The Football NSW Futsal Premier League race just got a little bit tighter after Inner West Magic downed Boomerangs 5-2, Dural Warriors drew 3-3 at Campbelltown Quake, Mountain Majik smashed Mascot Vipers 10-5, and Enfield Rovers defeated Phoenix Futsal Club in round seven results, to go with midweek outcomes for Dural 6-1 over Mascot and Inner West 3-2 against Phoenix.
The table now shows Boomerangs (16) in front of Inner West by a point with Dural (14) right behind them. Campbelltown (10) are fourth ahead of Enfield (7), Mountain Majik (6), Mascot (5) and Phoenix (4).
A whopping season-high 37 goals were scored across all four fixtures – one more than last week and a far cry from the tentative 19 scored in the opening round – to boost the overall average to a respectable 7.32 goals per game (way short of the nine per game in 2011/12).
At the competition’s halfway point, 65 different players have contributed to the 205 goals scored (there were 95 scorers two summers ago), Dural have 11 strikers in their ranks and Boomerangs nine (Phoenix have the least with six).
Individually, Giovanni Leuzzi (Enfield) and Daniel Bennett (Boomerangs) lead the charts with eight strikes, one ahead of Shayne Ardle (Campbelltown) and Daniel Fogarty (Inner West), with Michael Reeve (Boomerangs), Ryan Keir (Boomerangs) and Toby Seeto (Dural) on six goals each.
- Campbelltown Quake 3 (Shayne Ardle x2, Daniel Martinez) Dural Warriors (Blake Rosier, Kaan Kilinc, Chris Polkinghorne)
- Inner West Magic 5 (Cristian Ciampa, Andrew Paine, Daniel Fogarty, David Amiconi, own goal) Boomerangs 2 (Daniel Bennett, Ryan Keir)
- Phoenix Futsal Club 3 (Robert Davey x2, Billy Tsioumas) Enfield Rovers 6 (Giovanni Leuzzi x2, Alexander Vlismas x2, Kaveh Hagh, Lachlan Wright)
- Mascot Vipers 5 () Mountain Majik 10 ()
- Round 3: Dural Warriors 6 (Toby Seeto x2, Kaan Kilinc x2, Daine Merrin, Wade Giovenali) Mascot Vipers 1 (Stevan Ilic)
- Round 3: Inner West Magic 3 (Ediz Aplkaya, David Amiconi, Marino Musumeci) Phoenix Futsal Club 2 (Darrell Fernandez x2)
Warriors, Quake level
There were chaotic scenes at Minto Indoor Sports Stadium on Saturday night when Campbelltown Quake snatched a last-gasp goal to draw 3-3 with Dural after the Warriors had fought back from a 2-0 halftime deficit.
A quickfire Shayne Ardle brace put Campbelltown in the box seat at the break but a recharged Dural came straight back at them in the second half as Blake Rosier, Kaan Kilinc and Chris Polkinghorne strikes placed Warriors 3-2 ahead with four minutes to go.
With Quake on the ropes veteran coach Simon Keith subbed himself on and went to a fifth-man press and it was his quick corner with 10 seconds remaining that found an unmarked Danny Martinez, the Futsal ace icing a power drive from just outside the D that found the top corner to level the scores up at 3-3.
There were scenes of jubilation after the late equaliser and Campbelltown manager Carlos Martinez lapped up every second. “It was a beauty,” he said. “We got off to a lead but were never cruising, we had them a little bit rattled by halftime but they were more disciplined in the second half and put us under the pump.”
“But that last goal…. a Simon Keith quick corner to Danny Martinez on the left foot and thanks for coming, what a great finish to a fantastic game, and I think a draw was a fair result.”
“All credit to the boys they literally fought to the very last second and we’re alone in fourth after a slow start. It’s good but there’s still plenty of work to do.”
It was a productive week for Dural – after they beat Mascot 6-1 in a midweek round-three catch-up to move to within two points of leaders Boomerangs – and coach Rob Varela praised both outfits.
“To be able to turn a 0-2 halftime scoreline into a 3-3 draw was a superb effort by my blokes against an excellent Quake outfit who never gave up to score the final goal with only seconds to go,” he said.
“We are now looking forward to get some players back for the back-end of the season.”
Inner West topples Boomerangs
Boomerangs tasted defeat for the first time this season when Inner West Magic nipped them 5-2 at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night to move one point behind the Territorians on the ladder.
With both clubs missing key players Inner West made the most of a scrappy affair to turn a comfortable 3-1 halftime lead into a three-goal victory, the first time Magic have netted five in a match this summer thanks to goals from Cristian Ciampa, Andrew Paine, Daniel Fogarty and David Amiconi.
It ended a good week for Inner West after they held off a stubborn Phoenix 3-2 in their round three catch-up game on Friday night and coach Carmine Bortone is licking his lips.
“It is pretty much game-on with the top-three being so close, but there are some big games coming up,” he said.
Rovers round up Phoenix
Enfield Rovers turned the tables on Phoenix coming back to win 6-3 after trailing 3-0 halftime at Ryde Sports Centre on Saturday night.
A Robert Davey double and Billy Tsioumas goal had Phoenix cruising at 3-0 up at the interval but the swap-around also brought a change in Enfield fortunes as Giovanni Leuzzi and Alexander Vlismas both bagged braces and Kaveh Hagh and Lachlan Wright goals added the icing on a 6-3 cake.
Rovers coach Wright was relieved to chalk up win number two. “If you had told me it would take this long to win a second game I wouldn’t have believed it, but that’s how it’s panned out; we did it tough but we got the win,” he said.
“Phoenix over-enthused us at the start, they were just into everything, and we found it hard to get into our rhythm. [At halftime] We knew it wasn’t going our way so we took it back a level and just focused on holding the ball and did that really well in the second half, and bagged a lot of goals for it.”
Majik tame Vipers
Mountain Majik weaved a 10-5 spell on Mascot Vipers at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night in what can only be described as a goal-scoring frenzy.
Both sides are known for some lacklustre defence but it was 4-0 in the blink of an eye as the visitors raced to a 6-1 halftime lead and 10-3 advantage before Mascot put some respectability back on the scoreboard.
Majik coach Fabio Macerola said a turnaround in strategy paved the way for instant success. “We decided to go back to how we started playing at the start of the season and throw numbers forward every time we got the ball and before you know it we stuck four into the net in the first few minutes,” he said.
“We haven’t got our main players back yet but the players who have filled in have done a very good job. It should be interesting once we get a full team back on court.”
Next week’s games
NSW Futsal Premier League round 8 features a top-of-the-table clash between Dural Warriors and Boomerangs at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre, Campbelltown Quake face Mountain Majik at Minto Indoor Sports Stadium, Mascot Vipers meet Phoenix Futsal Club at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre, while Enfield Rovers tackle Inner West Magic at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre. Check the footballnsw.com.au website for kickoff details.