Expired Season!!

Season 2018

7 Apr

Roselea Blue Win

14 Apr

West Ryde Rovers Loss

21 Apr

WPH Cherrybrook Win

28 Apr

Eastwood St Andrews Draw

5 May

Roselea Red Draw

12 May

Epping FC Win

19 May

North Ryde SC Draw

2 Jun

West Ryde Rovers FC Win

9 Jun

WPH Cherrybrook FC Win

16 Jun

Eastwood St Andrews AFC Win

23 Jun

Roselea FC Red (result pending)

30 Jun

Epping FC Win

7 Jul

North Ryde SC Win

21 Jul

Roselea FC Blue (result pending)

28 Jul

Eastwood St Andrews AFC (result pending)

4 Aug

Epping FC (result pending)

18 Aug

Eastwood St Andrews AFC (result pending)

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Match reports

Jul 2018
11:00 AM

Win(2-0) against North Ryde SC

Hayes Park No.2

Another win on a windy day!

The wind was the main thing that upset our play today. The two goals an own goal and a tap between Zac and Morgo, resulting in a 2-0 win. Man of the Match was Ethan Hickson because of his very good goalkeeping

Jun 2018
11:00 AM

Win(2-1) against Eastwood St Andrews AFC

Eastwood Oval No. 1

Beautiful Day for another Win

Eastwood scored 5 minutes before half time, and then 5 minutes into the second half Riley scored. The last goal was kicked by Riley across to Zac - nice one guys!

Jun 2018
11:00 AM

Win(4-2) against WPH Cherrybrook FC

Hayes Park No.1

Win Win Win!

Hills Hawks was down just before half time 0-1 against Cherrybrook.

The team came back strong in the second half, with Riley scoring 2 goals, with help of Daniel and Woodsy scored one goal through a header to 3-1.

Final score was 4-2.

Jun 2018
11:00 AM

Win(5-1) against West Ryde Rovers FC

Hayes Park No.1

West Ryde Rovers 1 Hawks 5

Redemption was sweet as Hawks put Rovers to the sword and erased the Round 2 defeat from the memory banks. The win sees Hawks now sit level with Rovers at the top on points but remain just behind on goal difference. The early exchanges didn’t hint at what was to come later as this slow burner took 25 mins to get going. Hawks took the lead as Zac put his foot through the ball to bury high across the keeper following a Woodsy pass. Up until then, Hawks had been particularly wasteful with the dead ball in not making the most of corners and free-kicks. One of the free kicks was given against Rovers # 6 for a cynical challenge on Cal, which earned the Rovers player a yellow card. It was almost two within minutes as Daniel’s vision and skill in midfield found Woodsy who played in Riley but his attempted lob hit the keeper’s back in an unorthodox save. Totally against the run of play Rovers equalised on 28 mins as # 9 nipped in ahead of the converging Ethan, Morgo & Josh to roll the ball into an empty net from 20 yards. Within a minute order was restored as Zac scored his second finishing strongly from Woodsy’s fantastic pass. Woodsy then created another gem of a pass but this time Riley hit just over the top. Rovers then gave Hawks a scare as the # 9 toe poked from close in but Ethan was well positioned to make a routine save. With the last kick of the half, Hawks made it 3-1 as the keeper fumbled a left wing Woodsy cross and Zac was on hand doing what all good strikers do by intercepting the mistake to score an easy goal and record his hat-trick.

