Open Men’s Match Report: Enfield handle South Coast

Enfield Allstars held out South Coast Taipans 5-3 in an exciting contest at the University of Wollongong Sports Hub.

Both sides gave a solid account for themselves as Allstars took a 3-2 advantage into the break and then held out a second-half Taipans barrage before creating a small buffer they held to the final whistle – the two-goal margin the closest South Coast have come to beating Enfield in seven clashes.

Taipans coach Bobby Mazevski believed his team went unrewarded for a pretty good performance against an experienced Allstars.

“It was a game I felt we deserved to get something from,” he said. “I felt we matched it with Allstars throughout the game but we just didn’t seem to have luck go our way. We hit the post at least five times and conceded a crucial goal to a shorthanded Enfield at 3-2 down. It was probably the turning point.”

“[Enfield keeper] Steven Spirou pulled off several super saves particularly in second half [he also scored a goal]. Overall, I’m pleased with our effort but disappointed with a few of the goals conceded and result.”

It’s been an interesting and ultimately nostalgic few months for Allstars coach Ernie Bivona.

“You could say we freshened things up!” Bivona explained.

“We’ve been really active in the off-season and brought in some really good players. Our number one goal is to stay in premier league this year and make the kids feel like this a real family club that they always feel welcome at.”

“I do believe we’ll be competitive in most age groups, and I think this is going to be a very good club championship competition when it comes to the points-gap between a lot of the clubs on the ladder,” Bivona said.

“The coaches are getting better and many more are getting accredited, the pool of players is getting bigger and a few players who left Futsal have come back – it’s shaping up to be a very interesting competition.”

To underline Bivona’s statement, every club won between 3-6 games on the weekend to get the club championship off to a thrilling start (Majik earned 16 points to reigning champion Magic’s 10).

Against South Coast Bivona was delighted with a tough first-up test. “That club has got some very good coaches and they are well-drilled, whereas we had a short pre-season and our preparation wasn’t the best, so I’m very happy to be coming away with the result,” he said.

“Jake [di Mento] did really well and his opening goal took me back to when he was the first to score for Allstars back in the day. Maybe we felt too comfortable in a few places and South Coast came back at us; I still think we created as many chances at the other end but our shooting was a little off.”