We hosted another exciting day futsal as we welcomed Pheonix Futsal Club to the South Coast. The single court saw all our academy and development sides taking the court. We would like to thank Pheonix for doubling up in some games and to the local club sides for filling in to ensure all our pre-grade teams got a game.
The 12 Boys kicked off the day as usual with a comprehensive 9-1 win over Pheonix. The young lads put on quite an exhibition scoring some top-quality goals throughout the match. Leading 4-1 at half-time, the boys went on with it notching up their second win on the trot.
The 13 Girls are starting to hit their straps as well making it three wins from as many starts. The girls got off the blocks quickly racing out to a handy 7-0 lead at the break. They lost their concentration early in the second as the opposition pulled two back before piling on another four to complete the rout 11-2.
The 14 Boys competition is proving to be tough. This was an even contest with both sides having some good chances however it was the visitors who led 2-1 lead into the break. The second half saw the Taipans hit back immediately before the visitors went ahead again. The Taipans leveled the scores 3-3 deep into the game before both sides had to settle for a draw.
The 15 Girls are improving with each game however they would be a little disappointed with the result. Despite going down early, the girls fought back and led 2-1 at the break. Sadly, the girls were not able to add to this in the second half and the visitors nabbed two goals to take the game 3-2. To be fair, the girls we feel deserved at least a point from this game.
The boys-men matches were all proving to be nail-biting games. The 16 Boys was a fantastic game of futsal although it didn’t look like it when Pheonix punished Taipans turnovers to lead 0-3 at the break. Top the boys’ credit, they did not give up and they pulled a goal back early before getting a second midway through the half. When the Taipans equalized inside the last 6 minutes, we were in for a grandstand finish and the boys were unlucky in the end not to do the full recovery as the game ended 3-3.
The 18 Girls was a game that Taipans expected to win however things were not going to script early. The girls were 0-2 down early and things were looking a little gloomy however buoyed by the 16 Boys comeback, the girls bounced back quickly taking a 4-3 lead into the break. The girls then went on with the job after tweaking their strategy to record a morale boosting 7-3 win.
The AWD team took on Sydney Eagles in a round 1 re-match. The Eagles proved tough opponents a few weeks ago although the Taipans over run them in the second half. The Taipans raced out to a handy 3-0 lead early before the Eagles pulled a couple back before the break. There were goals exchanged before the Eagles drew level 4-4. A wonder goal following an amazing run by keeper Whalan put Taipans ahead late before a cracking finish saw the Eagles level late on with the scores finishing 5-5 in an amazing game.
The Youth Men was a big game in the scheme of things and there was high drama in that game. The teams traded early goals before they cancelled each other out again midway through the half. A goal right on half time saw the Taipans take a narrow 3-2 lead. The Taipans scored early in the second get some breathing space but a goal midway through the half set up a grand stand finish. Neither side could score and as tensions built over the final minutes Pheonix lost their heads after a crude challenge saw a player sent off. The Taipans holding on for a nail-biting 4-3 win.
The Women have made a bright start and apart from a small 5-minute period all season, have been going strong. They faced an unbeaten Pheonix side who was confident going into this match. The Taipans however started the better and scored two goals early before the visitors clawed themselves back levelling the game up midway through the half. The Taipans then pulled two clear before the break. The ladies went on with the job scoring four unanswered goals to seal the game 8-2 and put themselves top of the table.
The Men have not had the greatest of starts however they were buoyed by last week’s second half performance. The game didn’t start well as the lads found themselves two goals down after 16 minutes. Mazevski pulled a goal back just before half time to give the boys some momentum. A goal just after the break saw the visitors take a 3-1 lead before A Waller strike followed by another Mazevski goal saw the Taipans level the scores. With just five minutes left, disaster struck as the Taipans had a player unfortunately sent off for a double yellow and Pheonix pounced on the advantage and despite a barrage of attack in the dying minutes, the Taipans went down 3-4.
The Men and Women take on Mountain Majik midweek in the FNSW Futsal Cup before the club travels to Windsor to take on West City Crusaders on Saturday.