R16 – Men’s Supa-Liga, 2021/22 Summer Season
Featured Match Review
Scarborough Sharks SC came up against Andinxs FC in this weekends featured match review. The Sharks were still in with a sniff of making the finals, currently sitting bottom of the table, anything other than a win would confirm their exit from finals contention. The Andinxs were in a slightly more comfortable position, though 5th-8th position were separated by just 3 points so a win for them would be crucial to gain a slight advantage. The Andinxs were also coming off of a few heavy defeats to top 4 sides, whilst the Sharks were narrowly defeated by the Pumas in the previous round.
Scarborough Sharks decided to start the game with high intensity, pressing the Andinxs right into their own defensive third. Andinxs did well under the pressure and managed to grow more confident as the game went on. The Sharks lacked any conviction going forward and looked tired every time the Andinxs counter-attacked. After 15 minutes of frantic futsal, the Andinxs finally broke through with a counter-attack. Cesar Perez finishing off the move on the second attempt after Middleton saved the first. Middleton had done well up until that moment to keep the Andinxs from scoring, but could do nothing about their second goal, which came just a minute later. Julian Sandoval picked up the ball on the left flank and fired it into the bottom right corner to put the Andinxs 2-0 up.
The second half was played out similarly to the first, with the Sharks pressing. This time however, the Sharks managed to put a lot more pressure on the Andinxs FC Goalkeeper, forcing multiple saves off of Parra but not breaking through. Again, it took until deep into the half for a breakthrough, and although the Sharks were looking far more dangerous, it was the Andinxs that managed to score another goal. Just as in the first half, it was a counter-attacking overload. Gongora and Salas created a 2v1 and played the ball around the Sharks defender before Salas eventually scored the goal.
The Sharks finally managed to get themselves on the scoresheet a few minutes after playing a fly-keeper. Tyler Tate at the back post, using his thigh to redirect the ball into the goal after a cross came in from the kick in. With a few minutes left to play of stop-clock futsal, there was still a chance for the Sharks to salvage a result. However, with just a few second left on the clock, the Andinxs again took advantage of a counter-attack and forced the ball over the line for their fourth goal. An unfortunate touch from a retrieving Sharks defender sent the ball past the helpless Tate who was in goals for the Sharks at the time.
The 4-1 win for the Andinxs sends them into 5th place with three teams just behind them all only 3 points behind. The result also confirms that the Sharks will finish the season on the bottom of the table after a frustrating season. Futsal Factory narrowly defeated Phoenix Futsal WA in a heated match that ended 2-1. Both sides knew what was on the line and the Factory win brings them level on points with the Phoenix, putting them in 7th and 8th respectively on 13 points. ECU Jets, who are the other team also on 13 points, put in their best performance of the season to shock Perth Pumas FC with a 3-0 win. Finally, Northern Hawks SC drew with Condors FC. The result was enough for the Hawks to go top of the table on goal difference with 2 rounds remaining.