Round 3 Wrap Up | 2019 2020 Macron SFL WA5 min read
With 57 goals being scored in Round 1 and 62 goals in Round 2, teams were bound to start tightening their defences. And so it proved, with Round 3’s total of 47 goals being the most frugal so far. However, that did not detract from the entertainment..
Spearwood Lions FC 1 – 6 Stirling Braza Ginga FC
Spearwood were looking to return to winning ways in the Macron State Futsal League. But in Braza they faced an opponent who had started the new season in the same victorious form that they had ended the previous season. The defending champions got into gear quickly & secured a comfortable 6-1 triumph, with player-coach Thiago Mesquita, and flankers Claudio Tavares & Connor Crews all scoring doubles. Javi Ramirez replied for The Lions.
Canning Ultra Tigers FC 1 – 8 Rockingham Cambio Cumbre FC
Canning have had a tough return to the Macron State Futsal League with 2 of their first 3 encounters coming against 2 of the top 3 finishers of last season. After securing their first point of the season in Round 2, they entered this match with confidence & a game plan set up to stifle the attack of Rockingham. But Cumbre, having added depth with the debut of Spanish import Raul Sanchez, were at their buoyant best. Cambio Cumbre stalwart Faris Noor Rani impressed with a hattrick, and was ably supported by braces from former Ultra Tigers hero Chandra Nagendran and recent acquisition Raul Sanchez. The ever-present Nestor Fonseca was also on the scoresheet. Player-coach Khalif Omar scored the solitary reply for Canning, who will look to regroup & come back stronger in Round 4. The victory took Rockingham to the top of the table on goal difference.
South Perth FC 2 – 3 Cockburn EWA FC
The match of the night & contender for match of the round did not disappoint, with South Perth & Cockburn putting on a magnificent exhibition of futsal. With South Perth making a splash in the market with some impressive new signings they took a 2-0 lead with goals from captain Dilan Patel & youth captain Josh Ban. But EWA did not give up & confirmed their reputation as a resilient & relentless squad to secure a come-from-behind victory with goals from Sergio Coelho, Alex Gamble & an own-goal. The win allowed Cockburn to maintain their perfect start to the season, whilst the heart-breaking loss for South Perth means that they will need to re-tweak a defence that held EWA out for all but a 5 minute phase during the second half.
Fremantle FC 2 – 4 Balga FC
Fremantle’s perfect start to the season came to a stuttering end against an upbeat Balga. Balga started well with a goal from Adam Mangion. Fremantle replied with goals from Benji Mikhael & Milan Rosic to finish the first half strongly with a 2-1 lead. But Balga came out for the second half with purpose and a double from the impressive Gideon Servatius & a single from Gabriel Kieswetter ensured the victory & 5th place on the table.
Curtin Footbalista FC 4 – 0 Byford Venom FC
Curtin face the top 3 sides from last season in the first 4 rounds of the 2019-2020 Macron State Futsal League season. A tough draw for a side that is brimming with talent. And, after falling just short in their first 2 matches, they had to make their match against Byford count. Byford, to their credit, kept Footbalista at bay for a while, defending deep in their half & relying on their speedy counter attacks. Doubles from Farzam Mehrabi & Zam Golestani eventually gave Curtin a comfortable victory, although they had to thank goalkeeper Milad Alvani for some spectacular saves. The win took Footbalista up to 7th on the table.
Murdoch Warriors FC 5 – 3 Joondalup ECU Jets
A thrilling encounter between Murdoch & Joondalup, with The Warriors having the better of the 1st half (3-0) & ECU coming back strong in the 2nd half. Justin Tang impressed with his second hattrick in successive weeks. The youngster taking man-of-the-match plaudits. Alex Basto & Massimo Basulo were also on the scoresheet for The Warriors. Chris Doukaki replied with a brace for The Jets, including a scissor kick at the final whistle, as well as a goal from Jimmy Fung. The victory maintained Murdoch’s perfect start to the season.
Perth AFC 4 – 4 Perth Longobarda FC
Two sides that did not expect to be propping up the table collided in the final fixture of the weekend. And what a match they put on! We promised you a free flowing game with lots of goals, and both sides delivered, with an exciting action packed draw. Nathan Thorp starred for AFC with a brace of goals. Spiro Nenadic scored as well (plus an own goal). Alex Kretowicz (x2) was again on the scoreboard for Longobarda, along with singles from Bruno Di Gregorio & Remo Capitani.