Futsal Premier League 2 Open Women’s Round 1 Review
It was a lively start to the Futsal Premier League 2 Open Womens competition which saw some exciting contests and plenty of goals to be enjoyed across the weekend. Sydney Futsal Club and West City Crusaders featured in the Match of the Round.
Let’s get onto the review.
Match of the Round: Sydney Futsal Club 8 defeated West City Crusaders 2
Sydney Futsal Club kicked off their season in style with an 8-2 win over West City Crusaders at NC of Indigenous Excellence on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts lead to 2-1 at the break through Cynthia Coghlan and Mya Callil before they piled on the goals in the second half. Leila Szczepanik scored twice while Liana Calabro, Abbey Harrison, Annalise Sciraldi all scored alongside an own goal.
West City Crusaders battled hard but fell away late in the game. Ana Ward-Soares gave them a lead in the sixth minute before they were pegged back. Paris Vinuya did pull one back in the second half to bring it back to 3-2.
Both teams started the contest on the front foot. They traded early shots which didn’t trouble either goal keeper.
West City Crusaders took the lead in the sixth minute. The ball was switched well and rolled home by Ana Ward-Soares to make it 1-0.
Sydney Futsal Club responded to conceding well and started to pile up chances. Cynthia Coghlan shot wide then they followed up by rattling the post.
They continued to push forward. Neisha Monteleone had a pair of chances which were denied by Crusaders keeper Alannah Ellul then Monteleone had a shot punched away.
The hosts finally broke through in the 16th minute. It was a precise one-two between Amelia Turner and Coghlan before the latter turned home for 1-1.
Sydney Futsal Club quickly doubled their delight. Mya Callil bustled past defenders then arrowed into the bottom corner for 2-1.
It was all Sydney Futsal Club either side of half-time. Callil toed wide then Liana Calabro shot over from a quick counter attack.
They did add a third through Leila Szczepanik in the 23rd minute. She was on hand to tap home and make it 3-1 after the initial shot was parried into her path by Ellul.
West City Crusaders pulled a goal back quickly to get back into the game. Paris Vinuya was able to slam the ball home to make it 3-2 in the 24th minute.
Coghlan had a pair of chances to give Sydney Futsal Club a two-goal lead. She hit the post with the first effort then fizzed a free-kick wide of the goal.
Sydney Futsal Club went on a flurry of goal scoring to finish the game and confirm the three points. Calabro started off the scoring with a wonderful backheel to make it 4-2.
That was followed up by Callil’s shot being turned home by a defender to make it 5-2 for an own goal as Sydney Futsal Club enjoyed their futsal.
Abbey Harrison made it 6-2 then Szczepanik got her second to put them in seventh heaven after superb lead up from Schiraldi.
Schiraldi got a reward for her industrious performance in the 40th minute. She added the eighth goal to round off the dominant display.
Saturday 16 September 2023
NC of Indigenious Excellence
Sydney Futsal Club 8
West City Crusaders 2 (Ward-Soares ‘6, Vinuya ‘24)
Sydney Futsal Club: 1. Natalie Milenkovski, 3. Charlotte Heath, 6. Liana Calabro, 10. Mya Callil, 12. Jetta Cootee, 13. Abbey Harrison, 14. Cynthia Coghlan, 16. Leila Szczepanik, 18. Annalise Schiraldi, 29. Neisha Monteleone, 38. Amelia Turner
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
West City Crusaders: 1. Emily Fenn, 2. Grace Chambers, 4. Tia Berg, 5. Paris Vinuya, 7. Alannah Ellul, 8. Cassidy Chambers, 9. Courtney Franks, 10. Ana Ward-Soares, 14. Courtney Atkins, 17. Isabella Bonnici
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
Raiders Futsal Club 4 defeated by Phoenix Futsal Club 7
Phoenix Futsal Club were 7-4 wins over Raiders Futsal Club down at Thomas Hassell Anglican College on Saturday afternoon.
There were nine goals in the first half as the two teams enjoyed their return to the futsal pitch in this game. Phoenix Futsal Club had a 3-0 lead within six minutes with goals to Emma Ingerson, Anjelica Williams and an own goal.
Raiders Futsal Club responded with a goal through their talisman Nicole Ossio to make it 3-1. That only seemed to surge Phoenix Futsal Club on with Laura Wilson making it 4-1 before Williams got a brace then Sofia Issa scored twice for 7-1 lead. Jessica Burke added the hosts second in the 19th minute.
Compared to the first half, the second half was a sedate affair. Both teams battled hard before a pair of late goals from Gemma Bartolillo and Alicia Bartolillo helped give Raiders Futsal Club some late consolation.
Sydney City Eagles 7 defeated SD Raiders Futsal 4
Sydney City Eagles won 7-4 against SD Raiders Futsal down at Morris Iemma Indoor SC on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles soared in the lead early through Alessia Perre and were able to start their season with three points. Angelina Powell equalised for SD Raiders Futsal before a Sheiden Jabour hat-trick powered the Eagles to an 4-1 at half-time.
They added a fifth goal through Sofia Sollecito in the 25th minute to move into a dominant position. SD Raiders Futsal pushed back with goals to Powell again and Jessica Neville to claw it back to 5-3. The Eagles kept them at arm’s length with Sollecito’s second and Kelsea Nash scoring while Neville added a late consolation.
South Coast Taipans 1 defeated by APIA FC Futsal 5
Rounding off the weekend was APIA FC Futsal winning 5-1 against South Coast Taipans at Illawarra Hockey Centre.
APIA FC Futsal made an immediate impact in the FPL2 Open Womens competition taking down one of the big guns. The visitors opened the scoring through Isabelle Antoniou before Ebony Freeman equalised for the Taipans.
The visitors would push forward to take three points. An own goal gave them back the lead in the sixth minute before Charlotte Young scored either side of the break for 4-1 then Rosie Sullivan rounded off the display in the 40th minute.
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)