Find reports from all the Grand Finals here on the final day of the 2018 FFA National Futsal Championships.
FNSW Thunder 5 (Connor Stamatis 13’, 24’, Leonardo Maksimovich 22’, Daanish Awaz 32’, Rhys Youlley 39’) def. by Solomon Islands 6 (Paul Ruaewa 7’, 12’, Tony Ainifiti 15’, 25’, Paul Francis 16’, 16’)
Three braces from three players took the Solomon Islands to a thrilling 6-5 win over FNSW Thunder in a sensational U/12 Boys Grand Final.
The Islanders got off to the perfect start as Paul Ruaewa fired home in the 7th minute, and five minutes later he had his second as they raced out of the blocks. But Connor Stamatis stemmed the tide and cut the deficit back just one minute later, however from there on in the Islanders dominated the half.
Paul Francis scored two goals in a minute after Tony Ainifiti grabbed his first, and the Solomon Islands lead 5-1 at the break. Thunder scored two in the first four minutes of the second stanza as Leonardo Maksimovich and then Stamatis struck, before Ainifiti’s second goal looked to seal it.
The Thunder would not go away though, and Daanish Awaz’s goal eight minutes from time and Rhys Youlley’s penalty in the dying stages set up a grandstand finish, but the Solomon Islands held on to take a famous win.
FNSW Lightning 1 (Saska Vos 40’) def. by FNSW Thunder 3 (Ella Abdul Massih 13’, 31’, 35’)
The FNSW Thunder took out the 2018 FFA NFC U/13 Girls title with a 3-1 win over FNSW Lightning on Friday.
In an evenly matched clash, Ella Abdul Massih’s hat-trick was too big to overcome for the Lightning despite a late effort from Saska Vos.
A very even start saw both teams fighting it out, with clear cut chances few and far between. But a rare break down the left and a clean finish from Abdul Massih in the 13th minutes saw Thunder claim the early lead.
Esteemed performances from both goalkeepers saw the game remain close, but Thunder slowly began to take over the game in the second half and Abdul Massih’s second inside the final ten minutes saw them break the game open.
She rounded off her hat-trick six minutes later with a great goal, but Vos restored some pride to the scoreboard with a goal in the last minute for the lightning.
By Dominic Unwin
FNSW Thunder 6 (Jared Macerola 16′, Fenn Hodgson-Yu 16′, 22′, Jake Girdwood-Reich 8′, 34′, Dimitri Makapagkal 8′) def. FNSW Lightning 4 (Clayton Taylor 6′, 28′, Stefano Rossello 26′, Lucas Kotevski 11′)
New South Wales Thunder overcame NSW Lightning 6-4 in a thrilling Under 13’s Grand Final on Friday morning.. The see-sawing affair saw the sides trade leads before a three-goal flurry ensured Thunder would end the match as champions.
Underdogs Lightning shocked Thunder early on with a goal to Clayton Taylor. Thunder quickly called a timeout and whatever was said in the huddle had the desired effect as the they immediately went ahead courtesy of goals to Jake Girdwood-Reich and Dimitri Makapagkal.
Lucas Kotevski pulled back equal standing in the 11th minute, but goals to Jared Macerola and Fenn Hodgson-Yu gave Thunder a commanding 4-2 lead heading into the break. Two minutes after the resumption and Thunder gained what would prove to be a crucial goal through Hodgson-Yu.
Lightning rallied and scored their own quickfire double, Marcus Mallard and Taylor bringing it back to 5-4 however Jake Girdwood-Reich struck five minutes from time to ensure Lightning were up against it to get a result and it proved too much of a task with the final whistle leaving the score as it was.
A brilliant advertisement for the indoor game. Congratulations to both sides for a hard-fought final.
By Dominic Unwin
FNSW Thunder 6 (Stevan Stanic-Floody 3′, 24′, Peter Grozos 29′, 31′, Samuel Tzanakes 35′, Edward Caspers 38′) def. NSW Lightning 0
New South Wales Thunder have been crowned Under 14’s champions after comfortably beating NSW Lightning 6-0 in their 2018 FFA National Futsal Championship Grand Final.
Despite the final score line the match was for the most part a tense affair. Thunder got off to the perfect start through Stevan Stanic-Floody’s goal two minutes in and that was how it would stay for the remainder of the half.
Whatever was said at the break clearly worked as Thunder unleased attack after attack on Lightning’s goal, battering their brothers in blue. Stanic-Floody got his second in under five minutes and another brace, this time from Peter Grozos, put the result beyond doubt.
Late goals from Sam Tzanakes and Edward Caspers rounded out a perfect outing for Thunder who thoroughly deserved their big victory.
NSW Thunder 6 (S. Stanic-Floody 2, P. Grozos 2, S. Tzanakes, E. Caspers) def. NSW Lightning 0
By Dominic Unwin
NSW Country North 1 (Brooke Kennedy 19′) def. Queensland Metro 0
New South Wales Country North have taken out the Under 15 Girls division title, beating Queensland by a goal to nil.
Brooke Kennedy’s goal a minute before the break was enough to secure the championship for the sky blues who continue a day of celebration for NSW.
Country North probably should have been a couple of goals up after a glut of possession in the first half but Queensland defence stood firm.
When the breakthrough came it was far from spectacular. A goal mouth scramble ended when the ball popped out and into the path of a grateful Kennedy who tapped home before being mobbed by her teammates.
The win was no doubt testament to NSW’s excellent game management. Where other teams may have panicked they stood firm, calmly knocking the ball around and denying Queensland any real chances at an equaliser.
