Round 13 is a massive weekend for the Futsal Premier League 2 Open Mens competition. It features a clash between the two top sides and a potential finals decider. That decider doubles as our Match of the Round in another weekend of wonderful futsal.
Match of the Round: Raiders Futsal Club vs South Coast Taipans, Saturday 7 December, 6:40pm, Thomas Hassell Anglican College
A potential finals decider takes place at Thomas Hassell Anglican College as fourth place Raiders Futsal Club host South Coast Taipans on Saturday evening.
Both sides come off fantastic double header weekends with South Coast Taipans taking four points in their two clashes including a 3-3 draw with SD Raiders Futsal. Raiders Futsal Club clung onto fourth with a professional performance against Sydney Futsal Club 5-2.
Raiders Futsal Club know that victory this weekend can confirm their position in the Futsal Premier League 2 finals series. In Adolph Koudakpo they have a striker with 13 goals thus far this season and his combination with Marko Filipovic will be key to their success.
For the Taipans, this is their crunch week. Last year saw the heartbreak of missing out on goal difference to West City Crusaders. Klime Sekutkoski and Kyle Del has their attack firing on all cylinders and ready to reverse their fate from last season.
SD Raiders Futsal vs Dural Warriors, Saturday 7 December, 4:20pm, Fairfield Youth & Leisure Centre
There a top of the table clash to also play out at Fairfield Youth & Leisure Centre when Premiers Dural Warriors travel to take on SD Raiders Futsal.
Dural Warriors confirmed their first trophy of the season with two dominant performances across the weekend to take their unbeaten run to 12 games. SD Raiders Futsal won a heart-stopping Match of the Round then took a precious point from the Taipans.
The visitors after the Premiership move onto their goal of ending the season undefeated in this important fortnight. Crucial to their chances is the form of Ahmed Sweedan who has 14 goals this season as an option to Golden Boot Wade Giovenali in a potent duo.
Labelled by his coach last weekend as the “best target” in Australia, SD Raiders Futsal’s Jordan Figon fired home an incredible seven goals against Phoenix and alongside Matthew Barkho make a good duo for SD Raiders Futsal to throw a spanner into the works.
Phoenix Futsal Club vs West City Crusaders, Saturday 7 December, 6:25pm, PCYC Hornbsy
Both sides might be out of the running for the finals but Phoenix Futsal Club and West City Crusaders have plenty of pride left to play for at PCYC Hornsby.
The double header was a draining weekend for Phoenix Futsal Club after their 18-goal thriller against SD Raiders Futsal followed by a 7-3 loss to Sydney City Eagles to pile on their misery. West City Crusaders also suffered a pair of defeats to Dural and also losing to Sydney City.
After the latest of their defeats Phoenix Futsal Club coach Elliot Jurd was to finish the season strong and blood some of their prospects for the future. Phoenix showed in the SD Raiders Futsal contest when they put it together that it can shock the top teams in the competition so they’ll need a similar performance Saturday.
Crusaders won’t be able to repeat their Grand Final appearance of 2018-19 but the West City side can finish the season on a high note in the next fortnight. Abdul Mohseni has been a star performer for the visitors with seven goals and could add to his tally on the weekend.
Sydney Futsal Club vs Sydney City Eagles, Saturday 7 December, 7:20pm, All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre
Third place Sydney City Eagles make the trip to All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre to take on Sydney Futsal Club to round off Round 13.
The Eagles secured their finals position with a six-point weekend that saw them score 12 goals across both contests against Crusaders and Phoenix. Sydney Futsal Club suffered a pair of defeats conversely and still prop up the Futsal Premier League 2 ladder.
Fly like the Eagles who soar into this weekend off four straight victories and comfortably sat in third spot ready to take on the finals crucible. Sharpshooter Lachlan Rose has 17 goals this season and has helped the Eagles sort out their form alongside Aaron Cimitile as they aim for Championship glory.
Sydney Futsal Club might sit bottom but if they can play spoiler on the weekend, the home side could move themselves away from that spot. Patrick Pace and Anthony Musumeci have found their scoring form recently and will be the main threats for Sydney going forward.
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)