Round 2 Wrap up | 2020-2021 Macron SFL WA7 min read
An unusual round of futsal, with open matches & one-sided scorelines, a total opposite to what we witnessed in Round 1. And, incredibly, after 14 matches, still no draws in the new season. A further demonstration as to why the Macron State Futsal League is such an exhilarating competition.
Perth Lions Futsal Academy 6 – 1 Cockburn EWA FC
Perth Lions announced themselves as early finals contenders with a convincing victory over a solemn Cockburn. The Lions bounced back quickly from last week’s unlucky loss to South Perth with a commanding performance, with new captain Bakr Al-Qaraghuli taking man-of-the-match honours with a hattrick. Cockburn started brightly with an early goal from stalwart Mark Gavranic. Quickfire goals from former EWA young gun Ali Milhem and last season’s top goalscorer Jamal Yusof brought The Lions roaring back into contention, and a late strike from Al-Qaraghuli doubled The Lions’ advantage at half-time. Cockburn came out firing in the 2nd half but with new shot-stopper Daniel Forbes in spectacular form, they were kept at bay. Further goals from Milhem & Al-Qaraghuli settled the encounter as The Lions jumped up to 7th & Cockburn dropped to 8th on the ladder.
Stirling Braza Ginga FC 6 – 0 Curtin Footbalista FC
Two time defending champions Stirling bounced back from Round 1’s defeat to Murdoch with a comfortable victory over a gallant Curtin. Braza flew out of the blocks with an early double from academy product Mitch Norman giving them a commanding lead. After that it was the Victor Brauner show, with 4 goals, doubles either side of half-time, sealing the match. Footbalista could not cope with Brauner’s individual brilliance as he took out man-of-the-match honours. Curtin were stronger in the 2nd half, and forced veteran Glenn Sheldon into several exceptional saves to maintain his well-earned clean sheet. The victory took Stirling up to 6th on the ladder, on goal difference, with Curtin in 9th.
Balga FC 3 – 7 Murdoch Warriors FC
Murdoch continued their dominance over a brave Balga with a commanding victory, engineered by the enigmatic Massimo Basolu, and executed by their young brigade. A cautious 1st half in which both goalkeepers, Michael Dudek & Ahmad Rahimi, excelled saw a single strike to Masoud Kanani to give The Warriors a narrow half-time lead. Basolu, Kanani & a double from Justin Tang blew the match wide open with a 4 goal burst in the opening 5 minutes of the 2nd half to stun Balga. With so much firepower on hand, Balga responded with goals from Eraste Vyamungu and a double from Conor O’Driscoll. But a late own goal & a strike from Joel Di Toro settled the encounter in favour of Murdoch. A late red card to Michael Dudek will see deputy Mark Higgins deputise for the next 2 matches. The Warriors sit in 4th spot, whilst Balga find themselves 11th on the ladder as they await their first points of the season.
Canning Ultra Tigers FC 0 – 9 South Perth FC
Canning succumbed to their 2nd heavy defeat in a row, as their difficult opening season schedule continued. And the fixtures don’t get easy with a match against The Lions in Round 3. South Perth’s expensively assembled line-up showed up for this match with a resounding performance. An early strike to Daniel Muzzarelli settled any nerves they may have had with a large crowd on hand to witness this clash. Custodian Nick Cooper pulled off some spectacular saves to keep The Ultra Tigers in the contest until captain Dilan Patel doubled South Perth’s lead halfway through the 1st half. And that goal opened the floodgates, with a double from mainstay Robert Armellini and a strike from the irrepressible Filip Rojnica gave South Perth a commanding half-time lead. Canning had a few opportunities on the counter-attack but found Brad Kneebone in unbeatable form. Second half strikes from academy product James Toth, Remo Capitani (a double) and Rojnica’s 2nd brought the game to an end as the star-studded South Perth continued their fine start to the season to climb up to 2nd on the ladder.
Byford Venom FC 2 – 8 Perth Longobarda FC
Byford entered this match with confidence, having held Longobarda to an entertaining 4-4 draw in the final round of last season. Any thoughts of a repeat performance were put to bed by a rampant Alex Kretowicz, who helped himself to a 1st half hattrick with his exhilarating pace. Further goals from Darko Mikic and Jon Bucolo, amid a reply from Travis Bosveld, gave Longobarda a comfortable half-time lead. 2nd half strikes from new recruits Philippe Alimov and Graziano Lucisano and a reply from Eddie Garrido settled the encounter, with Longobarda announcing their intentions for the new season with back-to-back victories taking them to 3rd on the ladder. Despite losing half of his SFL squad to transfers & retirements, head coach Brian Watkins continues to produce magical performances no matter the cards he is dealt.
Joondalup ECU Jets 0 – 3 Fremantle FC
Two sides missing several of their stars produced the first scoreless half of the season, as both goalkeepers, especially Moutasim al-Busaidi for The Jets, excelled. A 2nd half double from captain Liam Cummins settled Fremantle’s nerves, and a late strike from speed-merchant Halil Russo rounded out the scoring. Frank Del Rosso will be pleased with the clean sheet, in his first start of the season, as Fremantle maintained their perfect start to the new season and 5th on the ladder. Joondalup coach Felippe Testa will lament missing goal-threats Luke Palmateer and Joe Higgins as his side struggled to open up a determined Fremantle defence.
Perth AFC 1 – 8 Rockingham Cambio Cumbre FC
AFC struggled to rain in a rampant Rockingham side that appears to be brimming with confidence. A 5 star performance from goalkeeper Yethiha Aung kept Cumbre at bay until former AFC target Spiro Nenadic scored midway through the 1st half. Faris Noor Rani doubled Rockingham’s advantage to give his coach Alex Lalovic something to smile about. Darrell Pragash scored his 2nd in 2 games early in the 2nd half, before Gabriel Kieswetter scored his 1st for his new club to bring AFC back into the contest. But that is as close as they got; a second half hattrick to the irrepressible Nestor Fonseca along with strikes to new captain Michael Lino and academy product Jaidyn Watson settled the encounter, with the goal difference sustaining Cumbre’s spot at the top of the ladder.
5 sides have perfect records after 2 rounds, 4 sides have a win & a loss, and 5 sides remain winless. It looks like it is going to be another captivating season!