Due to the outdoor State Championships being held this week our junior games were all deferred to later in the year. This meant that Saturday’s local derby with Sutherland would only see four games played.
First up were the 16’s Boys. Hoping to bounce back from last week’s defeat, it was never going to be easy against an undefeated Sutherland. And so it proved in a first half of dominance from the strong young Shire boys that saw them go in with a deserved 0-2 lead. Once again Russell Creighton’s halftime tam talk seemed to work wonders as the Taipans came out much the stronger and playing some great Futsal. The pressure took its toll on the Sutherland boys which left the way open for the Taipans to take a comfortable 3 points. Goals from Scott Curran (2), Josh Bingham (2) and Nathan Sutcliffe gave the Taipans a fine 5-2 win.
With no 16’s Girls, next up was the Youth match, which on paper looked like it should be a comfortable tie for the Taipans as they looked to extend heir 100% record against a Sutherland side yet to win. And so it proved as the South Coast side took complete control. By the time the ref blew the halftime whistle, the Taipans were already leading 10-0. Unfortunately, as is the case in games like this, Futsal took the back seat in the second half as the young Taipans all went in search of goals. Nevertheless, we have to be happy with a final score of 16-0. Goals from across the team included a fine display from Mitchell Delturco who bagged seven.
Our young South Coast Women are still finding their feet in this step up from last year’s 16’s, and a couple of lapses in defence saw the Sutherland girls race to a comfortable 1-3 lead at halftime. A much more spirited performance followed in the second half, with goals form Melissa Cox and Olivia Mann bringing the final score to a much more respectable 3-4 to Sutherland. The Taipans will take a lot away from this game against a strong Sutherland side, unfortunately, not the points.
The final game of the day was also going to prove to be a close affair. The Taipans, still unable to field their full squad, were again forced to call on the youthies to back them up against an undefeated Sutherland team. As with the Women’s side, a couple of lapses of concentration cost the South Coast dear, as Sutherland went in 1-2 to the good at halftime. More of the same ensued in the second half, with the better Futsal being played by the home team, but being unable to capitalise on it. Goals from Russell Creighton (2) and Marko Kracjevic were not enough as Sutherland took the tie 3-4.
So once again, as last week, it was honours even between the two teams. Sutherland could take the short trip home happy to have turned the day around, and the Taipans were left to ponder what if. On the positive side, the games we won were comfortable, the games we lost were tight, and so we shouldn’t be too disappointed.
Next week it’s back to normal for a full days play as we welcome ACT Boomerangs.