Round 1 Review – Futsal Premier League 2 Open Men’s


Round 1 signaled a return to the futsal pitch for the eight teams in the Futsal Premier League 2 Mens competition. It also brought back all the drama, goals and tense action which has become the backbone of the league. Let’s get onto the review!

Match of the Round: SD Raiders Futsal 5 defeated Raiders Futsal Club 3

SD Raiders Futsal took the spoils against Raiders Futsal Club 5-3 in a thrilling contest at Fairfield Youth and Community Centre on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts scored the opener through Matthew Barkho before being pegged back to 1-1 for the half-time score. SD Raiders Futsal fired home thrice in three minutes to settle the contest. Franco Maya scoring twice while Matias Toro Suazo and Simon Nicholas were the other scorers.

Raiders Futsal Club showed great fight to get themselves back to both 1-1 and 4-3 in the game. Luis Ferreira equalised in the first half before he completed his brace in the second. Kodai Hayashi fired home the third in the loss.

It was a tense start between the two local rivals with a lot of fierce futsal between the two teams. Both teams best opportunities were from long range in the first ten minutes.

SD Raiders Futsal keeper Ryan Baldi was fantastic throughout the contest and showed it with a triple save on Samuel Fernandez to keep the score at 0-0.

Looking to respond Matias Toro Suazo cut inside well and shot straight at Raiders Futsal Club custodian Ibrahim Daniel as the game started to heat up.

Toro Suazo helped to facilitate the opening goal for SD Raiders Futsal. He weaved past several defenders before he rolled it to Matthew Barkho to sweep home for 1-0.

There was a quick response from Raiders Futsal Club. Luis Ferreira was the quickest to react to the kick-in and rattled the ball home to make it 1-1.

The goals had opened up the contest. Simon Nicholas fired wide for SD Raiders Futsal while Christopher Godoy-Bascur hit the post for Raiders Futsal alongside an effort from Fernandez.

In the second half, both sides traded efforts right from the off. Matthew Joseph shot wide before Slaven Ljuboja had a free-kick deflected wide for the visitors.

SD Raiders Futsal then exploded with three quick goals to push their lead out to 4-1. The first to Toro Suazo came from some quick thinking before he touched home.

Simon then made it 3-1 when he was on the end of a fantastic pass from Sebastian Malfara followed by Franco Maya who arrowed home smartly to complete the goal glut.

Needing a response to get back in the game, Raiders Futsal went close twice through Goran Ljuboja through an outside the foot effort then a free-kick blocked away.

Ferreira completed his brace with a nice effort to bring it back to 4-2 which was then followed up by Kodai Hayashi keeping the ball in and firing home for 4-3.

This set the game up for a grandstand finish between these two great clubs. Maya was the hot hand and whistled an effort wide of the mark. Maya did secure the points with a solo effort to make it 5-3 for SD Raiders Futsal.

Speaking post-match SD Raiders Futsal James Letta was happy with his sides work. “It was good for a first hit-out tonight. I’m just glad our boys could pull through. We have a lot of fun and knew we were in for a battle. I hoped we could score one more than the opposition and that happened.” said Letta.

For Raiders Futsal Club’s Slaven Ljuboja was impressed by the spirit shown by his side to come back to 4-3 in the game. “It was a good game. They took their chances tonight and we didn’t which is good. We thought we could get a draw, had to risk it for the draw but it didn’t pay off.” added Ljuboja.


Saturday 17th September 2022

Fairfield Youth and Community Centre

SD Raiders Futsal 5 (Maya 2, Barkho, Suazo, Nicholas)

Raiders Futsal Club 3 (Ferreria 2, Hayashi)

SD Raiders Futsal: 4. CARBONE Marcus, 6. NICHOLAS Simon, 8. LETTA James, 9. MAYA Franco, 10. BARKHO Matthew, 21. MALFARA Sebastian, 23. TORO SUAZO Matias, 33. JOSEPH Matthew, 111. BALDI Ryan

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

Raiders Futsal Club: 1. DANIEL Ibrahim, 3. HAYASHI Kodai, 5. FERREIRA Luis, 6. GODOY-BASCUR Christopher, 8. LJUBOJA Goran, 10. LJUBOJA Slaven, 12. BRADSHAW Terry, 19. ROMANELLI Valentino, 20. DUKIC John, 73. FERNANDEZ Samuel

Yellow cards: G. Ljuboja, Ferreira, Daniel

Red cards: nil

Sydney City Eagles 6 defeated South Coast Taipans 5

Sydney City Eagles kicked off their season a wild 6-5 win against South Coats Taipans on Saturday afternoon at Thomas Hassell Anglican College.

The Eagles soared to a 3-0 lead in the six minutes with Judah Cleur firing home a double alongside a goal from Sam Perre before Jyden Harb responded with a goal to give the Taipans some hope going into the break at 3-1.

Taipans got it back to 3-3 through Kyle Del and lethal marksman Matthew Mazevski to cap off a wonderful comeback from the side. Cleur completed his hat-trick to hand the Eagles the lead back who then fired home twice more through Peter Pelekanos and William Gafa. Harb added his second for Taipans to complete the score line.

Taipans coach Bobby Mazevski was disappointed to start the season with a loss but remained upbeat and said his side will take plenty from this loss. Sydney City Eagles will be happy to start their season with a win.

Sydney Futsal Club 2 defeated by Phoenix Futsal Club 3

Phoenix Futsal Club opened their Futsal Premier League 2 season with a 3-2 win against a gallant Sydney Futsal Club team at NC of Indigenous Excellence Saturday afternoon.

The visitors will be happy to get their account opened with a win on the first weekend of the Futsal Premier League 2 competition. Jordan Smylie fired home a brace twice from the penalty spot while Connor Slater was the other scorer for Phoenix Futsal Club.

Sydney Futsal Club were brave in defeat and will look to improve in their next future. Pedro Simiao and Erick Santiago were their two goal scorers while Samuel Kelly was shown a red card which didn’t help their cause.

Boomerangs FS vs West City Crusaders was postponed

By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)