The upcoming round of the NZ Futsal National League has Footballsouth with home court advantage
Footballsouth’s first game in the second round is against Red Sox Manawatu at 11am today.
Darren Hart, Sean McIntee and Tri Nguyen have all had their moments in a hard-working and well-organised Footballsouth team.
At least two wins over the weekend is a minimum requirement for the home side in order to set itself up for a chance at a playoff spot in the third round in Auckland.
Unbeaten pacesetters Maccabi Hakoah and Capital City Futsal sit on top of the table ahead of the weekend’s 15 games.
The inaugural national league looks to be a three-way battle between Sydney-based Maccabi, Capital City and Auckland’s East City, though Footballsouth will be a tough proposition on its home court following a promising debut in Wellington in November.
With its direct style, Maccabi was at times in a class of its own over five games during the first round. Only Capital City (0-0) and East City (3-4) got near the Australians in Wellington as they smacked home 30 goals in five games.
With the influential Daniel Fulton and golden boot contender Jordan Mundell returning from New South Wales duty following the Australian national championships in Canberra in early January, Maccabi will be a tough proposition.
Brian Blellock’s Capital City was also unbeaten after the opening round.
Led by classy Brazilian-born playmaker Lucas Silva, Capital’s rotation-based Brazilian style of total futsal can be mesmerising to watch.
In the opening games, Capital enjoyed sustained periods of possession as it worked its opponents around the court at will.
East City, led by excellent player-coach Nathan Robertson, was the comeback specialist of the first round, thrilling the spectators during spectacular fightbacks against Footballsouth and Maccabi.
With mercurial playmaker Miro Major and star youngster and golden boot co-leader Dylan Manickum in top form, the Aucklanders are an exciting side and genuine title contenders.