Futsal Premier League Open Women’s Round 10 Review

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A weekend for high scoring draws! The Futsal Premier League Open Women competition saw several tight affairs in round 10 action.

Headlined by a 1st v 5th clash, there was plenty going on elsewhere on a thrilling slate of action.

Mountain Majik Futsal Club 4-4 Mascot Vipers

One that lived up to pre-game expectations, Mountain Majik and Mascot Vipers shared the points after an enthralling game of futsal, Saturday afternoon.

The lead changing throughout, Mountain Majik came from behind at the break to earn the point keeping their position at the top. While Mascot Vipers sit just outside the top four with a chance to break into it next weekend.

Indeed, the Vipers scored which pretty much their first chance of this one. Hannah Charak leading a break forward tenaciously inside two minutes before finishing on her second effort, her first saved.

At this point however, Majik were looking the more threatening in terms of chances with Pene Bonovas and Ella Buchanan both having chances before the equalizer which came in the 9th minute.

A well worked set-piece resulting in the Majik’s first, Buchanan squaring the ball to Bonovas from the right for the simple finish.

Another kick in less than a minute later giving the hosts the lead, Ella Buchanan finishing with a powerful shot following up an initial strike from the left side. 2-1 Majik.

It was a game where the momentum changed frequently though, and a time out gave the Vipers the chance to regroup.

Their pressure eventually telling on the quarter hour, Trudy Camilleri sneaking in behind her marker to equalise, Demi Koulizakis with the assist from the right.

Vipers retaking the lead through Hannah Charak with her second shortly after. Charak capping off an impressive individual half with the goal playing a give and go with Camilleri to her left before finishing well. 3-2 Vipers.

The first half finishing with a chance at either end through Maryam Mostaghimi at one end while Clare Holder at the other.

Any fears of this settling down after the break were extinguished early in the second half through you guessed it… Clare Holder in nonchalant fashion.

Holder receiving the ball on the right before showing quick feet to create space for a left footed strike to level things at 3-3 early in the second half.

The two sides exchanging chances in the opening ten minutes of the second half before Vipers retook the lead from the spot. Demi Koulizakis winning the penalty inside the circle for Riley Welsh to step up to give the Vipers a 4-3 lead.

A lead which lasted barely 60 seconds before Clare Holder stepped up once again, a long-range effort from just inside the attacking half finding the back of the net to return things to parity.

The momentum in this one unfortunately brought to a halt by an injury scare to Clare Holder with five minutes left. A nasty collision with the post attempting to steer a ball home souring proceedings. Though the goal line clearance from Demi Koulizakis deserves a mention in that play.

Majik holding on late to share the points, Ellas Buchanan coming up with a potential goal saving tackle at the death to earn them a point.

Mountain Majik face Macarthur Quake next weekend while Mascot Vipers host Dural Warriors.

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club 2-1 Boomerangs FS

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah broke their five-game winless streak with a victory over Boomerangs FS at the Heffron Centre.

A crucial result given the scenario these two find themselves in the club championship, the result gives Hakoah an outside chance at the top four. While Boomerangs face an uphill battle in their efforts to remain in the competition.

From there communication with us, you can tell that this result was a massive sigh of relief for the hosts. With better depth in the squad, Claudia Valletta was the standout performance wise. Valletta scoring the first goal in the 17th minute before Keira Danes added the second goal with five minutes remaining.

Boomerangs for their part looked strong in transition with Dianne Wilson scoring in the first half. Not able to respond after going behind in the second half.

Dural Warriors 2-2 UTS Northside Futsal Club

Couldn’t be split, Dural Warriors and UTS Northside shared the points in a 2-2 draw at the Centre, Saturday afternoon.

There’s just a point between these two in the competition and that showed on the pitch in this one. Dural Warriors coming from 2-0 down to secure the point at home.

The result came as a disappointment for UTS Northside considering where they were in the fixture. Leading two nil into the second half of the match through goals to Halle Smit and Emily Bastow either side of half time.

But Dural Warriors showed warrior spirit to get back into this one and take a point. Utilizing a high press, controlling possession getting their reward through Rachel Perrins and Kayla Osborn.

Dural Warriors next face 5th placed Mascot Vipers away from home. While UTS Northside take the long trip down to Canberra.

Enfield Allstars 4-4 Macarthur Quake Futsal

Finally, Enfield Allstars secured their second point of the season holding Macarthur Quake to a 4-4 draw in the late kick off.

A crazy fixture to conclude our slate of action, Enfield Allstars showed a lot of heart to claim a point coming from behind on more than one occasion. The point enough to maintain Macarthur Quakes position in the four.

The Allstars got off to a flyer in this one scoring off a well-executed set piece through Lorena Munoz Bravo. That goal waking the visitors up however as they responded with two of their own. Olivia D’Alessandro toe poking home an equalizer five minutes later.

Before Linda Dudek made it two goals in as many minutes scoring after picking the ball up on halfway and dribbling past a few defenders. Dudek potentially the player of the match.

Two further goals coming before the break at either end. Estelle Frangie equalising for the Allstars before Alvina Khoshaba set up Tea Muncenski to make it 3-2 Quake at half time.

Loreno Munoz Bravo completing her brace for the hosts to bring things level on 35 minutes. Before Llara Llorente gave them a 4-3 lead in the 37th minute against a Quake side down a player.

Drama continuing to the death with Linda Dudek scoring as the Quake exercised a powerplay, Khoshaba with the assist. Dudek nearly scoring a winner if not for a superb Issabella Coelho save. The teams settling for a share of the points.

By Justin Smith