Futsal Premier League 2 Open Men’s Round 6 Review

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Round 6 in the Futsal Premier League 2 Open Mens competition sees another team take the throne as the leaders after another topsy turvy weekend of futsal action. Our four games saw SD Raiders Futsal, South Coast Taipans and Phoenix Futsal Club get wins. Let’s get onto the review.

Match of the Round: SD Raiders Futsal 8 defeated West City Crusaders 5

SD Raiders Futsal ran out 8-5 winners in a fast-paced game against West City Crusaders at Thomas Hassell Anglican College on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts picked up a vital three points as we head into the midway point of the FPL2 Open Mens season. Franco Maya led the way with four goals while Dimi Petratos scored twice. Custodian Ryan Baldi and Peter Daniel also found the back of the net.

It would be frustrating loss for West City Crusaders who relinquish top spot. Stuart Gosling led the way for the visitors with a brace while Arsallan Mangal, Zachary Reardon and Ryan Faulkner were the others to get on the scoresheet.

The action was thick and fast from the opening whistle. Matthew Barkho had SD Raiders Futsal’s first shot while Stuart Gosling hit the post for the Crusaders.

The Crusaders went close again through Kurt Elborough. He found some space before he fizzed wide of the mark.

SD Raiders Futsal found the opener in the third minute. Dimi Petratos tapped home from an errant pass to make it 1-0.

It was quickly double delight for the hosts. Franco Maya won the ball in a challenge then burst downfield to rattle home and make it 2-0 in the 4th minute.

Crusaders found a quick response in this open contest. Gosling was a bright spark for the visitors and found the back of the net to make it 2-1.

They went close to equalising with a pair of chances in succession. Ryan Faulkner and Gosling had the efforts which flashed wide.

SD Raiders Futsal were efficent in their work and made it 3-1. It was Maya again who flew down the court to tap home in the 7th minute.

There was a sequence in the game which needed to be seen to be believed. Crusaders had a sequence of five shots which weren’t turned home.

Once again, SD Raiders Futsal made them pay for their wastefulness. Maya backheeled home for 4-1 and it even drew applause from Crusaders keeper Shane Watson.

It was a fiery game which saw Crusaders amass five fouls. Barkho and Maya had chances from the ten metre spot but weren’t able to convert.

The end to the first half was chaotic. Peter Daniel shook the post with an effort then Elborough was denied from close range.

Crusaders did find the back of the net twice before the break to make it 4-3. Arsallan Mangal turned home the second then Gosling slammed home a ten metre penalty for the other.

The visitors were the ones who flew out of the break in the second half. Zachary Reardon and Kwadno Boamah-Addai tested the keeper in quick succession.

SD Raiders Futsal stretched their advantage again in the 24th minute. It was Petratos who drove forward on the counter and tapped home for 5-3.

It kept being an open and flowing game. Faulkner hit the post but Reardon was able to follow up to make it 5-4 in the 24th minute.

The visitors almost leveled soon after. Mangal hit the post then his work saw Carl Skobla get a red card for his second bookable foul.

SD Raiders Futsal were able to survive the two-minutes down a player and maintained their one-goal lead.

The hosts extended their advantage to 6-4 again on the counter. Again, it was Maya who was the one to finish off the move in the 31st minute.

Crusaders pushed ahead and had another ten metre penalty. Faulkner was denied then Boamah-Addai was denied by SD Raiders Futsal keeper Ryan Baldi in quick succession.

They did eventually find a way through. Faulkner was able to find the back of the net from some sustained pressure for 6-5.

This meant the visitors went for the fifth man to try to equalise. This left it open for Baldi to lob one into the empty net to make it 7-5 in the 38th minute.

SD Raiders Futsal finished off the game with a pair of penalties. Maya had his first effort saved then drilled home the second to make it 8-5 for the hosts.


Saturday 21 October 2023

Thomas Hassell Anglican College

SD Raiders Futsal 8 (Petratos ‘3, ‘24 Maya ‘4, ‘7, ‘13, ‘31 Baldi ‘38 Daniel ‘38)

West City Crusaders 5 (Gosling ‘4, ‘19 Mangal ‘16 Reardon ‘23 Faulkner ‘37)

SD Raiders Futsal: 6. Ramiz Goria, 7. Dimi Petratos, 9. Franco Maya, 10. Matthew Barkho, 11. Ryan Baldi, 13. Simon Nicholas, 17. Carl Skobla, 21. Yousuf Anwar, 30. Connor Spurway, 98. Peter Daniel

Yellow cards: Skobla Maya

Red cards: Skobla

West City Crusaders: 1. Shane Watson, 2. Kurt Elborough, 4. Peter Malecki, 5. Alexander Murrell, 6. Stuart Gosling, 7. Arsallan Mangal, 8. Ryan Faulkner, 9. Zachary Reardon, 12. Kwadno Boamah-Addai, 13. Benjamin Lam

Yellow cards: Elborough Mangal Murrell Gosling

Red cards: nil


Sydney City Eagles 4 drew with Sydney Futsal Club 4

Points were shared between Sydney City Eagles and Sydney Futsal Club in their 4-4 draw at Penrith Valley Regional SC on Saturday afternoon.

It was a well earned point for an undermanned Sydney City Eagles side against a dogged Sydney Futsal Club team. Bruno Lariccia put the visitors ahead in the fifth minute before a pair of strikes from Matthew Trotter made it 2-1 Eagles.

Lariccia equalised in the 13th minute for a 2-2 score at the break. Adin Scalone put Sydney Futsal Club ahead 4-2 with his two goals in the 22nd and 28th minute. The Eagles swooped for a late point with Michael Cimino and a returning Patrick Antelmi finding the back of the net.

South Coast Taipans 9 defeated Raiders Futsal Club 2

South Coast Taipans thumped Raiders Futsal Club 9-2 in their game at Illawarra Hockey Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Taipans fourth straight win has returned them to the top of the FPL2 Open Mens ladder headed towards the halfway mark. Raiders Futsal Club struck first through Slaven Ljuboja in the third minute before goals from Harrison James and Giovanni Panuccio gave the Taipans a 2-1 half-time lead.

The second half was one-way traffic for the hosts. Rick Goodchild got the scoring underway in the 22nd minute followed by Logan Mathie and another from Panuccio to make it 5-1. Adam Voloder added the sixth in the 32nd before Panuccio completed his hat-trick. Cody Waller and Kyle Del also tallied alongside Raiders Futsal Club’s Christopher Godoy Bascur.

APIA FC Futsal 2 defeated by Phoenix Futsal Club 5

Phoenix Futsal Club record their first win in a 5-2 result over APIA FC Futsal at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday night.

It was a welcome return to the FPL2 Open Mens competition for Jordan Smylie who helped steer the team to three points. Matthew Luttringer fired home twice alongside an own goal which gave Phoenix Futsal Club a 3-0 lead at the break.

Ibrahim Sweedan made it 4-0 for the visitors when he fired home in the 29th minute. APIA FC Futsal pulled a goal back through Luiz Claudio Dos Santos Pereira Filho for 4-1. Smylie marked his return with the fifth Phoenix Futsal Club goal before Welkson Souza Bispo added a late consolation for the hosts.

By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)