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Three clubs celebrated victories across both senior competitions in Round 6 of the SEQ Futsal Premier League as the race for finals places narrows.
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MEN | Redlands City v Bundaberg Wildcats
Redlands City cemented their top four spot with an impressive 7-2 win over Bundaberg Wildcats marking back-to-back victories for the first time this season.
The home side made an electric start to the contest with Brendon Cobb, Paolo Valvoletti and Paulo Melo all netting inside the opening eight minutes.
Phil Gamatia added another before the break for a 4-0 Redlands lead, before Andre Barbosa put the result beyond doubt with a fifth shortly after the restart.
Bundaberg managed a couple of consolation goals through Luke Leggett but were powerless to prevent a fourth consecutive defeat.
“We never dropped our heads but when they scored simple goals you knew it was not going to be our day,” Wildcats coach Lucas Read told the NewsMail.
Redlands City 7 (Brendon COBB 2, Paolo VALVOLETTI, Paulo MELO, Phil GAMATIA, Andre BARBOSA, James EGETA)
Bundaberg Wildcats 2 (Luke LEGGETT 2)
WOMEN | Redlands City v Bundaberg Wildcats
Redlands City secured their first victory of the season with a battling 4-3 win at home to Bundaberg Wildcats.
Emilie Rochelet’s two goals bookended Redlands’ scoring and made the difference as the hosts hung on for three morale-boosting points.
Leticia Maxey-Fisher earlier opened the scoring for Bundaberg but Rochelet’s quick response ensured the two sides were locked at 1-1 at half-time.
Patricia Taguchi and Nathalia Farah gave Redlands some breathing room after a goalless start to the second half and, after the two teams traded a late flurry of goals, the home side held on for their maiden SEQ Futsal Premier League win.
The result sees Redlands rise off the bottom of the ladder and replace Bundaberg in fifth.
Redlands City 4 (Emilie ROCHELET 2, Patricia TAGUCHI, Nathalia FARAH)
Bundaberg Wildcats 3 (Leticia MAXEY-FISHER 2, Madelyn McCRACKEN)
MEN | Arana United v South Brisbane
South Brisbane piled on seven second half goals to return to winning ways with a 9-6 defeat of hosts Arana United.
Following last week’s draw Peninsula, South Brisbane needed three points to remain in touch with ladder-leaders Sunshine Coast but looked as though they might fall further off the pace as Adam Stacey’s first half brace was cancelled out by Daniel Rehder and Lachlan Weir at the interval.
Conor O’Neill then struck twice in quick succession to give Arana the ascendancy while Rehder and Weir traded goals with Joel Stone and Jarrod Vlaanderen.
However, South Brisbane came up big in the final 10 minutes with five goals in as many minutes turning a two-goal deficit into a three-goal victory.
Arana United 6 (Daniel REHDER 2, Lachlan WEIR 2, Conor O’NEILL 2)
South Brisbane 9 (Adam STACEY 3, Joel STONE 2, Connor GEORGE 2, Jarrod VLAANDEREN, Caleb URLICH)
WOMEN | Arana United v South Brisbane
South Brisbane survived an Arana United fightback to prevail 5-4 and open up a six-point lead at the top of the Women’s competition.
In a potential finals preview, South Brisbane started quickest as Rebekah Horsey, Sofie Persson and Shannon Tathem handed the visitors a 3-0 lead.
Catherine O’Neill pulled one back for Arana before half-time only for Horsey to restore the three-goal margin with her second in the 21st minute.
The home side mounted their comeback with Melissa Bridge and Alex Armstrong dragging Arana to within one.
South Brisbane responded through Jessica McLean and the goal proved to be enough to maintain their perfect record despite O’Neill pulling another back late in the match.
Arana United 4 (Catherine O’NEILL 2, Melissa BRIDGE, Alex ARMSTRONG)
South Brisbane 5 (Rebekah HORSEY 2, Sofie PERSSON, Shannon TATHEM, Jessica McLEAN)
MEN | Peninsula Futsal Club v Sunshine Coast Wave
Five players scored multiple goals as Sunshine Coast Wave stretched their winning streak to seven matches by dispatching Peninsula Futsal Club 16-7.
After falling several goals behind early, Peninsula did well to claw their way back to a three-goal deficit at half-time thanks in part to two Jack Porter goals.
It was all Sunshine Coast from there though as Jascha Bax, Jerrod Byrne and Ben Parkinson all completed hattricks in a nine-goal second half.
Peninsula remained potent but couldn’t keep pace with their opponents as they remain six points off the finals places.
Peninsula Futsal Club 7 (Nicholas DOWSETT 3, Jack PORTER 2, Chris CULLETON, Steve THOMAS)
Sunshine Coast Wave 16 (Jascha BAX 3, Jerrod BYRNE 3, Ben PARKINSON 3, Jed MALIN 2, Luke DEVITT 2, Nathan PIKE, Julian EDWARDS, James VERDIN)
WOMEN | Peninsula Futsal Club v Sunshine Coast Wave
Sunshine Coast Wave enhanced their finals credentials with a crucial 8-7 away win over fellow mid-table team Peninsula.
In a battle to determine third, the visitors gained an upper hand with Cassie Burns adding to Jayah Brown’s opener for a 2-1 lead after 11 minutes.
The two sides shared four goals in a stunning end to the first-half as Wave’s Kayla Moore and Martha Benstead cancelled out Taylah Brotherston’s quickfire double.
Peninsula fought back to earn a 6-4 lead with three unanswered goals, though that burst only sparked Sunshine Coast into action.
Kirra Guy and Kristy Hayward locked the match at 6-6 before Brown and Guy added another each to cap the impressive four-goal response.
Miranda Wilson underscored Peninsula’s fighting spirit with a seventh and final goal a minute from full-time, but Sunshine Coast held on to leapfrog the hosts into third.
Peninsula Futsal Club 7 (Taylah BROTHERSTON 2, Miranda WILSON 2, Cynthia MOLLROSS, Allison JOHNS, Victoria BREBNER)
Sunshine Coast Wave 8 (Jayah BROWN 2, Kirra GUY 2, Cassie BURNS, Martha BENSTEAD, Kayla MOORE, Kristy HAYWARD)