Round 8 was another exhibition of the excitement which surrounds the Futsal Premier League 2 Open Womens competition. Dural Warriors, Raiders Futsal Club, Phoenix Futsal Club and Sydney City Eagles were victorious in another pulsating weekend of action. Let’s get onto the review!
Match of the Round: Raiders Futsal Club 6 defeated West City Crusaders 1
Raiders Futsal Club avenged their opening day loss with a smooth 6-1 success against West City Crusaders at Thomas Hassell Anglican College in this week’s Match of the Round.
The home side came out with a purpose and scored twice within the first five minutes through Mia Conners and Amanda Radmillo. Talie Walton added a third before the break then Radmillo completed her brace alongside goals from Tamsin and Kaiya Buchanan to put Raiders Futsal Club one point outside the top four.
West City Crusaders battled hard and Kaitlin Harms’ strike in the second half was their sole return in what was a forgettable afternoon for the visitors. Crusaders still remain within touching distance of the top four with six games remaining.
Setting the pace early, Raiders Futsal Club had the ball in the back of the net in the first two minutes with Mia Conners the recipient to make it 1-nil. Amanda Radmillo doubled their delight in the fourth minute and quickly it was 2-nil.
Raiders Futsal Club were making amends for their opening day defeat and were firmly on the front foot and peppered the Crusaders keeper. The best chance for the visitors came through a Kaitlin Harms header which flashed wide.
The home side made it 3-nil after 12 minutes when Talie Walton mopped up after an initial shot from Raiders Futsal Club was saved and Walton swept home into the net. Raiders Futsal Club started to look like their old selves.
Erin Hill from West City Crusaders forced Raiders Futsal Club keeper Mariella Hurtado into a smart save before the play once again pinballed to the other end and Raiders goal scorer Conners had a pair of chances poked wide.
Next it was Vanessa Ciabatti strode confidently on goal and fired two fierce shots which were repelled well by the Crusaders keeper and kept the score line at 3-nil headed into the half-time break with Raiders Futsal Club firmly on top.
Coming out of the break, Raiders Futsal Club continued to assert their dominance. They cut open Crusaders with an incisive movement which Tamsin Buchanan slashed wide.
Two minutes later Radmillo gave Raiders their fourth. The ball continued to be moved at a fluid pace from the home side with a slick one-two opened up space for Radmillo to tap home, making it 4-nil.
Scoring in bunches was a theme for Raiders Futsal Club tonight and in the 29th minute Tamsin Buchanan made it a five-star performance. Radmillo and Walton opened up the space with their passing and Buchanan tapped home smartly for 5-nil.
Crusaders responded quickly and got themselves on the board. Harms pounced on a rare loose pass from the Raiders side and slotted home calmly, making it 5-1 and something for the visitors to take from this contest.
As the clock ticked down, Raiders Futsal Club hit West City Crusaders for six. Kaiya Buchanan slipped through the attentions of a pair of defenders and shot low for 6-1 as Raiders ran out comfortable victors on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday November 9 2019
Thomas Hassell Anglican College, Middleton Grange
Referee: S. Boon
2nd Referee: A. Naji
3rd Referee: L. Hines
Raiders Futsal Club 6 (Radmillo 2, K. Buchanan, T. Buchanan, Conners, Walton)
West City Crusaders 1 (Harms)
Raiders Futsal Club: 6. RADMILLO Amanda, 28. BUCHANAN Kaiya, 38. WALTON Talie, 39. BUCHANAN Tamsin, 42. VOLODER Emma, 43. OSSIO Nicole, 44. CONNERS Mia, 45. CIABATTI Vanessa, 51. TAYLOR Stephanie, 61. HURTADO Mariella
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
West City Crusaders: 3. INGERSON Emma, 7. REBA Isabella, 8. HILL Erin, 9. MCNAMARA Timika, 10. HARMS Kaitlin, 11. WILSON Hollie, 12. THORLEY Jessica, 19. KING Dione
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
SD Raiders Futsal 1 defeated by Sydney City Eagles 8
Sydney City Eagles picked up their first win of the season in style with an 8-1 thrashing of local rivals SD Raiders Futsal Saturday afternoon at Fairfield Youth & Leisure Centre.
Their first encounter was a 15-goal contest and Saturday saw nine goals hit the back of the net. Sydney City Eagles were in firm control throughout as they held a commanding 5-1 lead headed into the half-time break.
Melina Manna has been a bright spark all season for the Eagles and fired in a hat-trick to lead the visitors to the result. Jessica Beale has been solid in all her appearances and scored her fifth goal of the season. Montana Bolzan, Kayla Spurway, Alanah Nicholas and Elena Antic completed the rout.
SD Raiders Futsal found the back of the net through Jessica Neville in the six-goal first half but continued their tumble down the competition. The result made it five straight defeats and leaves them just above the Eagles on the ladder.
Dural Warriors 6 defeated South Coast Taipans 0
The unbeaten streak continues for Dural Warriors with a comfortable 6-nil result against South Coast Taipans at The Centre – Dural on Saturday.
Their first encounter was a nil-all draw but the hosts had no trouble finding the route to goal on Saturday night. Dural scored three goals in each half to remain balanced in their attack and had six different goal scorers.
Rachel Perrins kept her lead at the top of the Golden Boot charts with her 14th goal in the contest while Abbey Lemon, Tess Olsen, Estelle Fragale, Skye Wickham-Hill and Luseane Cook rounded off the scoring in a seventh straight result.
South Coast Taipans fall back to third position after the loss. It was too tall a task for the Taipans side missing four players to blunt the Warriors again. Coach Bobby Mazevski confirmed that in his post-match comments and paid tribute to the ruthless Warriors.
Phoenix Futsal Club 3 defeated by Sydney Futsal Club 4
Sydney Futsal Club edged out Phoenix Futsal Club 4-3 to move into outright second spot on the Futsal Premier League 2 ladder in an entertaining contest at PCYC Hornsby.
For a while it looked like Phoenix Futsal Club were going to pull off the upset and confirm their top four credentials when they lead 3-1 at the break due to goals from Isabel Gomez, Penelope Knox and Lara Coward.
The visitors did pull a goal back in the first half through Brittany Christie which spurred them on for the second half comeback. Georgia Manos was the focal point with her pair of goals while Paris Alcorn scored her fourth of the season to send Sydney Futsal Club into second.
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)