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Titans hit back to sink Islanders in opening match

Titans hit back to sink Islanders in opening match

Author: ZoeQ/Friday, September 29, 2017/Categories: Escape Travel AFA Cup

Newcastle Titans took on Islanders Futsal in the first match of the Escape Travel AFA Cup. Newcastle came out on top after a hard-fought match. The New South Wales side came back from a 3-2 deficit and ended up winning 6-4 after dominating the second half.

The match started at a high pace, with both teams keen to get their tournament off to a perfect start. It was Islanders Futsal who raced into an early lead, with a goal from number four Joe Dorazio placed perfectly in the bottom right corner. Newcastle’s number eleven Alex Tserepas was eager to even the digits, finishing well to make the score at one all just minutes after Islanders’ first goal. 

The half was fairly even with possession nearly 50/50. Tasmania’s number ten Alex Rossetto scored the next goal, putting his side 2-1 ahead. Newcastle fought back to even the score before half time, having many shots and trying desperately to keep them on target. 

Their perseverance was rewarded and the final goal of the half was scored by Newcastle’s number eight Matthew Hoole, which left the score even leading into half time.

Half Time: Newcastle Titans 2-2 Islanders Futsal.

Islanders started the second half strongly, with Aaron Marney scoring a goal in the first two minutes. Newcastle showed excellent character to hit back, with exceptional shots on target from Baker and Tserepas, however they couldn’t find the back of the net. 

Titans quickly upped their intensity and ended up dominating the second half, scoring four quick goals through Tserepas, a Scott Pettit double and Houle. Tasmania fought back desperately however they couldn’t keep possession. Both Newcastle’s defence and attack were dominant over the Islanders by this point, leading the second half by 3 goals. 

Tasmania’s number seven Mackenzie Hancox scored in the last minute finalising the score at 6-4 to Newcastle. 

The victory means Newcastle sits comfortably leading into their next game. Islanders Futsal on the other hand need to show their skills in the next game to stay in with a chance. 

Full Time: Newcastle Titans 6-4 Islanders Futsal. 

Magic Moment - Newcastle: Newcastle’s magic moment goes to a specific player – Matthew Hoole. Hoole took control of the game, and provided the structure they needed from the back, also earning him POTM of the first game of the Escape Travel AFA Cup.

Magic Moment – Islanders:
Tasmania’s first goal set them up for a fantastic head start. This goal left their heads up and their spirits strong during the first half of the Escape Travel AFA Cup. 

POTM – Newcastle:
Matthew Hoole was in inspired form for his team, driving them on to victory.

POTM – Islanders:
Alex Rossetto. Alex Rossetto earned himself POTM after his resilience and contribution to the Islanders side. Alex scored the second goal for Tasmania in the first half.
 
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