On 1st Oct 2011 Round 2 of the Premier League was at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre our home ground.
Just before kickoff at 1pm the boys had their team photo taken thanks to Matteo.
1pm came and they kicked off. Our boys started slow and we were down 2-0. Adam Nisbet in the 2nd half puts a nice goal in the corner of the net and makes it 2-1 then came little George Antonis who puts in a great ball where the keeper had no chance. Score now 2-2.
The Sydney City boys come back hard, they passed the ball around nicely our boys were starting to get tired, the Eagles scored 3-2 their way.
With around 5min to go the Fraser makes 3 subs all at once and our boys did not give up at all. They continued to pressure the Eagles then you have Attila Toksoz who gets passed two players the second player stays on Attila but he keeps going drawing the keeper out and guess what? goal! Bottom left corner score now 3-3. Everyone was thinking it is going to be a draw but last minute Sydney City Eagles finish with a goal 4-3 they win.
All the boys did well. For the Academy it is all about having fun and developing within the game and listening to the coach.
A resilient performance from the Inner West 12 boys, reaped maximum rewards in a tough 3 – 2 win over Sydney City Eagles last Saturday, in round 2 Premier Futsal League action.
After a slow start, our boys had it “all to do” going one nil down after an Eagles player had swooped in at the far post to turn a cross into the net mid way through the first period.
After a first half where verve and inspiration were in short supply, Nathan Muskitta dragged his team back into the contest early after the restart, with a low angled drive into the bottom corner following a cut back from the by line.
Eagles re-took the lead shortly after as the game picked up in intensity – players from both sides probing for openings.
As the moments ticked away, some tidy work near the by line by Brody Strachan finished with the flanker firing home from a tight angle to restore parity.
The Inner West momentum moved into overdrive and a fine finish, high into the net from Francesco Terranova with minutes to play, meant that the home side had taken a lead for the first time in the match.
It was a lead that the boys held grimly against a fast finishing Eagles side for the teams maiden win for the season.
– Mark Strachan
In what was anticipated to be a highly competitive game ended up being a comfortable win for the girls as they over ran their highly fancied opponents with a 2nd half blitz.
We opened the scoring just after the minute mark when Georgia won the ball in a block tackle and sent Princess on her way; she in turn squared the ball to the back post for Bianca to slot it home. In the 8th minute the Eagles levelled the score after we failed to clear the ball from a rebound but we hit back immediately when Marissa tapped in at the back post after some hard work by Princess to put us 2-1 up. In the 10th minute a long ball by Angelique resulted in a tap in for Princess. Sheridan was called on 3 minutes before the break when she slid outside the ‘D’ and put the fear of God into the Eagles #17, producing a clinical save when needed. Despite a couple more reasonable chances we went into the half time break 3-1 to the good.
With confidence brimming the girls kicked off the 2nd stanza but were soon shell-shocked when they lost possession and the Eagles capitalised by slipping the ball in to bring it back to 3-2 after just 30 seconds. The girls then stepped up and Bianca soon capitalised with a screamer from the right hand side to make it 4-2. Just 5 minutes in and Angelique sent a through ball to Dimity, who calmly rounded the keeper to make it 5-2. Bianca then completed her hat trick after intercepting the ball and calmly slotting in to make it 6-2. Sheridan was then called on to tip a long-range speculator over the bar after 7 minutes, as the Eagles tried hard to reduce the deficit. Dimity then turned provider when she slipped a nice pass to the back post for Chiara to pop in, making it 7-2. The Eagles then had a free kick, (probably after they kicked Princess again!!) which Sheridan parried and we then breathed a sigh of relief when the rebound went around the post.
One of the more memorable goals came after we strung together a nice passing move from deep in our half that Georgia calmly put away to make it 8-2. Seconds later, not content with her previous effort, Georgia smacked another one in from the right hand side. Dimity then finished off the scoring, in this scribes books anyway, when she was on the spot to bundle the ball over after a rebound off the back post. The final score, a whopping 11-2. Well done girls!!!
– Stephen Rainey
After last weeks excellent performance our lads were primed to make it back to back victories. Still without Panos, Jordy, Liam and this week without Marty and Greg our boys were up against it but with an attacking trident of Danny whose quick feet resemble Ronaldo, Alisane who looks like Balotelli but with feet like lightning and Lawrence who when he rocks on time is a clinical a finisher as you will find, scoring goals will never be the problem in this team.
With Ashley Young in defence aka Keenan and workaholic Jarrod whos mop of hair bring back memories of the talented Carlos Valderama and Harry Griffin Coles who’s ability to beat a player with his deadly left foot remind many of Gareth Bale our team was rocking from the start. A brilliant first half and we were up 3-0 but which could’ve easily been more. The start of the second stanza saw the Eagles capitalise on our in ability to score the simplest of taps in and speed down court to score the next 2.
Our boys didnt get ruffled and once again got back into their stride and scored the next 3 to win with relative ease in the end 5-3.
Stand in Goal Keeper Nicholas was brilliant as were the 2 kids from the u/12s Brody and Camil whos nicknames will have to wait until next week 😉
Clinical performance by the boys and with a few boys returning next week we are still yet to see the true potential of this team but when it does occur it will sure be a great sight to see.
Round two and we played Sydney City Eagles, with most of the team allowed no time to recover from their long week at Dubbo this game was to be a hard one.
Nadia scored first but the Eagles quickly equalised and we went into half time at 1 all. The girls were tired, but knew they had to pull something out and they did. Together the girls worked hard in defence and attack, with great team work the final result was 5 -1. Nadia scored 2 great goals and Rhianna a hard to get Hat trick. Great work girls.
The 16 boys had another great win. Our Boys displayed great team work and fantastic goalkeeping. We witnessed some awesome skills with Blade pulling off a brilliant nutmeg to the delight of the crowd then getting the ball back and laying it off for Dylan to score.
Another classic moment was when keeper John was hit in the Gonads and was down for the count but managed to get up at 9 before being counted out.
Great effort boys keep it up. Score was 7 – 1.
– Angelo Dimitrakas
An evenly balanced game in the first half, Inner West forged ahead when Zoe’s shot from the baseline hit the post and rebounded. With the ball at her feet, Sam N was able to score the goal. Sydney City claimed it hit the back wall, the referees conferred but the goal was awarded. The girls lifted but were unable to score again.
The second half started well but Sydney City equalised despite the very fine efforts of Charlene in goals.
Once the girls started to play the passing game goals rained in. Emily passed to Zoe who crossed to Amy and it was 2-1 up. Georgia backed herself scoring a solid goal, and after that there was a procession with Sam S, Emily, Ellie, Zoe and Sam N all finding the back of the net. A special mention to Mel who cleaned up Sydney City was on the counter-attack and fed passes to her team mates.
The key was team work and passes with the final score 8-1.
When ever Roy and the Eagles girls come to town we know we are in for a classic match and this one was no different. Friendly Rivalry is always big between these two sets of teams and when the Eagles scored first our girls needed to dig deep and dig they did! First Elyce Goss scored and absolute screamer from near the sideline to equalise and go in at half time once again tied.
The second half our girls began to take the ascendency but Jo Jo, Shorty and Tash all had great chances foiled by the Eagles keeper. Rosey, Lawsie and Doyle were hitting hard keeping the Eagles away from scoring but when they did get through star signing Dimi Poulos was at her brilliant best showing why she is so highly regarded.
Then our star import Kimmy Bonilla got on the score sheet on her club debut with a well taken goal with 6 minutes remaining with what would be the final goal of the game.
A great performance from the girls and one which puts us in the top 4.