In a rematch of last year’s grand final the competition leaders, The Inner West Allstars played host to the reigning champions Campelltown City Quake at the Sports Halls, Sydney Olympic Park.
The game was dubbed the clash of the titans and with 7 current Futsalroos on show and another 3 former Internationals scattered between the line ups it was clear to see why. But there was only one team that proved heroic in this one, the Inner West Allstars not only gained revenge on last season’s grand final defeat but put an exclamation mark on their title aspirations with a devastating performance.
The game was only 2 minutes old when Tommy Rogic got the games first shot off after a splendid exchange of passing between Trent Flannigan and Adrian Vizzari which would be an early indication of what was to follow.
Quakes keeper Jon Azzopardi was called into action a minute later making a great save down low to his right after Vizzari and Rogic linked up to tee up a Daniel Fogarty strike.
After the early Allstar pressure Quake began to find their rhythm, first it was Dean Lockhart who tested Allstar keeper Roberto Maiorana while Shane Soutter had another shot saved as did Danny Martinez.
Soutter was beginning to make an impact and it was once again he that created an opportunity, but his intended pass to an awaiting Martinez at the back post was ever so slightly over hit.
7 minutes in and the Allstar onslaught began, the much hyped about Tom Rogic sped down the court and played the ball across Azzopardi for the awaiting Patrick Pace but before the ball found its intended target Soutter forced the ball over his own goal line for the games opening goal. It was now all the Allstars, Vizzari played a sensational ball to Fogarty but Azzopardi was equal to the task.
The lightning quick Tommy Rogic then had to much speed for Simon Keith whom he left floundering, Rogic squared the ball for Vizzari who cheekily got on all fours and headed the ball of the floor and into the wide open goal to double the Allstars lead. Keith was having a few minutes to forget as he was beaten by Pace but was helped by Azzopardi who made another good save, and then had a wayward attempt on goal.
Quake attempted to up the tempo and the substitutions were being made thick and fast by coach Dom Helene and it was two of his substitutes that tested Maiorana with Jahani and Pearce both hitting the target.
Maiorana was having a good game but his poor pass was intercepted by Martinez who seemed to have drawn Maiorana and found Lockhart for a certain goal but Maiorana was quick to recover and pulled of a sensational save to redeem himself. The Rogic show continued minutes later as he ripped a Quake defender and played a nice ball square to Issac Waddick and drilled a shot far post for a well taken finish, and his team the ascendency with a 3-0 lead.
But the first half torment wasn’t over just yet for the Campbelltown based side.Rogic and Lockhart clashed in a 50-50 tackle mid court and it was Lockhart who came off second best and stayed down, Rogic continued his run and again linked with Waddick who again made no mistake to give the Allstars an incredible 4-0 lead and it could have been worse after some more magic by Rogic who dribbled past Azzopardi but shot just wide.
A minute and a half into the second half former Quake player Stefan Donevski got his name on the score sheet as he drilled a shot under the Quake custodian after some good lead up play by Vizzari to send the Allstar bench into a frenzy. 6 minutes later the onslaught continued Vizzari found Rogic whos shot was saved, Fogarty was on hand to pick up the scraps he simply played the ball back to Rogic who in turn squared the ball back to the lightning quick Fogarty who tapped home to incredibly give the Allstars a 6-0 lead.
At this point the game seemed like it could end up anything and had it been any team other than the Quake it would’ve been, but this quake side are too experienced and to proud to go down without a fight. Futsalroo Ian Mc Andrew began to get more involved and it was his ball to the golden boot leader Danny Martinez which should’ve brought some joy to the Quake faithful but Vizzari was clearly inspired and cleared the ball off the line.
Again it was Mc Andrew and Martinez who combined but again the Allstars showed determination in keeping a clean sheet and this time it was Pace who was determined in defence. Jahani then had with a quick turn and shot but Maiorana was again up to the task. Quake could sense this was their opportunity and Mc Andrew and the silky skilled Martinez combined yet again with Mc Andrew playing Martinez a ball who instinctively flicked the ball with the outside of his foot but once again Maiorana proved why he is one of the best young keepers in the country.
There was finally a reason for the travelling Quake contingent to smile when Tuan Cao got on the score sheet in the final minute of the game denting Allstars attempt on the clean sheet.
It was quite a masterful display by the Allstars with Adrian Vizzari inspiring and Tommy Rogic not only living up to the hype but exceeding it, having a hand in 5 of the teams 6 goals.
There was not a bad player for the Allstars with all 12 players playing their part in the victory, for Quake this defeat will definitely sting but like all good teams this could just be the wakeup call they need. Danny Martinez was once again their standout player but Quake need all their big guns firing which just didn’t happen today.
Inner West Allstars 6 (7’ OG-Danny Martinez, Isaac Waddick 20’, 22’, Stefan Donevski 27’, Daniel Fogarty 34’)
Campbelltown Quake 1 (Tuan Cao 49’)
Inner West Allstars: 1. Robbie Maiorana, 13. Adrian Vizzari, 10. Tom Rogic,7.Trent Flannigan, 44. Daniel Fogarty
Subs: 3. Pat Pace, 4. Troy Eedy, 8. Shayne Ardle, 11. Isaac Waddick, 17. Anthony Poniris, 19. Stefan Donevski, 30. Marcello Bortone
Yellow: Vizzari 36’
Campbelltown Quake: 20. Jon Azzopardi, 3. Shane Soutter, 4. Dean Lockhart, 10. Danny Martinez,8. Ian Mc Andrew
Subs: 1. Andrew Haim, 2. James Pearce, 5. Mark Symington, 6. Brenden Riley, 7. Tuan Cao, 9. Sahand Jahani, 12. Simon Keith.
Yellow: Symington 38’
Referee: Scott Kidson, Andrew Best