It was a weekend of upsets in the Futsal Premier League 2 Open Womens competition with Sydney Futsal Club and Phoenix Futsal Club both pulling off huge results. Meanwhile Dural Warriors continue to lead the way on the ladder and Sydney City Eagles and West City Crusaders shared the points. Let’s get onto the review!
Match of the Round: Sydney Futsal Club 8 defeated South Coast Taipans 4
Sydney Futsal Club sent shockwaves through Futsal Premier League 2 with their 8-4 success against the previously undefeated South Coast Taipans at All Sorts Indoor Centre.
The home side piled on an impressive eight goals in their romp against South Coast Taipans which has moved them into third position. Zoe Yeats kicked it off with a goal within 60 seconds followed by Georgia Manos and Paris Alcorn strikes late in the half. For the second half it was an onslaught with Manos and Yeats completing their braces alongside Morgan Maxwell and Brittany Christie goals.
Taipans coach Bobby Mazevski described the performance well afterwards. He called it a “train wreck and reality check” for his side who succumb to their first loss of the year. They looked fine at the break only trailing 3-2 with Ashley Kotevski and Lisa Prior goals. Kya Stewart and Danielle Wise continued their form with goals after the break but this was a sobering weekend for the Taipans.
Spectators barely had time to get comfortable in the grandstand before the first goal hit the back of the net. Morgan Maxwell strode down the left touchline before her looped cross was turned home by Zoe Yeats to make it 1-nil Sydney.
Shocked into action, South Coast Taipans struck back in style with a pair of goals. Firstly, Ashley Kotevski was first to react to a bouncing ball and swept the ball home for 1-1. Taipans looked to have got themselves back into their groove.
The second came from a set piece. Lisa Prior was fouled on the right side. She dusted herself off to take the free-kick, fired it low and into the back of the net, leaving the Sydney Futsal Club rooted to the spot. Taipans had completed the turnaround 2-1.
Sydney Futsal Club were playing with confidence and kept pushing forward which rewarded them with the lead going into the break. Georgia Manos was on the spot to turn home the ball after Brittany Christie’s shot was saved to make it 2-2.
As the game started to stretch, Sydney added a third in the 23rd minute. Taipans had a chance on the break but it was denied. Quick thinking from the custodian distributed it to Christie who cushioned it into the path of Paris Alcorn to fire home, 3-2 Sydney and a surprise brewing at the break.
The second half opened with a flurry of goals as they two sides tried to land the final knockout blow. Maxwell after her assist in the first half turned scorer in the 29th minute. She finished off a smooth piece of combination play with Manos to make it 4-2 Sydney.
Once again though, Taipans found their sting again. Kya Stewart steered a pass into the path of Danielle Wise to make it 4-3 with a clinical finish. Manos responded immediately for Sydney to complete her brace and made it 5-3.
From there, Sydney took back over the contest and completed the upset. Yeats completed her own brace from a breakaway when she tucked away the pass from Maxwell to make it 6-3. Their appetite for pushing forward gave them the seventh through an own goal.
After a fine performance, Christie got herself on the scoresheet in the final minute. She was on hand to sweep home after a Maxwell shot for 8-4. Taipans had clawed one back 30 seconds earlier through Stewart.
Saturday 12 October 2019
All Sorts Indoor Centre, Alexandria
Referee: M. Ibrahim
2nd Referee: T. Cohen
3rd Referee: L. Hines
Sydney Futsal Club 8 (Manos 2, Yeats 2, Christie, Manos, Alcorn, OG)
South Coast Taipans 4 (Kotevski, Prior, Stewart, Wise)
Sydney Futsal Club: 1. GIDNEY Emma, 2. YEATS Zoe, 3. MANOS Georgia, 5. MEADS Jess, 7. CHRISTIE Brittany, 8. BESZ Nicole, 9. MAXWELL Morgan, 10. ALCORN Paris, 11. MARJANOVIC Tanya, 22. HARRISON Abbey
Yellow cards: Besz, Harrison, Marjanovic
Red cards: nil
South Coast Taipans: 2. LOCKARD Grace, 3. STEWART Kya, 4. KLENKA Jinneecka, 7. KOTEVSKI Ashley, 8. POLHILL Pimwdee, 10. MATOS Danika, 12. LIMON Jasmine, 16. BRATJANSCAK Ursula, 17. WISE Danielle, 23. PRIOR Lisa
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
West City Crusaders 3 drew with Sydney City Eagles 3
Picking up their first point this season, Sydney City Eagles drew with West City Crusaders 3-3 in a pulsating contest on Saturday night at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium.
The Eagles soared out of the blocks and led 2-nil at the break. They added a third after the break to ensure they moved themselves off the duck egg and get moving in the right direction. Their goals came from Abigail Thompson, Jessica Beale and Montana Bolzan.
After their stunning first up victory, Crusaders had lost back-to-back contests but they showed fight to claw their way back into the contest. Scoring three goals in the second half will give them great confidence headed into their next few fixtures.
Phoenix Futsal Club 7 defeated SD Raiders Futsal 4
Phoenix Futsal Club have taken one of the biggest scalps in the competition with their 7-4 result against the high-flying SD Raiders Futsal at PCYC Hornsby.
Coming into the weekend, Phoenix languished with a single point but after their impressive display has moved them level with West City Crusaders on four. Isabel Gomez fired home a hat-trick for Phoenix to continue her healthy goal tally.
The home side shared the goals around with Naomi Majok, Sarah Moore, Eleanor Shuetrim and Molly Reckless all found the back of the net for a maiden victory which Phoenix hope can get them on a roll and fly up the ladder.
SD Raiders Futsal continued to find the back of the net with consistency. Kaitlyn Doan and Paris Kambouris both scored while Mikala Tucker and Victoria Guzman were the other SD Raiders to get on the scoresheet. SD Raiders Futsal remain in fourth position despite the loss.
Raiders Futsal Club 0 defeated by Dural Warriors 5
In a weekend of surprises, Dural Warriors continued to remain predictable with a comfortable 5-nil success against Raiders Futsal Club Saturday night at Thomas Hassell Anglican College.
The Warriors continue to roll through the competition and remain the only undefeated side left in Futsal Premier League 2 Open Womens. Rachel Perrins moved into joint lead for the Golden Boot with her seventh and eighth goal of the competition.
Tess Olsen, Emma Hurley and Abbey Lemon were the others to get on the scoresheet for Dural Warriors for their third consecutive success of the campaign. That has also given them a three-point gap to the chasing South Coast Taipans in second.
For Raiders Futsal Club, it was a disappointing performance which has dropped them outside the top four again. There is enough talent for them to break back into there but they will have to start chaining more results together.
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)