The Men’s Futsal Premier League round 4 action saw Eastern Suburbs Hakoah defeat Campbelltown Quake 7-4, UTS Northside beat Boomerangs FS 4-1, while Inner West Magic versus Enfield Allstars and Mascot Vipers versus Mountain Majik both recorded 4-4 scorelines.
A whopping 38 goals scored over the weekend is the joint-fourth highest on record, three short of the mark set in in 2013/14.
Mascot lead Easts and Northside by one point, with Inner West lurking a couple points behind them.
Campbelltown Quake 4 (Mark Symington 2, Harrison Bagot, Bradon Clissold) Eastern Suburbs Hakoah 7 ()
Boomerangs FS 1 (Ben Basser-Silk) UTS Northside 4 (Michael Loupis, Bryce Harry, Edward Caspers, ?)
Inner West Magic 4 (Matt Mazevski, Hassan Jalloh, Anthony Haddad) Enfield Allstars 4 (Luiz Lobo, Raul Beneit Romero, Dominic Cox, Peter Grozos)
Mascot Vipers 4 (Conor Quilligan, Jakob Radas, Bruno Mendes 2) Mountain Majik (Chris Barbera, Michael Borg, Jordan Guerreiro, Bradie Smith)
Hakoah hold off Quake
Eastern Suburbs Hakoah continued their early season form beating Campbelltown Quake 7-4 in a Saturday-afternoon ripper at Minto Sports Stadium.
Campbelltown showed plenty of determined / stubborn character to claw back a 1-4 halftime deficit to trail Hakoah by one 4-5 late in the second half.
They then hit the post, got caught on the counter and Easts claimed a deserved if hardfought victory – the first time they’ve won successive league games.
Campbelltown coach Mark Symington took nothing away from Hakoah’s performance and sensed his side was building toward something good despite a fourth straight defeat.
“They punished pretty much every mistake we made,” he said. “We were better than we have been so far, but still not good enough. Harry Bagot was good for us and Bradon Clissold improved again!”
“Credit to Maccabi, they were physical and good on the counter.”
Northside nail Boomerangs
UTS Northside proved too smooth for Boomerangs FS after overturning an early goal and flowing to a 4-1 Saturday-evening win at the AIS Training Halls.
The visitors fielded a young line-up and they stood tall once again following their mid-week Futsal Cup heroics against a star-studded Dural team where they won 5-2.
And as the names of Eddie Caspers, 16, Bryce Harry, 17, Lucas Rainbird 18 and goalkeeper Jett Griffiths, 17, grow stronger by the week, and directed by wily Grant Lynch and vice-captain Emilio Manos – UTS will go places.
Speaking of travelling, Lynch jets off to Vietnam next week as part of the Futsalroos assault on the AFF tournament that acts as qualifying for the Asian championships – he may be a little less stressed after seeing what sort of hands he’ll be leaving the team in.
“It was again the young contingent of our side that were able to work their way back into and eventually control the game… and finish a number of key chances to see off a well-structured Boomerangs side,” he said.
[Ed: A special feature on ‘The Enforcer’ Grant Lynch will appear on the usual social media outlets this week. Watch this space!]
Magic, Allstars stalemate
Inner West Magic drew 4-4 with Enfield Allstars in an explosive match at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday evening.
There was a plethora of chances at both ends of the court and ‘X-Factor’ Hassan Jalloh stole the show with an impressive two-goal performance.
Matt Mazevski got the show on the road with a fourth-minute strike and Inner West were on their way; Luiz Lobo equalised for Enfield 10 minutes later, but Magic were back in front in an instant through Jalloh.
And when Dominic Cox levelled again for Allstars five minutes from the break it was Jalloh again who ensured Inner West had the ascendancy leading 3-2 at oranges.
An Anthony Haddad strike a minute after the restart pushed Magic further in front, but Raul Beneit Romero retaliated for Enfield to make it 3-4 and Peter Grozos completed the comeback with an Allstars fourth, their task made a little easier with a red card to Magic’s Massimo Saro 10 minutes from time.
Inner West club manager Matteo Maiorana applauded a great game: “It’s always an exciting game between our two clubs and yesterday was no different,” he said.
“Hassan Jalloh was excellent, he is an X factor and Matty [Mazevski] and [Anthony] Haddad were excellent again, while [Jonathan] Barzel had his best game of the season – the team is really beginning to find some form.”
“Once we stop giving away silly goals we will really begin to cement our place in the top part of the ladder.”
[Sidenote: Last weekend journeyman Vic Koutsoufis became the first player to score at five different premier league clubs, claiming goals while wearing the colours of Enfield, Dural, Phoenix, Mascot and Sydney Benfica]
Mascot Vipers v Mountain Majik
Mascot Vipers and Mountain Majik battled out an epic 4-4 draw at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night.
When table-toppers Vipers scored in the first 30 seconds of the match it looked like being a very long night for Majik, but they soon showed Mascot they were in for a real fight.
The Mountaineers hit back hard and under the guidance of a terrific performance from Jordan Guerreiro they caught and then overtook Vipers to lead 4-2 with seven minutes to go.
But Mascot weren’t going anywhere and pulled both goals back, the equaliser coming just two minutes from the end of an exhilarating contest.
Bruno Mendes scored a braced for Vipers, while team-mate Jakob Radas scored in his third straight Majik meeting.
For the second successive week Mountain led 4-2 late in the game and failed to win yet fortunately other results has placed them just one win outside fourth place, well within reach for such a talented side.
Mascot chief Zvi Ben David praised the team for their ability to grab something after trailing late in the match: “It was good to see the players not giving up. A fair result,” he said.
2019/20 Men’s Futsal Premier League round-five Saturday action features Campbelltown Quake against Inner West Magic at Minto Sports Stadium (4.50pm), Eastern Suburbs Hakoah host Mascot Vipers at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre (6.30pm), UTS Northside play Mountain Majik at PCYC Dee Why (6.40pm), and Enfield Allstars face Boomerangs FS at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre (7.50pm).