MEN’S FUTSAL PREMIER LEAGUE: GRAND FINAL
Wednesday 18th December
Canberra City Prawns 5 (Robbie Cattanach 13’, Pat Ross-Magee 22’, Daniel Fulton 29’ Stephen Domenici 33’, Trent Flanigan 36’) Canberra Olympic 0
Canberra City Prawns claimed the Men’s Futsal Premier League crown but were made to work extremely hard for it, defeating a tenacious Canberra Olympic 5-0 in the decider played at the AIS Training Hall. Indeed, it wasn’t until Olympic pushed to find a way back into the contest after conceding a solitary goal in the first half that the score-line blew out.
There was very little to choose between the two teams in what was an absorbing opening to the match with chances at a premium early on. The best of them in the first ten minutes went to the underdogs as Olympic tested Kieran Stroh to the full. Misko Naumoski was first to try his luck, played in by a sweet pass, but was denied by the legs of Stroh. Moments later Stroh needed to be at his alert best to deny Naumoski again before making the save of the half.
Olympic turned over the ball and broke quickly with Callum Smith freeing Michael Reeve who was left bearing down on goal. Stroh stood firm however and made a superb save to preserve parity for the league champions. That save appeared to spark the Prawns into action and Futsalroos international Angelo Konstantinou had to be alive to make a wonderful double save, denying Stephen Domenici and Robbie Cattanach in quick succession.
But Cattanach, the league’s leading scorer, wasn’t to be denied seven minutes from half-time as the Prawns took the lead. The build-up was simplicity itself, the Prawns creating an overlap on the right hand side and Cattanach did the rest, hammering a shot across the body of Konstantinou and into the far corner for his 30th goal of the season, to give the Prawns a narrow lead they took into half-time.
The Prawns wasted very little time in extending their lead in the second half, going 2-0 up within two minutes of the re-start. Olympic was the architects of their own downfall, turning over cheap possession on the edge of their own area and allowing Trent Flanigan to find Pat Ross-Magee who squeezed home the second. Trailing by two Olympic was forced to go on the front foot for the rest of the encounter and, subsequently, were left exposed on the break.
The Prawns, ruthless as they are, took advantage of the gaps on offer and Daniel Fulton put the game out of reach of their opponents with eleven minutes to play. Late goals from Stephen Domenici and Trent Flanigan, the latter imperious in the playmaking role once more, put added gloss on the scoreboard but it was well deserved by the stand-out team of the competition.
Canberra City Prawns: 2. Kieran STROH, 1. Pat ROSS-MAGEE, 7. Stephen DOMENICI, 8. Ryan KEIR, 9. Robbie CATTANACH, 10. Trent FLANIGAN, 15. Daniel FULTON
Canberra Olympic: 18. Angelo KONSTANTINOU, 2. Callum SMITH, 12. Michael REEVE, 19. Kristian COLLINS, 20. Glenn SMITH, 21. Tom MCLACHLAN, 22. Misko NAUMOSKI
Match Officials: James NIKOLAIDIS, Sam NIXON, Richard BROWN (Third Official)
Player of the Match: Ryan KEIR (Canberra City Prawns)