Football NSW Metro Thunder 4 (Ethan De Melo 3’, 7’, 19’, Buik 18’) defeated Football West Black Swans 0
A hattrick from Ethan De Melo ensured Football NSW Metro Thunder won the U19 Mens Championship in a dominant display at AIS Training Halls.
The two sides had met in the fourth round of the Championships where Thunder had claimed a narrow 1-0 victory, and they were heavy favourites to make it two from two.
17-year-old Futsalroo Ethan De Melo gave Thunder the perfect start when he launched a shot into the goal from a tight angle inside three minutes.
De Melo scored his second shortly after when he won the ball in midfield, cut back onto his right and slid a shot between the legs of the WA keeper, giving NSW a 2-0 lead.
WA slowly settled into the match and the contest became an arm wrestle for territory and possession.
But NSW soon extended their lead, as Rhys Buick carried the ball beyond halfway and struck a nice shot into the bottom corner before De Melo secured his hat-trick in the 19th minute.
The second half was a very even encounter as the Black Swans grew in confidence but despite their best efforts, the Thunder’s defence would not be breached.
As the clock ticked into the 32nd minute of the match, WA went with a fifth man but with no avail. After WA’s coach called a tactical timeout with just six minutes left, the Black Swans still could not find their way on the scoresheet as Thunder held on for 4-0 win and claimed the U19 Mens Championship.
The Most Valuable Player of the U19 Mens Final was awarded to Ethan De Melo.