Futsal Premier League 2 Open Women’s Round 10 Review
Round 10 in the Futsal Premier League 2 Open Womens brought the usual thrills, spills and goals across the whole weekend of action. There were four games to enjoy on Saturday and Sunday which saw SD Raiders Futsal, South Coast Taipans, Sydney City Eagles and Sydney Futsal Club won. Let’s get onto the review.
Match of the Round: SD Raiders Futsal 4 defeated APIA FC Futsal 2
SD Raiders Futsal recorded an important 4-2 win over APIA FC Futsal at Thomas Hassall Anglican College on Saturday afternoon.
The win keeps SD Raiders Futsal in the hunt for the top four in the FPL2 Open Womens competition. Abigail Boag scored twice in a tight first half before Rojin Polat and Jessica Neville confirmed the win with their second half goals.
APIA FC Futsal weren’t able to give themselves some breathing room with points in this game. Both their goals came from Taiana Almeida Silva either side of half-time which takes her tally to seven goals for the season.
The visitors were the first side to have a chance in this important contest. Alyssa Walsh found some space and sent her shot into the side netting.
SD Raiders Futsal responded with a pair of chances of their own. Jessica Neville rolled wide then another shot which went straight to APIA FC Futsal keeper Jessica Urquhart.
Chances continue to flow in the opening to the contest. Alyssa Thomson had her shot tipped over by SD Raiders Futsal Caitlin Britton.
The hosts started to find their rhythm. Neville curled straight then Tayla Garifalakis swept wide from close range.
SD Raiders Futsal found the opener in the 10th minute. They countered down the field and Abigail Boag tapped home to make it 1-0.
APIA FC Futsal struck right back to make it 1-1. They fizzed the ball around before Taiana Almeida Silva rolled home in the 11th minute.
It was a carbon copy for SD Raiders Futsal to make it 2-1. Rojin Polat streamed downfield and cut it back for Boag to tap home in the 13th minute.
There were chances for APIA FC Futsal either side of the half-time break. Thomson hit the base of the post with a shot then had a powerful shot saved.
APIA FC Futsal continued to pile on the pressure for an equaliser. Silva missed from close range and Thomson hit the post again.
They did equalise again in the 23rd minute, again through Silva. She was on hand to volley home to make it 2-2.
The game was on a knife’s edge as the teams looked for the winner. Polat had a pair of chances which fizzed wide of the goal.
Next up, Thomson had two chances. She wasn’t able to direct them on target as the game remained in the balance.
It was SD Raiders Futsal who made it 3-2. Polat finished off the team move and poked into the net in the 32nd minute.
APIA FC Futsal had to push forward again for an equaliser but the hosts had the majority of the chances late on.
Dione King unfurled an effort right at Urquhart then Boag wasn’t able to complete her hat-trick and kill off the game.
The visitors went for the extra attacker in their search which left the goal open for Neville to shoot into and make it 4-2 in the 40th minute.
Saturday 18 November 2023
Thomas Hassall Anglican College
SD Raiders Futsal 4 (Boag ‘10 ‘13 Polat ‘32 Neville ‘40)
APIA FC Futsal 2 (Silva ‘11 ‘23)
SD Raiders Futsal: 5. Dione King, 6. Angelina Powell, 7. Natalie Randall, 10. Jessica Neville, 12. Elana Topalidis, 13. Aleesha Santos, 15. Marista Tomayo, 21. Caitlin Britton, 24. Tayla Garifalakis, 30. Delta Garifalakis, 32. Rojin Polat, 33. Abigail Boag
Yellow cards: Polat
Red cards: nil
APIA FC Futsal: 2. Taiana Almeida Silva, 5. Rebecca Watts, 10. Maya Abidin, 15. Angelina Foley, 16. Alyssa Thomson, 20. Jessica Urquhart, 21. Alyssa Walsh
Yellow cards: Watts
Red cards: nil
South Coast Taipans 12 defeated Phoenix Futsal Club 3
South Coast Taipans were comfortable 12-3 winners against Phoenix Futsal Club at Illawarra Hockey Centre on Saturday afternoon.
The Taipans signed off in their last home game of the season in style with another strong win. The goal scoring started early with Ashley Kotevski making it 1-0 before Jordan Baker and Bronte Pyke found the back of the net. Laura Wilson pulled one back for the Phoenix to make it 3-1 after eight minutes.
The hosts kept their foot on the pedal and went into the break at 8-1. Bronte Trew added the fourth in the 15th minute then Pyke, Ebony Freeman, Baker and Lulu Lozano rounded out the first half score. Phoenix did pull a goal back just after halftime through Adisyn Lopez for 8-2.
Lozano added her second to make it nine for the Taipans in another big win. Kotevski scored her second to make it double digits before Baker completed her hat-trick. Wilson did notch a late consolation for the Phoenix to make it 12-3.
West City Crusaders 4 defeated by Sydney City Eagles 5
Sydney City Eagles won 5-4 in a thriller against West City Crusaders down at PCYC Hawkesbury on Saturday night.
It was an important win for Sydney City Eagles who hold onto fourth spot in the FPL2 Open Womens competition. Crusaders struck first at home through Paris Vinuya before Kelsea Nash equalised in the seventh minute.
The Eagles hit the lead through Sofia Sollecito in the 13th minute but Crusaders tied it up again through Kitwarla Mkali for 2-2 at the break. Crusaders dealt a double blow through Emily Fenn and Tia Berg to go up 4-2 before three late strikes from Nash gave the Eagles all three points.
Sydney Futsal Club 6 defeated Raiders Futsal Club 2
Sydney Futsal Club won 6-2 against Raiders Futsal Club at NC of Indigenous Excellence on Sunday afternoon.
The result keeps the pressure up on leaders South Coast Taipans in their chase for top spot on the FPL2 Open Womens ladder. Sydney Futsal Club led 2-0 at the break and cruised to another comfortable win before their top of the table clash next weekend.
Raiders Futsal Club goals came from Gemma Morgan and Nicole Ossio in the loss. There was a proud moment for youngster Mackenzye Abreu who made her first grade debut for the club as they look to end the season on a high.
Round 13 game: Phoenix Futsal Club 3 defeated by APIA FC Futsal 10
APIA FC Futsal were 10-3 winners in their clash against Phoenix Futsal Club at The Centre – Dural on Sunday night.
They bounced back from their defeat last night with an important three points. APIA FC Futsal exploded to a 5-0 lead in the first half and didn’t look back. Zoe Zaczek opened the scoring quickly followed by Taiana Almeida Silva for 2-0. Zaczek added the third before an Alyssa Thomson double made it 5-0. Phoenix Futsal Club did find a goal through Laura Wilson before the break.
Phoenix Futsal Club reduced the deficit to 5-2 through Ashley Limnios in the 24th minute before Zaczek completed her hat-trick to make it 6-3 for APIA FC Futsal. Grace Gilhawley scored the hosts third then Silva, Claudia Lacalanda, Rebecca Watts and Silva again made it 10-3.
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)