For those of our readers who are not on Facebook, this news item is to summarise the great match reports that were published on the finals day of the Futsal Oz Australian Futsal league Cup. The final results were :
Stage Date Time Home Team Away Team
Quarter Final 1 23/9/2012 10:00am Vic Vipers Futsal Club (5) Hobart Tigers (3)
Quarter Final 2 23/9/2012 11:00am Queensland FC (5) Parramatta Blues (4)
Quarter Final 3 23/9/2012 12:00pm Sydney Cobras FC (4) Western Australia (6)
Quarter Final 4 23/9/2012 1:00pm Adelaide Fusion FC (2) Pascoe Vale FC (7)
Semi Final 1 23/9/2012 2:00pm Vic Vipers Futsal Club (4) Western Australia (5)
Semi Final 2 23/9/2012 3:00pm Queensland FC (3) Pascoe Vale FC (6)
Grand Final 23/9/2012 4:00pm Western Australia (2) Pascoe Vale FC (4)
Individual Awards were :
- Golden Glove: Kieran Pates (Vic Vipers FC)
- Golden Boot: Sofiane Soufi – 9 Goals (Pascoe Vale FC)
- Best and Fairest: Tiago Fracasso (West. Australia SFL5)
- Grand Final Man of the Match: Sofiane Soufi (Pascoe Vale FC)
And the match reports from today from Quarters through to the Grand Final were :
Quarter Final #1 RESULT: Vic Vipers Futsal Club 5 – 3 Hobart Tigers FC
VVFC: M. Avram 2, R. Castro 2, Jon. Barrientos
HFC: A. Azzam 1, A. Husseini 1, A. McKeown 1
Valiant performance by the Tigers who managed to keep up with the Vipers for majority of the game(2-2 at half time), with their defensive style of play almost paying dividends!! But the quality and persistence of the Vipers proved too strong in the end. Congratulations to the vipers on reaching the Semi Finals!
Quarter Final #2 RESULT: Queensland FC 5 – 4 Parramatta Blues FC
QFC: I. Sao Jose 3, S. Fenn 1, D. Cunha 1
PBFC: G. Leuzzi 1, R. Iredale 1, D. Fornito 1, S. Fenn (OG)
One of the games of the tournament was played out between Queensland and Parramatta. The Blues lead 3-2 at half time and also hit the front in the second half but were unable to stave off a rampant Queensland who always looked like they were going to advance to the Semis. Yet another brave effort by the Blues who could have been classed as ‘underdogs’ they now go out of the F.A.F.L Cup with their heads held high. Queensland on the other hand will have to regroup ahead of their potential semi final encounter with the in-form Pascoe Vale, who face Adelaide Fusion at 1pm.
Quarter Final #3 RESULT: Sydney Cobras FC 4 – 6 Western Australia SFL5
SCFC: D. Arcella 2, G. Di Mento 2
WASFL5: D. Garcia 3, N. Fonseca 2, V. Brauner 1
It seems to be a day for the underdog as the Cobras stood up to one of the Cup favourites Western Australia! After going down 3-1 at half time, the Cobras – led by some fine keeping by Duy San saving two penalties – bounced back to level at 4-4 but a dubious red card was handed to Nicolas Rouco late in the half to ultimately gift the Western Australians the upper hand. Taking full advantage of the extra man, goals from Diego Garcia and Nestor Fonseca made sure that WA took the three points to advance to the semi’s where the dangerous Vic Vipers lie in wait. What a mouth watering encounter that shapes up to be!!!!!! Stay tuned for that one!!!!!!!
Quarter Final #4 RESULT: Adelaide Fusion FC 2 – 7 Pascoe Vale FC
AFFC: R. Frisina 1, P. Mitris 1
PVFC: J. Da Silva 3, S. Soufi 2, J. Portillo 1, M. Barbosa 1
After coming out of the group stages as the only team not to register a point, the Adelaide Fusion were always going to be up against it as they took on a red-hot Pascoe Vale FC. Leading 4-1 at half time, Pascoe Vale never really looked in danger of missing out on the semis – although Adelaide had their tails up once they scored to make it 4-2. The Fusion could have been further embarrassed on the scoreboard if not for keeper Anthony Capaldi who saved two penalties! It was the perfect game for Pascoe Vale who used their large playing roster to their advantage, keeping their key players fresh on the bench for a do-or-die semi final encounter with Queensland at 3pm! A game not to be missed!!!!!!
Semi Final #2 RESULT: Western Australia SFL5 5 – 4 Vic Vipers Futsal Club
WA: T. Fracasso 2, D. Garcia 1, N. Fonseca 1, C. Rinaldi 1
VVFC: Jon. Barrientos 2, Jas. Barrientos 1, T.Priori 1
It was a semi final of the highest quality between two sides that were worthy of lifting the FAFL Cup! Both Western Australia and Vic Vipers had outstanding Group Stages and Quarter Finals and continued their white-hot form in the semis – putting on one of the greatest displays of futsal that the Futsal Oz Stadium has EVER seen! WA were almost untouchable in the first half racing to a suprise 3-0 lead, completely stunning the Vipers and also the crowd! With the WA bench cheering every block, shot, save and tackle, the Vipers boys knew they were in for a bumpy ride. Many teams would have been overawed at the massive deficit to overcome, but in true Vipers style…. they bit back! Going down even further in the second half (4-0) Vipers manager Milton Sakkos employed Adam Cooper as a flying keeper in order to try and ignite a comeback for the victorians and it was a tactic which really payed off – scoring goals either side of Tiago Fracasso’s strike to make it a more respectable 5-4 scoreline! Jonathan Barrientos had a real captains game, scoring two goals in quick succession to give the Vipers a sniff, but the experience, tenacity and determination of the WA side was just too much in the end to overcome!
