Futsal Premier League 2 Open Women’s Round 4 Review

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Round 4 in the Futsal Premier League 2 Open Womens competition was filled with plenty of drama and action which has become the symbol of the competition.

We had four exciting games to enjoy across Saturday afternoon including the Match of the Round between Sydney City Eagles and APIA FC Futsal. Let’s get onto the review.

Sydney City Eagles vs APIA FC Futsal

Sydney City Eagles were 6-1 winners over APIA FC Futsal at Morris Iemma Indoor SC on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles made a statement with their win as one of the teams to beat in the FPL2 Open Womens competition. Sheiden Jabour fired home a pair of goals while Arddun Surjan, Alessia Perre, Kelsea Nash and an own goal rounded off the scoring.

APIA FC Futsal were their own worst enemy in the game and weren’t able to break through the Eagles defence. Their only goal came from Charlotte Young who levelled the game at 1-1 in the first half before they were beaten.

Both sides flew out of the blocks in this top of the table contest. Melina Manna had a shot for the Eagles while Charlotte Young swept wide for APIA FC Futsal.

Eagles settled in their rhythm quicker. Tania Bana stood over the free kick and blasted it wide of Emilija Vidakovic’s goal.

Sydney City Eagles found the opening goal in the fourth minute. Sheiden Jabour rampaged forward and arrowed into the bottom corner for 1-0.

APIA FC Futsal tried to find a response quickly. Tania Almeida Silva cut inside and fired wide quickly followed by Lauren Featherstone scooping over the bar.

The visitors did find an equaliser in the 7th minute. Silva whipped a shot at Eagles keeper Isabella Sollecito then Young picked up the scraps for 1-1.

They tried to push forward for the lead through Beth Crawford. She strode forward and had a powerful shot repelled at close range.

The game continued to be arm wrestle between the two sides. Arddun Surjan and Featherstone traded efforts then the former had an effort clawed off the line.

It was the Eagles who found the back of the net. Baban provided a slick pass for Surjan to slot home for a 2-1 lead in the 16th minute.

The Eagles quickly doubled their delight. They piled on the pressure and it was turned home eventually by Alessia Perre to make it 3-1 in the 17th minute.

Sydney City Eagles got their fourth goal from a set piece. Jabour fired home the free kick to make it 4-1 headed into half-time.

APIA FC Futsal had a late chance in the first half to claw one back. Silva was denied by a legs save from Sollecito.

The Eagles soared from the opening whistle for the second half. They tested Vidakovic several times but didn’t add to their scoreline.

They did make it 5-1 in the 27th minute. Jabour flew down the side of the court before cutting it back for Kelsea Nash to tap home.

It was all one-way traffic for the home side. Sofia Sollecito drove a low effort which rattled the post then rolled in off Vidakovic to make it 6-1.

The Eagles kept pushing forward for more goals. Jamaica Marshall swept wide followed by another chance for Surjan which flashed wide.

APIA FC Futsal had a few late chances through Silva and Featherstone but weren’t able to add to their only goal for the contest.

Speaking post match Sydney City Eagles coach Roy Perre reflected on the effort from his team who might be the dark horses this season:

“I told everyone we would be the dark horses, we have some quality talent in this squad and they showed it in this game. When we respect our opposition this is the performance that we’re capable of providing.” said Perre.

For APIA FC Futsal coach Ernesto Fernandez Jaimes, he reflected on the side losing their first game of the season:

“It was a tough game which we couldn’t get our passes connected. Goals that we usually score weren’t going in the net tonight. It was a game where we needed to be stronger in our mind against a tough opposition.” said Fernandez.


Saturday 7 October 2023

Morris Iemma Indoor SC

Sydney City Eagles 6 (Jabour ‘4, ‘17 Surjan ‘16 Perre ‘17 Nash ‘27 OG ‘30)

APIA FC Futsal 1 (Young ‘7)

Sydney City Eagles: 1. Isabella Sollecito, 4. Melina Manna, 5. Sheiden Jabour, 7. Kelsea Nash, 13. Sofia Sollecito, 14. Alessia Perre, 18. Arddun Surjan, 19. Mia Murialdo, 35. Jamaica Marshall, 37. Tania Baban

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

APIA FC Futsal: 2. Taina Almeida Silva, 6. Rosie Sullivan, 7. Beth Crawford, 8. Lauren Featherstone, 9. Charlotte Young, 10. Maya Abidin, 13. Saskia Emery, 17. Claudia Pickett, 18. Kalize Jarvis, 40. Emilija Vidakovic

Yellow cards: Silva

Red cards: nil


South Coast Taipans 2 defeated by Sydney Futsal Club 4

Sydney Futsal Club went down to Illawarra Hockey Centre and won 4-2 against South Coast Taipans on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors bounced back from last week with a big win that lifts them into second position on the FPL2 Open Womens ladder. Annalise Schiraldi handed Sydney Futsal Club the opener in the fifth minute before Lulu Lozano equalised in the eighth minute. Leila Szczpanik gave Sydney Futsal Club the half-time lead with her 12th minute goal.

South Coast Taipans got the perfect start to the second half with Bronte Trew leveling the game again at 2-all in the 21st minute. It was a tight game which Sydney Futsal Club won late with goals from Abbey Harrison and another from Szszpanik to take three points back up the highway.

West City Crusaders 5 drew with Raiders Futsal Club 5

Points were shared in a 5-5 draw between West City Crusaders and Raiders Futsal Club at PCYC Hawkesbury on Saturday afternoon.

Back at home and Crusaders felt just fine. Tia Berg gave the hosts the lead in the 3rd minute then a double blow from Gemma Bartolillio and Niamh Nolan put Raiders Futsal Club ahead. Berg equalised in the 15th minute for Crusaders but the visitors led at the break thanks to Gemma Morgan.

Nicole Ossio made it 4-2 for Raiders Futsal Club in the 24th minute before Cassidy Chambers pulled one back for the Crusaders in the 26th minute. Morgan restored the Raiders Futsal Club’s two-goal advantage for 5-3 but an own goal and a second goal from Chambers got Crusaders their first point of the FPL2 Open Womens season.

SD Raiders Futsal 10 defeated Phoenix Futsal Club 2

SD Raiders Futsal thumped Phoenix Futsal Club 10-2 down at Thomas Hassell Anglican College on Saturday afternoon.

They picked up their first win in style with a dominant second half performance. Phoenix Futsal Club started out strong and scored the opener through Laura Wilson. Sofia Issa made it 2-0 for the visitors in the 17th minute before Natalie Randall pulled one back in the same minute.

The second half was all SD Raiders Futsal. Jessica Neville scored the equaliser in the 23rd minute and they went from there. Dione King had the bulk of the goals with four goals alongside a second goal for Neville. Tayla Garifalakis, Delta Garifalakis and Maritsa Tamayo rounded out the scoring in the one-sided result.

By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)