The Wanderers under 15 squad has just returned from a very successful football tour of Germany. Coached by Vladi Frank, the team played four games winning two, drawing one and losing one. Below is a breakdown of the match reports.
Freiberg U17 2 - 0 Hamilton Wanderers U15
Wanderers produced their best performance of the year against a much bigger and older Freiberg team. Wanderers held the German side until the last 5 minutes when a superbly struck long range shot curled into the top right hand corner. This was followed a minute later by a goal which looked to be offside. The Wanderers boys were outstanding and deserved at least a draw from the game. Only tiredness and the temperatures of 30+ degrees saw them go under to a very good Freiberg side. The Wanderers defence of Liam Williams, Blair Pennell, Daniel Clarkin and Caedyn Lim were solid and well organised. Marcus Brooking, Alex Frank and Chris Goodwin worked tirelessly in midfield and Quinton Kipara, Logan Rogerson and Jamie Woodlock were always threatening, constantly causing Freiberg major problems. Casey Garner, Alex Naish and Aaron Bayliss continued the hard work and commitment when they came on from the bench. Both keepers, Noah Villager and Neil Achary were used and both were outstanding. This was a complete team performance which did New Zealand proud. A great start to the tour and well done to all the boys who were a credit to the club.
Unterland U15 3 - 3 Hamilton Wanderers U15
Today´s game against Unterland U15 rep team ended in a 3-3 draw and at the end of the day this was a fair result. The game was played in blistering heat, 35+ degrees, which made good football almost impossible. Wanderers began well but were soon one down due to some slack marking in defence. However, a Liam Williams long range shot soon leveled the score. Wanderers went 2-1 up when an Aaron Bayliss shot was pushed out by the keeper straight to Blair Pennell who hit the ball into an empty net. Wanderers extended their lead with an excellent Logan Rogerson goal. Just before half time, Unterland pulled back the deficit with a well taken goal. Half time 3-2.
Unterland equalised early in the second half with yet another excellent goal. The rest of the second half was a stalemate with both sides toiling in the energy sapping heat. The final score 3-3.
Our lads worked hard in the heat and, although not to the standard of the first game, still produced a creditable result. Well done boys.
Freidrichshall 0 - 2 Hamilton Wanderers U15
Wanderers third game of the tour was played on artificial surface against Freidrichshall in slightly cooler temperatures than the previous games. Although Wanderers dominated possession in the first half they lacked penetration and made few real chances. Freidrichshall were unlucky not to score when a long range effort rattled the Wanderers bar. Half time 0-0. Wanderers began the second half a with a little more purpose and when Jamie Woodlock opening the scoring with a spectacular long range shot they started to play with more confidence. Liam Williams extended the lead with a back post header from a corner. Wanderers were able to keep the ball for long periods of play and safely played out the game. The final score Wanderers 2 Freidrichshall 0. Our boys laboured a little in the first half but grew in confidence as the game went on.
Heilbromm U15 0 - 4 Hamilton Wanderers U15
Wanderer's final game was played on astroturf against Heilbromm U15. Wanderers were the bigger, stronger side but it took until 5 minutes before half time for them to take the lead. Blair Pennell scored a courageous goal from an acute angle to give his team a 1-0 half time lead. The second half was fairly even but when Liam Williams drilled home the second, Wanderers took control of the game. Blair Pennell added a third and Aaron Bayliss finished the scoring to give Wanderers a deserved 4-0 win. Hellbronn were competitive and the game could have been a lot closer had they converted two easy chances early in the game.
All the boys performed well and impressed the German spectators. They certainly won over the support of the locals. A special mention goes to Donavon Latham who worked tirelessly in the background to make sure the boys were prepared and ready for each game.