Futsal Premier League 2 Open Women’s Round 5 Review

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Round 5 in the Futsal Premier League 2 Open Womens competition featured quite a few goals and plenty of drama to enjoy across Saturday. The four games saw South Coast Taipans, Sydney Futsal Club and APIA FC Futsal pick up wins.

Let’s get onto the review.

Match of the Round: Raiders Futsal Club 2 drew with Sydney City Eagles 2

Points were shared between Raiders Futsal Club and Sydney City Eagles in their 2-2 draw at Thomas Hassell Anglican College on Saturday afternoon.

It was a draw built on the defensive structure for Raiders who held the Eagles mostly at bay for much of the game. Alyssa Clark and Gemma Bartolillio put the hosts in the lead twice with their goals in the game.

Sydney City Eagles will be disappointed not to follow up their big win last weekend with another strong performance. They did fight back to earn the draw with goals scored by Kelsea Nash and sharpshooter Sheiden Jabour.

Coming off their big win, Sydney City Eagles flew out of the blocks. Alessia Perre curved over then Melina Manna fired wide after a good move.

Raiders Futsal Club started to find their groove in the game and had their first chance with Alyssa Clark shooting right at Eagles keeper Isabella Sollecito.

The visitors continued to dominate the chances. Kelsea Nash rolled one wide then Sofia Sollecito rattled the post with a chance.

Raiders Futsal Club weren’t without their chances. Rebecca Norman shot wide then Nicole Ossio whacked a free kick against the bar.

Both teams kept pushing for the opening goal in the game. Jamaica Marshall flashed an effort wide on the break then Tania Baban poked wide.

The hosts were the first to find the back of the net. Clark strode forward and curved an effort into the net to make it 1-0 after 16 minutes.

The Eagles almost had an instant response. They peppered Raiders Futsal Club keeper Jasmine Crouch with chances but went into the break down by a goal.

They did find an equaliser just after the break. Nash finished off another well worked Eagles move to make it 1-1 in the 22nd minute.

Raiders Futsal Club restored the lead in the 24th minute. Gemma Bartolillio fired home a free kick which made it 2-1.

Once again, the Eagles tried to respond quickly. Sheiden Jabour broke free from the defence then fired a low effort at Crouch.

The Eagles made it 2-2 in the 29th minute to set up a grandstand finish. It was Jabour who was on the end of the free kick routine to fire home.

Following their equaliser the Eagles tried to get their first lead. Perre skewed wide then Sofia Sollecito fired over the bar.

They pushed hard for the win in the dying minutes. Both Jabour and Jorja Smith smashed the crossbar in the 39th minute before it bounced away.

Eagles had a late chance to secure all three points through Jabour. She swept in a shot which deflected wide of the mark as the teams shared the spoils.

Post match, Raiders Futsal Club coach John Ossio reflected on the point earned by his team with their resolute defence:

“We used our strength to get our goals in the game which was defence and counter attacks which worked well. We have struggled for points thus far, so it is good to get one and hopefully move forward in the next few weeks.” said Ossio.

For Sydney City Eagles coach Roy Perre, he reflected on a frustrating game for the team which saw them drop points:

“We just cannot play against a team that just defends and slows the game down. They were caught twice in transition which cost us. We need to do the simple things right in front of goal and respect the ball.” said Perre.


Saturday 14 October 2023

Thomas Hassell Anglican College

Raiders Futsal Club 2 (Clark ‘16, G. Bartolillio ‘25)

Sydney City Eagles 2 (Nash ‘22, Jabour ‘29)

Raiders Futsal Club: 2. Jasmine Crouch, 4. Rebecca Norman, 5. Nicole Ossio, 7. Gemma Bartolillio, 9. Angelina Zampogna, 10. Olivia Burke, 11. Niamh Nolan, 13. Alicia Bartolillio, 51. Alyssa Clark

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

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, 20. Jorja Smith, 35. Jamaica Marshall, 37. Tania Baban

Yellow cards: S. Sollecito ‘23 Manna ‘40 Jabour ‘40

Red cards: nil


South Coast Taipans 6 defeated SD Raiders Futsal 3

South Coast Taipans were 6-3 winners against SD Raiders Futsal at Illawarra Hockey Centre on Saturday afternoon.

It was a superb bounce back from the Taipans after their defeat last weekend. The hosts were in firm control of the contest and led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Jordan Baker and Sofia Kent in the sixth and 17th minute.

The second half was filled with goals between the sides. Abigail Boag fired home a quickfire double in the 24th and 26th minute to make it 2-2. Taipans restored their two-goal advantage due to Caitlin Russell and Jordan Baker. SD Raiders Futsal pulled one back through Tayla Garifalakis before Bronte Pyke and Russell sealed the win for Taipans.

West City Crusaders 3 defeated by APIA FC Futsal 7

APIA FC Futsal were 7-3 winners over West City Crusaders down at PCYC Hawkesbury on Saturday afternoon.

They were in good form early in the contest. Lauren Featherstone scored twice in the opening ten minutes before Crusaders Emily Fenn brought it back to 2-1. Featherstone completed her hat-trick and made it 3-1 for APIA FC Futsal at the break.

APIA FC Futsal extended their lead to 4-1 through Maya Abidin in the 21st minute. Crusaders got themselves back into the game through an own goal that made it 4-2. Goals from Abidin and Kalize Jarvis made it 6-2 for APIA FC Futsal before Grace Chambers and Jarvis both found the back of the net in the final five minutes.

Phoenix Futsal Club 2 defeated by Sydney Futsal Club 10

Sydney Futsal Club thumped Phoenix Futsal Club 10-2 in their game at The Centre – Dural on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors go back to the top of the FPL2 Open Womens ladder after their back-to-back wins in the last fortnight. The goalscoring was shared between Sydney Futsal Club as they continue to add to their goal difference.

Charlotte Heath, Layla Hamdan, Mya Calill, Leila Szczepanik, Cynthia Coghlan Annika Hansen and Zoe Henderson were the goal scorers for Sydney Futsal Club. Phoenix Futsal Club found the back of the net twice in the defeat.

By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)