SELECT Futsal Premier League 2 – Round 7 Open Men’s Review


The Eagles continue to soar high above the forest of SELECT Futsal Premier League 2 sides in another action-packed weekend of action which saw SD Raiders and Sydney Futsal Club pick up victories while Boomerangs and West City Crusaders settled for shared spoils in a round that saw the top four slightly break away. Let’s get onto the review.

Match of the Round: Sydney Futsal Club 5 defeated South Coast Taipans 4

Sydney Futsal Club left it late, but triumphed 5-4 against a gutsy South Coast Taipans side, securing their first three points of the season, Saturday evening at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

Building from their close loss last weekend, Sydney came out firing on all cylinders, scored within a minute through Nathan Spinola. He added a second alongside Daniel Padoani’s 23rd minute goal for a 3-1 half-time lead. They surrendered their lead in the second half but late goals to Nelson Louang-Amath and Mohammed Jafari sealed the victory.

For South Coast Taipans, a costly first half where Ricky Goodchild was the lone scorer cost them. A three-goal surge to start the second half through Mitchell Ferraro, Matthew Mazevski and Robert Delbanco gave them the lead, but back-to-back victories evaporated late as the Taipans couldn’t follow up their maiden success.

Still annoyed by their late loss last week, Sydney looked to arrest their slow starts. A goal within 60 seconds from a well-placed Nathan Spinola shot was the perfect tonic, to put them up 1-nil.

The Taipans responded immediately, as the swept down the other end through a Robert Delbanco shot that fizzed past the right post, quickly followed by a pair of efforts from Delbanco and Matthew Mazevski that were repelled.

The home side showed a superior cutting edge in the first half, again it came through Spinola. The attacker broke free down the right before he lifted a powerful effort past the Taipans keeper, making it 2-nil.

Taipans did find joy in the 21st minute, after peppering the Sydney side from long range, they cut through the opposition with a well-worked move that ended with Ricky Goodchild swept home to make it 2-1.

Nathan Spinola continued to be the main threat for the home side. He set up their third goal with a wonderful cut-back on the counter, that Nathan Padoani smartly bundled home, for a 3-1 advantage headed into the break.

Smarting from their first half, South Coast burst out of the second half blocks. Mitchell Ferraro fired home with a low shot, quickly followed by Matthew Mazevski dribble that is turned home by Delbanco, making it 3-3.

Stunningly, Taipans had the lead in the 37th minute. Fittingly it came from the visitor’s top-scorer, Mazevski was given too much space from a corner, fired home his eighth goal of the season, making it 4-3 to the surging Taipans.

There was a whirlwind of action, as the Taipans were forced into some desperate, lunging saves to preserve their lead. Although, Sydney continued to push forward, not looking to go down to a single goal again.

Four minutes from time, Nelson Louang-Amath stepped up to equalise. The tall attacker stood over the set-piece, which he hammered low into the right side of the net, levelling up this frantic contest at 4-4.

Not looking to settle for the point, Sydney charged forward again. The home side remained calm, confident and whipped the ball around the court before Mohammed Jafari tapped home from close range, handed them a maiden victory, 5-4 on a wild night in Redfern.

Match Stats

Saturday 10 November 2018

National Centre of Indigenous Excellence

Referee: A. Brett

2nd Referee: R. Wazzi

3rd Referee: L. Hockings

Sydney Futsal Club 5 (Spinola 2, Jafari, Louang-Amath, Padoani)

South Coast Taipans 4 (Delbanco, Ferraro, Goodchild, Mazevski)

Sydney Futsal Club: 2. MOUSALLAM Andrew, 5. ABDELRIMI Samir, 6. ESPEJEL Daniel, 7. PACE Patrick, 8. LOUANG-AMATH Nelson, 9. LEUZZI Giovanni, 10. SPINOLA Nathan, 18. JAFARI Mohammed, 19. ABDALLA Mohammed, 23. AL-SHDIFAT Laith, 65. PADOANI Daniel, 66. MUSUMECI Anthony, 67. ESER Seyfullah, 88. CAO Tuan

Yellow cards: Espejel ‘39

Red cards: nil

South Coast Taipans: 1. PERYMAN Bradley, 2. TAYLOR Charles, 3. DELBANCO Robert, 5. MAZEVSKI Matthew, 7. DEL Kyle, 9. WALLER Cody, 10. GOODCHILD Ricky, 14. FERRARO Mitchell, 16. TERAMOTO Takao, 33. MITANI Kei

Yellow cards: Mazevski ‘44

Red cards: nil

Thanks to Justin Smith for help with compiling the MOTR report

Rest of Round 7 Results

The train rolls on for Sydney City Eagles. They dispatched Raiders Futsal Club 7-4 in a high-quality contest Saturday evening at Michael Clarke Recreation Centre. The Eagles raced to an early 4-nil lead, in the first quarter of the contest and never looked concerned. Matthew Trotter followed up his hat-trick last week with a brace, Aaron Cimitile knocked home two goals himself while Peter Pelekanos, Rob Perre and Judah Cleur added singles in their seventh straight success. For Raiders Futsal Club they fought back with a pair of goals in the first half to James Letta and Damien Smith then Adam Savetta and Anthony Tomelic scored in the second in an attempted comeback.

SD Raiders Futsal have lept into second, after a 3-1 success on their trip up to Hornsby PCYC, taking down Phoenix Futsal Club. In an even contest, Patrick Antelmi gave SD Raiders the perfect start with a well-placed goal in the first half. They added a second after the break which prompted Phoenix to bring on the fifth man. That brought immediate success through Joshua Mathie but a late empty netter to Josh Da Silva quelled their resistance, as SD Raiders won their fourth of the season.

It took a while to get going, but West City Crusaders put on a brave fight-back to draw 2-2 with Boomerangs FS, down in the nation’s capital, at the AIS Training Halls on Saturday evening. After a goalless first half, the game exploded into action when Boomerangs FS, fired home twice through Jonathan Ciminelli and Ahmed Ugool, which looked to have them on course for the points. Crusaders showed plenty of fight, roared back as Kwadwo Boamah Addai and Simon Zahra netted, the latter came in the final minute of play to move them three points from the finals.

-By Justin Davies