The Futsal Premier League 2 Open Mens competition returned with a bang this weekend.
There were 48 goals scored in the four games played across Saturday. It was highlighted by the Match of the Round between Sydney Futsal Club and West City Crusaders.
Let’s get onto the review.
Match of the Round: Sydney Futsal Club 6 defeated by West City Crusaders 8
West City Crusaders produced a stirring comeback to win 8-6 over Sydney Futsal Club at NC of Indigenous Excellence on Saturday night.
Sydney Futsal Club will wonder how they dropped points after leading 3-1 at the break then 6-4 headed into the final ten minutes of the game. Ryuki Hirota scored twice while Adam Scalone, Camilo Pumarino, Dion Kellis and Bruno Lariccia all found the back of the net.
For West City Crusaders, this could be a win to hang their season on. They showed grit and determination to come back and hold onto three points despite losing Alexander Murrell to a red card late on. Kurt Elborough had a hat-trick in the win alongside a brace from Vincent D’Ermilio and finished with goals from Kwadno Boamah-Addai, Murrell and Arsallan Mangal.
The visitors started off quick in the game. They had a chance deflected wide from Peter Malecki in the fourth minute.
Sydney Futsal Club would strike first. Adin Scalone was on the spot to tap home for 1-0 after the earlier shot had rattled the post.
They continued to pile on the pressure. Patrick Pace fizzed wide on a breakaway then Ryuki Hirota curved home to make it 2-0 in the fifth minute.
The Crusaders tried to respond through Kurt Elborough. He weaved through the Sydney Futsal Club defence then shot right at the keeper.
Sydney Futsal Club continued to find the back of the net. Hirota doubled his delight after another clinical finish made it 3-0 in the 11th minute.
West City Crusaders needed a response and they found it through Elborough. He latched onto Vincent D’Ermilio pass to arrow into the bottom corner for 3-1.
The visitors tried to further carve into the deficit before half-time to no avail. Benjamin Lam thrashed a shot right at Sydney Futsal Club keeper Wilson Howden for their best chance.
Coming out of the break, Sydney Futsal Club felt just fine. They made it 4-1 through Camilo Pumarino who caught Crusaders shotstopper Shane Watson out of position.
Conceding seemed to spur on West City Crusaders who fired home three times in six minutes to bring the game back to 4-4.
Kwadno Boamah-Addai started the comeback after he tapped home Elborough’s pass then Alexander Murrell and D’Ermilio both got on the scoresheet to complete the comeback.
Before they could complete their celebrations, Sydney Futsal Club made it 6-4. Dion Kellis put them back in the lead before Bruno Lariccia added some insurance.
West City Crusaders again showed off their grit to get the game back to 6-all. New signing Arsallan Mangal rattled home for 6-5 then Elborough added a second in this pulsating game.
Elborough gave West City Crusaders their first lead in the 36th minute. He was able to sweep home from a lightning counter for 7-6.
Crusaders had to bunker down in the final stages after Murrell was shown his second yellow card which resulted in a red and left them with only three outfield players.
They held firm and added another goal late to make it 8-6. D’Ermilio was on the end of the movement and tapped home for a famous win.
Saturday 16 September 2023
NC of Indigenous Excellence
Sydney Futsal Club 6 (Scalone ‘3, Hirota ‘5, ‘11, Pumarino ‘22, Kellis ‘28, Lariccia ‘28)
West City Crusaders 8 (Elborough ‘12, Boamah-Addai ‘24, Murrell ‘24, D’Ermilio ‘28, Mangal ‘32, Elborough ‘34, ‘36, D’Ermilio ‘40)
Sydney Futsal Club: 2. Antonio Gomez, 3. Ryuki Hirota, 4. Adin Scalone, 6. Edwin Garcia, 7. Patrick Pace, 8. Dion Kellis, 10. Dilan Perez, 11. Bruno Lariccia, 12. Camilo Pumarino, 13. Gustav Soerensen, 41. Fabrizio Dardano, 47. Juan Carlos Caballero, 91. Wilson Howden
Yellow cards: Soerensen ‘13, Kellis ‘28, Lariccia ‘37
Red cards: nil
West City Crusaders: 1. Shane Watson, 2. Kurt Elborough, 4. Peter Malecki, 5. Alexander Murrell, 6. Stuart Gosling, 7. Arsallan Mangal, 11. Vincent D’Ermilio, 12. Kwadno Boamah-Addai, 13. Benjamin Lam
Yellow cards: Murrell ‘34
Red cards: Murrell ‘38
Raiders Futsal Club 10 defeated Phoenix Futsal Club 3
Raiders Futsal Club triumphed 10-3 against Phoenix Futsal Club at Thomas Hassell Anglican College on Saturday afternoon.
The first half was a topsy-turvy affair between the two sides in a five goal first half. Daanish Awaz opened the scoring for Phoenix Futsal before Tomas Medimurac equalised within a minute. That pattern continued as Matthew Luttringer put Phoenix ahead again only to be pulled back by Christopher Godoy Bascur. The visitors would take the lead into the break thanks to Hoi Chun Lo.
Raiders Futsal Club took control in the second half and picked up three points to open the season. Thomas Todd and captain Slaven Ljuboja scored twice while Medimurac compiled a hat-trick alongside a second for Godoy Bascur and keeper Nenad Vekic.
Sydney City Eagles 4 defeated by SD Raiders Futsal 10
SD Raiders Futsal won 10-4 in a goal fest against Sydney City Eagles at Morris Iemma Indoor Centre on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles flew out of the blocks through Patrick Antelmi in the 7th minute to make it 1-0. SD Raiders Futsal took control from there, piling on four goals to lead 4-1. Matthew Barko equalised then Dimi Petratos put them in the lead followed the Carles Abou Serhal double.
Antelmi pulled one back again for the Eagles for 4-2 but SD Raiders Futsal quickly added a pair through Peter Daniel and a second to Barkho for a five-goal lead at the break.
Both Abou Serhal and Barkho completed their hat-tricks in the second half alongside goals from Petratos and Franco Maya to get them to double digits. The Eagles added two goals late through Louis Hall and Stefan Simonoski to round out the scoreline.
South Coast Taipans 4 defeated APIA FC Futsal 3
South Coast Taipans won 4-3 in a thriller against APIA FC Futsal down at Illawarra Hockey Centre on Saturday night.
The Taipans were the first to hit the scoreboard in the 8th minute when Logan Mathie found the back of the net. APIA FC Futsal responded just before the break through Italo Wanderley to send us to the break at 1-1.
Adam Voloder restored the Taipans advantage in the 26th minute before a double strike from APIA had them on the verge of three points. Wanderley added his second then Jamal Belkadi fired the visitors into the lead.
The hosts showed grit and equalised within a minute through Cody Waller to make it 3-3 and set up a grandstand finish. Taipans did it in style with a long-range effort from keeper Brandon Groom sealing a rare first round win for them.
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)