Maccabi win NZ National Futsal League

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AUCKLAND – Sydney-based Maccabi Hakoah won the inaugural NZ Football Futsal National League after a 2-0 victory over Capital City Futsal in the major final at ASB Stadium in Auckland on Sunday.

After taking out the minor premiership by a runaway 14 points at the conclusion of Series Three earlier in the day, Maccabi again proved too strong for the best New Zealand sides, demolishing Red Sox Manawatu 4-0 in the semi final before second half goals from Jordan Mundell and Jarrod Basger were enough for the visitors to take the title over a well-drilled Capital side.

Nineteen year old Basger also took out the Golden Boot award with 16 goals in fifteen series games, while team mate Daniel Fulton picked up the overall National League MVP. Meanwhile Capital City goalkeeper David Plowright took out the Golden Gloves after excellent performances across the three series in Wellington, Dunedin and Auckland.

Maccabi, Capital City and East City went into the five-round Series Three on Saturday virtually assured of semi-final places, while Red Sox and Football South Futsal were left to battle it out over the weekend for the fourth play-off spot.

Day One saw some intriguing matches, with a resurgent Football South Futsal’s late comeback to draw 2-2 with Maccabi a major highlight. Later in the day they went head to head with Red Sox in a high calibre 4-4 draw, before Red Sox’s 3-0 victory over Christchurch Futsal on Sunday morning cemented the Manawatu side’s place in the semi finals.

After being on the receiving end of an 8-1 thumping from East City on Saturday, Capital City then out-foxed the home side in a tense semi-final, with a late strike from Japanese flanker Shingo Ina sealing a place in the final for the Wellingtonians.

An early Red Sox own goal followed by a Denny Dutra special quickly got Maccabi on track in their semi-final and then goals from the rampant Basger and Samuel Benda completed the scoring for the Australians.

A Capital – Maccabi final was always going to be a tight affair. The Wellingtonians, led by Brazilian trio Lucas Silva, Reginaldo Richard and Enrico Meirelles probably had the better of a cagey first half -retaining possession for long periods while Maccabi sat back and looked to strike on the counter. Two classy breaks from Futsal Whites target Said Soleimanpour brought the best out of Maccabi keeper John Myers, but clear cut first half chances were thin on the ground.

Four minutes into the second half, Mundell pounced on a mistake by a tiring Richard to slip Maccabi’s opening goal past Capital keeper Plowright, before Jarrod Basger’s eighteenth strike of the season with ten minutes left on the clock put the Australians well in command.

With the experienced campaigners Doron Pozniak, Simon Keith, Paul Meltz, Dutra and MVP Fulton rotating on and off the court for the final quarter, Maccabi were well placed to withstand Capital’s late forays into their half – and this they did, to take out a well deserved inaugural NZ Football National League title in front of an appreciative crowd of local futsal fans.

SERIES 3 RESULTS
5-6 February 2011
Auckland – hosted by East City

Christchurch Futsal0East City6
Football South Futsal2Maccabi Hakoah2
Capital City Futsal4Red Sox1
East City2Football South Futsal3
Christchurch Futsal0Capital City Futsal5
Maccabi Hakoah6Red Sox2
Football South5Christchurch Futsal2
Capital City Futsal1Maccabi Hakoah2
Red Sox Manawatu1East City3
Maccabi Hakoah7Christchurch Futsal0
Football South Futsal4Red Sox Manawatu4
East City8Capital City Futsal1
Red Sox Manawatu3Christchurch Futsal0
Capital City Futsal3Football South Futsal1
East City2Maccabi Hakoah3

FINAL STANDINGS AFTER SERIES THREE

TeamPlayedWinDrawLossGFGAGDPTS
Maccabi Hakoah1513206817+5141
Capital City Futsal158343922+1727
East City158256234+2826
Red Sox Manawatu155193449-1516
Football South Futsal154383246-1415
Christchurch Futsal1511131380-674

GOLDEN BOOT

16 J Basger (Maccabi Hakoah)
12 D Manickum (East City)
9 J Mundell (Maccabi Hakoah)
8 D Dutra (Maccabi Hakoah)
7 L Silva (Capital City Futsal), J Sinkora (East City), B Al-Saudi (East City), S McIntee (Football South Futsal), D Fulton (Maccabi Hakoah), G O’Connor (Red Sox)

SEMI-FINALS

Capital City Futsal 1 East City 0
Ina 38’

Maccabi Hakoah 4 Red Sox 0
og 4’, Dutra 6’, Basger 20’, Benda 29’

FINAL

Maccabi Hakoah 2 Capital City Futsal 0
Mundell 24’, Basger 30’

The Pictures below are all courtesy of Damian Briggs.

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