  2 – 4  Nomads United

Christchurch United Rams 7 – 1  Papanui Leopards

The game was fairly one sided as the score line shows. Rams needed to play their own game today, but unfortunately the game became quite messy at times. We still showed our passing game is excellent and some really good defence this week. Some better finishing would have seen the score line even greater.

Player of the Day: Alfie Keable

 

Under 13


Christchurch United Academy  1 – 1  Waimak Black

Christchurch United White  3 – 6  Nomads

Under 14


Christchurch United White  2 – 2  Waimak Black

After the recent weather we turned up to a reasonably hard surface at Rangiora A & P showgrounds. The surface was bumpier than what we are used to, while we attempted to play the open style we have been all year. Our attack caused them trouble out with and on a better surface the under hit passes and those that bobbled as came of the shins would have hurt them more. Waimak played a very direct style of lumping it down the field and chasing hard, which really kept us on our toes during the first half.

Waimak scored after 15 minutes from this direct play and with all our dominance we only seemed to get clear shots from distance that the keeper was tipping over the bar. Then waimak attacked and a freekick 25 yards out was banged in and fell to a Waimak foot for there second. Shortly before the half ended Jason found space 20 yards out and lobbed the keeper to send us in on a high.

Half time and we swapped a bit to give some players a chance elsewhere. We really started to dominate field position and possession but not a lot of clear chances. We were possibly wasteful when we got into scoring opportunities and did not play the way we were facing. Waimak still looked dangerous on the attack and our defence needed to be sharp and fast to cover the long ball. We won a corner with 15 to go and Liam drove it in across the box. A Waimak player unfortunately mistimed his clearance to make it 2 all.

 

Christchurch United Rams  5 – 2  FC TWENTY11

Christchurch United Hawks  4 – 1  Parklands White


Under 17


Christchurch United Rams  0 – 0  Ferrymead A