Rovers had the first attempt of the second half as Ethan saved a shot from # 10 following a smartly taken corner. Matt who was enjoying his best game of the season, then showed some great skill and in the same movement released Zac to bear down on goal. This time however the keeper was up to the task. On 61 mins Rovers had a half-hearted penalty appeal waived away by the impressive referee as Woodsy shoulder charged his opponent in the box which is within the rules of the game. Cal who was looking very lively then had a half-volley on the run following some great skill from Riley. The referee was clear on letting the players now who was in charge and Daniel became the second yellow card of the day for dissent before the goal of the match, if not the season arrived on 66 mins. A move down the right wing was started by AJ and found its way to Zac who burst pass his man to send a beautiful cross which just evaded Daniel but not Riley who buried it first time with a half volley. At least Riley can have the satisfaction of seeing his North Ryde effort only bettered by himself! Hawks were now flying and this second half of football was as good if not better than they have played this season. Zak should have scored from Daniel’s pass but hit wide when through, to prove that he is human after all and then Riley was late on the goalkeeper and was lucky not to be carded but didn’t have to wait much longer as he entered the refs notebook on 69 mins for dissent. Nick then had an effort saved following Daniel’s intelligent free-kick across the “D” before Morgo almost got Daniel in with a great pass and the same two returned the favour with Morgo firing just over. On 87 mins Matt thought he’d got the goal his toil deserved and was wheeling away in celebration but the bobbly pitch had other ideas as the ball hit the inside of the post and not the net. You had to feel for him as it would have been the “icing on the cake”. Like the first half, Hawks signed off right at the death to make it 5-1 as Morgo crashed one in off the far post.

This was a great performance by Hawks for which every player should be justifiably proud of their efforts. On another day nearly every player would be a MOTM contender however it would be hard to look past Zac with a hat-trick and a great assist. Matt and Cal make up the top three but others such as Dawsey did well in beating his man with regularity, AJ who came out on top of his physical battles and there was some great telepathy happening between Woodsy and Daniel.

May 2018
11:00 AM

Draw(3-3) with North Ryde SC

North Ryde Oval

North Ryde SC 3 Hawks 3

Hawks were far from their best today and this could be attributed to school camp but they have may also been a little intimidated by the physical presence of a big North Ryde team that looked more like a rugby side than a football one. To add to this Salty left the field after only 10 mins with a twisted left knee and could play no further part but it was Hawks who had the first chance as Riley headed a Josh cross just wide. On 15 mins Hawks did find the back of the net but the ref deemed the play offside and one which most observers thought incorrect as Josh timed his run well to meet Daniel’s pass. The referee had a poor game in general and was continuously blowing up for minor infringements which arrested the games flow. It was from one of these free-kicks that Ryde came close as # 6 saw his shot just clear the bar. Woodsy then saw a shot deflected before Ryde’s # 12 wasted a great opportunity after Morgo could only half clear. Morgo then tried his luck at the other end with a free-kick which flew over before Zac, who was back from injury fired wide following an exquisite ball from Riley after earlier good work from Woodsy. Hawks who had the better of the first half deservedly took the lead on 38 mins as Morgo slotted in after staying forward from an earlier passage of play finishing off Woodsy’s brilliant piece of skill and pass. Near the break, Josh had a free-kick that he had two bites of before the half cleared ball fell to Zac who sliced wide.

Despite the narrow lead Coach Mark, wasn’t happy with Hawks ball control and the expectation was to improve on the lead but within one minute of the restart it was 1-1 as Morgo was deemed to have fouled in the box. While the touch appeared to be outside of the box, the attacker made every effort to go down inside and the inconsistent ref made the controversial call. Up stepped Ryde’s # 14 to send Ethan the wrong way. By 55 mins the game had been turned on its head as both Morgo and Sam left the ball to each other and the dangerous # 14 nipped in for an easy goal. The goal wasn’t helped as the referee had failed to give Hawks a clear free-kick in the build up, which probably added to the confusion. Zac tried restore parity but his bobbling shot failed to trouble the keeper. Ryde’s # 13 then entered the notebook for dissent as the referee was struggling to find friends from either team. On 64 minutes the scores were level through a Riley screamer. He collected the ball wide on the left cut inside and hammered a shot into the far top corner for a goal that I doubt will be bettered this season. Hawks had a chance to retake the lead but Josh shot at the keeper and then Ryde came back at Hawks with chances for # 18, # 9 & # 6, the latter stemming from another long throw which Hawks continuously failed to cope with. Their pressure finally told as # 4’s free header came off his shoulder to beat Ethan. This was set up by Ryde’s # 14 who with two goals of his own already was no doubt claiming any MOTM awards for the opposition. Yet more free-kicks were given and this time to Hawks. Josh put the first over and then Morgo was fouled in the box after he was brought down challenging for the rebound of his blocked effort. Woodsy had to wait a ridiculous amount of time as Ryde’s # 14 attempted “gamesmanship” in swapping places with the Ryde keeper to take up time to put Woodsy off. It would have looked clever if he had saved it but Woodsy calmly dispatched the penalty making the Ryde player look a bit of an idiot. One more chance came and went as Hawks could have sneaked it at the death but Daniel shot just wide after starting and finishing a move involving Zac and Nick.

