The Drouin Dragons Soccer Club played their first Gippsland Soccer League game at home on Sunday and arch rivals, Phillip Island. After a lot of rain during the week, the majority of the games were played on the smaller pitch 2 which is in better condition than the main Pitch.
A good crowd turned up to watch the Mini Roos, Juniors and Seniors play against strong Phillip Island Teams.
The U10s struggled to contain a strong-running Phillip Island team, and a determined defensive effort could not contain the more experienced Phillip Island attack. Late goals in the first half from Darcy gave the home team confidence and the second half was a much closer affair. Drouin will need to concentrate on staying in position, using the whole pitch and forcing the opposition to play in their own half if they are to realise their potential.
DDSC Best on Ground: Darcy
McDonalds Coaches Award: Brennan
Full-time Score: Drouin 0 – Prom Coast 5
The Under 12 played their second game for the season against a very strong Phillip Island. Playing on a larger pitch than they have been used to, the U12’s ran their hearts out all day but just couldn’t match the skills of the Phillip Island kids. There was some great ball movement by Nathan Beer and Isaac Arima in attack, however the Phillip Island Defence held together resulting in no goals scores for the home team.
The DDSC U12 midfield ran all day while our defence worked hard in stopping the Phillip Island attack. Daniel Agudos (goal keeper) stopped quite a few shots at goal and finished with the McDonalds Coaches Award.
DDSC Best on Ground: Isaac Arima
McDonalds Coaches Award: Daniel Agudos
Full-time score: Drouin 3 – Phillip Island 2
A very slow start for Drouin in our first game for the year. We very quickly found ourselves down 0-2 after about 15 minutes. Cain was then switched into defence and we started to gain some better control of the ball. Kieran showed tremendous leadership in his first game as Captain and led the team back into the contest. By half time we had pegged back the deficit and scores were tied thanks to goals from Jordan and Jackson Spencer. Drouin continued to perform better in the second half and scored the winning goal with a very solid finish by Henry. Overall, it was a great last 45 minutes from the team. Special mention to Ace for some great goalkeeping, Jackson Spencer who came off the bench to play striker and score the equalizer and finally to Cain Layland for some superb chase and tackles in defence.
One sour note in a major shock was that Regan Anderson has fractured his wrist in a collision but played out the game and coaches were unaware he was even injured. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
McDonalds Coaches Award: Cain Layland
Encouragement Awards: Kieran Hawkins and Jackson Spencer.
Under 15 Girls
Full-time Score: Drouin 1 – Phillip Island 3
The Dragon girls played out a superb game vs an in form Phillip Island at Bellbird Park today. They worked together as a team to shut down plays and move the ball forward. The first half was hard fought, with Island providing a solid attack and defence, which the Dragon girls were unable to move past. The half time score was 0-1, which reflected the efforts on the pitch – both teams looked exhausted!
It was Violette Thomas, with an attack on the keeper, late in the second half that put the Dragon girls on the score board. Violette scored her second goal for the season – in her first season of soccer!
The defence worked hard all day to keep Island to just three goals, this was down to Imogen “Cool Hands” Cooper, playing a superb game as goal keeper, Hayley Berry pushing herself to the limit in Sweeper and Zoe Hope supporting both the offence and defence in Centre Back. Overall, it was a great effort by the whole team.
DDSC Best On: Imogen Cooper,
McDonalds Encouragement award: Hayley Berry,
Club Encouragement award: Zoe Hope
Full-time Score: Drouin 0 – Phillip Island 11
The Ladies were feeling confident after last week’s win. That soon was put to sleep with Phillip Island (2016 Premiers) coming out firing. It was a quick wake up call for our girls and besides the half time score 0-6, the girls never gave up . Our back line was strong , and never lost hope or fight. With work needed in the midfield, and rotation on and off the bench, we had fresh legs coming on, however we just didn’t have the power against Phillip Island.
Drouin Family Hotel Best on Ground: MacKenzie Wareen
DDSC Coaches Award: Liz Beard