St Albans reports on the start of a new Futsal League in Melbourne
Monday the 2nd of April will go down in the history books as the official opening of the Legea M League. Showcasing some of the finest Futsal players in Melbourne, the boutique six team competition got off with a bang with three great matches. All six teams looked great in their beautiful Legea Kits, with plenty more action in the weeks to come:
METRO STARS V MELBOURNE BLOODS: 10:4
The headline act of the night with no fewer than 9 current Strikers players on the court at kickoff was always going to be an entertaining affair. It was the Redzepovic brothers who dominated early on for the Stars with their customary vision and passing. An early two goal lead settled the nerves of the Metro Stars squad. To the bloods credit they battled hard to get back into the game, with young 15 year old Strikers Youth player James Yuang Kur impressing with his endeavour around the court. It helped spark up the Bloods getting back into the game at 2:2. However with Irzad Spijodic using his strength and Jusuf Avdic holding the defense, it was the Stars who skipped away again early in the second half. With star Bloods player Jose Portillo off with a slight reccurence of his ankle injury, it was always going to be diificult for the bloods. Niko Ignitiadis’s men will not find the going easy and they must not underestimate the rest of the teams as there is plenty of talent going around the league. The Metro Stars firming as ealy season titile favourites with an impressive 10:4 win. One consolation for the Bloods was the goal of the week with keeper Liam Digby lobbing the Metro Stars keeper.
ALTONA KNIGHTS V ST ALBANS YOUNG GUNS 6:5
Altona Knights were shellshocked early with the Young Guns running amok and dictating the tempo of the game. Carl Magri, Igor Filipovic, Jesse Nagy and Keeper David Todaro excellent in the first half taking an early lead by three goals to nil. The half time pep talk must have worked as the Knights clawed their way back into the game, scoring one goal after another to hit the lead. It was a nervous last few mintes for the Knights hanging on to win by six goals to 5. 19 year old Young Guns keeper David Todaro having his best ever game, looked like a seasoned veteran. The Young Guns will also be hoping to get back influential Mark Borchert and Admir Kolakovic to boost their defense. Whilst for the Knights it was their influential utitity Tony Saric who they have to thank for getting them back into the game.
TIGERS FC V SUNSHINE PANTHERS
This match was always going to be an entertaining affair with both teams posessing plenty of attacking flair. However it was the Panthers who controlled the match from start to finish winning 4:1. The Tigers battled hard with John Tomasevic battling hard, however with most of the Tigers not playing regular Futsal over the last few weeks, they missed the power and fitness needed to beat seasoned veterans like the Panthers. Sunshine Panthers covered the loss of Aguek Aguek quite comfortably, but will be looking at getting their big man back for round 2 next week, which also doubles up as last season’s grand final.
NEXT WEEKS MATCHES
St Albans Young Guns v Tigers FC
Metro Stars v Sunshine Panthers
Altona Knights v Melbourne Bloods