Men’s Round 1
O’Connor Knights 1 (Jonathan Ciminelli 34’) def. by Prawns 6 (Goran Josifovski 3’, 39’, Stephen Domenici 18’, 26’, Trent Flanigan 23’, Elia Salloum 29’)
The first game of the 2019-20 Futsal Premier League season was a match up between two of the hardest playing teams in the competition.
Both sides missed a number of chances in the early going, until Goran Josifovski found the back of the net for the Prawns. The intensity lifted from both teams in the back end of the first-half as O’Connor looked to draw level. But Stephen Domenici scored his opening goal just before half-time to see the Prawns take a 2-0 lead into the break.
The second half started with the same intensity as the first and it didn’t take the Prawns long to extend their lead through Trent Flanigan. Moments later they had their fourth thanks to another goal from Domenici.
O’Connor were able to create regular opportunities throughout the match, but some impressive saves by Dan Fulton in goals meant they were unable to find the back of the net. The Knights best chance of the game came from Nikolas Barisic, but his quick shot hit the woodwork and bounced back into play.
The 29th minute saw Elia Salloum extend the Prawns’ lead to five. The Knights finally hit the scoreboard through Jonathan Ciminelli in the 34th minute, before Josifovski scored his second goal on the stroke of full-time to round out the 6-1 score line.
Next week will see the Prawns take on NCU Black, whilst O’Connor will play reigning champions Timberwolves FC.
Boomerangs FS 5 (Arlo Hook 16’, Nick Dahl 21’, Elie Darwich 29’, Ben Basser-Silk 32’, Own Goal 38’) def. Timberwolves FC 3 (William Sheppard 7’, David Carder 10’, Ashley Blount 27’)
After an evenly contested start to the match, William Sheppard opened the scoring for Timberwolves FC in the seventh minute. Minutes later, David Carder gave the reigning champions a 2-0 lead.
But the Boomerangs pegged one back just before the break through Arlo Hook in the 16th minute, and Nick Dahl opened the second-half scoring with a back post tap in to bring the Boomerangs level.
Ashley Blount then clawed the lead back for the Timberwolves with a goal in the 27th minute. But it didn’t last long, as two minutes later Elie Darwich fired in a shot from out wide to level the scores at 3-3.
Ben Basser-Silk gave the Boomerangs their first lead of the match with a goal in the 32nd minute, before an own goal two minutes from time helped the Boomerangs to a come from behind 5-3 win.
Boomerangs FS can enjoy the week off with the bye, while the Timberwolves will be looking to bounce back against the O’Connor Knights.
North Canberra Untouchables Black 2 (Joshua Broekhuyse 23’, Matthew Corey 36’) def. by Soccer FC 4 (Darren Xu 15’, Adam Brooks 21’, Van Nguyen 32’, Adrian Dawson 40’)
The new kids on the block Soccer FC started their campaign with a strong win over the North Canberra Untouchables (NCU) Black.
Soccer FC managed to score the first goal of the match through Darren XU in the 15th minute, which helped the side take a 1-0 lead into half-time.
Soccer FC start the second-half with the same intensity as the first, and it payed off with their second goal being scored in the opening minute through Adam Brooks.
Minutes later NCU Black hit the score board with a nice tap in by Joshua Broekhuyse, whose goal appeared to spark NCU Black into action. But they were unable to break through a solid Soccer FC defence.
Soccer FC extend their lead by a goal against the run of play thanks to Van Nguyen. Closing in on full-time, Matthew Corey scored in the 36th minute to cut the lead back to one, but Soccer FC had the final say, as Adrian Dawson consolidated the win with a 40th minute goal.
Next week will see NCU Black take on Prawns, while Soccer FC will take on NCU Red.
All Men’s round 2 matches will take place on Wednesday, 2nd October.
Women’s Round 1
Boomerangs FS Blue 1 (Aurelia Haynes 9’) def. by Canberra FC 5 (Brittany Palombi 2’, 17’, 38’, Jamie Berkeley 3’, Grace Field 24’)
Canberra FC jumped out to an early lead with goals to Brittany Palombi and Jamie Berkeley inside the first three minutes. The early lead set them up with the momentum and their continued pressure made them look threatening, but they were unable to convert their dominance into more goals.
Boomerangs FS Blue pegged a goal back in the ninth minute through Aurelia Haynes, but the 17th minute saw a second Palombi goal to once again extend Canberra FC’s lead to two goals.
The second half was a very controlled and clinical performance by Canberra FC, with Grace Field scoring their fourth in the 24th minute, before Palombi netted her hat-trick two minutes from full-time to secure the 5-1 win.
Next round will see Boomerangs FS Blue with the bye, whilst Canberra FC will take on Boomerangs FS White.
Boomerangs FS White 7 (Ella-Rose Brown 6’, 22’, 35’, Ayla Robertson 12’, Lucy D’Arcy 16’, Niamh Larkin 28’, Own Goal 39’) def. CUA Black 0
Boomerangs FS White got off to the perfect start when Ella-Rose Brown found the back of the net in the sixth minute. The 12th minute then saw their lead doubled with a goal from Ayla Robertson.
Lucy D’Arcy scored the final goal of the first half to give the Boomerangs a comfortable 3-0 lead at the break.
They continued the second half much like the first, applying further pressure onto CUA Black with an early goal in the 22nd minute from Brown. The goals continued to flow for Boomerangs FS with Niamh Larkin scoring in the 28th minute and Brown scoring her third for the night to extend the lead to six. The final goal of the match came through an own goal from CUA Black in the 39th minute to round out the 7-0 score line.
Boomerangs FS White will take on Canberra FC next up, while CUA Black will take on NCU.
North Canberra Untouchables 10 (Alice Churchill 2’, 37’, 37’, Katherine Thurber 3’, 5’, 29’, Rebecca Kiting 10’, 24’, Krista Hagen 34’, Tahlia Stanley 40’) def. CUA Green 1 (Bianca Kimpton 36’)
North Canberra Untouchables (NCU) established their dominance early with three quick goals to Alice Churchill and Katherine Thurber respectively. The play settled down for a few minutes before Rebecca Kiting extended the lead to four in the 10th minute.
The final ten minutes of the first half evened out as CUA Green started to find some momentum, but they were unable to capitalise as NCU went into the break up 4-0.
The 24th minute saw Kiting score her second for the night before Thurber secured her hat-trick five minutes later. Krista Hagen then came to the goal scoring party in the 34th minute to extend NCU’s lead to seven.
CUA Green then managed to score their first and only goal of the game through Bianca Kimpton in the 36th minute.
NCU still had plenty of goals in them after CUA clawed one back, as Churchill scored two in quick succession and Tahlia Stanley fired one home in the dying stages to see the score finish 10-1.
Next up for NCU is CUA Black, while CUA Green will play Woden-Weston FC who had the bye in round one.
All Women’s round 2 matches will take place on Thursday, 3rd October.