Mens MFL Round 9 (VIC)

Bayside Pirates

The Pirates Win!

Finally the boys in Blue won their first game, 2-1 against the Lions.

It was somewhat a tame game, but despite conceding a soft tap in, in the opening minutes, it was a much more disciplined performance by the Pirates. 1-0 to the Lions at half time.

Captain for the night, Martin van Elst, was back in goals and did a stirling job in keeping the Lions at bay. Adam Fridman did his usual best and linked up well with Riccardo Spano. It was their inter play which led to Spano’s powerful shot into the top right hand corner to equalise early in the second half. From there on, it was end to end play until Fridman once again linked up with Spano for an easy tap in for Brad Smith. The Pirates hung on for their first win of the season. Another energetic performance by Joseph Luciano and Paul Iliopoulos helped the cause. Twinkle Toes Zoran Mrdjan was up to his usual accurate passes and neat ball rolling. All in all, a good team performance.

Playing Squad: Martin van Elst (Captain and GK) Adam Fridman, Riccardo Spano, Paul Iliopoulos, Joseph Luciano, Brad Smith and Zoran Mrdjan. Did Not Play: Sam Mlynarz, Adam Riciutti, and Chris Gospel (suspended).

In the other games Futsal Plus rolled the Cobras 7-3, with Jose Navarete of the Plus’ in brilliant form with his expert ball control at speed and his mix of deft and powerful shots. Man of the Match.

In the final game of the night the Flames had to beat the Mustangs to stay in the hunt for a place at MSAC. It was very close at one point, but the more experienced Mustangs bounced back from last week’s defeat to pip the Flames 5-3. The Flames Goalkeeper, Danny Walk, was brilliant in goal, denying the Mustangs Pivots time after time. One save, in particular, was magnificant. He stopped a fierce shot with one hand that sent the ball high into the gallery. Flames Ivan Bajo was also playing well with some quick running and nifty footwork to score some of his team’s goals. But, it was Mustangs Pivot, Dejan Radojicic who made the difference. His touch was back and his set up play and goals were of the highest order.

This means that the Mustangs have qualified for the Finals with one round to spare. They are on 22 points and Futsal Plus also qualify, as they are on 19 points and can’t be over taken by the Flames, who are on 15 points. The Cobras are on 12 points, the Lions on 9 points and the Pirates have 3 points. The last round is next week.

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