Tough Weekend Games Sees Soaring Performances, Drama, Triumph and Frustration For Nerang Teams

PHOTOS & VIDEO: Some excellent matches last weekend and a tough knock for several of our players, keep up the hard work everyone!

U6 Blue – via Alicia Coyte

Taking on Robina at home, the team was hungry to add to their winning form from last week, and … what an incredible game by the Under 6 Blue Team!
We were spreading out, talking to each other and had excellent control of the ball.

The team were calling out when passing the ball to each other and getting the ball up the field quickly to keep the goals coming.

Ethan stole the ball from the opposition running the length of the field and scored some great goals and Tyler was getting up the confidence with his defence trying to get the ball to his team mates.

Brock was great at passing the ball with great foot work scoring some goals for the team.

Jack earned the player of the match award for his great work on the field today – Jack was a fantastic team member calling out to his team and stopped not 1 but 2 goals from the opposition.

Jack was quick on his feet, had his eye on the ball playing a great game – congratulations mate, great effort!

 

U6 Red – via Luke Sorensen
This week our little Eagles faced a tough Robina opponent in an away game against some very talented players.

After last week’s big win, the team was confident early but a couple of quick goals from Robina momentarily put a dent in their stride.

Not to be shaken, every player picked up their game in the second half and came out much stronger, showing great tenacity in defence and almost putting a couple in the net for Nerang.

A frustrating match which saw our boys and girls tested, but they showed great Eagle spirit throughout.

Kyal did several brilliant defensive saves and took a courageous (accidental) kick in the mouth after stumbling when defending the goal – a little bit of ice treatment and he was back in action, keen as ever.

Muku put on a solid show yet again and proved to be difficult to stop at times for Robina – he is becoming a great and consistent player for our team.

Sophie showed flashes of brilliance when she committed to engage on the ball, as did Nevaeh who received the coach’s Soaring Eagle award for her enthusiasm and effort.

Dylan really lifted his game this week and was diligent, hard working and played an exceptional and fair game, earning him the Player of The Match Award.

Despite the loss the team had a lot of fun and we’re looking forward to training this week and improving some more.

 

U7 – via Rebecca Mulcahy

On Saturday’s game Coomera Green came at us with everything they had but our team stood up to the task and played a really even tussle all the way to the last whistle.

Theo opened our scoring in the early seconds of the game with a long range shot stunning the Coomera team. The team really had to work hard given little time on the ball switching from attack to defend right through the game.

With a few mistakes in the back line we gave the ball away at a crucial time allowing Coomera to push in a few goals, Coomera’s star player was kicking goals from inside his own half at times. Hayden received a ball into the face giving him a split lip needing the ice pack.

Justin also copped a ball to the cheek needing the ice pack also. Going into the end of the first half with an extra minute added on for some unknown reason had us down 6 – 3.

After a quick team talk the team was eager to get the job done. Hayden put pressure on the Coomera team sending a lob over the defence finding the net.

Coomera also sent a well turned over play with a long range goal. The defence from the Nerang team Justin, Macky, Hayden, David, Theo and Eli made the second half a draw with a Goal from David winning the ball taking on the Coomera finding the net.

With missed chances from Eli, Hayden and Macky each pushing forward might have seen them closing the gap on the lead. Some unusual extra time was added and we played over our scheduled game time. One minute over in the first half then three minutes forty in the second half.

Very pleased with the determination the boys played ending the game at 8 – 5 loss, but at the end of the game it’s great to see them all smiling.

 

U11 Red – via Sean Moyles

Our Eagles U11 team made it three wins in a row in style against Musgrave Mustangs on Saturday.

Two great goals in the first half from Cristian put Nerang in control but Musgrave clawed one back on the stroke of half time to get back into the game.

The boys really hit their stride in the second half with Beau, Harry and Charlie all scoring a goal each, and a sixth coming through from an unlucky own goal by a Musgrave defender.

Musgrave showed plenty of attacking intent but this was a fine team performance from Nerang.

Boston, Angus, Brayden, Lucas and Saksham defended bravely and controlled the midfield, Alex made a string of fine saves to keep Musgrave at bay.

Tyrone was the deserving winner of the very first ‘Outstanding Player Award’.

Beau finished things off with his second goal and Nerang’s seventh to cap an impressive display all round.

 

U11 Blue

 

U12 Div 2

Another solid win notched up away against Mudgeeraba, 7 – 2 the final score.

Some great saves from Will kept Mudgeeraba out of our net for most of the game.

Our attack was dominant but still left a lot of room for improvement, the team needs to start to use the whole of the field more and keep the effort up.

Well done again lads!


 

U13 Girls

An extremely hard fought 1 nil win over Pac Pines, well done girls!

 

U14 JPL

A match that should have seen the Eagles with many more goals put away in the back of the net, but nonetheless a solid effort to put away Runaway Bay with a 5 to 3 win.

A lot of near misses and missed chances up front, you could see the frustration on some of the players however they held their composure well in the end for the win.

A cheeky reminder that if you rip off your shirt in a match to celebrate a goal, it’s an automatic yellow card and a red face for the club haha!

 

Mens Reserve Grade – via Sam Shepherd

The final game of the first of three rounds saw Nerang taking on Robina at home last Saturday, resulting in a close contest and frustrating loss for our Reserves team.

The lads started slowly, allowing Robina to dominate the first half and gain the ascendancy with an early goal.

Frustration spreading amongst the team, the lads showed character to pull together towards the end of the first period.

Collectively they started digging in to lift the work rate and start about taking control of the game.

At half time the lads entered the sheds 1-nil down, with the consensus being that the performance was possibly the worst first half they’ve produced in recent matches, so we set about rectifying the situation.

The second half was a much improved effort, allowing the lads to create a lot more chances and push the game into the opposition half.

Despite our advancement, a minor drop in concentration allowed Robina to find their second goal.

The boys responded positively with a solid finish from Lou – something we have come to expect from our Brazilian import.

Despite good possession and an increase in our momentum, the inability to finish open opportunities and some ill discipline left us behind at the end and the game was put to bed at the sound of the referees whistle.

Some great moments however the game slipped through our fingers, leaving the lads with the distinct feeling of a disappointing loss and a blimp to the progress the lads have made during the start of the season.

 

Mens First Grade – via Luke Sorensen

Nerang Eagles came out strong from the onset for this home ground clash, unleashing a barrage of shots and coordinated moves against their Robina opponents, who looked to be on the back foot from the beginning.

Some great saves from the Robina goalkeeper did little to stem the onslaught as Nerang sunk four solid goals into the net before half time, often via wide runs combined with a very persistent attack around the box which exposed the the Robina defence repeatedly.

Spirits were high at half time, however a coaches call for the team to step up yet again and make it eight before the final whistle was as prophetic as it was encouraging.

The team pressed hard again and they well and truly met the mark, finishing up with an 8 – nil win and a confidence boost moving forward.

Great match and great effort from everyone!