F-League Series 1 Review (NSW)

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Football NSW Press Release

Logo - F-LeagueThe inaugural 2011 F-League Series 1 competition kicked off over the weekend at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium with Dural Warriors leading the charge on goal difference.

Greg Giovenali fired his Warriors side into the lead of the F-League, the leading scorer after Series One, scoring eleven of his side thirty three goals. The Warriors were in second place overnight but with a 10 goal Thriller with the overnight leader Maccabi Hakoah ensured both team remained undefeated as the match ended 5-5. The Warriors than overpowered St Albans Strikers 7-4 which ensured they will be the pace setters going into Series two.

Maccabi Hakoah were day one front runners but were involved in the two best matches of Series One as they were held to draws by Dural Warriors 5-5 and an entertaining 3-3 against Inner City FC. Maccabi Hakoah coach Steven Knight would be happy with his side performance on day two with 5 goals coming via the way of various dead ball situations. The work on the training pitch has clearly paid dividends and with Captain Doron Pozniak due back from injury they will continue to be hard to beat.

Victorian side Inner City FC moved into third place in the table. The Melbourne outfit looked a different side on day two with the inclusion of current South Melbourne FC star Fernando De Moraes and with the organisation of Adam Husseini this seemed to be the spark the Victorian side was looking for. Inner City finished Series One with an impressive 6-3 win over Parramatta Blues and a come from behind 3-3 draw with Maccabi Hakoah.

Fellow Melbourne side St Albans Strikers are sitting in fourth position and will feel they need the bounce of the ball to fall their way as they seemed to have had no luck during Series One. St Albans finished Series One with a 6-5 victory over Boomerangs FS and a 7-4 loss to Dural Warriors. Strikers coach Robert Lakovski will walk away a little disappointed with the loss to the Warriors as his side battled back from a two goal deficit to draw level but fell a little short in the dying minutes of the game and copped three late goals but there are good signs for Series Two.

Parramatta Blues sit in fifth position. The “Blues” were much improved on day two and fought hard in the 6-3 loss with Inner City FC, their luck changed in round five when they picked up their first win of Series One with a 7-4 victory over Boomerangs FS. Parramatta will be hoping the win over Boomerangs FS is the kick start needed to push the side toward a finals berth.

Boomerangs FS are sitting at the bottom of the F-League ladder after a disappointing Series One. Player/Coach Angelo Konstantinou looked a frustrated man in Series One, the current Futsalroo shot stopper often kept his side in matches during the opening series but the Boomerangs went down 6-5 to St Albans Strikers and 7-4 to Parramatta Blues.

Results

Round One
Dural Warriors 12 def. Parramatta Blues 4,
Maccabi Hakoah 4 def. St Albans Strikers FC (VIC) 3
Inner City FC (VIC) 4 def. Boomerangs FS (ACT) 3

Round Two
St Albans Strikers (VIC) 6 def. Parramatta Blues 2
Maccabi Hakoah 4 def. Boomerangs FS (ACT) 3,
Dural Warriors 4 def. Inner City FC (VIC) 2

Round Three
Maccabi Hakoah 3 def. Parramatta Blues 1,
Inner City FC (VIC) 9 def. St Albans Strikers FC (VIC) 3
Boomerangs FS (ACT) 5 drew with Dural Warriors 5

Day 2

Round Four
Inner City FC (VIC) 6 def. Parramatta Blues 3,
Drual Warriors 5 drew with Maccabi Hakoah 5
St Albans Strikers FC (VIC) 6 def. Parramatta Blues 5

Round Five
Inner City FC (VIC) 3 drew with Maccabi Hakoah 3
Parramatta Blues 7 def. Boomerangs FS (ACT) 4,
Dural Warriors 7 def. St Albans Strikers FC (VIC) 4

F-League Golden Boot

11 – Greg Giovenali (Dural Warriors)

5 – Blake Rosier (Dural Warriors), James Blackburn (Inner City FC), Jordan Mundell (Maccabi Hakoah), Irzad Spijodic (St Albans Strikers), Husmir Ikanovic (St Albans Strikers)

4 – Trent Flanigan (Boomerangs FS), Tobias Seeto (Dural Warriors), Miles Downie (Maccabi Hakoah), Mojtaba Mohebbee (Parramatta Blues), Alija Redzepovic (St Albans Strikers), Mauricio Novak (Inner City FC)

3 – Peter Gaffney (Parramatta Blues), Stipe Jakovljevic (Parramatta Blues), Itaua Batista (Parramatta Blues), Denny Dutra (Maccabi Hakoah), Daniel Fulton (Maccabi Hakoah), Andre Caro (Inner City FC), Wade Giovenali (Dural Warriors)

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