The reserves were back at home for round seven looking to start where they left off however this time aiming to convert a great performance last week with ten men, into a win against Waverley Wanderers AEK.
Again there were several changes to the team including no fewer than four of the squad representing the seniors later that the day. The team started well creating several chances which were either wasted or saved by the keeper, who was by far Waverley’s best performer on the day. As in past weeks the team didn’t give up and showed great spirit as well as what at times could only be explained as sublime attacking football.
Nigel Madzi was causing all sorts of havoc following a switch to the left wing and continually went past the opposing fullback as if he was running through quick sand…..”Is that Usain Bolt” was heard being shouted from the terraces! It wasn’t long before the impressive Jason Minglis opened the scoring for City with a low crisp drive from the edge of the box, which although was central was just too hot to handle…1 nil.
City continued to press and link up play from keeper through to forward line remained impressive. Some great play in the middle between Jamie Shek, Minglis and Madzi led to a glorious chance for Harry Emmens who’s shot must have took a bobble as on any other day he would have caused the net to bulge. It wasn’t long before Lee Hayward, who was representing the reserves after serving the seniors for the last five games, opened his account for the day after some silky movement and a great finish to make it 2-0. Again City drove forward and the ever dangerous Madzi again started an attack which resulted in Hayward grabbing his second of the afternoon following a timely tackle by Ben Mensink. 3 – 0 at half time.
After an open half time team talk between coach Ross and the players everyone agreed that the team could push on even more upping the intensity and commitment. Although Waverley started much better and called Emmens (who replaced Justin Sutcliffe in goal at half time due to media commitments) into three fine stops, it wasn’t long before City pushed home their advantage even further. Despite the best efforts of Waverley to take Madzi and other players out of the game City continued to play vast attacking football at pace and the introduction of Mark Hanly, Mike Mackenzie, and Andreas Karlsson (making his City debut) added further pace and strength to the City team.
A further 4 goals were scored in the second half with both Jason and Lee claiming hat-tricks and substitute Mark Hanly grabbing the other following a fine team passing move started by Gared Matheson way back in his own half.
Our senior side were looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking 2-3 loss the week before as we took to the field against the Wanderers. CCFC were without both our starting left back Adam Kweifo-Okai as well as our central midfielder and captain David Kilcommons. Dan Quinn took up the armband as we returned to Kevin Bartlett Reserve.
The pre-game speech from Coach Richie provided the fire we needed to start the match off right. From the first whistle we were in control of the ball and distribution provided by Nick Tzevakos and Billy Jones Carter dictated our pace and style upon the visitors. Runs from Jake Buckley and Mike Maddocks provided space for threatening crosses that translated into corner kicks. We were unfortunate not to go up from a Adam Gallo header that went just agonisingly wide within the first ten minutes.
In the 25 minute Dan Quinn would turn on a through ball that would catch a Wanderer defender on the hand. The official did not hesitate to point to the spot, which Mike Maddocks stepped up and coolly put away, giving us a 1-0 lead midway through the first half.
Confidence abound, we took our foot off the petal and it nearly cost us. Waverley’s centre forward would find pockets of space and twice ran on to balls, but found himself isolated from his speed and unable to capitalize on shots that Keeper Christoph would easily collect as they were hit directly to him.
We did not make it easy on ourselves, several times being caught with the ball at our feet in the back and unable to properly connect a pass into the midfield. Christoph gave the home ground a startle as two balls played back to him went under his studs. From the sidelines they looked to grant Waverley own goals on both occasions, only to have him collect them away from the nets, much to our relief.
The second half started with a renewed sense of purpose as we pressed forward to win any and every ball. Our pressure resulted in yet another corner kick that Waverley were unable to deal with inside their own six yard box. Two quick headers were cleared off the line before Tomasz Krzywda, if he knew it or not, was the last to touch the ball as it went in, giving us a 2-0 lead. The restart whistle was still ringing around the pitch as Craig Tweedy sent a left footed shot into the nets, and the deficit went to 3-0.
Waverley attempted to regain some footing but found themselves being defeated by their own internal bickering. Play that looked good from the sidelines met with rebuke as their centre forward vented his frustration at being shut out of the second half both from lack of passes and our control of the game. We were unlucky to see Tom Kent be subbed off as he desperately tried to battle a chest cold that would claim him in the 60th minute.
In the 75th minute, substitute Nigel Madzi brought the ball up the left side and the resulting collision with the Waverley right-back saw the ball drop to the feet of Mike Maddocks who found himself in space at the top of the box. Time and space allowed Maddocks to slot his shot past the Waverley keeper for his second of the day. CCFC took control once again, winning the ball back from the restart as another shot into the box resulted in a second handball and second penalty against Waverley. Looking down the throat of his chance at a hat-trick, Maddocks stepped up and put this shot to the keeper’s left. The keeper guessed correctly but was only able to flail his glove at the strike as the ball pushed past him for a 5-0 lead and a 3rd for the Canadian winger.
Not content with the comfortable lead, CCFC continued the heap the pressure on the visitors. The ever present Maddocks brought the ball across the top of the box and was taken down by the lazy leg of a Waverley defender. The ball squirted into the path of Madzi, who side-footed his shot into the bottom corner, as the referee blew the whistle for a foul. Though it looked like another penalty in the box at first, the foul was judge to have occurred just on the fringe of the chalk line. Waverley was keen to set up their wall, but in doing so left Craig Tweedy unmarked on the right side and eager for his second of the afternoon. Nick Tzevakos and Nigel Madzi both faked shots before passing to the waiting Tweedy, but the ball took a last second hop and the shot cleared the top of the goal.
The referee’s whistle for full time leaves us tied for points at the top of the ladder but down to second on goal differential.