Round 13 Wrap up | 2019-2020 Macron SFL WA6 min read
An extraordinary round of futsal that marked the halfway point of the league, with the top 2, Murdoch & Stirling, building a significant gap over the chasing pack. And the distance between 3rd & 10th down to only 8 points. Indeed, the difference between 5th & 9th is now only 2 points. As the hunt for the Top 6 enters the 2nd phase of the competition, the race for the finals positions is tighter than ever.
Murdoch Warriors FC 3 – 0 Fremantle FC
Round 13 of the Macron State Futsal League commenced with a blockbuster, and contender for match-of-the-round, with table-topping Murdoch defeating Fremantle. The two former SFL Champions clashed in a match that turned late in the 1st half by a controversial refereeing decision that resulted in the sending off of Fremantle academy product Jake Pizzuto, and Murdoch taking the lead via captain Justin Pearce from the resulting penalty kick. New recruit Sammy Atta doubled the lead early in the 2nd half & academy product Justin Tang rounded out the scoring. The victory maintained Murdoch’s 3 point buffer at the top of the table, whilst Fremantle dropped from 5th to 8th.
Perth AFC 4 – 5 Spearwood Lions FC
An absorbing encounter, a derby of sorts, saw The Lions overcome AFC in a tight contest. Despite starting the match with one of the league’s hottest streaks, AFC found themselves 3-0 down by the 7th minute, with a double from Jamal Yusof & a goal from Kelechi Nmeni giving Spearwood a commanding early lead. Martyn Sharpe responded for AFC, but Yusof completed his hattrick before half-time to restore the 3 goal lead. A hattrick by Andrija Jukic with goals either side of half-time brought both sides to parity halfway through the 2nd half. Dominic Ireland countered with the winner late in the match to take Spearwood up to within 3 points of 6th place. AFC remain in finals contention, but they missed an opportunity to jump up to 5th.
Joondalup ECU Jets 1 – 1 South Perth FC
A captivating match-up with 11th placed Joondalup drawing with South Perth, whose late equaliser kept them in 6th. South Perth were looking to return to winning ways after suffering 2 defeats in a row, but, with a team list missing the ill Robert Armellini, they started tentatively, and a tightly contested 1st half ended 0-0. ECU welcomed back their charismatic keeper Alex Donev & that appeared to raise their confidence in defence. Talisman Luke Palmateer gave The Jets the lead early in the 2nd half & threatened to increase that lead, with Brad Kneebone solid in the South Perth goals. South Perth threw everything at Joondalup in the latter parts of the match & rightly equalised late on with a goal from Croatian flyer Filip Rojnica. A share of the spoils is somewhat of a surprise, but this ECU line-up are a noticeable improvement on last season’s version, and will continue to accumulate points against more fancied opponents.
Balga FC 5 – 2 Curtin Footbalista FC
A fascinating encounter opened Saturday’s round of fixtures with in-form Balga defeating a rejuvenated Curtin. Despite Balga fielding their strongest squad of the season, this was a hard match to predict. And so the 1st half proved with both sides struggling to get the ball past inspired goalkeepers Michael Dudek & Milad Alvani. New recruit Kristoff Dippl opened the scoring for Balga late in the 1st half to give them a 1-0 lead at the halfway mark. The lead became commanding with 2 quickfire goals early in the 2nd half from Rudnei Sheldon & the impressive Conor O’Driscoll. Mehdi Boumedal responded for Curtin, and late strikes from O’Driscoll, Mason Vojdani & Eraste Vyamungu provided the final scoreline. With their 4th victory in a row, Balga are now equal 6th (7th on goal difference). Meanwhile, Curtin, who were missing the enigmatic Farzam Mehrabi, played well, but were no match for a Balga side that are announcing their finals intentions.
Stirling Braza Ginga FC 7 – 2 Canning Ultra Tigers FC
Braza got their Ginga back with a comfortable victory of The Ultra Tigers. Credit to Canning for making a match of it early on, but errors in defence where they failed to deal with Stirling’s high press cost them dearly. AJ Martino continued his fine form with a hattrick & man-of-the-match honours. He was supported by a brace from Fernando De Paula & singles from Claudio Tavares & Robert Ftynogiannis. Jerry Yap & Afiq Mutalip responded for Canning, who continue to look good when going forward, but shaky in defence. Trong Nhan Do excelled in goals, making several saves, but needed better cover & less errors in front of him. Braza remain in 2nd spot, 3 points off the summit, and still undefeated this season.
Cockburn EWA FC 2 – 2 Rockingham Cambio Cumbre FC
A contender for match-of-the-round, saw the 2 former SFL Champions share the spoils in an epic encounter. Missing Noor Rami & Fonseca, Cumbre fielded several academy players, and started on the front foot taking an early lead via Kylan Watson. Credit to head coach Alex Lalovic for motivating his young charges who surprised a strong EWA line-up with their fiery start. Indeed, except for Jason Quintiliani’s heroics in the Cockburn goal, Rockingham would have gone into the half-time break with a hefty lead. Quickfire goals from Niko Cvijanovic & Jesse Lazzaro gave EWA the lead early in the 2nd half, with debutant Mustafa Amin equalising for Cumbre late in the match. A good comeback from Cockburn in the 2nd half, but, having fielded one of their strongest line-ups of the season, they will feel that this was an opportunity missed to not only jump up to 3rd ahead of their opponents, but to also drag themselves out of the fight for finals places. As things stand, they remain in 4th but only 3points ahead of Fremantle who are in 8th.
Perth Longobarda FC 5 – 0 Byford Venom FC
The final match of Round 13 of the Macron State Futsal League saw Longobarda return to the Top 6 with a comfortable victory over a resolute Byford. Despite missing talisman Kretowics for the 2nd week running, Longobarda had enough firepower to overcome their determined opponents, with captain Remo Capitani leading the way with a double. Singles from goalkeeper Ricardo Louro, Nicholas Sacoor & Jan Cok rounded out the scoring. A solid victory for Longobarda. Some good signs for The Venom, but they await the opportunity to turn decent performances into results.