Round 4 of the Victorian Futsal Premier League was the tightest of the competition so far with all games decided by a single goal. The Vic Vipers needing a win to keep up with the competition leaders in Pascoe Vale (on a Bye this round) and they have managed it by coming from behind against a resilient Cobras side.
The EFA Eagles also won an entertaining match against the St Albans Strikers with both teams having opportunities to claim all three points. The round’s other contest saw the Bayside Pirates winning their first game of the season against the Joma Jaguars team which meant the Pirates are off the bottom of the table.
Bayside Pirates FC 3 (J. De Biase 35’ Elmer 40’ Lamshed 44’)
Joma Jaguars 2 (Ben Fredj 42’ Calfapietra 46’)
This game provided a great opportunity for both clubs to claim their first win of the season and as expected it was a tight one. A scoreless first half had the game in the balance early but the Pirates scored 2 goals in a 5 minute spurt midway through the 2nd half to take control of the game. Ben Fredj pulled a goal back for the Jaguars but Lamshed slotted home in the 44th minute to calm the Bayside nerves. The Jaguars gave their all but only managed one more goal in the remaining 6 minutes.
Vic Vipers FC 2 (Cooper 42’ Avram 46’)
Cobras FC 1 (Culculoglu 13’)
The Vipers were a little slow to start the game and get their rhythm going. The Cobras took a deserved lead through Culculoglu and kept it in tact until the break. The Vipers left it late to get back into the game but they turned it around with Castro winning a free kick just outside the area which man of the match Adam Cooper smashed home. 4 minutes from time Maxim Avram grabbed the winner with a well taken goal. Three wins out of three for the Vipers and it brought them level on points with Pascoe Vale at the top of the table.
EFA Eagles 5 (Matar 8’ 19’ Hamre 47’ 49’ Elorr 49’)
St Albans Strikers FC 4 (Portillo 28’ 44’ Grgic 38’ Slovacek 49’)
In a game that saw 2 of the league’s most prolific goal scorers square up in Portillo (Strikers) and Hamre (Eagles) there were always going to be plenty of goals and there were. Both players grabbing a brace whilst more importantly The EFA Eagles claimed the 3 points against the St Albans Strikers team who may have had one eye on their weekend’s F-League games.
The Strikers found themselves two behind at half time thanks to two goals from the impressive Mahamad Matar.St Albans found their way back into the game and turned the game on its head through Grgic and a couple of goals from Portillo. They should have put themselves further ahead but for some poor finishing and great goalkeeping by the Eagles keeper Lascaris it was the Eagles themselves that produced a spectacular finish scoring 3 goals in 2 minutes with Eric Hamre netting twice and Elorr also adding his name to the scoresheet.
Daniel Slovacek also scored in the goal frenzy last minute for the Strikers but the EFA Eagles still ran out 5-4 winners on the night.