Futsal Premier League Open Women’s Round 14 Review
The Futsal Premier League Open Women competition had drama right down to the very last second in round 14 of 2023.
Whether it be the race for finals or survival, we have a lot to get through in our final review of the regular season. Let’s hope the drama continues in next weekends finals series!
UTS Northside Futsal Club 4-1 Mountain Majik Futsal Club
UTS Northside were crowned Futsal Premier League Open Women premiers with a 4-1 victory over Mountain Majik in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
In our premiership decider for the season, UTS Northside showed their quality in the second half to come away with the victory. Their best on the pitch being Leah Burton and once again Samantha Fulwood in goal.
There’s a good chance that these two could meet again in the final’s series next weekend. Mountain Majik starting the better of the two sides taking a lead before a lack of numbers eventually told on the pitch.
As mentioned earlier here, Mountain Majik took the lead in this one through Savannah Murray in the 16th minute before Grace Arnold equalised three minutes later for the hosts. Both goals coming after a tight opening quarter hour.
Missing four players including Clare Holder, the Majik continued to do a good job at hanging in there. However, a goal before the half hour unlocked the goalscoring formula for the hosts. Leah Burton capping off a good individual display with their second before captain Daisy Arrowsmith added a third and Halle Smit a fourth.
The hosts finishing top a point above the Majik and Vipers, they play Macarthur Quake next weekend. While Mascot Vipers await Mountain Majik next Saturday.
Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club 6-5 Dural Warriors
Eastern Suburbs Hakoah ended their season on a high overcoming Dural Warriors to secure some vital club championship points.
As mentioned in the opening line, this was a big result for Eastern Suburbs Hakoah in their successful survival. They scored four goals in the final six minutes for this well-earned victory having trailed 4-2 at that point.
At times in this one, Dural Warriors seemed to be in control of proceedings. However as has been the story of their season, they couldn’t quite turn that into three points with a few costly moments at the back costing them. They finished the season two points outside the top four.
This one went down to the final minute of action with both sides scoring late. Before that, Hakoah held a 2-1 lead at the half with Aurelia Collins and Claudia Valletta scoring for the hosts either side of a Samantha Nagy goal for the Warriors.
Dural Warriors then going on a three-goal run around the half hour with Rachel Perrins scoring all three to make it 4-2 to the visitors. Hakoah then responding with a three-goal run of their own a minute later after regrouping at a time out. Aurelia Collins scoring her second before Tamires Souza grabbed a brace of her own.
The final minute action packed with Dural Warriors scoring an equaliser with 56 seconds left, Samantha Nagy the scorer there. Missing chance for a winner soon after which proved costly as Gisella Pipino won the game for the hosts to make it 6-5.
Macarthur Quake Futsal 2-3 Mascot Vipers
Finally, Mascot Vipers scored a late late goal to overcome Macarthur Quake and in turn condemn the Quake to bottom of the club championship at the end of the regular season.
It was a hard-fought seesawing victory for the Vipers who end the season with three wins on the bounce. Mikayla Duong coming up big for her side with a last-minute winner to give the Vipers second place.
Oh, so cruel on the hosts Macarthur Quake who with a draw would’ve avoided relegation. They gave it absolutely everything in this one and will still play finals next weekend as they look to say goodbye in style.
As expected, Macarthur Quake came out firing in this one scoring in the opening minute through Madeleine Malone. However, the Vipers did well to keep things at 1-0 before Jess Frampton equalsed again in the 17th minute.
Vipers going onto to make it 2-1 in the 23rd minute as they had the momentum. There was nothing in this though and Alvina Khoshaba equalised for the hosts in the 28th minute. A draw set to be enough for survival in the club championship.
Futsal like football can be so cruel however with Vipers finding the back of the net in the final minute. Mikayla Duong scoring their third to make it 3 in a row for them.
Both these sides will play finals next weekend. Mascot Vipers taking on Mountain Majik while Macarthur Quake face UTS Northside.
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