The Caboolture U14 BYPL team travelled to Tarragindi Tigers on Sunday morning for matchday 13. Following their hard fought 3-2 victory earlier in the season over the league’s newcomers, another tough game was anticipated.
Hot, muggy conditions greeted Caboolture after the storms from the previous day.
The focus was on how to adapt to a narrow, shorter pitch and return with all three points.
Caboolture’s possession game was hampered by the lack of width. It was easy to see why Tarragindi’s home form was so good.
Caboolture defended well early on against an energised Tarragindi attacking line and managed to create half chances with some shots from range. The breakthrough came through Josh Zealey who followed in on a keeper fumble after a speculative shot Jaidyn Vincent.
Tarragindi used their pace and equalised after a well hit angled shot from their striker found its way into the far corner of the net.
A fantastic save by James Murray in the Caboolture goal helped keep the half time score at 1-1. The battle to control the midfield raged early in the second half with both sides creating chances. The deadlock was broken by Caboolture. Lachy Davidson’s tireless work in midfield was rewarded by him releasing Josh Zealey out wide on the right with a great pass. Zealey was through with only the keeper to beat. He composed himself well and found the net to score his and Caboolture’s 2nd. At 2-1 the game intensified with Tarragindi pushing hard for the equaliser. Caboolture withheld the onslaught and continued to attack themselves. With 5 minutes to go Ashton Petersen played Amali Kinsella clean through on goal. The advancing keeper then fouled Kinsella in the penalty box and a spot kick was awarded, giving Caboolture the chance to extend their lead. Riley Rapmund stepped up to take the penalty kick. His initial strike was well saved by the Tarragindi keeper who guessed to dive the right way but the rebound was followed in by Rapmund to make the score 3-1 in Caboolture’s favour. Tarragindi continued to press until the final whistle, however it was Caboolture who ended up 3-1 winners.
Tarragindi were excellent hosts and it was good to see both teams respectfully interacting at the end. Next match sees Caboolture in first place take on 2nd placed Albany Creek this Friday night at home on field 1 (kick off 7.00pm). A win for Caboolture would see them with one hand on the title trophy. It would be great to see as many club members there to get behind the team and cheer them on.
Adam Kinsella and Marcus Rendell
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