It was time for the grand final fixtures to unfold on Day 5 of the 2020 FFA National Futsal Championships, with Box Hill youngsters representing two of Football Victoria (FV) futsal squads.
Both the FV U/13 and U/14 boys faced the same opposition in their respective age-grades – Football NSW Metro Thunder.
Box Hill young guns Marc Petheriotis, Alexander Di Tommaso, Ethan Fox, Hur Ali Doostizadah, Lucas Green and Giani Galanos made it to the FV U/13s’ roster.
While five other Box Hill youngsters – Oliver Lavale, Alex Tektonopoulos, Xavier Salisbury, Luke Pickett and Bejamin Chiew – had made the cut with the Victorian U/14s.
Here is how the summit clashes panned out at the AIS Training Halls in Canberra, which were live-streamed on FFA National Futsal Championships’ official Facebook page:
U/13 Boys: Football Victoria 5 – 5 Football NSW Metro Thunder [Victoria 3 – 2 Football NSW, on penalties]
(10.45 AM / Court 2)
Tutored by former Box Hill youth coaches Harry Parker and Jake ten Hacken, Victorian U/13 boys lifted the title in a closely-fought affair that went down to the penalties.
Despite conceding three early goals, FV reclaimed their composure to reduce the deficit to 3-2 via Lucas Green and Marc Petheriotis’ strikes.
The second period saw Alex Di Tommaso net Victoria’s fourth, only for NSW to equalise right at the death to enforce extra-time.
The first-half of extra-time could not separate the sides, but Petheriotis needed to rescue Victoria after Metro Thunder had scored a fifth on 46 minutes.
In the shootout, while FV slotted all three of their spot kicks, the Victorian goalkeeper emerged as the hero with the vital match-winning intervention.
U/14 Boys: Football NSW Metro Thunder 8 – 2 Football Victoria
(10.45 AM / Court 1)
Victoria’s U/14 boys unfortunately came undone in a 10-goal blockbuster clash, going down 8-2 despite creating a raft of chances.
Managed by Joshua Pulvirenti and Stephen Gustus, the FV side soaked up early pressure from NSW to open the scoring via Alex Tektonopoulos’ penalty.
But heavyweights NSW regained control with quickfire strikes to go into the breather 5-1 up.
Although Oliver Lavale pulled another goal back for Victoria, NSW piled on the pressure with three more in the second-half, eventually winning the match-up 8-2.