The 2016 Men’s PUMA F-League stabilised with expected wins to Dural and East Coast over Boomerangs and North Canberra respectively showing the four-from-four Warriors a skip ahead of three-from-three Vic Vipers.
Dural Warriors 9 (Greg Giovenali 2, Jacob Basden, Chris Polkinghorne, Blake Rosier, Brendan Hoyer, Michael Kouta 2, own goal) Boomerangs 2 (Daniel Giovinazzo, Jake Wilsener)
East Coast Heat 6 (Jordan Guerreiro 2, Anthony Haddad 2, Matthew Mazevski, Chris Zeballos) North Canberra Untouchables 2 (Jason Farrell 2)
Dural break Boomerangs
A rampant Dural Warriors took care of Boomerangs FS 9-2 at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre on Friday night.
Dural grabbed the ascendancy in fortuitous circumstances when a Boomerangs clearance rebounded off their keeper into goal for a 1-0 Warriors lead in just the third minute, but the visitors rallied and Daniel Giovinazzo finished off a well-worked team goal to level the scores a minute later.
Dural’s response was decisive as Greg Giovenali put his side back in front before a well-weighted Blake Rosier pass for Jacob Basden to finish off into the back of the net and 15m Chris Polkinghorne bomb made it 5-1 nearing halftime.
Boomerangs hit back with a sweeping counter-attack goal from Jake Wilsener just before the break and they came out fighting in the second half with a couple of good early chances from Brad Sawyer keeping up the pressure for the first 10 minutes.
But chances to Dural duo Bruno Pivato and Wade Giovenali midway through the term swung the momentum back Dural’s way and they scored again through Rosier to blow out to 6-2 on the half-hour.
Sawyer forced a great save from Warriors glovesman Nick Starr before a late Michael Kouta double sealed the deal for Dural winning 9-2 – a 10th win in 13 F-League meetings with the Territorians (plus two draws). A 16th straight Boomerangs loss a cause of bother, and they’ve also fallen 13-straight times on the road.
Heat burn Untouchables
East Coast Heat made it three wins in a row by disposing of new-boys North Canberra Untouchables 6-2 at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday night.
The home side dominated early possession and were rewarded when Jordan Guerreiro was bundled over inches outside the D, Guerreiro stepping up to power the resulting freekick high into the roof of the net to give Heat a deserved lead.
East Coast then turned up the heat with three quickfire goals five minutes either side of halftime virtually killing off the game, an Anthony Haddad cutback from the sideline and powerful shot that eluded Moon to find the bottom-left corner before Chris Zeballos put it on a plate for Matt Mazevski to put Heat 3-0 up at the break, Guerreiro capitalising on space afforded to him from a short corner to notch up his second just after the restart.
With East Coast 4-0 up and cruising North Canberra finally clicked into gear and enjoyed their best period of the game, Aiden Brown teaming well with captain Jason Farrell to give the visitors a glimmer of hope with a well-taken goal, and two minutes later Farrell again found himself in space on the left and calmly placed the ball past an outstretched Mark Brackenrig in goal for Heat to reduce the deficit to 4-2 with 10 minutes still to play.
But just as the Untouchables looked to have created some momentum, Haddad with his back to goal turned defender Brown from the top of D and smashed his shot past North Canberra custodian Dylan Garcia to restore some East Coast breathing space.
Try as they might North Canberra weren’t able to muster any further major threats with Zeballos finishing a neat long ball to ice the game 6-2 in Heat’s favour. Incredibly, East Coast have found a dozen different scorers in five games to date – and they were held scoreless in one of those.
This week’s games
Galaxy FC go on a Sydney road-trip this weekend with Valentine Sports Park the scene of fixtures against Inner West Magic on Friday night (7.30pm), East Coast Heat on Saturday night (7.45pm) and Dural Warriors on Sunday afternoon (1.15pm).