Match Reports – Round 13 vs Enfield Rovers

The battle of the Giants. With the Vipers who were our main challengers for the majority of the season dropping a number of points over the past few weeks our biggest Club Championship rivals were now todays opposition.

We knew that a split of the points were more than enough to seal the club the coveted Premier League Club Championship.

After 7 games the club had exactly what it needed with 3 wins and a draw each.

The performance of the day was easily the 16 girls who won 2-0, beating the previously unbeaten league leaders with a spirited performance in which they stuck to their game plan perfected mid week by coach Roberto.

The 12 Boys still need a point to cement their semi final position after this weekends loss while the 14 girls after their loss to the Rovers need a win to cement the clubs 3rd Minor Premiership.

The 12 Girls and 14 Boys have cemented their position on top of the table with victories on the weekend. With one round to go both teams will be looking to finish the season undefeated.

The 16 Girls need a draw to cement their semi final position after their great win.

The 16 Boys with their loss on the weekend are now outside the top 4 and need to win and hope for other results. Same goes for the Womens teams who need to win by a substantial score to qualify for the semis after their slender loss.

The Youth with their draw are assured of semi final position but need a win over top place opposition to cement a top 2 spot.

All in all a great day of futsal which puts our club on the brink of winning our 6th Club Championship title in 7 years.

12 Boys

The team was short of players so Fraser used the Academy boys. The boys had a couple of chances early on but they did not put them away. Enfield were very balanced through their play passing the ball around to each other they gave us a good run by moving more and looking for each other.

It was a good game and Inner West had to stay on their toes to defend more, but the 12 boys did well. We had couple of players missing due to injuries so the boys had to work even harder. Good play to both teams.

Final message is that players need to be 100% at the games and to give plenty of notice, and to support the Inner West club, practise makes permanent not perfect!!!!

– John Toksoz

12 Girls

Both teams had key players missing today but this didn’t detract from a dominant performance by the girls in orange. Chiara had the first serious strike at goal after 2 minutes with a well-struck shot. Then Dimity lined up a decent effort, also testing the reflexes of their keeper, before she sent a great through ball for Bianca but she narrowly failed with her effort, taking her first heavy knock of the day in the process. With 6 minutes gone it was Georgia’s turn to start a nice move when she cleverly turned the pivot and raced to goal, only for their keeper to rescue the day.

Princess hit the scene and immediately started to create some havoc, providing a slide rule ball for Dimity to put away after 7 minutes. It was a case of “déjà vu” 2 minutes later when Dimity put her second away after some good work by Princess down the right hand side, to make it 2-0. On a hat trick in 3 minutes, Dimity was unlucky when she elevated a good chance over the goals. Georgia then provided Dimity with another to opportunity but she could only draw a great save out of the Enfield keeper. Angelique continually worked hard for us at pivot and snuffed out any long throws or quick breaks with aplomb.

Georgia, Bianca and Princess combined well after 13 minutes with a nice show piece of speed passing and movement to cut open the Enfield defence from a corner kick, that Georgia put away to make it 3-0. Shortly after Bianca again combined well with Georgia to slot home a well measured cross on 15 minutes.

Princess set Bianca up for her second from a quick corner kick, that she met sweetly, after a good run from the half way line. On 18 minutes Bianca completed her hat trick when Chiara sent across a nicely weighted pass for her to tap in, despite the close attention of their pivot, making it 6-0 at the break.

The girls started the second half pressing hard and had a good chance when Bianca put a nice square ball through to Princess but the keeper was again sharp and saved well. Princess didn’t have to wait long and got on the score sheet when Dimity and Chiara combined well to set her up. Almost immediately Princess then made a storming run down the side and crossed well for Bianca to tap in to make it 8-0.

Princess almost added to the scoring when she robbed the ball on half way and raced through on goal to narrowly miss. Enfield then mounted a period of sustained pressure and went close to scoring after 5 minutes but Sheridan saved smartly at the feet of their target. Angelique was kept on her toes when faced with a couple of 1 on 2 scenarios but came up with the right decision each time to keep the danger at bay.

The 10th minute saw another great sweeping movement involving Bianca, Dimity and Princess but unfortunately it didn’t pay dividends as their keeper made yet another fine save. Dimity ultimately managed to complete her hat trick when Princess sent over a great corner kick, which she made no mistake in dispatching into the goals.

Georgia then started and finished off a move with Princess, despite a heavy challenge from behind, to make it 10-0 after 15 minutes. Sheridan was then called to come off her line quickly after the restart, to save smartly at the feet of her opponent, in the quest of a clean sheet as the clock ticked down.

Georgia was in the thick of things again when she put Bianca through who in turn set up Angelique for a simple back post tap in. Georgia then made another great break down the right, sending over a grand cross, despite yet another heavy hit that left her sprawling on the court, for Angelique. Receiving it with her back to the goal, Angelique spun and cleverly beat the keeper, to make it 12-0, just before the Ref called time.

Very solid performance girls but keep focused for next weeks epic encounter against the miserable defence of the Dural Warriors.

– Stephen Rainey

14 Boys

In what was probably our worst performance of the season our boys had to fight hard to secure the 3 points against bottom placed opposition.

Full credit to the Rovers who improved dramatically from their early season 16-3 drubbing.

The win leaves us on course to go through the season undefeated.

With holidays and injuries still affecting the team a good performance leading up to the semis is imperative this weekend.

14 Girls

Last time we played Enfield Rovers it ended in a 5 all draw.

Going into this match we knew that it would be a great game, we were fighting to secure Minor Premiers and Enfield were fighting to stay in the top 4.

The game started and within a minute the whistle blew and Rovers were awarded a penalty, they converted, we were down 1 nil. The game was tight and throughout the first half the score remained unchanged, it was not for lack of trying.

Second half was much the same, both teams had chances, both teams missed. With 5 mins to go in the second half an error from the back allowed Enfield to take advantage and score. We went down 2 nil, Enfield got the 3 points and a step closer to semis, we remain on top but next week need the win to secure the Minor Premiership.

16 Girls

On paper this was a match that was expected to yield an Enfield victory. However, the Inner West girls achieved an 8 goal turnaround from round 1 to record a rousing 2-0 victory.

For the bulk of the match, the less fancied 4th placed team outplayed the previously undefeated minor premiers.

The victory was built on the foundation of excellent defence that suffocated the opposition’s attack.

The girls gained the advantage on the stroke of half time with a quick transfer from Charlene to Amy and finally to Sam S who drove home a cracking shot, while falling, wide of the outstretched arms of the Enfield keeper.

Early in the second half Emily cut through the defence to beat the keeper with a stylish finish to give Inner West a 2 nil lead.

Although impressive the job is far from done. In all likelihood the victory sealed a final’s berth but a good result and performance against Dural is essential to maintain momentum into the finals series.

– Hilary

Open Womens

In what was a frantic game which could’ve gone either way the Rover girls clinched the Minor Premiership with a hard fought 3-2 win.

In what was really a game of two halves the Rovers Girls dominated and took the lead into the second half which was 3-0 at one stage until our girls came storming back and had it not been for some great saves by the Rovers keeper a draw could’ve been on the cards.

It now means our girls must win by at least 5 goals in their final game this weekend to stand any chance.