Hawks didn’t deserve a win today but on the balance of play they probably just about deserved the draw in match that was physical, played with plenty of spite and spoiled continuously by the fussy referee. Picking any standouts wasn’t easy as too many were off form however MOTM goes to Ethan who did very little wrong and whose kicking was spot on, Nick also had a strong game at left back while Riley did show bursts of promise and of course who will forget that goal.

May 2018
11:00 AM

Win(7-1) against Epping FC

Hayes Park 1

Hawks 7 Epping FC 1

Hawks comprehensively blew Epping away and their first half of football was the best played this season. Probably the biggest surprise was that it took 22 minutes to take the lead as chances fell to Salty, Dawsey, Woodsy, Riley, Matt and Coatesy with Matt and Salty coming the closest as they made the Epping keeper work to keep it goalless for so long. The opener came from Daniel whose perseverance from a Coatesy through ball ended in an untidy goal that came off his heel as keeper, defender and scorer lunged in on a goalmouth scramble. The keeper and Cal then both slipped on the wet pitch at crucial moments before Daniel made it 2-0 on 27 mins, as he skilfully made his way past two defenders and passed the ball into the corner with the outside of his right foot. Within a minute it was 3-0 as Morgo was very unlucky to see his thunderous effort cannon off the bar but Woodsy was alert to follow up with a close range header. It had all been Hawks but towards the end of the half Epping reminded their hosts that they had to be on their toes as # 9 almost got on the end of an excellent free-kick.

At the break, you could say that Hawks were in full control and the 3-0 score flattered Epping so Mark was happy to make some changes. Ethan swapped the gloves with Matt but another change was forced as Dawsey sat out the rest of the game with strained quads. It would be fair to say that Hawks weren’t quite as dominant in the second half however this didn’t stop them increasing the lead just one minute into the second half as Coatesy’s shot proved too hot to handle for the keeper as he could only take the sting out of the shot and watch it loop up and cross the line. Morgo was then unlucky to block a shot in a delicate area and spent some off the field as Epping took advantage with a long punted free-kick from # 11 that deceived both defence and keeper as it eventually found the net to make it 4-1 on 55 mins. Nick then opened his account for the season with the best shot of the game as his curling effort from distance clipped a post on the way in on 59 mins. Riley then had an opportunity from a long Sam pass, while # 9 and # 19 both had chances for Epping. Salty who had been lively throughout then produced a peach of ball but Coatesy’s effort flew the wrong side of the post. Matt then palmed an effort from # 19 onto the post before Ethan justified his midfield presence firing a low shot on 80 mins into the bottom right hand corner at the second attempt to make it 6-1. Riley had a couple of chances towards the end with a free-kick well over the top and another that drew a fine save after Morgo’s long free-kick. Woodsy then added the final goal which was a scrappy effort not dissimilar to the first as he bundled in from close range after the keeper made a mess of Coatesy’s free-kick.

It was great to get some goals which were shared amongst 5 players and pulls back Hawks negative goal difference to zero. Hawks tried to play good football throughout and the team cohesion was the best it’s been this season. In a good team performance it was hard to select standouts but MOTM goes to Woodsy, while Daniel and AJ can both be happy for being the best forward and defender on the field.

