The Futsal Premier League semi-finals were played over the weekend, with Premiership winners Dural Warriors playing second placed Inner West Magic and Enfield Rovers doing battle with Campbelltown.
Dural Warriors outclass Inner West Magic
Dural Warriors were the standout side throughout the Futsal Premier League regular season and they showed that they will be the team to beat in the finals series.
Warriors took the lead in the 5th minute through Futsalroos skipper Greg Giovenali and never looked back, the match eventually ending 6-2 to Rob Varela’s side.
A Nathan Niski brace before the break for the Warriors saw them race to a 3-0 lead, before Dylan Maloney pulled one back just before the break, giving Magic a glimmer of hope at the break.
Daniel Fogarty’s goal for Magic early in the second half made the score 3-2 to the Warriors, but Magic were unable to make any further impact on th match, as Giovenali completed his hattrick with goals in the 40th and 49th minutes, punctuated Daine Merrin’s 42nd minute goal that saw Warriors run out eventual 6-2 winners.
Dural Warriors 6
Gregory Giovenali 3 (5th, 40th and 49th minutes)
Nathan Niski 2 (17th and 22nd minutes)
Daine Merrin 1 (42nd minute)
Inner West Magic 2
Daniel Fogarty 1 (34th minute)
Dylan Maloney 1 (21st minute)
Quake defeat Rovers in thrilling shoot out
Campbelltown Quake needed penalties to get past Enfield Rovers in a sensational match.
Rovers got off to the ideal start when Robert Foti opened the scoring in the 6th minute; the only goal of the first half.
It was scant indication of the drama that was to unfold, however.
Mark Symington scored twice for Quake, as did Isaac Wadick for Rovers, whilst Foti also scored his second. There were odd goals from Bruno Antelmi and Dean Lockhart as the match finished 4-4.
Extra time, somehow, saw the drama increase.
Wadick completed his hattrick for Rovers in the 52nd minute to give his side a 5-4 lead, before Symington completed his hattrick three minutes later to equalise at 5-5.
Lachlan Wright thought he’d won the game when he gave Rovers a 6-5 lead with three minutes remaining, only for Symington to take the game to penalties with a last minute goal; his fourth of the match and another equaliser for Quake as the it finished 6-6 after extra time, with Quake prevailing 10-9 in the shoot-out.
Enfield Rovers 6
Isaac Wadick 3 (35th, 39th and 52nd minutes)
Robert Foti 2 (6th and 29th minutes)
Lachlan Wright 1 (57th minute)
Campbelltown Quake 6
Mark Symington 4 (27th, 32nd, 55th, 59th mintues)
Dean Lockhart 1 (38th minute)
Bruno Antelmi 1 (30th minute)
Quake won 10-9 on penalties