Inner West Futsal Club Crowned 2022 Futsal Premier League Open Men’s Champions


Absolute Chaos! Inner West completed a memorable double with a 10-6 victory over Mascot Vipers in the 2022 Futsal Premier League Open Men’s Grand Final held at Valentine Sports Park on Sunday.

There’s not much more to say than that, it was a game for the history books with goals frequently flying into the back of the net. Inner West scoring ten of those with hat-tricks going to Daniel Fornito and Jonathan Barzel.

For Mascot Vipers, they certainly played their part in the contest, holding a lead till halfway through the second half with Conor Quilligan scoring four of their six goals.

Who saw this coming? The visitors got off to a flying start scoring twice within the opening ten minutes. Thomas Quilligan playing a role in both with two assists. First creating a chance for Timothy Scott to finish off. Before doing the same to set up his brother Conor Quilligan on eight minutes.

Futsal is a game where capitalizing on momentum is vital to success, and they made it three not long after. Conor Quilligan scoring from long range this time with a powerful finish.

And it took a few handy saves to stop a fourth going in, while Inner West began to get a better grasp on the game. Highlighted by a crucial save from Sasha Chilas to deny Nathan Niski a goal with his left footed strike heading for the top right facing corner.

Inner West then scored their first with seven minutes of the half left. Using the fifth man well with Jonathan Barzel playing a ball across pitch to Daniel Fornito who duly obliged with the finish.

Indeed, the fifth man was working brilliantly for the premiers. Doubling their tally before 20 minutes. Chris Zeballos threading a diagonal ball to Suleyman Bangura who squared it across the face to Daniel Fornito who finished at the far post.

Mascot were to have the final chance of the half with Thomas Quilligan adding a fourth to their tally with his third goal contribution inside the final minute. His curling effort coming after the ball was transferred from left to right, Conor Quilligan with the assist which brought us to the half time score.

Didn’t take long for that to change though. Jonathan Barzel with a tremendous finish into the top corner after a sustained period of possession.

The lead brought back out to two from a five metre penalty. Conor Quilligan completing his hat-trick sending the keeper the wrong way from the spot.

Yeah, the goalscoring was flowing, Inner West responding seconds after that. Suleyman Bangura finding the net from close range to make it 5-4.

And wouldn’t you know it, Mascot Vipers made it six shortly after that. Conor Quilligan adding a fourth to his tally after rolling it past his defender, taking it past the keeper and finishing. 6-4.

Yeah, good luck keeping up here, the 11th goal coming seven minutes into the second half. Jamal Belkadi finding the back of the net after Jonathan Barzel found him with a ball across the face.

Inner West then completed the comeback with the 12th goal of the game. Barzel scoring for the premiers with claiming the assist.

Then going on to take the lead with the 13th of the game, Daniel Fornito completing his hat-trick halfway through the second half. 7-6 Inner West.

Bangura popping up again with the 8th Inner West goal. Zubayd Allie playing a role with the assist finding Bangura in prime goalscoring position inside the circle.

With minutes remaining, the game opened up and both sides were creating opportunities with some desperate Inner West defense keeping their lead intact. Conor Quilligan as the scoreboard suggests their main threat. Although Yianni Plataniotis went closest after a well-constructed passing move.

Inner West would add an explanation mark though with a late goals to Christopher Zeballos and Jonathan Barzel. Inner West completing the double with a 10-6 victory. All that and did I mention there was a red card? Well there was, yeah I’m going to need a month to recover after that!

Match Stats

Sunday 18 December 2022

Valentine Sports Park

Inner West Futsal Club: 10 (Fornito 18’ 19’ 36’, Barzel 26’ 36’ 50’, Bangura 28’ 39’, Belkadi 32’, Zeballos 49’)

Mascot Vipers: 6 (Scott 6’, C Quilligan 8’ 11’ 27’ 28’, T.Quilligan 24’)

Inner West Futsal Club: 1. Domenic Badolato (GK), 2. James Brunacci, 4. Zubayd Allie, 5. Nathan Niski, 7. Tobias Seeto, 8. Jonathan Barzel, 9. Anthony Haddad, 10. Daniel Fornito, 11. Suleyman Bangura, 12. Alexander Nicolosi, 13. Alexander Euripidou, 23. Facundo Benetiz, 36. Christopher Zeballos, 97. Jamal Belkadi.

Yellow cards:

Red cards:

Mascot Vipers: 41. Sasha Chilas (GK), 5. Yianni Plataniotis, 6. Timothy Scott, 7. Conor Quilligan, 8. Ethan De Melo, 11. Thomas Quilligan, 12. Konstantinos Tsournakakis, 13. Marco Turpeinen, 21. Dylan de Mari (GK), 51. Mikah Chilas.

Yellow cards:

Red cards:

Youth Grand Final Scores:

  • U19 Men: Dural Warriors 0-3 Campbelltown City Quake Futsal Club
  • U17 Girls: Mascot Vipers 7 v Mountain Majik Futsal Club 1
  • U16 Boys: Mascot Vipers 4-2 Mountain Majik Futsal Club
  • U15 Girls: Mascot Vipers 0 v Campbelltown City Quake Futsal Club 4
  • U14 Boys: Enfield Allstars 2 v Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club 1
  • U13 Girls: Mascot Vipers 8 v Mountain Majik Futsal Club 1
  • U12 Boys: Enfield Allstars 1 v Dural Warriors 4

Congratulations to all our winners and wishing you all a happy holiday season.

By Justin Smith