May 2018
11:00 AM

Draw(2-2) with Roselea Red

Carlingford 3

Roselea Red 2 Hawks 2

Hawks had plenty of nice interchanges in the opening 20 mins but lacked the killer ball and it was Roselea that had the first couple of efforts on goal against the run of play. Roselea’s # 90 butchered a good chance wide after charging down a Morgo clearance and # 39 shot just wide after switching play across the box. It took 15 mins for Hawks to register their first opportunity as Coatesy shot just wide after receiving a ball from Nick. Lots of possession continued but they had to wait until 22 mins when a back pass was collected by the goalkeeper but the free kick was sliced wide by Coatesy. Salty had since entered off the bench and looked very lively initially as he shot powerfully from a Morgo through ball. Coatesy then had another chance from a defence splitting pass from Daniel after Salty had won the ball in midfield but surprisingly it was Roselea who took the lead on 30 mins after # 55 finished high into the top corner, benefiting from a fortuitous ricochet that landed in his path. There was more than a hit of offside but the referee who had a poor game was struggling to keep up with play. Frustration then boiled over as Woodsy deservedly collected a yellow card for one too many tackles from behind. Daniel then had a chance but didn’t get a good connection from a Woodsy pass. The same player then shot wide from Salty’s blocked effort, while Woodsy’s shot from distance didn’t trouble the keeper as did Salty’s a minute later.

The chances had been there in the first half but it seemed like the ball must have been made of lead, such was the tame finishing. Despite this, the defence was having a good day and Ethan was largely untroubled, so there was a new resolve for the second half as Hawks got off to a fast start. Woodsy who had been dishing it out, was then on the end of quite a theatrical foul as he was robustly charged off the ball. Riley’s floated free kick on 50 mins wasn’t dealt with by the keeper and Daniel gratefully finished off the dropped ball from a yard out to get back to parity. He could have added to his goal but shot over from a Dawsey pass and Dawsey also had a cross/shot of his own which was saved. Roselea also had chances as # 90 hit over from distance and then Ethan made a great save by standing up tall to the # 55, saving with his legs. Hawks should have a penalty on 64 mins as Woodsy was fouled in the box. The referee put the whistle to his lips, the crowd waited for the sound, nothing came out of it, so he’d either lost the pea or forgotten how to blow the thing. Within two minutes Hawks took the lead as Daniel notched his brace with a neat finish after great work from Coatesy and Woodsy. Perhaps with his mind on a hat-trick, Daniel then took the ball off Riley’s boot, who was better positioned as he sliced over. At this point, there was little doubt that Hawks would go on to win it but the defence, which had played so well, allowed some indecision to creep in and a quick free kick wasn’t dealt with and Morgo was unlucky to see his excellent goal-line clearance hit Ethan and rebound into the net for an OG. There were definite similarities to the Milner OG for Liverpool in the week v Roma. On 84 mins Riley did manage to hit the back of the net but unfortunately it was on the pitch behind and with timing running out, Hawks produced the best move of the game which deserved more. Riley took a short corner and Dawsey’s brilliant cross found the on-rushing Morgo, whose bullet header unfortunately found the # 29 waiting to clear off the line.

Not unlike last week, Hawks enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and chances but had to again settle for a point. The plaudits go to the defence this week with Morgo just shading MOTM from Sam, who are starting to look like a decent pairing at the back. Cal gave a good account of himself in numerous positions, Aidan & AJ both tackled like Terriers, Matt put in his usual 100% commitment while Woodsy won almost everything in midfield.

Apr 2018
11:00 AM

Draw(1-1) with Eastwood St Andrews

Hayes Park 2

Hawks 1 Eastwood St Andrews 1

Hawks came from behind to salvage a hard earned draw in a game they bossed for long periods but lacked a cutting edge. It was Eastwood who were quicker out of the blocks and Ethan had to be alert to make two routine saves before Hawks had ventured into opposing territory. When they did, it almost produced a goal as a great ball forward from AJ to Dawsey saw the latter produce a pinpoint cross to Riley, whose volleyed shot was blocked by # 16. Ethan was then quick off his line to quell an Eastwood attack and this would prove to be a regular occurrence throughout the game as he played the sweeper keeper role as per the textbook. Daniel was next to try his luck on 9 mins as his bobbling shot brought out a fine save from the keeper and then Woodsy guided a header just over from another excellent Dawsey cross, who was enjoying a strong opening quarter of the game. At the other end Aiden produced a brilliant sliding tackle to prevent the # 9 bearing down on goal, before the ball was soon up the other end as a great Woodsy ball found Santi, who was helping out from the 16’s but while his first touch opened up the chance his shot was too close to the keeper and the game stayed goalless. Not for long though, as the Eastwood # 9 capitalised on a series of defensive blunders to finish into an open net to make it 1-0 to Eastwood on 17 mins. Within two minutes Riley’s venomous shot was well saved and the resulting rebound was just too high for the waiting Santi. The remainder of the half was quite dull by comparison as two cross shots by # 11 were equalled by two similar efforts by Riley and Salty.

