The Futsal Winter State League moved into round seven we are now moving into the business time with teams starting to make there final dash for a semi final berth.
Tonight for the crowd in attendance was a feast of hotly contested matches and all would have gone away pleased with the nights action.
In the women?s action…
First place Sydney Tragic took on fifth placed Inner West Allstars. Allstars started the game with only four players and were punished early with Tragic women taking an early two-nil lead within the opening minutes of the match. Allstars had the full complement arrive not long after and put in gallant effort, but Sydney Tragic?s movement and passing game was to strong for the Allstars and they ran out convincing five-one victors.
The next encounter saw the second placed Quake take on the sixth place Dural Warriors. This was a game in which Quake never really got out of first gear, the Dural girls battled strong but the experience of the Quake girls was the difference wit them running out eventual winners three-one.
In the match of the for the women?s round third placed Liverpool Fusion took on fourth Place Sydney City Eagles. This match was a must win for Sydney City side to consolidate there top four spot after Allstars couldn?t manage a win early in the night. This was a hard fought game of Futsal with neither side wanting to be the wrong end of the score line. Sydney city lead by Fabiana Perfilio started to fine there form and moved the ball nicely around the court, Fusion looked happy to site back and catch the eagles on the break with the dangerous Renee Tomkins in there lineup are always a chance of scoring goals. The match finished with Sydney City running out three-one victors. Dispite the win Sydney City and Liverpool fusion remain in the same positions on the ladder.
In the men?s action?
Inner West Allstars lead by futsalroos Lachlan Wright and Adrian Vizzari were always going to be a tuff ask for the Parramatta Blues, this was made even harder for the Blues when only four players showed up. To Parramatta?s credit they kept trying the to the final whistle but were hammered fourteen-nil this could have been move but for some good keeping by Guido Anndai and some poor finishing from the Allstars.
The Commodores were looking to break into the top five after knocking off leaders Benfica the week before. They played host to a young Northern Beaches outfit that took a surprise early lead thanks to Engelo Rumora effort after five minutes. Commodores lead by the Dingwall brothers changed the tempo of the game and started to create a number of chances but the Northern Beaches would not lay down and made the Commodores grind out the result which they did thanks to goals by Scott Dingwall, Chris Dingwall and Nelson McLaughlin.
Plumpton who sit one point outside the top four needed a win against the bottom placed Shire Futsal. This was a game where neither side wanted to lose and with no less then seven yellows handed out it was on for young and old. This was Shire best performance as they continue to improve each week however the youth of Plumpton was too good in on the night and the ran out eight-three winners.
Match of the night was Sydney City Eagles lead by Leo Carle verse the Campbelltown Quake led by Futsalroo Simon Keith. This game was always had the making of a blockbuster and it lived up to the hype with a decent crowd on hand to see these two side battle it out. Quake started the stronger with Tuan Cao having a few early efforts, the first real chance of the match fell to Issac Waddick be a fine save by Jon Azzopardi in the Quake goals denied Eagles the lead. Quake took the lead not long after with a fine through ball by Simon Keith finding Tuan Cao just outside the ?D? his shot managed to scramble though the legs of Danny Georgakopoulos in the Sydney City goal to give Quake a one-nil lead going into half time. In the second half the tackles started flying in, Leo Carle?s passing game was on song with some precision passing almost leading to the equalizer. The Equaliser came for Sydney City when they were given a spot kick which Leo Carle dispatched to tie it up a one apiece. This fired the Quake side up but with team in foul trouble for the remainder of the match it was always going to be tuff. With five minutes remaining Simon Keith stood up to be the hero for his side when he clinched the game winner with a shot that Georgakopoulos in the Sydney City goal was unable to prevent going in. Leo Carle did have a few chances from the 10metre spot in the dying minutes but was unable to convert and Quake take the points in a most enjoyable game of Futsal.
West City Crusaders needed a victory to keep there finals hopes alive and it was always going to tuff against a well organised Dural Warriors outfit. This game was end to end with both sides creating a large number of chances but the difference on the night was Marcio Da Silva who in the West City goal was outstanding making a number of fine saves none better the his penalty stop from Rhys Giovenali late in the game to give his side the points. With this result Dural have dropped out of the four for the first time this competition, While West City move level on points with Dural just outside the top four.
Last game of the night was the first placed Sydney Benfica take on the tenth placed Maccabi. Both teams were slow to get going in this match but the Maccabi boys were inspired from last rounds improvement and they took the fight to Benfica, but they meet an in form Sydney Benfica who are and playing some nice Futsal at the minute. Benfica were too strong for Maccabi and they came away with the points with a four-one result.
Results on the Night?
Inner West Allstars 14 (Tim Mascarello, J Dimento x3, Shervin Adeli x3, Adrian Vizzari x7), Parramatta Blues 0
Commordes 4 (Scott Dingwall, Chris Dingwall, Bill Tsoumis, Northern Beaches 1 (Engelo Rumora)
Plumpton 8 (Luis Freitas x4, Daniel Fogarty x2, Kane Wright, Dean Eedy), Shire Futsal 3 (Scott Farahar x2, Con Sgouros)
Quake 2 (Tuan Cao, Simon Keith), Sydney City Eagles 1 (Leo Carle)
West City Crusaders 3 (Andy Mead, Adam Wood, Igor Krigan),Dural Warriors 2 (Greg Giovenali, Rhys Giovenali)
Sydney Benfica FC 4 (Flavio Moreira x2, Itaua Batista, Ashley Asscaro), Maccabi 1(Andy Kanchick)
Sydney Tragic 5 (Natasha LoGiudice, Joanne Saliba x2, Hayley Buckingham, Kahlee Doyle), Inner West Allstars 1 (Elyce Goss)
Sydney City Eagles 3 (Brooke Cowie, Fabiana Perfilio, Own Goal), Liverpool Fusion 1 (Renee Tomkins)
Quake 3 (Rebecca Nelson, Clare Walsh, Stephanie Haim), Dural Warriors 1 (Rebecca Brown)