Match Day 9 – Saturday 26th November, Mascot Vipers.
Following last week’s demonstrable improvement on our first round game, this week gave us a chance to see if we could improve on the solitary point gained at our first fixture against Mascot Vipers.
First up was the customary opener involving he two academy teams. The young Taipans have come a long way, with some excellent futsal on display. It was always going to be tuff against the Vipers but it was a great indicator of where the boys are.
The 12 Boys are full of confidence at the moment and playing some great futsal. An even first half saw the South Coast boys take a one goal advantage into the break courtesy of a Max Ashton strike. Unfortunately it was the Vipers who responded to the halftime talk the better and came out the stronger and a hat-trick from their number 43 killed off the Taipans chances of repeating last week’s victory. A final score of 1-3 was a good improvement on the 1-6 from the first game but could have been better against the side sitting at the top of the table.
Following their first win last week, the 12 Girls new it was going to be a different story this week reflecting on the previous game against the Vipers that ended 15-3.It was the Taipans however that started the game the more brightly and could have been two or three up in the opening exchanges. So it was disappointing to see a couple of quick goals against the run of play put our girls on the back foot. 0-4 down at halftime was harsh and a repeat in the second half left a final score of 0-8. Obviously a vast improvement on the first round game, but like the 12 Boys, could have been so much better.
The 14 Boys were the only team to get any points from the Vipers previously following a 2-2 draw, so the only improvement they could make would be a win. In a close first half both teams had their chances and with the score at 1-1 another draw looked likely. But this time it was the Taipans that responded to the halftime team talk the better scoring three second half goals with no reply. The South Coast scorers in the 4-1 victory were Matt Mazevski and Dion Sterjovski 3 (Three).
The improving Taipan 14 Girls were looking to better a 5-2 defeat in the first round and certainly had their chances to get into the game. Unfortunately it was the Vipers that took their chances and despite some good play by our girls, went in 0-2 down at halftime. Looking for a way back into the game, openings were left at the back that the Vipers accepted, doubling the final score to 0-4.
The Taipan 16 Boys were on the wrong end of a first half blitz from the Vipers that quickly saw the score run out to 1-5 by halftime. The South Coast boys consolidated for the second half, and some much improved defence led to a much closer contest in which both sides were reduced to a single goal each. The Taipan scorers in the 2-6 defeat were Danny Olivier and Francesco Liberti. The result was an improvement on a first round score of 0-9.
The 16 Girls started this game with real purpose, and keeping a very good Mascot side down to 0-2 at halftime was no mean feat. Unfortunately, with only six players available plus a couple from the 14’s, fatigue set in for the later stages and he girls finally went in 16 down with the Taipan scorer Katelyn Leadbeatter. Probably not the improvement on the first round 5-0 score they were looking for, but a great effort under the circumstances.
Our Youth Men were obliterated by schoolies and found themselves utilising boys from both the 16’s and the 14’s for the second week in a row. On a plus side, Sam Davies got his first court time this season following recent knee surgery. 0-1 down at halftime was a great effort by the young lads, but fatigue and inexperience got the better of the boys in the second half, finally going down 2-6. Despite availability of the team, this was still an improvement on the first round score of 7-1. The Taipan scorers were Klime Sekutkoski and Andrew Breslin.
Our Women were also short on numbers, but with the aid of the 16’s girls had a real go at the Vipers in what was probably their best performance of the season so far. Although they could never get their noses in front they stayed in touch throughout the wholegame, finally succumbing 2-5. The Youth Coast scorers were Brook Dufy and Jaimi Van Woerkom in an improved score line from the first round of 5-0.
The Taipan Men finally got the monkey off their back last week and what better way to back that up than a win against a Vipers side sitting just one place above them in the league table. Playing in front of the WIN TV cameras once again, the Taipans raced to a comfortable 3-0 lead at halftime. Unfortunately the South Coast side seemed to switch off a little in the second half and a couple of defensive lapses saw the Vipers reduced the lead to 3-2. Once again the Taipans picked up their game and finally ran out 4-3 victors. The scorers were Pete Gaffney, Alvin Ceccoli, Ricky Zucco and Johnny Hatton in a reversal of the first round 8-1 loss.
So 6 points was an improvement on 1 from the previous round and every team improved on the score line, the momentum is definitely with us, and all we can do is keep improving. Well done to all the players.
Next week we’re away to Inner West All Stars……….