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Ballarat drown Islanders’ final hopes with comprehensive win

Ballarat drown Islanders’ final hopes with comprehensive win

Author: ZoeQ/Saturday, September 30, 2017/Categories: Escape Travel AFA Cup

Islanders Futsal took on Ballarat FC on day two of the Escape Travel AFA Cup. Ballarat went into the match as favourites having won their opening game. Islanders took the lead, however, Ballarat hit five to stay on track for a place in the final.

The match started off with both sides playing at a high tempo. Tasmania stepped up their game after losing to Newcastle in yesterday’s match. Ballarat’s goalkeeper Joshua Ellen was put to the test after Islanders had a number of efforts on goal. 


Islanders’ defence was outstanding in the first half. The Tasmanian side made a number of crucial blocks and interventions to keep Ballarat at bay.

Minutes before half time Islanders took the lead with an impressive counter-attacking goal from Joe Dorazio, who finished high beyond the Ellen, making the score 1-0. 

Far from letting their heads go down, Ballarat was quick to fire back and score two quick goals from Scott Rogan and Liam Dawson. Dawson’s was a fantastic solo effort, waltzing past defenders and goalkeeper. 

Half Time: Islanders Futsal 1-2 Ballarat FC.

The opening stages of the half saw both teams largely cancel each other out in a stuffy period of play. With ten minutes left on the clock the score remained untouched, with Ballarat still leading 2-1. 

The game was littered with fouls and Tasmania committed their fifth foul, giving Ballarat the chance to increase their lead from the spot. Kevin Robertson made no mistake, find the back of the net.

Ballarat’s coach Corey Smith let his frustration get the better of him, leading him to get sent after causing continuous havoc with the referees. Despite the lack of a coach on the sideline, Ballarat held firm and extended their lead with Robertson scoring from his defensive half after intercepting an attacking Islanders’ fifth man set up. 

As the half came towards an end, the match got heated. A late goal was scored by Ballarat’s number seven, Scott Rogan, sealing his hat-trick. Not long after Tasmania conceded, Islanders’ number ten Alex Rossetto was shown his marching orders for arguing with the referee, leading to a one match suspension. 

The victory sees Ballarat sitting firmly on top of the table, sitting on six points and with one foot in the final. Islanders are bottom of the table, having not won a game yet. The Tasmanian side need to win their final match convincingly and hope Ballarat see off Newcastle in their game.

Full Time: Islanders Futsal 1-5 Ballarat FC.

Magic Moment – Islanders: Islanders’ magic moment is their goal, well taken by Joe Dorazio.

Magic Moment – Ballarat: Kevin Robertson’s long range strike was perfect technique and put pay to any hopes of a Islanders comeback. 

POTM – Islanders: Goalscorer Joe Dorazio was the best player on show for Islanders.
 
POTM – Ballarat: Scott Rogan was a hat-trick hero and Ballarat’s best performer on the day.

 

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