FFA Nationals – Men Day One

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Capital Football Media Release

FFA-NationalsVictoria 2 (Maxim Avram 25’, Jason Barrientos 36’) ACT 3 (Robbie Cattanach 13’, 29’, Michael Reeve 28’)

The ACT kicked off the defence of their FFA National Futsal Championships title with a 3-2 win over Victoria in the Grand Final re-match at the AIS Arena.  Robbie Cattanach was the two goal hero in an excellent ACT display but the win was marred by the loss of former Futsalroo Pat Ross-Magee to what appeared to be a nasty knee injury. As expected there was little to choose between the teams in the opening half with chances coming at both ends. Jonathan Barrientos went closest for Victoria, rounding Angelo Konstantinou only to see his shot headed off the line. But it was the ACT that broke the deadlock in the 13th minute. Cattanach wriggled past his marker and unleashed a low drive across Ryan Timmins in the Victorian goal and into the bottom corner for a deserved half-time lead. Victoria, led by the irrepressible Fernando De Moraes, hit back after the break when Maxim Avram levelled the scores with a thunderous free-kick. That forced the hosts to up the tempo and two goals in two minutes put them in a match winning position. Michael Reeve netted the first, reacting fastest to poke the ball home after Daniel Fulton had hit the post before Cattanach made it 3-1, dancing past a marker to score into the top corner. A brilliantly worked riposte from Victoria, Jonathan and Jason Barrientos combining for the latter to volley home, made for a nervous last few minutes but the champions held on.

NSW Thunder 4 (Lev Lewis 1’, Clayton Musumeci 5’, Jordan Guerrero 7’, Jarrod Basger 14’) South Australia 0

NSW Thunder got off to the perfect start at the 2014 FFA National Futsal Championships putting in a clinical performance to despatch South Australia 4-0 in Round 1. The Thunder was simply way too strong for an out-gunned South Australia who was further handicapped by the eleventh minute dismissal of skipper Jake La Scala for violent conduct. Thunder had earlier got off to a flyer taking the lead with virtually their first attack with Lev Lewis pouncing to put them ahead after only 25 seconds. It didn’t take the NSW side long to increase that advantage with further goals from Clayton Musumeci and Jordan Guerrero putting them 3-0 up inside of seven minutes. Following the dismissal of La Scala, Thunder made the extra man pay scoring within the allotted two minutes through Futsalroo international Jarrod Basger to comfortably lead 4-0 at the break. South Australia tightened up in the second stanza with the powerful Olumide Olayemi Adisa causing NSW some problems but the Thunder was rarely forced to move out of their comfort zone in recording a convincing opening day success. Moving the ball around with speed and precision, the Thunder saw out the second half without adding to their score.

TABLE

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LEADING SCORERS

2 Robbie CATTANACH (ACT)

1 Michael REEVE (ACT), Jarrod BASGER, Jordan GUERRERO, Lev LEWIS, Clayton MUSUMECI (NSW Thunder), Maxim AVRAM, Jason BARRIENTOS (Victoria)

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