Match Reports – Round 5 vs Campbelltown City Quake

Besides the fact that we had a brilliant day in terms of results against a club we deem as one of our biggest challengers this year, WHAT A DAY OF FUTSAL!

Quake played their part in what was a futsal enthusiasts dream with some of the action on show on Saturday.

We started off superbly winning the first 3 games but then the tide turned with Quake picking up 7 of the next 9 points.

Our 12 boys have now won 4 on a trot whilst their u/12 club sisters continue to blitz everything in their path winning their 5th consecutive game.

The 14 boys was the first of the 1st vs 2nd games and whilst the scoreline was close our boys dominated taking a 3-0 lead in at half time and whilst Quake came back strongly to get within one our boys lifted a gear when we had to too to make it 3 wins for the club in a row.

The 14 girls was also 1st vs 2nd but this time the young Quake girls were the ones to take to candy as they continued their unbeaten streak and condemned our girls to their first loss of the season.

The 16 boys was the 3rd consecutive 1st vs 2nd clash and once again Quake got the cookies in a brilliant end to end game which saw our unbeaten streak come to an end but remained on top of the table.

The 16 girls threw away 3 points giving up a silly goal in defence with 8 minutes to go and had to settle for a draw.

Coming into the last 3 senior games the day could’ve gone either way but the heart and fight shown by our club was brilliantly personified taking the last remaining 3 games in what could only be described as three of the most entertaining, exciting and well supported games of the season so far.

The Youth men hit back after last weeks disappointing loss to score a massive 2-1 win which would have to go down as one of the most exciting games of the season. Anthony Poniris was the star scoring a double to overcome the teams earlier deficit and send the huge Inner West support contingent into a state of rapture!

The womens game didnt let anyone down. The game had just about everything! Cards, bone crunching tackles, shots galore, brilliant goal keeping and a lone goal which thankfully fell to Jo Anne Saliba. That sealed a hard fought victory with only a few minutes to go. Both sets of supporters were kept on the edge of their seats with some brilliant futsal but it was our set that had the final cheer in what would be a game that could sell womens futsal to the masses!

The huge contingent of both Inner West and Quake supporters only seemed to invigorate both sets of teams on the court and with the momentum well and truly in our favour after the previous two hard fought victories our Mens team didnt let anyone down in what was another brilliant game. It was highlighted by a brilliant performance by both Goal keepers and the deadly finishing of Ediz Alpkaya who sealed victory chipping former Futsalroo goalkeeper from 3 quarter court to seal the 3 points and have the Inner West supporters dancing in their stands!

We ended the day with a mouthwatering 19 points accumulated from 6 wins and a draw against one of our major rivals in the all important Club Championship table.

– Matteo

Academy

Todays match started at 1pm kickoff was on time the boys were ready to go, fraser got the boys to warm up for the game against Campbelltown City Quake.

The boys played well using each other on the court. They played on a full court and with more open space the boys were very good. The team worked hard and they looked very happy. All the boys had a chance to score and got 12 goals between themselves well done boys for the great futsal game.

– John

12 Boys

Inner West under 12 boys claimed the points, overcoming a sluggish start, to run out eventual winners 5 – 0 against Quake at Morris Iemma Centre last Saturday.

A well organised and compact Quake side frustrated the home team for long periods in the first half.

Whilst never really looking threatening in attack, Quake showed tremendous defensive discipline – one mistake aside that gifted Nathan Muskitta and opening goal, ensuring that our boys overwhelming amount of possession rarely translated into any real penetration.

It took until the final minute of the opening period before Muskitta doubled his tally to finally give the lads some breathing space.

The second stanza was a much improved showing. The player rotation and movement, so often employed when the team is on song, began to resurface.

The off the ball movement and fast speed of ball circulation was something the Quake struggled to live with.

Two further goals to Muskitta continued his purple patch in front of goal.

When Liam Nikos rounded out a fine sweeping move, involving all the players on the court during the build up, with a rasping right footed drive into the roof of the net in the final minute the score line gave a fair indication of the difference between the two sides.

Certainly this game was not “vintage inner west” but the win makes it four on the trot for the 12 boys this season.

– Mark Strachan

14 Boys

In a game where 1st took on 2nd our boys were determined to prove that we were the best team in the comp and against 2nd placed opposition is the best place to prove it. The score didn’t really reflect the game, our boys were brilliant in the opening half storming to a 3-0 lead and it could’ve been more.