A tense and absorbing game of futsal, well done to both teams on a strong tournament!
By Dominic Unwin
FNSW Lightning 1 (Nicholas Bakopoulos 29′) def. by Capital Football 3 (Zachary Barbatano 3′, Leon Michi 13′, Nikola Jadric 36′)
Capital Football pulled off an NFC upset on Friday afternoon, beating FNSW Lightning 3-1 in the final of the Under 15s boys division.
In a hard-fought and at times physical final it was the local team’s strong start that ultimately set the tone for the afternoon.
The home team started full of energy, knocking the ball around with swagger. When the first goal came it was spectacular. Zach Barbatano dribbled the ball past a couple of NSW defenders and placed it perfectly into the top right-hand corner.
Substitute Leon Michi then doubled their lead via the woodwork as his shot nestled into the bottom left-hand corner.
The match heated up in the second half with both teams trading fouls, showing just how much this tournament means. Nicolas Bakopoulos pulled one back but Nikola Jadric replied shortly after to ensure the trophy remained in the city it was won.
A hard-fought game between two rivals. Well done to both sides.
By Dominic Unwin
Victoria 2 (Thomas Fogarty, Joshua Allen) def. NSW Lightning 0
Victoria have taken out the Under 16’s championship with a convincing 2-nil victory over New South Wales Lightning. Two second half goals at the AIS Arena were enough to send the title south.
The first period was an even affair with both sides sounding each other out. The navy blues ramped up their efforts after the interval and were finally rewarded in the 31stminute when Thomas Fogarty struck true.
Buoyed on by a loud and passionate following Victoria held off several NSW attacks with some heroic goalkeeping being at the centre of proceedings. Try as they might Lightning just couldn’t seem to find that final ball.
Chasing the game in the dying minutes NSW threw caution to the wind and Victoria pounced when Josh Allen buried a chance into the back of the net to secure the title.
A clean, hard-fought affair. Well played by both teams.
Victoria 2 (T. Fogarty, J. Allen) def. NSW Lightning 0
FNSW Thunder 1 (Lauren Pruscino 11′) def. FNSW Lightning 0
FNSW Thunder claimed the 2018 U/17 Girls National Futsal title on Friday morning with a one-goal win in a cagey Grand Final encounter.
Both sides traded half-efforts early on in the piece, but it was the first real chance of the match that saw the only goal. A good move down the left side from the Thunder saw a slide-rule ball to the back post find Lauren Pruscino with all the time and space to knock the ball home and give her side the lead.
The score remained the same at the break, in an encounter that was primarily fought in the middle and devoid of any major chances. With time running out the Thunder were looking to seal the game, but saw their best chance loop up off the crossbar before somehow staying out as it rolled off Lightning goalkeeper Kira Maggio.
Lightning pushed hard in the dying stages but were unable to find a way through as Thunder took the chocolates.
Open Mixed AWD
FNSW Thunder 4 (Bradley Southwell 10′, 30′, Own Goal 17′, Rocco Musumeci 35′) def. Capital Football 3 (Andrew Hoatson 3′, Mark Olivieri 13′, 23′)
Rocco Musumeci’s winner with five minutes to go sealed the Open Mixed AWD title for FNSW Thunder in a 4-3 thriller over Capital Football today.
Andrew Hoatson initially stunned the heavy favourites when his goal gave Capital Football the lead early, before MVP of the Final Bradley Southwell stole an errant pass deep in CF’s half and finished truly to restore parity.
The match was a see-sawing affair from there as Mark Olivier once more gave Capital Football the lead only to see an own goal cancel that out. All square at the break it was an Olivier strike that again gave Capital Football the lead and hope that they could go on and win it. However a brilliant effort from Southwell with ten minutes to go and Musumeci’s well-timed winner ensured that the Thunder finished with the result they expected.
FNSW Thunder 1 (Ashlie Crofts 8′) def. FNSW Lightning 0
An early goal from Ashlie Crofts proved enough in the U/19 Womens Grand Final as the FNSW Thunder finished 1-0 winners over FNSW Lightning at the FFA National Futsal Championships.
Thunder were on the front foot early looking to take the ascendancy, and did so as Crofts slid home a finish after just eight minutes.
Lightning looked to hit back but struggled to make inroads against a physical and resolute Thunder defence, who halted Lightning however they needed to. Clear cut chances were few and far between, and it was a clinical end to the game as the favourites shut out their younger counterparts.
By Tom Falco
FNSW Thunder 3 (Carlos De Oliveira 6′, Ahmed Sweedan 21′, Bradon Clissold 32′) def. FNSW Lightning 2 (Hayden Macerola 22′, Joshua Ross 25′)
A goal from Carlos De Oliveira gave FNSW Thunder gave his side the advantage six-minutes into their Grand Final clash with state-rivals FNSW Lighting.
While Lightning began to build momentum and take control of the game late in the first-half, they were unable to come close to an equaliser before the half-time whistle.
Thunder began the second-half similar to the first. A quick goal from attacker Ahmed Sweedan doubled his side’s lead.
But not even a minute later Hayden Macerola netted to bring Lightning back into the tie.
Riding high from his semi-final hat-trick, attacker Bradon Clissold restored Thunder’s two-goal advantage with only six-minutes remaining.
Thunder were as good as champions with 30-seconds remaining, that was until Lightning’s Joshua Ross scored to set up a tense final half-minute.
But it wasn’t enough as FNSW Thunder ran out the clock and were crowned U19 Men’s champions – maintaining their remarkable undefeated run in this years FFA National Futsal Championship.