R6 – Men’s Supa-Liga, 2021/22 Summer Season
Featured Match Review
The round 6 Men’s Supa-Liga feature match was between two sides looking to jump-start their campaign. Bottom of the ladder ECU Jets needed their first win to over-take their opponents, Phoenix Futsal WA, who have only had the one win so far this season. Phoenix needed a win to keep in touch with the top 6, they faced an injury riddled Jets side who boast a solid defense in the league, largely thanks to their in-form goalkeeper Mustasim Al-Busaidi.
It was the Jets that got off to a flying start in the match after a quick counter attack gave Richings the chance to dribble the ball around the keeper and slot it in for the first goal of the match. From then on Phoenix dominated possession, controlling the majority of the game. ECU Jets showed just why they had one of the strongest defenses in the league, frustrating the Phoenix attack and shutting them out going into half-time. A combination of solid, desperate defending and smart goalkeeping keeping the score at 1-0 in the Jets favour at half-time.
It was a different story in the second half as the Phoenix grew into the game more and more, Breen (their top scorer coming into the match) started to show his range in shooting. Forcing a few good saves off of Al-Busaidi in goals, it was only a matter of time before he broke through to equalize for Phoenix. Breen’s 2nd and 3rd came soon after, punishing a tiring Jets defence. Limbachiya then popped up with a 4th goal for Phoenix to put the nail in the coffin. Nebylytsya gave the Jets a consolation 2nd in the closing stages of the match, ending the match 4-2 in the Phoenix favour.
Other league results saw the Northern Hawks regain their form and overcome Andinxs FC 10-0, Chez Houston with a fine display for the MVP. The Andinxs loss gave the Phoenix the opportunity to break into the top 6 through goal difference. Meanwhile, Condors FC upset the league leaders West Coast Cobras 1-0. Cristobal Zuniga with a strong display in goals to keep out the Cobras attack and win himself the MVP. Perth Pumas were lucky to win against an upbeat and in form Sharks side. The match ended 4-3 in the Pumas favour after a desperate final minute Pumas onslaught gave Kevin Punselie the match winner, winning himself the MVP.