The South Coast side started the brighter, and it was against the run of play that the Crusaders took the lead. Josh Bingham eventually found a way through the Crusaders stern resistance to make it 1 – 1. For the remainder of the half it was only the heroics of Blake Shergold in the Crusaders goal that prevented the Taipans from going 3 or 4 up. So when Shergold got sent off towards the end of the half for a last man foul just outside the box, it was hard to see any other outcome than a Taipan victory. The 5 minutes it took to get a replacement goalkeeper in place saw the sides go in at 1 – 1.
The sending off seemed to have the reverse effect that most spectators where expecting, and it was the Crusaders that came out with the bit between their teeth. The Taipans soon found themselves behind again and chasing the game. But the Crusaders defence held firm and each counter attack seemed to produce a goal.
Congratulations to the Crusaders, and good luck in next weeks final. They will have to do it the hard way without the unfortunate Shergold in goal.
The Taipans 16’s should reflect on the season with great pride. They have been short on numbers all season, continually using 13 and 14 year olds. Of the 16’s that we did have, most had not played this level of Futsal before. So to come third in the league and reach the semi-final has to be looked at as a successful campaign.
And so we’re just left with the Youth Men in the Grand Final next week. They will take on the ACT Boomerangs after the Canberra side’s penalty shootout win over Northern Beaches in the semi.
Hopefully as many Taipans as possible can make the trip to Dural on Saturday to support the lads.
Grand Final – Dural 07:00pm Taipans V Boomerangs.