Coolum downs Maroochydore
The local soccer derby between Coolum Under-15 (1) and Maroochydore is always a great game and this match was certainly good for Coolum.
The boys showed they meant business right from the kick-off, when Aaron Boshammer stole the ball from the Maroochydore sweeper and hit the crossbar with his shot.
Coolum dominated the match with hard running and great passing and with Angus Cambell virtually marking the opposition danger man out of the game, the match was Coolum’s for the taking.
Carlos Nery and Aaron are developing a lethal combination up front for Coolum and it wasn’t long before the domination in central midfield of Mattie Hynes and Grant Daley saw the ball worked forward to the strikers.
Aaron held the ball up for Carlos to make a run, then split the defence with a killer pass for Carlos to deftly touch past the keeper for the opening score.
Carlos returned the favour with a wonderful run down the right, followed by a precise square ball to give Aaron an easy tap in finish.
It was 2-0 at half-time and Coolum was looking good.
The rotation of mid-field wingers was working well, with Tomo Calland and Tyler Morden providing great options out wide.
Rory Yetman’s work rate and intensity is an inspiration to his teammates and he played brilliantly, finding plenty of space on the wing to run and promote the ball forward.
Coolum’s third goal was the result of a dazzling move from Aaron that completely wrong-footed the defence, giving him space to snap a left foot shot beyond the keeper.
A corner kick soon after resulted in a loose ball in front of goal, with Dylan Wesarg winning possession and slotting a terrific left foot shot to put Coolum four ahead. Maroochydore scored a late consolation goal from a free kick to make the final score 4-1 to Coolum.
The defence was terrific – it was great to see Harry Clark back in action with Dylan at the heart of defence and the wing backs, Alex Hill and Angus Campbell, were brilliant.
With Christian Neeve in control in goals behind a staunch defensive line, the opposition rarely threatened to break through.
It was an accomplished performance by all the Coolum players and if they continue to improve, they will certainly be in contention come finals time.