Tasmania recovered from a morning hammering by NSW Lightning to inflict a first defeat on Southern NSW Flame, winning their Pool A clash 4-1 in memorable style. The Tasmanians roared into a 2-0 lead by the break thanks to goals from Adam Husseni and a superb goal from Joshua Quan, sweeping the ball into the net first time from an acute angle, via both posts, for a sublime finish. Skipper Andrew Clark made it three after the resumption before Luis Carnerio registered his fourth goal of the competition to give the Flame some hope. This was doused not longer afterwards when Liam Scott made it four to complete a terrific result. Southern NSW Flame also saw Kevin Oliveira sent off for receiving two yellow cards.
The morning’s matches had seen NSW Lightning set out a marker that they would be defending their championship with vigour after seeing off the challenge of Tasmania 5-1. The strength in depth of the Lightning team was exemplified by the sharing of the goals amongst the squad. Mark Symington, Jordan Mundell, Kane Wright and Aaron Cimitile all netted for the NSW side with an own goal completing the victory. Adam Husseni responded for Tasmania but it was scant consolation.
The ACT Cobras, one of the pre-tournament favourites, were held to a second successive 2-2 draw, this time by Southern NSW Flame. The Cobras were 2-0 up by the break with Marcial Munoz and Dustin Wells finishing well, but the Southern NSW Flame team fought back after the re-start and a double to Luis Carnerio, taking his personal tally to three goals in two matches ensured the game ended in an entertaining score draw.
But the hometown heroes found their feet in the evening fixtures romping to a 5-0 destruction of Northern NSW in a performance that was a step up from what they had offered earlier. Scott Manson and Misko Naumoski were the beneficiaries of some sterling approach work grabbing a brace apiece with the latter moving his tournament tally to three. The rout had been instigated by Dustin Wells who had opened the scoring in the first half.
In Pool B the ACT Colts suffered their first defeat of the championships when they succumbed to a Fernando De Moraes inspired Victoria by 3-0. De Moraes, the Victorian captain, was in spectacular form in the second half and proved the difference between the teams with two well taken goals, the second of which, a superb back-heel flick, secured the points close to the conclusion of the match. Victoria had taken the lead in the first half through Resit Culculoglu and played some quick-fire Futsal, but the Colts were left to rue missed chances with Jason O’Dwyer going closest when his effort from just outside the ‘D’ was pushed to safety. The Colts face Southern NSW and South Australia tomorrow and realistically probably need two wins to ignite their finals hopes.
In what’s shaping up to be an incredibly tight Pool, Southern NSW have the advantage after they won their first match of the tournament by defeating South Australia 5-3. Liam Moller had given the South Australians the lead in the first half only for Giovanni Leuzzi to level matters minutes later. Joseph Foti and Shane Soutter out Southern NSW in front in the second term and, after Nick Bucco had netted his third goal in two games, a double to Engelo Rumora secured the points for Southern. Chris Dean pulled one back late on for South Australia but they couldn’t haul themselves back into the encounter.
NSW Lightning 5 (Mark Symington, Jordan Mundell, Kane Wright, Aaron Cimitile, own goal) Tasmania 1 (Adam Husseni)
Southern NSW Flame 2 (Luis Carnerio (2)) ACT Cobras 2 (Marcial Munoz, Dustin Wells)
BYE – Northern NSW
Tasmania 4 (Adam Husseni, Joshua Quan, Andrew Clark, Liam Scott) Southern NSW Flame 1 (Luis Carneiro)
ACT Cobras 5 (Scott Manson (2), Misko Naumoski (2), Dustin Wells) Northern NSW 0
BYE – NSW Lightning
TABLE – POOL A
|3||Southern NSW Flame||3||1||1||1||8||9||-1||5|
ACT Colts 0 Victoria 3 (Fernando De Moraes (2), Resit Culculoglu)
South Australia 3 (Liam Moller, Nick Bucco, Chris Dean) Southern NSW 5 (Giovanni Leuzzi, Shane Soutter, Engelo Rumora (2), Joseph Foti))
BYE – NSW Thunder
TABLE – POOL B
|3||Southern NSW Flame||3||1||1||1||8||9||-1||5|
4 Luis CARNEIRO (Southern NSW Flame)
3 Misko NAUMOSKI (ACT Cobras), Nick BUCCO (South Australia)
2 Scott MANSON, Dustin WELLS (both Act Cobras), Kane WRIGHT (NSW Lightning), Hakan CANLI (Northern NSW), Engelo RUMORA (Southern NSW), Kevin OLIVIERA (Southern NSW Flame), Adam HUSSENI (Tasmania), Fernando DE MORAES (Victoria)
1 Marcial MUNOZ, Adrian VIZZARI (both ACT Cobras), Callum BEATON (ACT Colts), Aaron CIMITILE, Daniel FOGARTY, Jordan MUNDELL, Mark SYMINGTON (all NSW Lightning), Daine MERRIN (NSW Thunder), Pouria BASHARDOUST (Northern NSW), Chris DEAN, Raff FRISINA, Liam MOLLER (all South Australia), Joseph FOTI, Giovanni LEUZZI, Shane SOUTTER (all Southern NSW), Ali BAZZI, Thomas TAYLOR (both Southern NSW Flame), Andrew CLARK, Joshua QUAN, Liam SCOTT (all Tasmania), Resit CULCULOGLU, Vadim MAZURSKIY (both Victoria), Own GOALS