The much awaited Matchday 14 clash between the high flying Caboolture U14 BYPL team and Albany Creek started the weekend of football action at Moreton Bay Sporting Complex last Friday night. A large crowd gathered to watch the top two teams go head to head.
A heightened sense of anticipation, coupled with a little nervous tension filled the calm evening air as the whistle blew for kick off. Caboolture started with their tried and tested 4-4-2 formation. It didn’t take long for Caboolture to realise this was going to be a tough game after going 1-0 down within the first few minutes. Caboolture were dispossessed in midfield and the resulting through ball saw the Albany Creek striker direct his shot into the back of the net.
After the early setback Caboolture regrouped and started to play their passing game. They were rewarded after an attack down the right was crossed in by Pinky and deflected by a Creek defender into the goal following a header from Riley Rapmund.
At 1-1 Caboolture’s tails were up and they got their second after a cross from the right was pulled back and captain, Amali Kinsella struck a sweet left footed strike into the top right corner of the goal to the delight of her teammates and the adoring crowd. The half ended with Caboolture 2-1 up.
Albany Creek came out for the 2nd half ready to play. Every challenge was fiercely contested, some more fairly than others. Creek threatened the Caboolture goal without penetrating the solid back four. Albany Creek were then given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty kick after Ashton Petersen made contact with a Creek defender in the box.
Creek scored from the spot despite James Murray getting a hand to it in the Caboolture goal.
The game continued with both teams pushing for the winner. An incredible save by Murray with his feet kept Creek out again. The quality of football suffered as the midfield battle raged. Caboolture created half chances and pressured the Creek goal with a couple of free kicks going straight to the keeper.
The final whistle blew with score at 2-2 . Both teams gave it their all and there were plenty of aching limbs afterwards.
The result means Caboolture are on top of the ladder, clear by 9 points and unbeaten. Creek however can still catch them as they have 2 games in hand. Next up for Caboolture is Taringa at home this Sunday at 9am.
Well done to the Caboolture team who showed just how resilient the are once again and that when the going gets tough, the tough get going !