A couple of blowouts and a capital dogfight marked round four of the 2011-12 Futsal Premier League as Dural shot to the top of the table – although just three points separates first from seventh, while in the club championship it’s catch Allstars if you can as another successful night saw them extend their overall lead.
Inner West edged out Boomerangs 2-1, Enfield defeated Mascot 6-3, Sydney City pummeled Campbelltown 9-4 and Warriors plundered South Coast 12-1 to set up a logjam at the head of the competition.
City overshadows ‘Town
Sydney City Eagles dictated terms in a 9-4 win over Campbelltown Quake at Bankstown Basketball Stadium on Saturday night.
The Eagles were in devastating form and raced to a 5-0 lead before Quake rumbled back with a goal just before halftime.
Campbelltown never gave up and hustled hard in the second half but couldn’t bridge the gap over City’s commanding buffer and the Eagles enjoyed a solid victory on the back of a Mojtaba Mohebbee hat-trick and a brace from Chris Zeballos, who has notched up eight goals for the season already.
Sydney City coach Jamie Amendolia was delighted with the way his side turned it around after last week’s shocker against Dural.
“It was a very good result after last week. The boys played really well and I think we pretty much controlled the whole game,” he said. “It also gave me the chance to use a couple of youth players and test my reserve keeper [Matt Licata].”
“More than anything, we got the kick in the pants last week and realised that you have to turn up every week to play. Last week’s result certainly gave the boys extra enthusiasm for this week.”
Campbelltown coach Glenn Lockhart wasn’t at the game; he was busy picking up a silver medal at the Australian Masters Games in Adelaide with his highly successful South Coast Rhinos side [the Rhinos won gold at the 2009 World Masters, bronze at the 2010 Pan Pacific Masters and were 21 games undefeated until they got done by Dunrooten United in the Aussie Masters final, losing via a last-minute penalty in extra-time].
“I wasn’t at the game by I heard they outgunned us in first half and we were always on the back foot after that,” he said. Campbelltown have now
“We really need to lift our focus on where we want to be in this competition. It is a bit of a growth phase for the club this year and we need every player to commit to the cause. It is a bit of a wake-up call and shows that we have to become more consistent.”
Warriors ransack Coast
Dural Warriors offered no mercy to Premier League newcomers South Coast Vipers in a 12-1 raid at the Sports & Leisure Centre on Saturday night.
The Warriors were on song from the kick-off and early goals paved the way for a big halftime lead, and an even bigger fulltime win, resistant Pete Gaffney scoring the Taipans’ sole goal.
It’s happy days for Dural coach Rob Varela as his team nestled above Sydney City on goal difference to become the new competition leaders. They are also the first team to win three straight this season.
South Coast coach April Van Woerkom didn’t enjoy watching her team get wiped off the Dural court but remained focus on the bigger picture of developing players and trying to consolidate the club’s premier league place.
“We played terrible last night,” she said. “We only had four men [two regulars were playing an indoor tournament in Thailand and a couple of others at club presentations for outdoor], went down a couple of goals really early and lost sight of them. Dural pretty much did what they wanted.”
Van Woerkom was under no illusions that this would be a tough first-up year for South Coast and she willed the players to commit themselves to the club.
“Aiming to stay in Premier League is not a bad goal – it’s not that big a jump up in standard [regarding the blow-out scorelines],” she said. “The junior teams have been outmuscled, the girls especially, but a few of the boys teams are sticking in there…”
“The frustrating part is players who can’t turn up because they’ve got something else on. We still haven’t had a full team in premier league and we had 30 players out last night across all age groups.”
“Our players want to be in premier league, they don’t want to go back to super league. We have a lot of players playing in Sydney and we need to build the club up so they want to come back to us. We will get there.”
Rovers snare Vipers
A much-improved Enfield Rovers out-maneuvered Mascot Vipers 6-3 at All Sorts Fitness Centre on Saturday night.
It was a good comeback from Enfield after last week’s torrid 8-2 loss to Boomerangs as they led Mascot 3-0 early and held onto a slender 4-2 advantage at halftime.
The second half was tighter but Rovers prevailed as Mascot suffered injuries to key players Adrian Vizzari, Yavus Ekinci and goalkeeper Danny Georgakopolous.
It was back-to-back losses for Mascot but they still managed to stay third on the ladder [on goal difference alone].
Enfield coach Ernie Bivona was thrilled with the result and performance, which he said was marshaled by solid outings from Tim Mascarello, Joe Foti and James Gullotta in goals.
“Compared to last week it was two different teams. It’s amazing what one week can do with a good flogging at training,” he said.
“They lost a few key players to injury… but we stuck to our gameplan, controlled the match and never looked like losing. We now have to stay switched on for the rest of the competition.”
Allstars outshine Boomerangs
Inner West Allstars narrowly beat Boomerangs 2-1 in a battle royale at Southern Cross Stadium on Saturday night.
In a terrific display of tight, tense futsal, Inner West managed to hold onto a 1-0 lead until 10 minutes to go in the match when Boomerangs equalised to set up an epic finish.
Allstars coach Matteo Maiorana was pleased to grab such a vital result and called it a good, tough game.
Next week’s games
FNSW Futsal round 5 (Saturday, October 22) sees Mascot host Boomerangs at All Sorts Fitness Centre, Sydney City play South Coast at Bankstown Basketball Stadium, the Warriors tackle Enfield at Dural Sports & Leisure Centre, and Inner West take on Campbelltown at the Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre.