Round 11 Wrap up | 2020-2021 Macron SFL WA6 min read
With the mid-season break fast approaching, yet another exceptional round of futsal, with goals galore, as Longobarda retain their spot at the summit for the 3rd week running.
Stirling Braza Ginga FC 3 – 5 Cockburn EWA FC
Round 11 of the Macron State Futsal League opened with a mouth-watering encounter that saw Stirling’s recent run of form halted by a resurgent Cockburn. Braza opened the scoring early on via an own-goal, only for EWA to equalise themselves via a Stirling own-goal midway through the 1st half. Further goals from Jesse Lazzaro & Alex Gamble gave Cockburn a commanding half-time lead. With understudy Carmelo Genovese performing heroics in goals, EWA withstood Braza’s fightback and extended their lead midway through the 2nd half via Deklan Burdle to all but settle the encounter. Further strikes from Pavel Parihuzic, Gamble with his 2nd and Thiago Mesquita ended an entertaining encounter that kept Cockburn in 4th place and Stirling in 6th, albeit now just 1 point ahead of Fremantle in 7th.
Perth AFC 4 – 6 Perth Longobarda FC
An intriguing encounter between 2 worthy adversaries ended with Longobarda taking the plaudits with their 8th win in succession, and a 3rd week at the summit of the SFL. Longo started well, taking a 3 goal lead via strikes from Cristiano Dos Santos, Jan Cok and Paul Wanke, with their high press troubling AFC all game. AFC responded late in the half via Oscar Pit to bring themselves back in the contest. And what a match-up it turned out to be, with an Andrija Jukic double midway through the 2nd half completing AFC’s comeback. But, that is when the Alex Kretowicz show began, with a double from Longo’s talisman taking him back to the top of the goalscoring charts, with 20 goals from 10 appearances. There was still time for Liam Ellison to get on the scoresheet for AFC, and for Cok to score his 2nd of the match.
Canning Ultra Tigers FC 1 – 11 Fremantle FC
Canning were looking to reproduce the form that gave them their famous victory over Cockburn in Round 9, but Fremantle had other thoughts. A blistering start saw young gun Benji Mikhael bag an early double as Fremantle flew out of the blocks. Another double by club president Luke Tidy later in the half gave Fremantle a commanding lead at the break. Danilo Neves completed his 1st hattrick of the season with a late blitz in the 2nd half, as Allister Gomes too scored his first brace, and Halil Russo and Jake Pizzuto also found themselves on the scoresheet. Canning’s consolation was scored by their talisman Tarek Atta, as both sides remained 7th and 13th on the ladder, respectively.
Perth Lions FA 3 – 0 Joondalup ECU Jets
The Lions extended their run to 6 successive wins as they defeated a gallant Joondalup. Strikes from Amirali Azimi, Ali Milhem and Jamal Yusof settled a comfortable win for The Lions, with custodian Daniel Forbes ECU at bay. Indeed, if not for Moutasim Al-Busaidi in The Jets goals, The Lions would have won by a wider margin. The victory stretched The Lions lead over 6th placed Stirling to 6 points, and a further point ahead of Fremantle in 7th as they continue to press their claims for a position in the finals in May 2021.
Rockingham Cambio Cumbre FC 6 – 4 Curtin Footbalista FC
Rockingham made it 3 wins in a row, with an impressive come-from-behind victory over a valiant Curtin. Footbalista opened with purpose scoring from a corner set-play via club president Hesam Mizan. Cumbre responded with a fine strike from captain Michael Leno. When Curtin talisman Hazrat Akhlaqi scored it looked like an upset was on the line. But 3 quickfire goals from Rockingham, spearheaded by a Mason Vojdani double, and academy product Seagh Harris’ first goal in the SFL gave Cumbre a 2 goal advantage at the break. Moreno Cappello brought Footbalista back within one, only for another academy product Ben Thorpe to restore Cumbre’s 2 goal advantage. And when Vojdani completed his hattrick the match was all but over. A late consolation from Farzam Mehrabi whilst playing 5th man was not enough, as Rockingham retained 2nd spot, 2 points behind Longobarda.
South Perth FC 5 – 2 Murdoch Warriors FC
South Perth prevailed in an entertaining & potentially season-defining encounter, as Murdoch’s barren run continued. In front of a large crowd, a tight 1st half was disrupted by a strike by Daniel Muzzarelli to give South Perth an early lead. The Warriors replied late on via a goal from goalkeeper Ahmad Rahimi to balance the ledger at the halfway point of the match. The 2nd half opened up as both sides went for victory, but it was the more experienced players at South Perth that triumphed with a Robert Armellini double, Muzzarelli scoring his 2nd and a single from Luka Bergomi proving decisive. Joel Di Toro responded for Murdoch, but it was too little too late for The Warriors. South Perth’s victory kept them in 3rd spot on the ladder, as Murdoch dropped to 10th on the back of 8 matches without a win.
Balga FC 7 – 1 Byford Venom FC
The final match of Round 11 witnessed Balga continue to climb up the ladder to 8th, only 3 points outside the Top 6, with a commanding performance over a brave Byford. 1st half strikes from talisman Conor O’Driscoll and along with a double from young gun Luke Ross saw Balga overcome The Venom’s early resistance. Vaughan Audrain responded for Byford to keep them in the match at the halfway mark. But 4 unanswered goals in the 2nd half ended the contest as Adam Mangion, Eraste Viamungu and a double from captain Luqman Sayyed improved Balga’s goal difference to -7.