ACT 10 (Robbie Cattanach 3’, 7’, 24’, Trent Flanigan 4’, Daniel Bennett 7’, 26’, Ryan Keir 9’, 40’, Daniel Fulton 14’, Stephen Domenici 31’) Queensland Metro 0
The ACT warmed up for their semi-final match this afternoon by confirming second place on the final round-robin ladder with a comfortable 10-0 win over Queensland Metro. The home team were in red hot form from the off against the Metro, perhaps still smarting from letting a point slip out of their hands against NSW Thunder, racing into the lead early on and playing at a fast tempo throughout. From the moment that Robbie Cattanach opened the scoring in the third minute there was little doubt as to the outcome of this match as goals flowed at regular intervals. Trent Flanigan made it two within a minute and by the ten minute mark it was 5-0 as Daniel Bennett, Cattanach again and Ryan Keir all found the net. Daniel Fulton was presented with a gift for goal number six, Queensland defenders and goalkeeper making a mess of a through ball to allow Fulton an open goal, as the ACT hit half-a-dozen before half-time. The onslaught continued after the resumption as Cattanach completed a hat-trick, Bennett struck his second and Stephen Domenici netted his first of the competition as the score mounted. The ACT eased off after this but saw goalkeeper Keiran Stroh dismissed for a robust aerial challenge before Keir slid home the tenth goal seconds before the final hooter sounded.
South Australia 0 Victoria 4 (Adam Cooper (pen) 15’, Miguel Barrigos 25’, Matthew Vragovski 28’, Maxim Avram 38’)
Victoria sealed third place in the final table and a fixture with the ACT in the last four following their 4-0 win over South Australia in the last match of the round-robin competition. The loss consigned SA to a semi-final match against NSW Thunder. With only positioning to play for there was a cagey opening to the match with neither team able to find the breakthrough. The deadlock was broken in bizarre circumstances as Victoria was awarded a penalty five minutes before half-time. Alexander Payne had saved well from a Maxim Avram cross-shot but as the ball was cleared it stuck an outstretched arm of a South Australian defender and the penalty was awarded. Futsalroo Adam Cooper made no mistake from the spot welting the ball into the top corner for a vital lead for Victoria. South Australia pushed for the equaliser at the beginning of the second stanza but they were caught cold by a quickly taken kick-in by Victoria, Avram combining with Miguel Barrigos who had an empty goal to slide into after Avram drew replacement ‘keeper Simon Ortlepp from his line. Shortly after Matthew Vragovski was in the right place after a terrific run to slam home the third and virtually seal the result. Avram rounded off the scoring, getting the goal his individual performance deserved, with only two minutes remaining.
- 16:00 – NSW Thunder v South Australia
- 17:00 – ACT v Victoria
6 Robbie CATTANACH (ACT)
5 Jordan GUERREIRO, Jordan MUNDELL (NSW Thunder)
4 Daniel BENNETT, Trent FLANIGAN (ACT), Jarrod BASGER (NSW Thunder)
3 Ryan KEIR (ACT), Sam PERRE (NSW Thunder), Maxim AVRAM (Victoria)
2 Michael REEVE, Callum SMITH (ACT), Clayton MUSUMECI (NSW Thunder), Jake LA SCALA (South Australia), Miguel BARRIGOS (Victoria), own GOAL
1 Stephen DOMENICI, Daniel FULTON, Angelo KONSTANTINOU (ACT), Jonathan KONTALIS, Lev LEWIS, Mark SYMINGTON (NSW Thunder), Brendan COBB, Brian QUAN (Queensland), Aaron NOBLE, Andres OBIELGO (South Australia), Jason BARRIENTOS, Adam COOPER, FERNANDO De Moraes, Reuben LANGERAK, Konrad MACHOY, Matthew VRAGOVSKI (Victoria)