It was a tense Football NSW Futsal Premier League Round 10 with Mountain Majik beating highflyers Boomerangs 4-1, Dural Warriors containing a passionate Mascot Vipers 4-2, Campbelltown Quake dousing Enfield Rovers 5-1 and Inner West Magic denying Phoenix Futsal Club 4-2 to ensure the finals race goes down to the wire.
The 23 goals scored from a very tight round of matches is the fourth lowest total from the past three summer premier leagues, one less than rounds 1 and 12 in 2012/13 but (thankfully) out of touch with the paltry 19 goals from this season’s cautious opening weekend.
The points table shows Dural (23 points) in front on their own with Boomerangs (19), Campbelltown (19), Inner West (18) and Mountain Majik (15) fighting out the other finals spots. Enfield (10), Mascot (6) and Phoenix (5) can only look to rebuild for next season… and maybe dent another club’s post-season hopes.
Individually, Daniel Bennett (Boomerangs) leads the way with 12 goals, one ahead of Corey Bizco (Majik), Giovanni Leuzzi (Enfield) and Shervin Adeli (Enfield) and a couple more than Michael Reeve (Boomerangs), with Daniel Fogarty (Inner West), Grant Cornwell (Majik), Toby Seeto (Dural), Harley Da Silva (Campbelltown) and Shayne Ardle (Campbelltown) locked on nine strikes each. Danny Martinez (Campbelltown) has eight and Ryan Keir (Boomerangs) seven to round out the premier league’s hot dozen boots.
Round 10 Results
- Mascot Vipers 2 () Dural Warriors 4 (Bruno Pivato x2, Daine Merrin, Toby Seeto)
- Mountain Majik 4 (Grant Cornwell, Mitch Long, Raymond Miller, Corey Biczo) Boomerangs 1 (Daniel Fulton)
- Enfield Rovers 1 (Shervin Adeli) Campbelltown Quake 5 (Shayne Ardle, Dean Lockhart, Harley Da Silva, Miles Downie, Danny Martinez)
- Phoenix Futsal Club 2 (Joshua Mathie, Robert Davey) Inner West Magic 4 (Adam Cooper, Anthony Foti, Marino Musumeci, Andes Gomez)
Warriors grip Vipers
Dural Warriors had to fight with tooth and nail to overcome a possessed Mascot Vipers outfit 4-2 at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night.
They might be glued to the bottom of the table but Mascot came out firing against the ladder leaders, playing out of their skins in an effort to address an eight game winless run and strike at home for the first time in eight tries. Vipers took a deserved 1-0 lead before Dural steadied themselves with Daine Merrin and Bruno Pivato strikes giving the title holders a slender 2-1 halftime edge.
A second Pivato goal pushed Warriors further in front only for the home side to pull the score back to a 3-2 deficit with minutes remaining. Veteran Toby Seeto sealed the deal for the visitors with a late goal to round out a tricky 4-2 victory – the closest margin in Dural’s sixth straight win against Mascot.
Warriors coach Rob Varela wiped the sweat from his brow after a titanic struggle and called on his players to not leave it so late to get going in games.
“I’m very pleased to get the three points but not entirely happy with the way we played against a team whose performance belied their position on the table,” he said.
“We had another slow start but managed to get back into the game by halftime. Our second half was better but there are a couple of areas where we need to improve.”
Majik beat Boomerangs
Boomerangs came, saw and were conquered 4-1 by premier league upstarts Mountain Majik at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium on Saturday night.
The mountaineers continued their sizzling summer debut with Grant Cornwell, Mitch Long, Raymond Miller and Corey Bizco goals ensuring a 3-1 halftime advantage stayed their way to register a third straight home victory.
Daniel Fulton scored in a third straight away defeat for the territorians.
Majik coach Fabio Macerola was stoked. “We pretty much dominated and kept a team who’d scored 46 goals before this one to a soft goal, so it was a good performance,” he said. “It was Ray Miller’s second game for us and he made a massive difference.”
On whether Phoenix could win the competition, Macerola was praising.
“The squad base is really good so it was always a matter of how many weeks it would take to get going and who’d turn up to each game.”
“We want to make the top four, it’d be disappointing if we don’t, but we really need to win next week against Phoenix. If we make the finals then there’s no reason why we can’t win it.”
Quake roll Rovers
Campbelltown Quake made it six runs unbeaten with a finely crafted 5-1 win over Enfield Rovers at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night.
Goals to Shayne Ardle, Dean Lockhart, Harley Da Silva, Miles Downie and Danny Martinez lifted Quake to joint second on the ladder with a sliding Boomerangs (who they meet next week in an absolute cracker of a match-up), ending Enfield’s finals chances in the process.
Campbelltown manager Carlos Martinez applauded the effort and victory, Quake’s fourth straight against Rovers.
“Another good win and probably our best performance all year,” he said. “We really did all the little things right and held one of the league’s best attacking forces to one goal, but we always knew defence would be the key to winning.”
“Andrew Haim was again outstanding for us in goals … we’re very happy with how we’re going at the moment.”
Magic burn Phoenix
Inner West Magic battled hard for a 4-2 win against Phoenix Futsal Club at Ryde Sports & Community Centre on Saturday night to stay in the hunt for a top two spot.
Goals to Adam Cooper, Anthony Foti, Marino Musumeci and Andes Gomez provided the winning Magic formula and a bewitching Rob Maiorana spell in goals kept a gallant Phoenix at bay.
Inner West manager Matteo Maiorana realised the importance of the match result. “Phoenix are a well-drilled side and we have some tough games coming up [Majik, Quake, Boomerangs to finish the season], so it was a must-win game,” he said.
“Rob [Maiorana] was outstanding in goals and is proving why he’s the country’s in-form keeper, Andes Gomez is in outstanding form trying to force himself back into the national set-up, while our current Futsalroos Adam Cooper, Marino Musumeci and Daniel Fogarty were again excellent.”
“More importantly the men’s topped off a great round for the club to make it 21 club championship points.”
Next week’s games
Football NSW Futsal Premier League Round 11 pits Boomerangs versus Campbelltown Quake at the AIS Training Halls, Dural Warriors host Enfield Rovers at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre, Mountain Majik play Phoenix Futsal Club at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium, while Mascot Vipers and Inner West Magic meet at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre.
Check the Futsal Premier League page for the ladder and kick-off details.