St Albans reports on the second round of the new Futsal League in Melbourne
TIGERS FC 10 def ST ALBANS YOUNG GUNS 7
The night got off with a bang with both teams looking at netting their first win of the season. The Young Guns were missing their man of the match from the previous week, young goalkeeper David Todaro who was unavailable. That proved to be the difference between the two sides, as the Tigers were tenacious in attack scoring ten goals and having their keeper Tomislav Cuk to thank for keeping the dangerous Carl Magri at bay, who seemed to have had at least twenty shots on target throughout the game. John Tomasevic and Micky impressed running the show in the middle of the court and Dean Galea had a much improved game up front for the Tigers. The task does not get any easier for the Young Guns as they have to play all time favourites the Metro Stars next week, and the Tigers will know where they stand when they play the undefeated Altona Knights who have recruited well and are now looking like true title contenders.
METRO STARS 10 def SUNSHINE PANTHERS 6
The scoreboard at the end of the game might indicate that it was a comfortable win for the Stars, but in reality it was far from it. The Panthers missing key players Aguek Aguek and Jermaine deng through injury recruited well with replacements Sergio Tapia and Yow playing extremely well. Yow particularly impressed and showed all of the spectators that he is capable of playing at this level. It was Yow and Deng aguek who dominated early causing the Stars experienced defense all sorts of headaches. The half time score of 4 all, indicating the closeness of the game. However as we all have expected from the Metro Stars, they came out in the second half and dominated their opponents in most facets of the game scoring six goals and only conceding two. Ivan Zilic and the Redzepovic brothers combining well to score most of the goals. The Metro Stars have definetely lifted in the last two games, realising that the league has improved its professionalism and the quality of the squads have also improved. With the Young Guns in their path next week they will be confidant of having three from three on the board.
ALTONA KNIGHTS 4 def MELBOURNE BLOODS 1
The Altona Knights have arguebly played their best game for two years downing the experienced Melbourne Bloods by four goals to one. In a near perfect defensive performance, the Knights completely shut out the Bloods forward line forcing them to shoot from distance. And whatever good shot they did get on target young Strikers representative Frano Saric comfortably dealt with it. The Knights moved well around the court and with new recruit Ben Bodo supporting Tony Saric in defense things will get only better for the Knights. The Bloods regained Jose Portillo from injury but he was far from his best, still nursing his sore ankle. Matt Piga also recovering from an existing injury meant the Bloods lacked the power needed to penetrate the most stubborn of defenses in the league. The Bloods now have an extremely important match next week playing the talented Panthers, whilst the Knights will be confidant going in against the league newcomers – the Tigers.