Mascot Vipers shot to the top of the Futsal men’s premier league table with an 8-1 demolition job on South Coast Taipans in a battle of the snakes at All Sorts Fitness Centre on Saturday night
The Vipers sit above Sydney City Eagles, who edged out Inner West Allstars in a 4-3 thriller at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre, on goal difference as the only two undefeated sides in the competition after just two rounds.
It was a tough ask for premier league debutants South Coast, who had just four regular starters to choose from with the rest of the team made up with youth players, but they did an outstanding job in matching it with Mascot early on.
The Vipers went two goals up before a great far-post finish from Taipan Bradley Ferraro pegged back the deficit, Mascot scoring right on halftime to take a 3-1 lead.
South Coast Taipans never gave up and created plenty of scoring opportunities until the home side banged in its sixth goal to put the result beyond doubt, Mascot eventually winning 8-1 to go nicely with its opening round 9-5 win over Inner West Allstars.
Taipans coach April Van Woerkom knew it was going to be a tough first-up year in Futsal’s main frame but remained firmly fixed on a club goal to consolidate its premier league position.
“Two losses is nothing to worry about at this stage. We’ll have most of our lads back on deck next week and we’ve also signed [former Central Coast Mariner] Alvin Ceccoli from Premier League club Dandaloo,” she said.
“Playing Premier League is a big step up, absolutely, and we seem to get muscled out of the game a little bit, but I think that comes down to experience. “We’re aiming to make the finals and the second half of the season should see some results going our way. If we can survive this year we can build on that. As a club we’d just like to stay competitive.”
South Coast will tackle Inner West Allstars in the Illawarra next weekend, Allstars hoping to open their account after back-to-back losses to the two competition leaders.
In the other games Dural Warriors beat Boomerangs FS 4-1 at the AIS Training Halls on Saturday night to counter their opening round loss to Campbelltown, Quake also falling 6-4 to Enfield Rovers in an entertaining fixture at All Saints Grammar on Saturday night.
Dural, Boomerangs, Campbelltown and Enfield are equal on the ladder with a win and loss apiece heading into an intriguing round three (all games on Saturday, October 8) with South Coast Taipans facing Inner West Allstars at Illawarra Hockey Centre (5.30pm), Boomerangs hosting Enfield at Southern Cross Stadium (6pm), Mascot Vipers traveling to Minto to take on Campbelltown Quake (7.15pm), and Sydney City welcoming Dural Warriors to the Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre (7.15pm).