Round 5 Wrap Up | 2019 2020 Macron SFL WA5 min read
A whopping 60 goals were scored in Round 5, at a rate of 8.57 goals per match. And, whilst 4 sides had entered round 5 with perfect records, only Stirling emerged with that record intact.
South Perth FC 3 – 3 Rockingham Cambio Cumbre FC
A mouth-watering match to open Round 5 of the Macron State Futsal League featured 5th placed South Perth taking on 2nd placed Rockingham. And what a match both sides put on: end to end action of the highest quality. South Perth were looking to make a statement, and cement their place in the top half of the table. Every player shone, especially their returning superstar Filip Rojnica who excelled with a hattrick. Cumbre played well too, despite dropping their first points of the season. Veteran Faris Noor Rani again impressed with a double, with captain Chandra Nagendran also on the scoreboard.
Byford Venom FC 2 – 8 Spearwood Lions FC
Two sides in desperate need of a win to kickstart their season clashed in the 2nd match of the night, with 12th placed Byford taking on 11th placed Spearwood. Spearwood secured the 3 points with a resounding victory, anchored by their returning star Jamal Yusof’s imposing hattrick. He was ably supported by doubles from Kelechi Nmeni & Joshua Cortes (on his debut), as well as a goal by younger brother Karim Yusof. Byford’s goals came from their player of the season so far, Eddie Garrido. Byford will need to regroup & come back stronger next weekend when they face a confident Fremantle.
Fremantle FC 4 – 4 Cockburn EWA FC
The final match of the evening featured 7th placed Fremantle taking on table-topping Cockburn. Fremantle were looking to overturn successive defeats, and with the welcome return of former MVP Danilo Neves they started with a bang & took an early lead via captain Liam Cummins. A pulsating match ebbed & flowed, with Mark Gavranic & Brandon De Abreau scoring stunning long range strikes for EWA, and Diego Florenca & Luke Tidy responding with clinical goals for Fremantle. Deklan Burdle & Alex Gamble were also on the scoresheet for Cockburn. But the last call, not surprisingly, came from Danilo Neves, who scored the equaliser late on. EWA, who had crushed all who had come before them so far this season, had to settle for a draw. The result meant that Cockburn dropped to 2nd on the table, whilst Fremantle remained in 7th spot.
Joondalup ECU Jets 5 – 7 Perth Longobarda FC
The 1st match on Saturday afternoon featured last placed Joondalup taking on 8th placed Longobarda. ECU have been involved is some of the most entertaining matches so far this season, and this one was no exception. In another high scoring encounter, they fell short once again despite another impressive double from Luke Palmateer, and singles from Aaron Bell, Jimmy Fung & Paul Grant. Longobarda captain & man of the match Remo Capitani replied with 4 goals of his own. Singles from Alex Kretowicz, Marco Tomassetti & Jeevan Krishnan finished of the scoring. Successive victories have Longobarda in the top half of the table for the first time this season.
Stirling Braza Ginga FC 6 – 1 Murdoch Warriors FC
The match of the round saw 4th placed Stirling overcome 3rd placed Murdoch with a surprisingly comfortable victory. Braza took an early lead & never looked back. And, they shared the goals around, with Pavel Parihuzic, Moh Totonchy, Chris Rocchi, Thiago Mesquita, Connor Crews & AJ Martino all on the scoresheet. Despite the goalscoring return of Lucas Mello, The Warriors had no answer to the ginga of Stirling Braza. Indeed, after this round, Braza remained the only side in the league with a perfect record, and as such jumped from 4th to 1st on the ladder. Murdoch dropped to 4th.
Balga FC 5 – 2 Perth AFC
6th placed Balga took on 9th placed Perth AFC in a highly anticipated encounter. Two sides with lots of firepower were expecting to test both keepers. A match that was close for long period, was blown wide open by a hattrick from the impressive Connor O’Driscoll. Gideon Servatius maintained his goalscoring run & Graham Dixon made a goalscoring return. Andrija Jukic & Martyn Sharpe were on the scoresheet for AFC, who have shown noticeable improvement in recent weeks. Balga climbed to 5th. AFC dropped to 11th on the table.