The Futsal Winter State league entered round 8 on a very cold night at the Sports Halls at Sydney Olympic Park. Tonight?s games produced a large number of goals and even a few red cards as the race to the semi finals continues to heat up with both Men?s and Women?s tables very tight. .
In the Women?s action
The fourth placed Sydney City Eagles took on the fifth placed Inner West Allstars; a win would see Inner West move level on points with Sydney City so both sides had plenty to play for. Inner West lead by Elyce Goss was too strong on the night for Sydney City and ran out convincing winners with a seven-two score line.
Match of the night for the women?s games pitted first place Sydney Tragics lead by Natalie Spirovski against second place Quake lead by Amanda Bowering. This was an even contest throughout as both sides were playing some entertaining Futsal. Quake lead one-nil at half time and the second half was a tense affair with both sides attacking playing end to end Futsal. As both teams were pressing for the vital breakthrough the frustration built and it lead to the sending of Natalie Spirovski for a last man foul after Caitlin Jarvie was through on goal. Not long after the sending off Quake sealed the points to move one point behind Sydney Tragic on the table.
The Final women?s match saw Dural Warriors take on Liverpool Fusion. Liverpool Fusion were far too strong on the night for the young Dural side and ran out seven-one victors to hold onto third position on the table. Dural remain in sixth position.
In the Men?s action
The fifth placed Dural Warriors took on third placed commodores. Dural warriors had a night to remember with Greg Giovenali leading his side to a convincing eight-nil victory. The win sees Dural moved up to fourth position on goal difference while commodores lost three positions and are currently laying in sixth.
Maccabi registered their second win of the season with a four-two victory over the Parramatta Blues. This result sees Maccabi move to ninth position on the ladder and Parramatta remain in eleventh.
First placed Sydney Benfica took on ninth placed Northern Beaches. Benfica never got out of first gear and were comfortable four-two winners with Marcelo Andrace grabbing a double for Benfica.
Match of the night in the men?s saw eight placed Sydney City Eagles take on fourth placed Plumpton. With only two points separating these sides it was always going to be a physical encounter. The youthful Plumpton have shocked a few thus far and tonight was no exception as the ran out emphatic six-one winners with Kane Wright leading the way with a well deserved double. Plumpton have moved up a position to third while Sydney City remains in eight position.
Inner West Allstars took on the winless Shire Futsal and for two weeks running the Allstars have put fourteen goals past their opponents. Tonight Shire faced the music with Adrian Vissari backing up his seven goal haul last week with six tonight. Shire were not disgraced and managed to put five past the Allstars defence. With the victory Allstars move to fourth position on the table on goal difference and Shire remain at the foot of the table yet to record a victory.
Last match of the night was the second placed Quake taking on the impressive West City Crusaders. Quake dominated the first half action and could have easily been four or 5 up at the break but they were content with their three-nil advantage. In the second half West City jumped out of the box with two early goals and put the pressure back onto Quake and the responded with the experienced Simon Keith guiding his side to victory. Quake remains in second while West City also held on to their position.