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Thunder will roar vows Amendolia (AFC)

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NSW (New South Wales) Thunder coach Jamie Amendolia lamented the lack of a killer touch as the Australians succumbed to a narrow 4-3 defeat to Wuhan Dilong in their AFC Futsal Club Championship opener at Piroozi Stadium on Thursday, but is confident it will come as they play more games.

Both sides had chances throughout the match but it was the Chinese that made the most of their opportunities with late strikes in quick succession from Wang Wei and Hu Jie putting the game beyond the Thunder.

“The game was a very good experience for us, it was our first in a competition like this,” said Amendolia (pictured).

“I am very happy with our overall performance, we outplayed the Chinese side but if we don’t finish chances we don’t win games and that was big thing for us.

“I think that comes from experience and that experience comes from playing at this level and in this competition.”

While Wuhan had the better of a first half that yielded few chances, Thunder grew in confidence and hit the woodwork on a number of occasions in the second period while they also failed finish after creating a number of decent opportunities.

“I think in the second half we played a lot better, we came for the ball more and I thought we finished the stronger team,” added Amendolia.

“We had two or three occasions when we could have scored and we hit the bar a few times late on so I don’t think it is a stamina issue, it is just about experience.”

Wuhan Dilong’s Li Xin was pleased with how his side performed against a physically stronger Australian side.

“I am very moved by the players,” he said. “They tried their best under difficult conditions and I cannot ask for much more.

“It was a close match and all the players for the Australian team are strong and skilful and very good, so we did well.”

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  1. 5:35 – GOAL AL SAAD(8-3) Robbie Maiorana comes on and his first involvement is to be chipped from 25m as NSW are disposessed and the quick thinking Rodrigo chips one three quarters of the length of the pitch.

  2. 5:10 – FOUL AL SAAD (4-7) After not committing a foul for 24 minutes, they have now committed four in two minutes.

  3. 4:37 – Maiorana is playing 5th man and opens space for Wright who plays to and fro with Wetney in the corner then hits the left corner of the posts.

  4. 4:05 – Zeballos bangs one dangerously across the face with Wright missing connecting by about a centimetre.

  5. 3:20 – Maiorana makes two saves in quick succession from Rodrigo then Ebrahim. Al Saad’s next attempt hits the crossbar.

  6. GOAL AL SAAD (9-3) Al-Kubaisi pokes home from 6m as once again the NSW defence is caught on the overlap.

  7. 0:53 – GOAL AL SAAD (10-3) Al Najar gets his name on the scorers list despite the best efforts of Maiorana who is alternating with Vizzari.

  8. 0:03 – Danny Martinez’s late entry almost grabs him a consolation goal but the ball rattles off the inside of his calf as he fights for control in the centre of the penalty area.

  9. FULL-TIME

    Al Saad 11 (Zahir 5′, 17′, 33′, 40′, Bilal 8′ 19′, Rodrigo 10′, 35′, Al-Kubaisi 20′ 38′, Al-Najar 39′)
    NSW Thunder 3 (Zeballos 19′, Alpkaya 23′, 26′)

    Fouls: NSW Thunder 7-4

    Time Outs: Al Saad 31′, NSW Thunder 35′

    Cautions: Spathis 10′ (NSW), Alpkaya 33′ (NSW), Rodrigo 34′ (AL SAAD), AL-Kubaisi 35′ (AL SAAD)

    Send Offs: Nil

  10. Sorry it couldn’t have been a better story folks. NSW have a couple of days off now before their next game against Port Authority from Thailand at 9:30pm AEDST on the 8th of March.

  11. Thanks again Scott and make sure you convey to the boys to keep their heads up and keep going…only half way there…this is a learning expedition as much as anything else….cheers

  12. Just to sum up what needs to happen for the NSW Thunder to progress as number 2 in Group B (Al Saad are qualified):-

    Wuhan Dilong have two matches left (against Al Saad [QAT] and Port Authority [THA]). They must lose both.

    NSW Thunder have two matches remaining also (against Port Authority and Pro’s Cafe [LIB]). They must win both.

    Should Dilong win either match, NSW are out (as Dilong progress on the head to head result with NSW). Should NSW not win either game, they are out as one of the other teams will beat them on points.

    Every game not involving Al Saad in Group B has been either a draw or one goal result so there is still everything to play for.

    I’m expecting to start live commentary from 9:00pm on Monday night. Kick off is 9:30pm.

  13. Tough task for the boys but I am sure they will give it a red hot go!!!!!!!

    Good luck fellows.

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