AUCKLAND – The Futsalroos completed a clean sweep in the ASB Trans Tasman Cup with a comfortable 7-0 win against a much-changed Futsal Whites team.
With the Cup won the previous night both teams were looking ahead to next week’s OFC Invitational Championship with several key changes in both teams and Australia in particular experimenting with the flying keeper tactic.
Two quick, early goals for Australia meant the Futsal Whites were always on the back foot. Foulton and Giovenali scored very early in the half giving Australia the comfort of a lead to enable them to use Seeto as a flying keeper.
Barham almost pulled one back for New Zealand, beating the keeper but finding the Futsalroos back line well organised to clear almost off the line. Manickum also had a good chance with Seeto in play leaving the goal clear, but pulled his long range effort just wide.
With the extra man the Futsalroos were playing the ball around well, and their third goal came from Seeto, pulling the strings as the flying keeper, taking a powerful shot that Zeballos managed to direct into the goal.
Frustration crept into the Futsal Whites game and a series of fouls led to Lockhart rifling in a powerful free kick to make it 4-0 at half time.
The second half started brightly for the Futsal Whites with Malivuk and Manickum both with good opportunities to score New Zealand’s first goal in this year’s tournament but again O’Brien in the Australian goal was too good to beat.
Cooper made it five for the Futsalroos after Major was sent off leaving the Futsal Whites down to three outfield players. Australia took advantage straight away bringing Seeto in as flying keeper to make it five against three.
Cooper grabbed his second of the game with the extra man again making the difference and completed his hat trick soon after with the final goal of the game ending the score 7-0.
The Futsal Whites will be looking to erase this series defeat in the OFC Invitational Championships starting Tuesday in Auckland.
ASB Trans Tasman Cup
ASB Sports Centre, Wellington
Match 3 – July 21
New Zealand 0
Australia 7 (Foulton, Giovenali, Zeballos, Lockhart, Cooper 3)
New Zealand: Bakr AL-SAUDI; Stephen ASHBY-PECKHAM; Daniel BALL; Tai BARHAM; Elias BILLEH; Daniel BURNS; Lucas CORDEIRO OSORIO DA SILVA; Marvin EAKINS; Matthew EDRIDGE; Atta ELAYYAN; Miroslav MAJOR; Miroslav MALIVUK; Dylan MANICKUM; Kareem OSMAN; David PLOWRIGHT; Ousdhah RAGUED; Jakub SINKORA; James VAUGHAN
Coach: Scott GILLIGAN
Australia: Adam COOPER; Alpkaya EDDIE; Daniel FOGARTY; Daniel FULTON; Greg GIOVENALI; Wade GIOVENALI; Angelo KONSTANTINOU; Dean LOCKHART; Marino MUSUMECI; Gavin O’BRIEN; Kieran PATES; Tobias SEETO; Mark SYMINGTON; Christ ZEBALLOS
Coach: Steven KNIGHT