Football NSW Report on the Mens Division of the NSW Premier League
Dural Warriors blasted Phoenix Futsal Club 9-0, Inner West Magic moved to second following their 6-3 triumph against Mountain Majik, Campbelltown Quake dulled Mascot Vipers 10-2, while Enfield Rovers pipped Boomerangs 6-5 to register a new high round total of 41 goals.
The results placed Dural in an enviable position on 29 points, with Inner West (24), Boomerangs (22) and Campbelltown (22) trying to keep Mountain Majik (18) out of the finals race.
Individually, Enfield’s Shervin Adeli still tops all scorers with 15 strikes, two ahead of Daniel Bennett (Boomerangs). Michael Reeve (Boomerangs) and Corey Biczo (Majik) are locked on 12 goals each, one more than Giovanni Leuzzi (Enfield) and Danny Martinez (Campbelltown), with 10-goal campaigners Greg Giovenali (Dural), Daniel Fogarty (Inner West), Shayne Ardle (Campbelltown), Toby Seeto (Dural) and Harley Da Silva (Campbelltown) rounding out the top-10.
The 41 round-12 celebrations sets a new league high, one more than the 40 successes in 2011/12 round-three to take the overall season average to 7.5 per fixture. Lachlan Wright’s five-star five-goal haul to help Enfield beat Boomerangs equals the league high mark set by Chris Zeballos (for Sydney City vs South Coast) and Daniel Fulton (for Boomerangs vs Enfield Rovers) both in the 2011/12 summer.
- Inner West Magic 6 (Adrian Pizari x4, Cristian Ciampa, Marino Musumeci) Mountain Majik 3 ()
- Campbelltown Quake 10 (Jordan Mundell x4, Daniel Martinez x3, Dean Lockhart x2, Harley Da Silva) Mascot Vipers 2 (Paul Ragonese, Jonathan Kontalis)
- Enfield Rovers 6 (Lachlan Wright x5, Zac Ribeiro) Boomerangs 5 (Daniel Fulton x2, Ryan Keir x2, Daniel Bennett)
- Dural Warriors 9 (Greg Giovenali x4, Jarrod Basger, Bruno Pivato, Toby Seeto, Zac Caruana, own goal) Phoenix Futsal Club 0
Magic douse Majik Inner West
Magic outcast Mountain Majik with a solid 6-3 win at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium on Saturday night. Majik was down on playing numbers but still managed to test a Magic side that jumps to second spot on the ladder two games out from the finals.
Inner West coach Carmine Bortone was happy.
“Making the finals takes the pressure off a little bit,” he said.
“Adrian [Pizari] played for us for the first time this year and scored four times so it’s a shame he won’t qualify for the finals.”
Majik coach Fabio Macerola now has one mission ahead of him in the club’s fledgling year – stop Dural’s 11-game unbeaten run next week to make the post-season carnival.
“We have to beat Warriors,” he said.
“That’s never going to be easy, but we’ve always wanted to have a real crack at Dural and if we beat them then I think we deserve to get into the finals.”
Quake smother Vipers
A rampant Campbelltown Quake rumbled their way to an emphatic 10-2 win over hapless Mascot Vipers at Minto Indoor Sports Stadium on Saturday night.
Campbelltown jumped to an early two-goal lead which they turned into a 4-1 halftime ascendancy that blew out to an eight-goal margin by fulltime, Jordan Mundell netting four times, Daniel Martinez thrice and Dean Lockhart twice.
Quake manager Carlos Martinez was thrilled.
“With matches against Inner West and Dural to come it really was a must-win game and we played with a great attitude and scored some really good goals,” he said.
“Look, it’s not the first time we’ve gone into the last rounds needing a result but this time it’s different because it’s all in our hands and we’re carrying some good form.”
There’s still pride to play for at Mascot with an 11th straight win-less outing closing in on a 16-game drought for Sydney City Eagles from the 2011/12 and 2012/13 summer seasons.
Rovers nip Boomerangs
Enfield Rovers edged Boomerangs 6-5 in a battle royale at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night. Captain/coach Lachlan Wright was Enfield’s hero with a five-goal haul that kept Boomerangs at a finger’s length as Rovers turned a tight 3-2 halftime lead into a 5-3 buffer with 10 minutes to go.
Boomerangs weren’t done with yet and two quickfire goals had the match evenly poised at 5-5 when Daniel Fulton brought down Rovers young gun Danny Graham just outside the D inside the final minute.
Wright stepped up and caught Boomerangs keeper Ashley offguard with a quick freekick that lifted Rovers in front a final time, 6-5. Daniel Fulton and Ryan Keir bagged braces for Boomerangs but they were always chasing a determined Enfield troop.
Wright remained upbeat and said his team intended to cause more trouble before the season end.
“We had a good game and played well, but it really could’ve gone either way,” he said.
“When we do put it together we do quite well but we’ve been too inconsistent this season.
“It’s just a shame that 1-2 results could’ve changed the whole season for us, but you can’t switch off for a second in Futsal.”
Boomerangs co-coach Kristian Collins said the defeat did little to dent his side’s spirit.
“It was a physical game, it always is against Enfield as they have a lot of experienced players,” he said.
“Hopefully we’ve done enough for the finals and will probably play Inner West at home in the last round for second place. “We’ve already proven we can beat any team in the top four, so it’s still anyone’s game really.”
Warriors burn Phoenix
Dural Warriors opened up a five-point gap at the top of the table with two games left to play following a convincing 9-0 win over Phoenix Futsal Club at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre on Saturday night.
It was Dural’s 11th straight game without defeat to establish a new league benchmark, and their 10th straight Leisure Centre victory (also a new high) has them three results short of their own home unbeaten run, which they’ll achieve by making the grand final.
Zac Caruana, Bruno Pivato and Greg Giovenali goals helped the Warriors establish a 3-0 halftime advantage against a spirited Phoenix outfit, and they went on with it in the second half with Giovenali collecting four goals for the match.
Coach Rob Varela took the premiership in his stride with still more work ahead of his team of conquerors.
“I’m quite happy with the boys’ performance against a team that’s been playing well without getting points,” he said.
“After a fairly even start we took control in the latter part of the first half… in the second half our defensive pressure began to approach the level we want it to be at and our attack flowed from there.”
Next week’s games
Next weekend marks the beginning of the nationals tournament in Canberra.
Football NSW Futsal Premier League Round 13 (January 25) features Enfield Rovers versus Mascot Vipers at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre, Dural Warriors tackle Mountain Majik at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium, Inner West Magic welcome Campbelltown Quake to Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre, while Boomerangs meet Phoenix Futsal Club at the AIS Training Halls. Check the Futsal Premier League page for kickoff details.