The formation was tweaked at half-time with the intention of getting Daniel and Woodsy more involved so Matt dropped into a defensive midfield role, Cal moved to centre back and Sam to left back. Hawks came out looking hungrier and Nick brought out a good save after fine approach play by Morgo and Woodsy. Daniel then shot just wide after a mazy run before Morgo got the equaliser on 63 mins as he got on the end of a Dawsey pass to see the ball ricochet into the bottom left hand corner. Hawks who had completely bossed the second half then inexplicably retreated back into their shells allowing Eastwood some ball time which brought fine saves from Ethan as he thwarted the # 9 and did well to prevent an OG from Woodsy’s misguided headed clearance following an Eastwood corner. At the other end Riley saw a floated shot from a superb AJ through ball, clear the bar while a great chance fell to Daniel 15 mins from time as the best move of the game involving Morgo and Riley saw the keeper pull off a fantastic save to ensure Eastwood kept a share of the spoils.

It wasn’t a game for the purists as neither team really got going. AJ wins MOTM for a faultless display filling in a number of positions to the best of his ability. For a second week running, Ethan hardly put a glove wrong while Woodsy was definitely up for the challenge even if some of his tackles were lucky not to draw more attention from the referee. Dawsey had a great first half while Sam had a much improved second half.

Apr 2018
11:00 AM

Win(2-1) against WPH Cherrybrook

John Purchase

WPH Cherrybrook 1 Hawks 2

Hawks got their second win of the season but had to battle all the way to grab the 3 points. With Morgo back in the heart of the defence, a slow start saw the back line come under increasing pressure but they passed the first tests and a free-kick from # 3 was comfortably saved by Ethan. Despite some WPH pressure it was Hawks who took the lead in their first attack on 5 mins as Morgo’s long pass out of defence found Riley who turned his man before coolly “passing” into the net for a very composed finish. Daniel who worked very hard in the midfield saw a blocked shot before Ethan produced a wonderful save, tipping over from # 11. Salty should have done better but scuffed his shot after collecting a pass from Thommo, who was playing up from the 16’s but then redeemed himself with another calm finish to make it 2-0 on 18 mins after great build up play involving Sam, Nick & Riley. Shots came thick and fast from Thommo, Nick and Woodsy before the latter saw a brilliant half volley just clear the bar after some great wing trickery from Nick on the left and Dawsey on the right. Luke who was also playing up from the 16’s and having another strong match, saw his free kick daisy cut just the wrong side of the post and with his tail up, was unlucky moments later to see his dipping shot just clear the bar after some fluid midfield passing. Everyone bar the referee thought it was 3-0 on 32 mins as the impressive Daniel received a pass from Aidan and saw his shot hit the underside of the bar, bounce down near the goal line and out. The trajectory of ball suggested that ball had crossed the line and with goal line technology it surely would have been given. Unfortunately, the ref couldn’t signal a goal as she had to be 100% sure so it stayed at 2-0. The shots on goal continued but the sights needed to be adjusted as Morgo fired over and Dawsey didn’t get enough despatch chasing Aidan’s long clearance. Despite all the pressure it was WPH who got the next goal on 40 mins as Sam was adjudged to have fouled # 15 in the box and he can certainly count himself unlucky as the WPH player “milked” the minimal contact to win the spot kick. The same player dusted himself off to fire a neat penalty to Ethan’s right. Right on half time a superb Riley corner found the head of Woodsy but like the majority of the first half chances if sailed north of the bar.

