Matthew Connellan sums up the latest round in the Mens Division
Inner West Magic went back to the top of the table, albeit with a few games in hand, by virtue of a narrow victory over Campbelltown Quake.
Dural Warriors showed their class in defeating Phoenix Futsal Club, whilst Enfield Rovers thrashed Sydney City. Mascot Vipers got up over Boomerangs FS to wrap up the round.
Gutsy Inner West narrowly prevail over plucky Quake
Inner West Magic was ultimately too good for Campbelltown Quake in the clash of the two great rivals.
For Inner West it was a deserved victory and for Quake it marked another upturn in the performance of their senior players, even though they couldn’t grab the three points on the night.
Daniel Fogarty scored a brace for Magic, whilst Marino Musumeci and Stephen Kayes rounded out the scoring.
For Quake, Mark Symington was joined on the scoresheet by youngsters Bruno Antelmi and Harley Da Silva.
Magic coach Carmine Bortone was pleased to come away with the three points.
“It wasn’t a great performance, but it was a win nonetheless,” he said.
“It’s a good result, though.
“Quake played pretty well.
“We had three or four boys missing, but the guys that were there stepped up.
“Hopefully we’ll have a full strength squad against Enfield Rovers next weekend,” Bortone said.
Campbelltown Quake manager Carlos Martinez was again pleased with the effort shown by his charges, even though they ultimately lacked the quality to beat Inner West.
“We were depleted,” he said.
“We were missing five players in total, so a 4-3 loss is probably a good result, we fought really hard.
“There was absolutely nothing wrong with the effort and attitude.
“Mark Symington and Ian McAndrew showed the way,” he added.
“It’s never nice to lose,” Martinez continued.
“But there was only one game where we were demolished, we’ve taken the lead in all of the other games.
“Hopefully we’ll have a full roster next weekend against Mascot Vipers.
“It’s always disappointing not to win, but I can’t fault the effort and commitment.
“A lack of depth is hurting us sometimes, but the senior guys have stepped up big time,” Martinez concluded.
Mascot Vipers edge Boomerangs in high scoring thriller
A thrilling match ended 6-5 to Mascot Vipers, the odd goal in eleven just enough to edge Boomerangs FS.
A Pat Di Salvo brace set the tone for Vipers, with goals from Robbie Issa, Jakob Radas and Mitchell Stamatellis adding to what was a sensational win.
Boomerangs FS shared the goals amongst Daniel Fulton, Pat Ross-Magee and Glenn Smith.
Vipers coach Zvi Ben David was ecstatic after the hard fought victory.
“It was a great game, really close and very intense,” he said.
“It was the first time we had all of our key players involved.
“We were 6-3 up with two minutes to go.
“However, they had two players, Daniel Fulton and Pat Ross-Magee who were excellent, they were very hard to contain,” Ben David added.
With the game locked at 3-3 at one stage the scene was set for a grandstand finish, but Vipers showed great strength to close the game out.
Ben David said, “Jakob Radas, one of our youth players, he played exceptionally well.
“He lifted everyone with his performance.
“I’m over the moon! We have two catch up games and if we manage to win both we’ll be in the hunt.
Dural Warriors too good for Phoenix
Rob Varela’s Dural Warriors were too good for Chris Cowley’s Phoenix Futsal Club, defeating them 3-0 on Saturday night.
It was a tighter match than the scoreline suggested and in the end, Varela was happy to come away with the win.
“We took all three points, that’s the main thing,” he said.
“I feel like we were in control, but the reality is that we’re not playing as well as we can,” he added.
Phoenix have acquitted themselves excellently in their first year in the Futsal Premier League and Varela acknowledged their qualities post match.
“They’ve done very well,” he said.
“They’re very organised and in terms of the scoreline, they were in the match until the final few minutes.
“We just had that little bit more experience, which got us over the line.”
Dural have a double header this weekend and it shapes up as an important weekend for them.
Varela continued, “We have two big games this weekend, one against Enfield Rovers on Friday night and one against Sydney City on Saturday night.
“Our defence could be better, but I put that down to the guys who were at the world cup probably starting to feel the pinch.
“But we took three points and that’s the most important thing,” Varela said.
Cowley was again happy with the performance of his Premier League newcomers.
He said, “We did really well.
“We showed them too much respect in the first half though.”
Cowley continued, “We conceded some preventable goals, including a penalty.
“We also have a couple of players missing which would have made a difference, but we just tried to stick to our game plan.
“Our players are still learning, but it’s a reasonable result,” he concluded.
Sydney City go down to dominant Enfield Rovers
Sydney City’s struggles continued as they went down to a dominant Enfield Rovers.
Sam Perre scored a double for the home side but it wasn’t nearly enough as Rovers clicked into gear, their high intensity passing game overwhelming the home side.
Boosted by the return of their Futsalroos representatives, Rovers put seven past the struggling Sydney City Eagles defence.
Patrick Pace scored a brace for Ernie Bivona’s side, as did Lachlan Wright.
Robert Foti, Isaac Wadick and Domenic Cox also scored to confirm a fantastic victory.