Men’s PUMA F-League storms

f-league_454Vic Vipers joined Dural at the 2016 Men’s PUMA F-League summit with a double-victory over Boomerangs and Inner West, Magic bettering South Brisbane to claim third spot, while East Coast also beat the Queenslanders in an 18-goal marathon.

The Warriors versus South Brisbane match scheduled for Valentine Sports Park on Sunday afternoon was postponed due to the dangerous Sydney weather.

Inner West Magic 7 (Dean Lockhart, Mark Symington, Daniel Fogarty 2, Aaron Cimitile, Jonathan Barzel, Shaun Irwin) South Brisbane 2 (James Egeta, Adam Stacey)

Vic Vipers 5 (Victor Brauner, Jason Barrientos, Adam Cooper, Alistair Dunlop, Cosimo Russo) Boomerangs 0

East Coast Heat 11 (Jamie Dib 3, Alex Vlismas 4, Chris Zeballos, Andrew Luttringer, Anthony Haddad, Daniel Fulton) South Brisbane 7 (Josh Sewell 2, Julian Edwards 2, Adam Stacey 3)

Vic Vipers 6 (Victor Brauner, Alistair Dunlop 3, Adam Cooper 2) Inner West Magic 4 (Mark Symington, Danny Martinez 2, Daniel Fogarty)

Dural Warriors v South Brisbane postponed

Magic dispose of South Brisbane

A clinical Inner West Magic soundly beat South Brisbane 7-2 in a spirited contest at Valentine Sports Park on Friday night.

It took all of 63 seconds for Magic to take the lead via Futsalroo Dean Lockhart’s right boot and the onslaught continued for 11 minutes with further goals to Daniel Fogarty and Mark Symington giving Inner West a commanding 3-0 boost.

Standout South Brisbane player James Egeta pulled a goal back late in the half and from the restart a sharp intercept saw Lockhart shown a direct red card for stopping the progress as last-defender, the visitors piling on the pressure with good attempts from Egeta and Ulrich saved brilliantly by Magic keeper Domenic Badolato to make it 3-1 at oranges.

South Brisbane needed to start the second half well but it was Inner West who gained the upper hand with Fogarty adding his second three minutes in to halt to the Queenslanders’ momentum, and they were further exposed by the speed of the Magic counter and their clinical touch in front of goal with Aaron Cimitile and Jonathan Barzel both scoring, sandwiched by a powerful Miles Downie volley that almost snapped the post in half to extend the lead to 6-1.

Badolato was doing his bit in repelling the South Brisbane counter-attacks, but the northerners finally got some reward for their toil with a late Adam Stacey goal, although Danny Martinez teed up Shaun Irwin for a far-post tap-in to give the final say to Inner West.

Vipers grip Boomerangs

Reigning premiers Vic Vipers whitewashed Boomerangs 5-zip in a workmanlike performance at Victoria Futsal Centre on Saturday afternoon

A sluggish start from both sides was broken by a Victor Brauner quarter-hour strike saw the Victorians wrestle a 1-0 halftime advantage from a tight Boomerangs defence, and Vipers slithered away with it in the second term behind goals to Adam Cooper, Jason Barrientos, Cosimo Russo and Alistair Dunlop.

The Vics now have four F-League cleansheets to their name (only Dural have more with seven), while a 15th straight Boomerangs loss has them contemplating a long, lonely winter.

Heat scorch South Brisbane

Valentine Sports Park resembled a classic wild-west main-street shootout as East Coast Heat outgunned South Brisbane 11-7 on Saturday night.

A deadlocked 2-2 halftime scoreline wasn’t enough prelude to what took place in the second period with the evenly-matched sides clocking up the F-League’s fourth-highest goal total (18); still a bit short of 15-8 Parramatta Blues in 2012, Sydney Scorpions 19-3 in 2013 and Dural Warriors 20-1 in 2012 – all against St Albans Strikers.

Heat’s Jamie Dib opened the scoring on six minutes after great lead-up work from Alex Vlismas, a defensive turnover just two minutes later allowing South Brisbane’s Josh Sewell to equalise with a well-taken goal and the visitors hit the front a couple of minutes from the break courtesy of Julian Edwards’ great left-foot strike.

