GABBY TREBLE THE HIGHLIGHT AS BLUE MAGIC FUTSAL COMPLETE LEAGUE AND CUP DOUBLE
GABRIEL YAN MICOSKI was the hat-trick hero as Blue Magic FC completed an AUL double of cup and league following their 6-1 success over Real Transylvania at the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown on Tuesday evening.
Oleg Gojan with a double and Victor Caldron were the other scorers on a night when they could have easily reached double figures had they taken half the chances which came their way.
By EAMON SCOTT
Credit Real Transylvania for a high-press trying to limit the favourites from establishing their normal passing game and while Transylvania equalised Oleg Gojan’s early opener, the afterburners were lit in the second half where Blue Magic imposed their superiority and the final scoreline was more than enough to see skipper Ian Byrne collect the second trophy of the season to go longside the AUL Futsal Cup.
Now the FAI Futsal Cup holders can focus in on the upcoming showdown of the national decider against Pro Brazil on june 19 with the price of a place in the UEFA Futsal Champions League on offer to the victors.
Coach Sinisa Sicar was missing a couple of regulars, but the depth of the Blue Magic squad is such that four of Tuesday night’s substitutes failed to see any court time – with regular deputy goalkeeper Felipe Furtado playing the entire match and acquitting himself extremely well.
Real Transylvania coach Martin Perciavalle will be disappointed with the outcome but will also appreciate that his side is still a developing ‘work in progress’ and are some way off the cohesive understanding of Blue Magic.
For Blue Magic the night was another triumph and their position as the country’s premier futsal team once again confirmed by a thoroughly professional display with some stunning individual performances.
Topping that list was Gabby Yan Micoski whose muscular frame allied to a superb futsal brain makes his a stand out performer and his range of passing and shooting gives Blue Magic a real rapier sharp cutting edge.
It was Oleg Gojan who opened the scoring after just 22 seconds finishing through the legs of Muricio Da Silva. That early breakthrough was the only goal up until 1.28 seconds of the opening half when Furtado got his legs mixed up and the ball crept over the line with the goal credited to Carlos Goncalves.
It looked as if the sides might go in level at that stage but with seventeen seconds to go Gabriel Yan Micoski rifled an unstoppable rising thunderbolt of a shot past a bemused Da Silva in the real goal.
On the turn around Blue Magic continued to play their passing game with lots of rotation and transitions with Transylvanina defending desperately. Then with 11.24 on the clock Ian Byrne was brought down inside the area and although Real Transylvania complained bitterly Gabriel Yan Micoski blasted home his second past Da Silva.
That third goal was a real killer for Real Transylavania and Blue Magic just grew in strength from there to the finish.
With 10.08 on the countdown Victor Calderon was fouled close to goal and with a cleverly worked training routine the same player threaded a ball through the wall to the net for 4-1.
With 9.50 to go Real Transylvania went chasing the game employing a ‘fly’ keeper but that simply fell into Blue Magic’s hands and with an open goal – and close to his own – Yan Micoski completed his hat-trick with a shot straight to the unguarded net with the clock at 5.11 after Real Transylvania were dispossessed.
The icing on the cake was provided by Oleg Gojan bookending the scores with 1.27 to go as Blue Magic opted for their own five man press with Gabby Saldahna as a ‘fly’ keeper and a brilliant passing move saw Gojan crack home number six to round off a thoroughly satisfactory night for Sinisa Sicar’s side.
BLUE MAGIC: Felipe Furtado; Ian Byrne, Gabriel Yan Micoski, Oleg Gojan, Victor Calderon, Viktor Vendrak, Gabriel Saldanha, Matheus Coleho, Kaique Dos Santos, Nebojsa Jocic, Eugeniu Anitoaie, Korey O’Sullivan, Guilherme Cardoso.
REAL TRANSYLVANIA: Muricio Da Silva; Jhonathan Moreira, Lucas Das Eiras, Carlos Goncalves, Andrei Boros, Gabriel da Souza, Davi Renato, William Marinho, Daniel Ignat.