Futsal Premier League Open Men’s Round 9 Review

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We have a breakaway pack at the top of the Futsal Premier League Open Men competition after nine rounds of the season. With five rounds remain, the question is can anyone break themselves into the top four?

Mountain Majik Futsal Club 6-2 Enfield Allstars

Mountain Majik opened a four-point gap at the top with a 6-2 victory over Enfield Allstars at Penrith Valley Regional SC.

Setting up a top of the table clash next weekend, the Majik are now four games unbeaten in the Open Men’s competition. They scored six straight goals in this this one with three players securing braces in round nine action.

Scoring the first and last game of the game, Enfield Allstars just couldn’t get the job done on the day, they next face Macarthur Quake in round ten action.

The Allstars got off to a hot start in this one, Luiz Lobo scoring in just the second minute of play. However, Mountain Majik responded to their slow start in convincing fashion. Robson Aparecido de Souza scoring twice either side of the break.

Before Corby Fowler and Jordan Guerreiro joined him with braces of their own to take the scoreline out to 6-1. The visitors able to score a late consolation through Dominic Cox to make it 6-2 after employing a 5th man for much of the second half.

Mountain Majik host Mascot Vipers next weekend in a big fixture at the top while Enfield Allstars will be favourites against Macarthur Quake.

Dural Warriors 8-2 Boomerangs FS

Dural Warriors secured their second win of the season scoring eight goals against Boomerangs FS in an 8-2 victory.

Their biggest victory of the season, the win takes the Warriors to ten points in their opening nine games overcoming a slow start before putting on a show at the Centre.

It’s the fourth straight defeat for Boomerangs FS who are going through a tough spell in the league. They face a massive game against Eastern Suburbs Hakoah next weekend which could determine who stays up.

The hosts started slowly in this one and deservedly found themselves trailing on the scoreboard when Nick Rathjen scored in the opening minute. However, the Warriors slowly began causing their visitors problems with Jake Basden, Ahmed Sweedan and Joshua Montgomery scoring to give the hosts a 3-1 halftime lead.

Indeed, it was the senior players who stepped up in this one with Ahmed Sweedan and Cameron Philp earning a special mention from their coach. Sweedan completing a hat-trick in the second half, Joshua Montgomery securing a brace and Cameron Philp scoring their 8th goal. While Robert Tkatchenko grabbed a late consolation for the Boomerangs.

Mascot Vipers 3-3 UTS Northside Futsal Club

The streak continues… just! Mascot Vipers scored two late goals to earn a point against UTS Northside at the Heffron Centre.

With four of the six goals coming in the final twelve minutes, this one really provided the thrills late. The Vipers scoring twice in the space of a minute in the final stages for their point.

It’s a good result for UTS Northside who showed some resilience in the performance becoming just the third side to get a result against the hosts this season. However, there was a hint of disappointment post-game after being in a winning position late.

Speaking of, UTS Northside held a 3-1 lead with two minutes remaining in this one with Lucas Rainbird, Stefano Rossello and Kyle Devine all finding the back of the net. While Peter Politis scored for the hosts to make it 1-1 earlier.

However, two late goals saw Vipers complete the comeback with Nathan Niski and Ethan De Melo stepping up at the crucial moment to rescue a point.

Post game UTS Northside’s Grant Lynch saved a special mention for Kyle Devine who put in an exceptional performance as well as Jett Griffiths who stepped up once again in goal noting he should be considered for upcoming Futsalroos duties.

Macarthur Quake Futsal 3-5 Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah added some breathing room over the chasing pack with a 7-3 victory over Macarthur Quake.

Moving to 14 points this season, they now hold a four-point buffer over 5th placed Dural Warriors. They were kept honest by Macarthur Quake here but came from behind to get the three points, their quality just proving a bit too much for their hosts.

The Quake unable to repeat the dose after their memorable victory the first time these two met. They started the stronger of the sides with two early goals. Alexander Nicolosi scoring the first from range following a set piece before Josh Da Silva doubled their advantage though it’s just as likely to go down as an own goal.

However, Hakoah were then able to shake off their shaky start taking control of proceedings for the remainder of the fixture. A few good chances falling their way before their first goal with some lovely interplay.

Samuel Tzanakes with the goal contribution which took a deflection before sneaking in. Adam Paulsen levelling things with 34 seconds left in the first half, his cross or shot taking a touch off the post on its way in.

Quake taking the lead once again through Daniel Goni from the other end of the pitch. A lead which didn’t last long with Hakoah winning a spot kick. Fabio Vieira Filho converting.

Before Emmanuel Tzanakes stepped up setting up Hakoah’s go ahead which was finished at close range. The sealer coming through Jonathon Lynch late, his goal assisted by César Perego.

Quake will certainly trouble a few sides from this point forward creating opportunities throughout but the scoreline was probably a fair one, Hakoah’s depth important in sweltering conditions. Emmanuel Tzanakes, George Lethbridge and Cesar Perego their best in the 5-3 win.

By Justin Smith