Wrap up of Pirates’ Matches from Saturday 23 July
The young boys in blue were totally out played by the St Albans Strikers losing 15-4.
Despite being in the lead 3-2 at one stage, they could not keep a physically imposing rampant Strikers team from applying the pressure, who converted their chances with deadly accuracy. More training needs to be done on their defensive game, but they will bounce back from this heavy defeat a lot more wiser. Goal scoreres for the Pirates were Luke Myszka (2), Jack Athanas (11) and Dimitri Alisandratos (1)
What a Game….. times Two!!
Preceding the Hornets match at Caroline Springs, was a12-12 all draw between FTS and the Geelong Cats. In a sea saw encounter, both teams gave it their all with some fine passing and shooting on display by both teams. In the dying seconds, FTS launched one final attack with a string of beautifully weighted one two passes from Cental Defender, Jamie Brown, who on the return pass, agonizingly shot it wide of the left hand post. The siren went, then the Ref blew his whistle: Game over!
Then up stepped the Hornets ready to do battle with the Division’s League leaders, the Cobras 2 team. The girls and boys of the Hornets faced a stern challenge from the imposing Cobras team. Both teams were sitting on nine points with the Pirates having a game in hand.This was the Cobras’s last game for the MFL season, so a win would put them in pole position, due to their superior goal difference. The Pirates, if they won, would win the Division. A draw and it would go down to the last game in a fortnights time.
After a shaky start and going behind to an early goal, they started to find their composure, which led to Adem Balics run down the right flank followed by a low shot rifled into the left hand corner of the net, to make it 1-1. The Cobras soon hit back with some deft one two passing which split open the Pirates defence, leaving them flat footed in the process, only for ‘Keeper Liz Sarcevic to retrieve the ball from the back of the net. 2-1 to the Cobras.
Playing with two Central Defenders, Matthew Bucello and Captain Bronte James, Bucello surged forward while James moved over to mark the middle. His powerful run from deep, down the left flank, caught the Cobras off guard and he let fly with another one of his powerful tade mark shots into the right hand corner. Give this young Futsal player any space and time to shoot, at your peril. But, back came the Cobras with some more intelligent play of their own to make it 3-2 at half time.
When the second half got underway, the Cobras applied even more pressure with man on man marking. Sarcevic was doing more than her fair share of the defensive work, as she excelled once again between the sticks. James had a Captain’s game, tackling the opposition with determination and jumping up for those defensive headers to cut out the passes. It seemed only a matter of time before the Cobras would score again. But this Hornets team never roles over without a fight. It was that wunder kid again, Bucello, who got the Hornets back on level pegging with yet another flank run which resulted in another trade mark shot to make 3-3.
The rotating Pivots of Lily O’Brien and Robert McKenna were working hard in attack and came close to scoring on numerous occasions only to shoot wide. They excelled as the front line of defence and on the flanks, Balic and Rebecca Niclasen just kept running, as did the two Bradburys, Elizabeth and Annie. At the 15 minute mark, Bucello scored. Should the Hornets hold on for the draw or go for the win? They tried both! The Hornets of James, Niclasen, Bradbury (Annie), Sarcevic and Bucello kept the Cobras from scoring in the last 5 minutes of the game to get the vaulable point that they so richly deserved. 4 of the girls in the team, with one boy, kept them out! To keep a team, such as the Cobras from scoring in the enter second half was an outstanding team effort.
Well played to both teams in this energy sapping contest!
Final score: Cobras Two, 3, drew with the Bayside Pirates Hornets 3.