It had been a strong 40 mins for Hawks but the break did them no favours as WPH recharged the batteries and while no goals were scored in the second half, it was WPH who had the clearest opportunity. Before this, Nick who was enjoying a strong match sped down the right and put a good ball into Daniel who was now playing striker but unfortunately, he got his body shape wrong and another chance was spurned. Woodsy then picked up a Yellow Card showing some frustration with a bit of “afters” with the WPH # 8. The resulting free kick saw Ethan save well as the ball bounced horribly just in front of him. Riley then had two chances to extend Hawks lead, firing over from Nick’s saved shot and then was a whisker wide from a great Dawsey cross. Salty became the second Hawk to enter the referee’s notebook for petulantly kicking the ball away after being given offside. The big chance for WPH came on 64 mins as the dangerous # 15 blasted over when it seemed impossible to miss. Ethan who had been very decisive throughout, allowed a little indecision to creep in, misjudging the flight of a free-kick but luckily the # 15 got it horribly wrong. Normal service resumed with more Hawks chances as the WPH keeper made a mess of an Aidan shot, then Morgo saw an “up and under” which looked more at home on the rugby field, bounce just wide and finally Dawsey saw a decent effort cleared off the line by # 3. On 73 mins WPH should have done better with a header from # 9 but it was soon back up the other end as Thommo, Riley and Daniel saw further chances go begging. Cal did have the ball in the net on 83 mins but was correctly given offside. The initial through ball was to Daniel but the ball rebounded to Cal who had been in an offside position at the start of the move - a fine piece of work by the referee who didn’t get much wrong today. There were just two more chances left, the first falling to WPH as a free-kick from # 3 was blocked by Sam in the wall and finally a header from Daniel that went wide.

It was pleasing to see the defence get the accolades this week, with Aidan, Sam & AJ stepping up, while Morgo being back in the middle showed plenty of defensive dominance. Luke also didn’t look a year younger either as his physicality was prominent throughout. The goals scored showed great maturity and composure from Riley and Salty which made the rest of the missed chances seem rather puzzling. The goal attempt count was Hawks 27 to WPH’s 7, which is a 7.5% conversion rate from Hawks. Had this been an AFL match, then Hawks would have been out of sight by half time, so the message is keep your head down when shooting. MOTM today goes to Daniel for his amazing work rate on a hot day. He was followed very closely by Morgo, while Ethan can also be pleased with his days work hardly putting a glove wrong. Nick can count himself very unlucky not to feature in the top 3.

Apr 2018
11:00 AM

Loss(0-9) to West Ryde Rovers

Hayes Park 1

Hawks 0 West Ryde Rovers 9

Hawks endured a miserable day where the whole team had a match to forget. They got off to a promising start playing “keep ball” for the opening couple of minutes with some nice passing but sadly with no end product. When Rovers finally got the ball they made it count and scored with their first foray into the Hawks half after just three minutes. A quickly taken free kick caught the back line flat footed and two players rushed through to remain on-side in what looked like a rehearsed move with # 7 making no mistake. It was 2-0 after just five minutes from their second attack as a quick throw resulted in # 8 lobbing Ethan in goal. The bad start continued and with just 9 mins in it was 3-0 as # 10 got on the scoresheet. Hawks looked shell-shocked but did improve as Cal entered the fray from the bench and immediately gave Hawks an offensive threat which saw Daniel volley wide following a superb Riley cross. Hawks had regained some composure and enjoyed a better spell where they enjoyed the lion’s share of possession for the next 10 mins with half chances falling to Nick, Riley and Luke Belcastro who was helping out from the U16's. Luke’s shot ended up being Hawks best effort of the game as his powerful drive dipped awkwardly in front of the keeper but not enough to deceive him. Against the run of play, Rovers once again showed their finishing superiority, as the # 10 added his second to make it 4-0 after winning the foot race from another direct ball over the top. His eventful half continued as he collected a yellow card for dissent shown to referee. Cal then had a decent effort saved, much to his frustration, just when it looked like it may clear the keeper. Just before half-time Ethan made a fine save with some great positioning following yet another freebie from a corner. Defending from corners seems to be a big problem for Hawks this season and undoubtedly something to address on the training field.

