St Albans reports on the fourth round of the Futsal League in Melbourne
It was the case of the new and old this week as the Metro Stars and Panthers bouncing back to form with solid victories, however it was the Tigers who continue to impress after winning a close battle with the Melbourne Bloods. Who would have thought the Tigers would have been sitting in second spot on the ladder after 4 rounds of Legea M League action.
Tigers FC 5 defeated Melbourne Bloods 4
Both teams playing a fast tempo style of futsal was always going to guarantee an exciting spectacle for the M League crowd. Both teams went tit for tat early, however with the Bloods leading 4 : 2 early in the second half, they would have been confidant of going on to win their second game of the season. However John Tomasevic was inspiring for the Tigers with his tenacious tackling and great counter attacks netting two goals in the second half. Tigers managed to get their noses in front and hold out the desperate bloods in the dieing minutes of the game. Next week the Tigers meet perenial Champions the Metro Stars, which will surely be their biggest test so far. The Bloods face a very important match with their friends the Young Guns. Jose Portillo trying to regain his fitness in time to try to put a few past his old teamates.
Metro Stars 11 defeated Altona Knights 4
The Metro Stars missing both their first and second choice keepers had to resort to putting in key defender Jusuf Avdic in goals. Whilst Jusuf is a handy shot stopper in desperate 5 player scenarios, he is far from the quality of a top line keeper. However the Metro Stars did not have to rely on Jusuf at all, with the Stars regaining some brilliant form. Ivan Zilic particulary destroying with his amazing touchline goals. The harder the Knights battled, the more the Stars seem to match them. The Knights having a long meeting after the game to discuss what went wrong. With the transfer window opening next week, it will be interesting to see if the Knights recruit any more players to try to bridge the gap with Metro. The Knights face the rampaging Panthers next week, who have generally had the wood over their chequered opponents over the years.
Sunshine Panthers 5 defeated St Albans Young Guns 4
In the match of the round the two rivals played a scintillating match in front of a small but vocal crowd. Both teams not able to open more than a one goal margin for most of the game, until key Young Guns defender Igor Filipovic was hacked down by the flying Godwill Soma. Without a sub, the Young Guns had to play out the last nine minutes of the game with only four players. At that stage it was 3:2, and one would have predicted the Panthers to knock a few more in. However the never say die attitude of the Young Guns saw them pull another goal back to level at 3:3 with 6 minutes left. The Panthers scored the next two goals, to seemingly bury the game with two minutes left, but again the Young Guns scored to make it a nerve wracking last minute and half. The Panthers holding on to record their second win of the season.