A game played in terrific spirits, both teams should be commended in the way that they played out this F.A.F.L Cup classic. It was refreshing to see two teams play pure ‘futsal’ and despite all the tension and drama both WA and the Vipers conducted themselves like true champions after the final whistle. The WA lads can now sit back and watch the second Semi which will be played between Pascoe Vale and Queensland. If the quality of this semi is anything to go by, then we are all surely in for a treat as the final draws near! So make sure you do yourself a favour and make sure you come down to 407 Victoria St in Brunswick to witness HISTORY…… The inaugural F.A.F.L Cup Final!!!!! It’s going to be an absolute beauty!!!!!!
Semi Final #1 RESULT: Pascoe Vale FC 6 – 3 Queensland FC
PVFC: S. Soufi 2, A. Caro 2, J. Da Silva 1, J. Portillo 1
QFC: I. Sao Jose 1, D. Cunha 1, M. Downie 1
All eyes in the Futsal Oz Stadium were on both Pascoe Vale and Queensland to see who would be joining Western Australia in the Final. The Pascoe Vale strong crowd was silenced early on as Queensland showed that they were not intimidated by the Victorian giants, opening the scoring and taking a suprise 2-1 lead in the first half. As Pascoe Vale’s nerves began to settle they regrouped to go into half time with a 3-2 lead. The second half saw Queensland throw everything but the kitchen sink at ‘paco’ and they were soon rewarded as Miles Downie caught keeper Dianoosh Rasoulzadeh off guard! With a spot in the final up for grabs, both teams showed an unbelievable amount of determination and hunger, but in the end it was the quality and depth of the Pascoe Vale squad that got them over the line, with game breaking goals from Sofiane Soufi, Joao Da Silva and captain Andre Caro. It was a commendable effort by the Queensland lads as they developed a reputation as one of the most fair, well behaved and united squads in the F.A.F.L Cup. We hope to see Felipe Amorim and his quality squad at next years installment of the Cup!
As for Pascoe Vale, they only have a short rest before they gear themselves up to take on the dangerous and determined Western Australia! Both teams met in the group stages and it was Pascoe Vale who edged over the line in a tight 4 – 3 win. But as always is the case in finals, past results are thrown out the window and forgotten…. playing for a cup is a totally different story!
WA: D. Garcia 1, N. Fonseca 1
PVFC: B. Polatti 2, S. Soufi 1, J. Da Silva 1
Man of the Match: S. Soufi (PVFC)
What a tournament! What a day! What a game! What a team!!! Pascoe Vale are officially crowned the inaugural F.A.F.L Cup champions for 2012, defeating Western Australia SFL5 4 – 2! It was fitting two of the more organised and entertaining teams across the two-day comp made the final! After a dramatic encounter in the group stages, Pascoe Vale and Western Australia lived up to all expectations in providing a nail biting, end to end style clash.
Pascoe Vale hit the ground running in the first half, with goals from Joao Da Silva and Sofiane Soufi, the crowd went into a spin putting the momentum firmly in the Victorian’s favour. As the half quickly began to wither away, Diego Garcia – WA’s top scorer – gave a life line to his side by converting a brilliant turn and shoot combination to lift the morale of all those wearing yellow going into the break.
The opening of the second half told a very different story in comparison to the first as the lads from the West equalised early on through a Nestor Fonseca strike. At 2-2 it was all up in the air as to who was going to take the next big move with both teams looking to maintain possession and dictate play on their own terms. Chance after chance went begging, the tension in the Futsal Oz Stadium continued to build. Hearts were racing!! With less than three minutes remaining, Brenno Polatti sent the crowd and all of the Pascoe Vale members into raptures as he bagged a late double – including one of the goals of the tournament by lobbing the keeper from his own defence – to cap off a brilliant F.A.F.L campaign for Paul Vidic and his boys.
It was the ideal way to finish a brilliant weekend of futsal, two quality squads – both on and off the field – going head to head until they had nothing left in the tank. Although many players were carrying injuries, some more serious than others, they found a way to carry on and perform at the highest level possible until the final whistle – a feat which should not go unnoticed!!!
As well as presenting the F.A.F.L Cup to Pascoe Vale, there were three other awards that were handed out and they were:
– Golden Glove: Kieran Pates (Vic Vipers FC)
– Golden Boot: Sofiane Soufi – 9 Goals (Pascoe Vale FC)
– Best and Fairest: Tiago Fracasso (West. Australia SFL5)
Thankyou to all of the eight participating teams that took part in the Cup this weekend it was a pleasure watching some of the highest quality futsal on display. A big thanks to the cup sponsors in, Nike, Powerade, Crust Pizza and Melbourne Auto Depot. Lastly a big thanks to all of the spectators who provided a brilliant atmosphere across the two days – especially the final! Cannot wait for next years instalment as the Cup will come back bigger and better!!!!