It was a big week in the Futsal NSW Premier League with title holders Dural Warriors finally getting their defence underway with a solid 4-2 win over Inner West Magic on Friday night before annihilating Enfield Rovers 8-1, Boomerangs maintaining their unbeaten start to the summer with a 3-1 win over Campbelltown Quake, Inner West edging Mascot Vipers 4-3, and Mountain Majik defeating Phoenix Futsal Club 4-2.
- Inner West Magic 4 (Ediz Alpkaya x2, Adam Cooper, Daniel Fogarty) Mascot Vipers 3 (Deklan Gilmartin x2, Osmar De Barros)
- Boomerangs 3 (Michael Reeve x2, Callum Smith) Campbelltown Quake 1 (Jordan Mundell)
- Dural Warriors 8 (Blake Rosier x2, Nathan Niski x2, Greg Giovenali x2, Wade Giovenali, Jarrod Basger) Enfield Rovers 1 ()
- Phoenix 2 () Mountain Majik (Greg Condek x2, Grant Cornwell, Jamie Dib)
- Round 2: Dural Warriors 4 (Toby Seeto, Bruno Pivato, Nathan Niski, Rhys Giovenali) Inner West Magic 2 (Daniel Fogarty, Marino Musumeci)
Magic pip Vipers
Inner West Magic did well to hold off Mascot Vipers 4-3 in an entertaining game at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night.
Inner West were a little slow out of the blocks after their two-week league and they trailed early when Osmar De Barros netted for Mascot in the fifth minute, Ediz Alpkaya equalising for Magic late in the half.
An Adam Cooper strike and Alpkaya’s second goal shifted the visitors out to a 3-1 lead five minutes into the second term, Deklan Gilmartin keeping Vipers in it moments later before Daniel Fogarty extended the Magic advantage to 4-2 in the closing minutes, Gilmartin adding a late consolation for Mascot.
Inner West Magic coach Carmine Bortoni applauded his team’s tenacity. “All the team played well and kept control of the ball for the majority of the game,” he said.
“We missed a lot of chances to kill the game off but Mascot’s keeper kept them in the game.”
Warriors roast Rovers
Dural Warriors returned to premier league action in emphatic fashion, defeating rivals Inner West Magic in a round-two catch-up game at Dural on Friday night before hammering Enfield Rovers at the Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night.
Goals to Toby Seeto, Bruno Pivato, Nathan Niski and Rhys Giovenali set up Friday night’s two-goal victory over Inner West before Dural really cut loose against Enfield the next night, Blake Rosier, Nathan Niski and Greg Giovenali bagging doubles in a comprehensive 8-1 drubbing, Wade Giovenali and Jarrod Basger also finding the back of the net.
Warriors coach Rob Varela was chuffed to finally kickstart Dural’s sluggish summer campaign.
“I’m very happy to pick up six points after two very strong wins versus Inner West Magic on Friday and Enfield Rovers on Saturday,” he said.
“We were patient in our build up but we still have work to do in converting the scoring opportunities we are creating.
Our defence was very solid and overall a pleasing performance.”
Enfield Rovers coach Lachlan Wright was frustrated with the result. “Without our two most senior players we struggled,” he said.
“We made a few mistakes and copped goals from them and in general played poorly; But it felt like we were playing endangered species out there with the [lopsided] foul count for the match.”
Boomerangs wrangle Quake
Boomerangs claimed a tough 3-1 victory over Campbelltown Quake in a grinding affair at Minto Indoor Sports Stadium on Saturday night.
The visitors led 1-0 at the half and registered the win to remain unbeaten this summer on top of the premier league ladder, another Michael Reeve double sending him to the top of the scorers chart with five goals.
Majik sizzles Phoenix
Mountain Majik returned to the winners circle with a razzle-dazzle 4-2, win over Phoenix Futsal Club at Ryde Sports Centre on Saturday night.
After a 9-2 loss to Boomerangs last week the visitors got off to a flyer when Greg Condek fired in an eighth-minute opener only to see their lead squandered a minute before the break with a Phoenix leveler.
Grant Cornwell and Jamie Dib lifted the Mountaineers to a commanding 3-1 lead made interesting when Phoenix pegged a goal back with five minutes left to play, only for Condek to bash in a late sealer for Majik.
Majik coach Fabio Macerola was pleased with the outcome. “It was a good game but we won comfortably really; missed a few shots as well,” he said. “It was good to bounce back with the result… were building in confidence.”
Next week’s games
Round 5 of the Futsal NSW Premier League sees Boomerangs host Enfield Rovers at the AIS Training Halls, Mascot Vipers welcome Campbelltown Quake to All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre, Inner West Magic meet Mountain Majik at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre, while Phoenix Futsal Club takes on Dural Warriors at Ryde Sports Centre. Check the footballnsw.com.au website for full details.