Early in the second half the Quake boys proved why they will be there abouts come seasons end where they took the momentum and scored the games next 2 goals to get a sniff of a possible draw.

But as one supporter said after the game, “When you copped that second goal, it just seemed your boys got out of cruise control and just went up another gear”

We scored again to seal victory but this wont be the last time we meet this good Quake side this year.

14 Girls

The girls knew that this game would be a tough one for they were fighting to stay on top of the ladder and stay undefeated.

It was a tough game from the start, both teams were defensive and full of attack, a few shots on goal created no score line from either team, just before the half time whistle Quake found the back of the net. I could see the girls heads go down.

Quake came out firing and this lead them to a second goal within minutes. The girls did not stop fighting but it just wasn’t our day, we could not find the back of the net, it was not from lack of trying. In the 17th minute Victoria manage to convert a free kick into a point scoring goal, there was still time to equalise. Both teams were going in hard but nothing was happening. The whistle blew full time and the girls suffered their first loss of the season with the final score 2-1.

Girls whatever doesn’t break you will make you stronger.

16 Girls

Argh!!! The one that got away.

Whilst we had the better part of the play, the Quake keeper was in fine form and saved many shots. Starting well, we were unable to capitalise in attack and after 9 minutes Quake led 1 nil. A capable side, they were never going to make it easy.

When Ellie won the ball and got a great pass to Sam N, she made the most of her chance to slide the ball past the keeper for the equaliser. The momentum had definitely shifted in our favour and early in the second half Magic scored again when Georgia took a direct kick that glanced in off Emily’s leg.

A short time later and an interchange saw us down on numbers with Quake taking their chances and scoring the equaliser.

Well done to the girls who kept their heads up and kept on trying to get that elusive 3rd goal. Final score, 2 all draw.

What should we learn?

  1. Interchanges should only occur when we are on attack.
  2. Quick passing and the ball beats the defender.
  3. Good keepers, playing well, need the ball kicked around them, not straight at their body.
  4. Get back or get off!!!

– Hilary

Youth

This game was going to be a cracker as both sides were on top of the table. The Inner West boys trained well through the week and were up for a big game.

The game started at a fierce pace and Quake missed some early chances to take the lead. The Inner West boys stuck to their game plan and started to get themselves into the game. The boys went into the break at 0-0. After half time Quake took the lead early and this changed the approach of the Inner West boys who pressed the Quake team and forced some errors to equalize the game at 1-1.

The Inner West boys got on a roll on and soon scored another to win the game. Very pleasing result and the boys should be very proud of a well deserved victory.

– Carmine Bortone

Open Womens

In what was an exciting end to end game which ebbed and flowed our girls got the decisive winner with only minutes remaining when Jo-anne Saliba smashed the rebound in after Natasha Lo Giudice hammered a shot goal bound which was initially saved by former keeper Mel Mc Cauley.

In a game which literally had everything goal keeper Amanda Horafios was back to her brilliant best and made some outstanding saves throughout the clash.

The tenacity of Rose Scarlato and Kathryn Mladineo was evident from the opening moments while Lo Guidice, Saliba, Laws and Goss were as always leading the way in quality.

Former Quacker Sarah Seamaan was at her influential best breaking many Quake attacks while setting up many forays forward whilst Niqui Caridad and Natalie Spirovski were at their cheering best on the sidelines on their way back from injury.

Whenever these 2 teams meet they always bring the best out of each other and this one was one of the best womens game played in many years which had the supporters of both teams on the edge of their seats throughout the 50 minutes.

– Matteo

Mens

The boys came into the game on a high playing well in their last 2 games.

The boys started well and it was Gavin O’Brien that kept Quake in the game early as Inner West moved the ball quickly and got some great shots on goal. Our boys took the lead from Ediz as he turned his defender to slot the ball in the corner. The boys kept the ball moving quickly and the second goal came from a slick finish from Paine. The boys went into the break with a 2-0 lead.

After half time Quake scored a quick goal to make it 2-1 and started getting themselves back in the game but they were up against a keeper that was determined to keep them out. Robbie made some awesome saves to keep the boys in the lead and the Inner West boys then started to get their momentum back. It took another sneaky finish from Ediz who lobbed Gavin from half to put the game out of reach for Quake.

Well done to the boys and they are all looking forward to hard game next week.