Boomerangs increased their top-of-the-table advantage with a 7-2 ravaging of Phoenix Futsal Club, Dural Warriors moving into second place following a convincing 7-1 win over Mountain Majik, while Campbelltown Quake stunned Inner West Magic 3-2 and Mascot Vipers and Enfield Rovers fought out an epic 7-7 draw to complete an eye-popping round six of the Futsal NSW Premier League.
Unbeaten Boomerangs (16) head Dural by six points, with Campbelltown and Inner West a point further back (Warriors and Magic have a catch-up game still to play). Mountain Majik (6), Mascot (5), Enfield (4) and Phoenix (4) are all still in it but need to get firing soon or kiss their finals chances goodbye
Individually, Boomerangs trio Daniel Bennett and Michael Reeve are joined at the top of the goalscorers chart by Enfield’s Giovanni Leuzzi and Inner West’s Daniel Fogarty with six goals each, one ahead of Shervin Adeli (Enfield), Osmar De Barros (Mascot), Callum Smith (Boomerangs) and Campbelltown team-mates Shayne Ardle and Harley Da Silva.
- Boomerangs 7 (Ryan Keir x3, Glenn Smith x2, Callum Smith, Grant Davoren) Phoenix Futsal Club 2 (Darrell Fernandez x2)
- Dural Warriors 7 (Toby Seeto x3, Wade Giovenali, Jarrod Basger, Rhys Giovenali, Nathan Niski) Mountain Majik 1 (Grant Cornwell)
- Campbelltown Quake 3 (Dean Lockhart, Shayne Ardle, Jordan Mundell) Inner West Magic 2 (Daniel Fogarty x2)
- Enfield Rovers 7 (Jacob Di Mento x2, Lachlan Wright x2, Shervin Adeli, Zac Ribeiro, Giovanni Leuzzi) Mascot Vipers 7 (Mitchell Stamatellis x3, Tim Mascarello, Osmar De Barros, Deklan Gilmartin)
Boomerangs fry Phoenix
Boomerangs smashed Phoenix Futsal Club 7-2 at Ryde Sports & Community Centre on Saturday night to move six points clear at the top of the ladder.
It was all one-way traffic as the home side raced to a 3-0 halftime lead, going on with the job as Ryan Keir bagged a hat-trick and Glenn Smith grabbed a brace to put Boomerangs in the box seat ahead of a tricky double Sydney road trip to take on main rivals Inner West and Dural.
Boomerangs captain Daniel Fulton said the difference this time around was better maturity as a unit. “A number of our young boys have really grown in confidence and that goes a long way to being in a position where things are going well for us,” he said.
“We’ve set a number of small goals this season, such as reaching the 19 points we got last year [they’re on 16 now], so the next two weeks are crucial for us [against Magic and Warriors], especially with several senior players away.”
Warriors smash Majik
Dural Warriors comfortably defeated Mountain Majik 7-1 at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre on Saturday night to stay in touch with competition leaders Boomerangs.
The Warriors led 3-0 at halftime and completed the job in the second term behind a Toby Seeto hat-trick and goals from Wade Giovenali, Jarrod Basger, Rhys Giovenali and Nathan Niski.
Dural coach Rob Varela was pleased with the outcome. “Despite missing three senior players it was a solid win against a young but enthusiastic [Mountain] team,” he said.
“The idea was to play smart Futsal ahead of a series of games that will define our season.” The Warriors meet top-four rivals Campbelltown, Boomerangs and then Inner West over the next three weeks.
Quake shake Inner West
Minto Indoor Sports Stadium was almost razed to the ground on Saturday night as Campbelltown Quake edged Inner West Magic 3-2 in yet another dramatic encounter between the two premier league giants.
In a game that went end-to-end all night Jordan Mundell and Shayne Ardle strikes fired Campbelltown to a quick 2-0 lead before a Daniel Fogarty scorcher at the other end halved the deficit by halftime.
The battle intensified after the break when an accurate Fogarty freekick restored parity at 2-2 and Robbie Maiorana was doing a brilliant job in denying Quake on the break. Then, with 40 seconds left on the clock, the home side found their breakthrough when Dean Lockhart latched onto a beauty for a sensational Quake victory.
Campbelltown manager Carlos Martinez enjoyed a brilliant Futsal match that could’ve gone either way.
“It was a game played in the best of spirits with many Futsalroos on both sides,” he said. “The fact Quake and Magic are part of the Scorpions F-League club meant these guys are great mates and respect each other greatly. All in all a fantastic match.”
Rovers, Vipers stalemate
Enfield Rovers and Mascot Vipers fought out an unbelievable 7-7 draw at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night.
Defence went out the door as the two sides traded blows throughout an exhilarating free-flowing affair, Enfield working hard for a 4-2 halftime buffer before Mascot rallied in the second term to take a 7-5 lead.
The Vipers lost some of their hiss when Osmar De Barros was sent off for a second yellow card to leave the visitors a player short for the final few minutes, and Rovers took their chance with two quick goals to get them back on level terms.
A last-second Mascot counter almost ruined the comeback as the visitors blew a two-on-one when the ball ricocheted off the post and away to safely, and the dust settled on a 7-7 stalemate.
Rovers duo Jacob Di Mento and Lachlan Wright scored doubles to help cancel out a Mitchell Stamatellis hat-trick for Vipers, both teams picking up a solitary point for all their efforts.
Enfield coach Wright knew fans at the game got good value for money but saw the result as a lost chance.
“It was an exciting game for the neutral but we probably came out of the game feeling like we lost; having said that they had an opportunity to score with three seconds to go and hit the post, so a draw was probably a fair result in the end,” he said.’
“A draw kills us a bit but there’s not much you can do. We’ve always been able to score goals but we have to get better at stopping them; we’re just making too many mistakes.”
Mascot club president Zvi Ben David was numb by the end of the match. “Defence was non-existent, it was just attacking, attacking, attacking – the game could’ve finished 25-all,” he said.
“From a coaching point of view it was a disastrous result and really showed the lack of discipline from both teams… but if you want to get a heart attack come and watch the Vipers play!”
Next week’s games
Round seven of the Futsal NSW Premier League pits top-two Boomerangs versus Inner West Magic at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre, Campbelltown Quake play Dural Warriors at Minto Indoor Sports Stadium, Phoenix host Enfield Rovers at Ryde Sports Centre, and Mascot Vipers meet Mountain Majik at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre. Inner West plays its round-three catch-up game against Phoenix on Thursday night, while Dural tackles Mascot on Friday night to rebalance the table. Check the footballnsw.com.au website for kickoff details.