The Capital Football U13 Girls, U15 Girls, Open Women’s Cobras and the U15 Boys retained their 100% winning records at the end of Day Three of the National Futsal Championships in the Gold Coast.
A brace of goals from Emily Fogg ensured that the U13 Girls started Day 3 with a win, maintaining their 100% record after defeating the host State, Queensland Maroon, 4-2 with Danijela Eskinja keeping up her personal run of scoring in each game.
And Eskinja struck again in the afternoon, her late goal helping the team overturn a deficit to see off Football Victoria 4-3 to ensure that the unbeaten record would continue, Victoria made Capital Football work exceptionally hard for the win, but the girls showed tremendous composure to claim the points.
It was four from four for the U15 Girls as they continued their fine NFC 2024 by eking out a 3-2 win over a belligerent and stubborn South Australia in an exciting fixture. Goals from Sienna Ness, Tiarna Ruberto, and Madison Cachia ensured the Girls kept their 100% record heading into an early evening match.
And it got even better in the evening match as the team put in a dominant display to crush Football West 14-2. Five different players netted multiple goals with Teyha Aspland and Cachia grabbing hat-tricks, while goalkeeper Ruberto scored for the second successive game.
Goals from Reilly Yuen and Cara Ceruti earned the U17 Girls a share of the spoils from their opening match of Day 3 as the match against Queensland ended all-square at 2-2, the hosts equalising in the second-half to deny Capital Football the victory. Yuen was on target twice more later in the day as Victoria were beaten 2-0.
NSW Thunder proved too strong for the Open Women Colts, claiming a 6-0 win in their match-up, but there was better news for the Cobras who won 1-0 against NSW Lightning, Brittany Palombi striking the matchwinner.
Queensland Maroon showed how classy they are as an outfit as they saw off the Capital Football U12 Boys winning 8-3 in the fourth Pool match. Kai McRae scored twice for the defeated team.
The U13 Boys slumped to only their second defeat in five matches in the tournament as a strong Victoria outfit, who are also pushing hard for a finals place, handed our lads a 0-4 defeat in the morning session.
A difficult tournament for the U14 Boys saw them outgunned by a highly-impressive NSW Thunder outfit who always field top-class sides at this age group. The Capital Football team fought hard to the very end but were unable to half the rampant Thunder who claimed a big 13-1 success.
The U15 Boys took their pool goals for column to an incredible forty-four in only five matches as they continued their goal-fest with an 11-5 demolition of Tasmania. Four players managed to score two goals apiece in what was the ultimate team performance with the squad all playing their part in an exceptional display.
A spirited comeback from the Men’s Youth was ultimately not enough as a poor start to the match saw them lose by the odd-goal in nine to NSW Lightning in an exceptional contest that kept the watching crowd interested until the decisive moments. Atiya Waraga and Nicholas Pratezina netted a brace each.
There was no such luck in their second outing of the day however as NSW Thunder took the game by the scruff of the neck and dominated for most of the fixture, eventually coming out on top by 0-9.
It was another close-run thing in the Open Men’s, but the Capital Football team were beaten by their NSW Thunder peers by 2-5 in their third pool match. Nick Dahl and Ashley Blount netted for Capital Football in a typically feisty contest against NSW, but the Thunder squad who lead the table claimed the points.