Galaxy FC learnt a lot about where they stood in the 2016 Men’s PUMA F-League with a triple-NSW loss over the weekend to Inner West, East Coast and Dural – and there was plenty to like about the Queensland outfit’s direction.
Magic beat them 5-1 after being level 1-1 just after the break, the northerners equalised three times with Heat before succumbing 7-6, and Galaxy scared the pants off Warriors level 2-2 at the break before a second-half red card slowed FC down in a tight 7-5 defeat.
The results show Dural (15 points), East Coast (12), Inner West (10) and Vic Vipers (9) filling the top-four places, with a five-point jump back to fifth-placed Galaxy.
Inner West Magic 5 (Jonathan Barzel (9, 36), Aaron Cimitile (23), Daniel Fogarty (27), Mark Symington (31) Galaxy FC 1 (Vinicius Leite (21)
East Coast Heat 7 (Jordan Guerreiro 3, Dominic Cox, Anthony Haddad, Matt Mazevski, Clayton Musumeci) Galaxy FC 6 (Samim Rohani 4, Vinicius Leite 2)
Dural Warriors 7 (Wade Giovenali 2, Glen Kelshaw, Bruno Pivato, Vic Koutsoufis, Greg Giovenali, Ahmed Sweedan) Galaxy FC 5 (Samim Rohani 2, Gerardo Soto, Renagi Ingram, Lucas Da Silva)
Magic dazzle Galaxy
A clinical second half helped Inner West Magic put away a spirited Galaxy FC 5-1 at Valentine Sports Park on Friday night.
A Jonathan Barzel ninth-minute goal gave Inner West a nervy 1-0 halftime edge and it was back on level terms immediately after the break when Vinicius Leite scored for Galaxy.
But as Magic booted goals (Aaron Cimitile, Daniel Fogarty and Mark Symington scoring before the half-hour mark) the visitors picked up cards (six yellows in total), Barzel adding a fifth and final goal to Inner West’s score by fulltime.
Heat eclipse Galaxy
It was a goal-fest at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday night with East Coast Heat securing its fourth straight win following a gripping 7-6 win over a fighting Galaxy FC.
Heat’s Jordan Guerreiro kicked off the scoring with a goal inside the opening three minutes, Galaxy drawing level a few minutes later when Vinicius Leite scored from the penalty spot.
East Coast were back in front in an instant with Anthony Haddad converting their own penalty to make it 2-1 but scores were level again just seconds from halftime when Leite was on hand to smash home from close range after Samim Rohani hit the post.
Heat skipped ahead with two quick goals straight after the restart, Guerreiro lobbing Galaxy keeper Reza Behbahani with a deft chip and Matt Mazevski finishing off a well-worked goal to put East Coast 4-2 up and seemingly cruising.
To their credit Galaxy never gave up and a couple of well-taken goals in 30 seconds by Samim Rohani leveled the scores once again.
With 10 minutes left on the clock East Coast blew the game wide open with a devastating five-minute spell, Clayton Musumeci finishing a 3-on-1 counter-attack before Guerreiro completed his hat-trick after linking with Dominic Cox who himself scored a spectacular goal off both posts to put Heat ahead 7-4.
Dual Rohani power-play strikes to get Galaxy back within one made for an exciting last few minutes but it was too little too late as Heat saw the game out and claim a 7-6 victory.
Dural repel Galaxy
Dural Warriors fought tooth and nail to keep a gallant Galaxy FC at bay in a free-for-all 7-5 win at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre on Sunday afternoon.
The sides were locked 2-2 at the interval (incidentally the final scoreline in their last meeting in 2015) and went at each other in a frenetic second period, Wade Giovenali’s double for Warriors countered by a Samim Rohani pair for Galaxy before the latter’s dismissal gave Dural the breathing space they needed to clear a 7-5 victory.
There were 10 scorers in the match (joint-fifth highest F-League total), with a dozen scorers coming in the 8-5 Vipers win over Bayside Pirates last year, 14-3 Boomerangs win against Capital in 2014, and twice in 2012 when Melbourne Heart beat St Albans 9-3 and Parramatta Blues beat Strikers 15-8.
This week’s games
This week’s Men’s PUMA F-League fixtures start with Inner West Magic versus East Coast Heat at Valentine Sports Park on Friday night (7.30pm), while Vic Vipers host South Brisbane at Victoria Futsal Centre on Saturday afternoon (2.45pm). On Sunday, Vipers play Galaxy FC at Victoria Futsal Centre in the morning (10.45am) and Dural Warriors tackle North Canberra Untouchables at Dural Sports & Leisure Centre in the afternoon (1.15pm).