Futsal – Stout defence seals fine win for Quake youth


The Campbelltown Quake gave the Eagles a lesson in how a committed defence can lay a platform for victory as the Quake snared an encouraging 4-2 win at the Bankstown Basketball Stadium.
The Eagles settled the quicker of the two sides and looked to dominate proceedings from the very beginning. 
Aaron Cimitile had a shot blocked by Quake keeper Justin Faint and a Chris Hanly effort was also turned away by the keeper.
Only four minutes into the game the Quake took the lead when Josh Velentiner seized on a loose ball and sped off down court, his pass found Josh Curtain who coolly slotted past the keeper to give the Quake a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles countered and Justin Faint in the Quake goal was on hand to save a fierce drive from Chris Hanly.
Halfway through the first half and Campbelltown extended their lead when a shot which had cannoned off the Eagles wall from a freekick fell invitingly into the path of Chris Sheerin who blasted the ball home to give the Quake a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles continued to press hard with Chris Hanly, Aaron Cimtile and Jamal Saliba all having shots saved.
The Eagles opened their tally when a fine pass straight down the middle of the court found Aaron Cimitile who had escaped his markers, turned and crashed his shot into the bottom corner.
Four minutes before half time the Eagles got the equaliser they were searching for when in one movement Jamal Saliba controlled a loose ball on his knee then hit a brilliant long range volley into the bottom right corner to square the game up at 2-2.
Moments later Sydney City almost took the lead when Patrick Askaro received the ball with his back to goal then flicked the ball over his shoulder evaded his marker and smashed a volley which unfortunately cannoned off the crossbar and away.
Justin Faint had one last save to make just before halftime from Anthony Caceres as the two teams went to the break locked up at 2-2.
With their tails up Sydney City kept up the pressure on Campbelltown at the start of the second half with the Quake soaking up a lot of play with solid defence.
5 minutes into the half Quake took an unexpectedly lead when a ball was casually rolled into the path of Troy Velentiner who unchallenged had time and space to drive his shot through a sea of players into the bottom corner without the defence coming out to make an attempted block. 
Much to delight of the away side the Quake went further ahead when a pass from David Van Dinklage took a slight deflection and fell invitingly to Troy Velentiner who had time to steady and slam the ball past the keeper from a tight angle on the right side for a fine goal.
The sudden goals rocked the Eagles a little and Quake threatened more as Josh Curtain fired over and Saeed Colley and Emmanuel Harihiru had chances.
Patrick Ascaro almost pulled a goal back but his glancing header struck the post and was seized upon by the keeper.
The Eagles were pressing forward but the Quake were always dangerous on the counter attack and nearly increased their lead but Van Dinklages shot hit the upright and away to safety.
The commitment and desperation shown by the Quake defence was frustrating Sydney City as attacks broke down, shots were rushed and time began to run-out.  
Sam Taha in the Eagles goal came out well to block a shot from Chris Sheerin and shortly after Taha ran down court and blasted a shot just wide.
Justin Faint saved well from Aaron Cimitile and Anthony Caceres came very close when he sped down the court but his shot crashed agonisingly against the crossbar.
Despite the efforts of the Eagles array of talented players it was just not to be their day as the Quake hung in there and came away with a hard fought and deserved victory.
Quake coach Dom Helene said that his side had been close to getting the right results all season and the team came into this game simply determined not to lose and with a great attitude. He further added that he hoped this win would give them the confidence needed to be a force in the competition for the rest of the season.
Sydney City Eagles :  Jamal Saliba, Aaron Cimitile
Campbelltown Quake :  Troy Velentiner 2, Chris Sheerin, Josh Curtain

Sydney City Eagles                                                       Campbelltown Quake
11. Sam Taha                                                                1.  Justin Faint
5.  Anthony Caceres                                                      2.  Emmanuel Harihiru
3.  Patrick Askaro                                                          3.  Josh Curtain
2.  Sam De Marco                                                         4.  Guy Goodwin
7.  Chris Hanly                                                               6.  Luke Thomas
8.  Bernie Ibini Isei                                                         7.  Saeed Colley
9.  Jamal Saliba                                                             8.  Chris Sheerin
10. Aaron Cimitile                                                          9.  Troy Velentiner
1  Blake Tuxford                                                            10. David Van Dinklage
                                                                                    11. Jake McGing


Fouls :  Sydney City Eagles 1,  Campbelltown Quake 2
Yellow Cards :  Sam De Marco (Eagles)
Red Cards :  None

Officials –  Chris Colley, James Nikolaides

by Peter Davies