At 4-0 down at the break and facing into a gusty wind, the second half wasn’t going to be easy and so it proved as # 7 waltzed through the back line with ease to blast past Ethan at his near post on 55 mins. Ten mins later it was 6-0 as # 7’s perfect through ball found # 10 clear, who completed his hat-trick with a bobbling shot that deceived Ethan. Riley then reminded Rovers that there was another team on the field as he shot over from distance before Rovers’ # 7, easily the best player on the field, also completed his hat-trick with a stunning free-kick into the top corner on 83 mins. The Rovers coach wasn’t surprised as the player had been mastering this at training – practice makes perfect! On 85 mins # 4 finished all to easily as Hawks had already run up the white flag and just a minute later Sam compounded Hawks miserable day with an own goal as he tried to clear a difficult ball across goal. I guess if you are going to score an OG, do it when it makes no difference to the result.

Hawks were comprehensively out fought and out thought against a team that showed much more desire and one which is surely expected to be challenging for honours come the end of season. They should certainly not be a nine goal better team than Hawks but unless Hawks improve in every area of the field then this is the reality. Picking MOTM was very hard today however Cal collects the accolade as his presence from the bench immediately made things happen, Luke showed good spirit, never giving up the fight and while Woodsy didn’t have a good day he still did more than most.

Apr 2018
11:00 AM

Win(5-3) against Roselea Blue

Harold West Reserve

Roselea Blue 3 Hawks 5

Hawks got off to a winning start but the margin of just 2 goals should have been far greater with poor finishing letting them down. Still, it was a good game to blow the cobwebs away and it was Hawks that totally dominated the first half. They could have built a healthy lead by 20 mins with Daniel & Salty testing the Roselea keeper, while Riley and Zac had narrow misses, however the best chance fell to Riley on 12 mins as he brought another fine save from the keeper after meeting Zac’s pinpoint cross. The rebound fell kindly and this time he found the bar before finally somehow firing over when it appeared impossible to miss. Hawks did eventually make the breakthrough on 24 mins as Zac coolly slotted under the keeper as he latched on to a Woodsy through ball. The next 20 mins didn’t offer much from either side as the midfield battle cancelled each other out and just when it looked like Hawks would have to settle for a one goal lead at the break, Coatsey smashed in a superb free-kick from all of 40 yards as his unerring drive dipped just at the right moment to clip the underside of the bar. Definitely an early goal of the season contender!
Roselea came out for the second half with more intent and Ethan in goal became more than a spectator however it was still Hawks that had the better chances falling to Zac, Daniel and Riley with Zac’s shot particularly unlucky, drawing a wonderful save from the highly impressive Roselea keeper following a fine move involving Matt & Daniel. On 56 mins Zac notched his second with a poacher’s goal after good work from Riley. Almost immediately it was 3-1 as Roselea’s # 4 followed up a stinging shot from range that Ethan could only parry. With their tales up Roselea added a second just a minute later as a great strike from # 7 sailed over Ethan’s head. All of Hawks earlier good work was now looking decidedly shakey but gradually some composure returned as Nick had two decent chances as he moved forward into an offensive role. Salty then had a shot fizz just wide, then drew a save which was sandwiched between a Woodsy header, Zac hitting over the top and Riley finding the top of the bar. The sustained pressure found reward when Zac was clipped in the box on 71 mins. Zac took longer to go down than The Titanic which made the referee’s decision a bit harder but he made the right call, pointing to the spot. Woodsy who had earned the right of penalty taker in training made no mistake blasting low down the middle to make it 4-2. A minute later Cal should have made the game safe but he got his feet in a mess from Daniel’s cross and the chance was snubbed out by the defence. The Roselea keeper made three more saves in quick succession from Daniel, Riley and a pile driver from Zac before Riley did guarantee the points on 85 mins with a sweet cross/shot that flew into the opposite top corner. There was conjecture whether it was a cross but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, especially as he almost replicated it minutes later. Almost from kick-off it was Roselea who scored the final goal of the game as the ball was given away cheaply in midfield and the # 95 won the footrace from the ball over the top to make the score look more respectable than it really should have been.
On a hot day it was a good run out with some sublime passing happening while the finishing can only improve over time. Riley picked up Man-of-the-Match (MOTM) followed by Coatsey and Woodsy. Also special mentions go to Zac who bagged a brace, Ethan who’s kicking, handling and distribution were first class, Aidan who enjoyed a strong debut, Dawsy who terrorised the left fullback and Matt who didn’t misplace one pass, doing all the simple things right.


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