Massive 15-4 loss for the Pirates
The Pirates went down in a heap tonight in Round 7 of the South East Mens MFL.
Play Maker Adam Fridman was back, but Chris Gospel was out due to suspension and that meant there was a huge hole in defence. The Pirates played a quick Futsal Plus who were on fire and slaughtered the boys in blue 15-4, making it the heaviest defeat not only for the team, but for the SE Zone.
The Pirates started off really well and by the 10 minute mark, it was only 1-0 to the ‘Plus. In a an immediate response, Adam Fridman displayed his skill and guile to get the Pirates on the board with a delightful chip over the advancing Goalkeeper to make it 1-1. Ricardo Spano and Fridman were linking up well together and they should have converted at least 1/2 dozen chances, but didn’t. Fridman bagged his second with his neat twisting and turning, but that was as good as it got. From then on, it was all the ‘Plus. Goal after goal till the Referee blew his whistle to put the Pirates out of their misery. ‘Plus Pivot Alex Flore and Flank Player Jose Navarrete were in fine touch, especially Navarrete’s pace and athletism to score the far post tap ins.
Playing Squad: Sam Mlynarz (Captain and GK) Adam Fridman, Paul Iliopoulos, Joseph Luciano, Brad Smith, Riccardo Spano and Zoran Mrdjan. Martin van Elst was the Coach and substitute Goalkeeper. Did Not Play: Adam Riciutti and Chris Gospel (suspended).
In the other games the Mustangs have made the Finals with three rounds to spare. They comprehensively dismantled the Lions 8-0. Mustang Pivot, Alex Rojas, was in brilliant form scoring goals with quick 1-2 passes with his team mates.
The third and final match of the night was between the Knox Flames and the Cobras. It was a pulsating game which the Flames won 5-2. The Cobras got to within 3-2 of the Flames, but a strategic Time Out was called by Coach Myszka. This paid dividends, as the Oranje scored two quick goals to seal the match. Goal of the game and goal of the round, along with Fridman’s chip, was Sergio Birk’s goal. The Brazilian maestro received a high ball, controlled it with his chest, spun around and from 12 meters out let loose with a powerful shot which left the ‘Keeper no chance! He was the Man of the Match.
After tonight’s results the Mustangs have nearly qualified for the finals in December. One more win will see them qualify, but they need to win the Zone to avoid the Number 1 ranked team from the North West. The Mustangs have 19 points; Futsal Plus 16 points; Knox Flames 12 points; Cobras 9 points; Lions 9 points and the Pirates 0 points.