East Coast weren’t finished either and a minute later Vlismas dispossessed James Egeta to neatly finish and level the scores 2-2 at halftime.

Edwards put South Brisbane back in front just after the restart with a well-taken freekick from seven yards out, Heat veteran Chris Zeballos restoring parity from a short corner two minutes later.

The Queenslanders regained the lead almost immediately through an Adam Stacey strike, Vlismas levelling yet again for East Coast seconds later, and it was Groundhog Day all over again when a wonderful South Brisbane counter-attack saw several neat passes completed by a wonderful Stacey finish only for Heat’s Andrew Luttringer to amazingly draw the teams level inside 15 seconds of the restart in a bizarre game of tit-for-tat.

With five minutes remaining and the scores locked at 5-5, East Coast truly turned up the heat and five unanswered goals in a crazy three-minute period – Anthony Haddad first slipping the ball under South Brisbane keeper Yoel Jogiono before Daniel Fulton chimed in with a well-taken goal, Dib adding two in the space of 30 seconds and Vlismas capatilising on some kamikaze defending to score a long-range bomb – made it 10-5 and out of reach despite two late Sewell and Stacey goals maintaining South Brisbane’s resistance.

East Coast had Damian Cox dismissed but still had the final say when Vlismas capped off an excellent performance with his fourth goal of a crazy match.

While the game was certainly exciting for the neutral observer, both coaches conceded they had plenty of work to do with their respective sides.

Vipers douse Magic

Vic Vipers did the job against Inner West winning 6-4 at Victoria Futsal Centre on Sunday afternoon in a match that featured 10 past and current Futsalroos.

The high-octane match had it all – goals, send-offs, foul trouble, penalties, powerplay and very intense Futsal.

Vipers opened the scoring in the 10th minute through Alistair Dunlop, team-mate Victor Brauner doubling the advantage from a goalmouth scramble moments later, while Magic’s Mark Symington found the back of the net from a well-executed set-piece to draw one back for the visitors on the quarter-hour.

But it was back out to 3-1 within seconds when Dunlop volleyed past Inner West custodian Roberto Maiorana into the roof of the net from a very acute angle, the tense game heading to halftime with the same scoreline.

The frenetic pace in the second half saw both teams create half-chances before Magic’s Daniel Vellonio picked up a second bookable-offence in the 26th minute and the Vipers controlled possession with the man advantage, Dunlop completing his hat-trick a minute later to make it 4-1 to the Vics.

Inner West weren’t done with and Daniel Martinez stepped up with an immediate response to halve the deficit and Magic had their own man-advantage a minute later when Vipers keeper Christos Apostolakis was shown a straight red for a high tackle outside the D.

Martinez compiled his brace when Kieran Pates parried a shot into his path for him to slot home four minutes from the end and the scores were level when Daniel Fogarty grabbed the bull by the horns, took on and beat Vics defender Matthew Vragovski on the flank, and scored Magic’s fourth to tie the match.

With both teams in foul trouble, Vipers were the first to earn a sixth foul and gift a 10m penalty to the visitors, substitute glovesman Pates saving the spotkick as well as the retake after he was deemed to have breached the allowable distance.

Magic then picked up their sixth foul, Vics veteran Adam Cooper stepping up and nailing the 10m strike before also landing a full-court bomb as Inner West went to a last-minute powerplay to lift Vipers 6-4 up in an enthralling contest.

The result ended Magic’s road-run of eight ‘interstaters’ without loss, but it’s certainly hard to breach the Murray-Darling banks with the Vipers commanding 11 victories from their past 12 Victoria fixtures (78% overall with 25 wins from 32 ‘home state’ matches). The league’s most-winning side Dural have succeeded in 73% of NSW-based games (38 of 52).

More interesting is the F-League form guide showing the Vics with a domineering 15 wins from their past 17 runs, while Inner West have won seven of their last 10 and East Coast seven of their last 11, leaving defending champions Dural with an eyebrow-raising seven wins from their past dozen outings.

This week’s games

Just a couple of men’s fixtures with Dural Warriors playing Boomerangs at the Dural Sports & Leisure Centre on Friday night (7.30pm) and East Coast Heat against North Canberra Untouchables at Valentine Sports Park.