RECAP OF ROUND 21
Balwyn has done their part in ensuring their safety by winning the do-or-die game against Brunswick this evening.
Looking sharp from the beginning, The Bulls took a 3-0 lead into halftime, with help from shoddy Brunswick defending.
After halftime, Brunswick seemed to have woken up and started to attack. Youngster Jake Coutinho finishing from a Ben Monteleone pass at the back post making the score 4-0. Not soon after the Chiefs found a constellation goal through Captain Antonis Apostilakis.
Monteleone again provided the assist, this time to Salvi, to hit the final nail in the coffin and seal a 5-1 Victory.
Balwyn now wait for the Moreland result for confirmation of the automatic relegation spot
CHIEFS 1 V 5 BULLS
Man of the Match: Ben Monteleone (FC Balwyn)
Fitzroy has crushed Morelands hopes of staying in Series Futsal Victoria with a massive 11-5 win over the Blues.
Moreland got off to a stronger start as they raced out a 3-1 lead before Fitzroy pegged it back to 3-3 before the halftime break, though Moreland would go into the break ahead after Miguel Barrigos scored late in the half.
The second half was one-way traffic as Fitzroy finally found some form as they hammered home eight goals to one lead by Fernando de Moraes running the show and with Alistair Dunlop bagging a hat-trick Fitzroy end their season on a high while Moreland will need to go back to the drawing board as they are back to the State League Championship for the 2018 season.
TIGERS 11 V 5 BLUES
Man of the match – Fernando De Moraes (Fitzroy FC)
Next up saw the title race take centre stage with Western Wolves taking on Pascoe Vale. A win for the Wolves would put them top of the league with just one game of the season remaining and would pile the pressure on Carlton. A tight first half saw the pair trade blows with both sides putting three goals each on the board to go into the halftime break locked at 3-3.
Early in the second half Western Wolves took the lead through their mercurial Frenchman Sofiane Soufi as they thought that would be the bow to break Pascoe’s back. Pascoe struck back through Stefan Ristic to again go on level terms and put immense pressure on the Wolves. It wasn’t to be though as a long throw from Soufi saw Nathan Long head them into the lead before an own goal put the game beyond doubt. With the last kick of the game Tiema Coulibably added some polish to the result and put the Wolves top of the league and a defeat to Carlton against Hume would hand the Wolves the title.
LIONS 4 V 7 WOLVES
Man of the match – Sofiane Soufi (Western Wolves FC)
The final game of the 2017/18 season would decide the championship. Going into the game the Western Wolves sat top of the League with a victory for Carlton sealing back to back championships with only Hume standing in their way. Carlton got off to the dream start as Ernie Simsek opened the scoring with a classy finish. Ubeyde Cicek threw a spanner in the works as he lashed home an effort to tie the game. Some more lovely work from Simsek set up Atay Ibrahim for the tap in to have Carlton leading 2-1 at the halftime break.
Early in the second half, Hume would not lie down as Cicek cut inside and picked out the bottom corner for his second of the contest to again level proceedings. A bit of fortune saw Simsek find the ball with an open net and he made no mistake as he again gave Carlton the lead. Cicek was having a night to remember as he again finished under Tamburrino to complete his hat-trick and again have the scores level. A somewhat controversial penalty was awarded to Carlton for holding in the area and Simsek stepped up and dispatched the penalty to complete his hat-trick and put his side ahead again. They had some breathing space when a volley from Stephen Gustus was turned home by Abdirazak Ahmed as they got out to a 5-3 lead.
Hume was giving it all they had and a long-range effort from Nejdett Sahin found its way under Tamburrino to have Hume within one. Frano Saric then made a long run out of his goal but turned the ball over and saw Stephen Gustus chip the ball over a scrambling defender to all but seal the title. Hume pulled another one back as Resit Culculoglu scored a flying header to again bring it within one. That was all she wrote as Carlton did enough to hold on and seal their second straight Series Futsal Victoria Championship.
HEART 6 V 5 BLACK ARMY
Man of the match – Ernie Simsek (FC Carlton)