The Futsalroos made it two from two after defeating the Futsal Whites 4-0 in the Trans Tasman Cup tonight.
After the Futsal Whites put up a gallant effort in the first game, the game started no-holds-barred from both sides eager for the win. The Futsal Whites came out firing and had several chances early on, including a shot on goal from Vaughan that was saved by Australian keeper Konstantinou.
Both sides showed an extra feistiness that was translated into cards and fouls that were missing from the first game.
Ten minutes into the first half, the Futsal Whites reached their five-foul limit, meaning any further foul would be an automatic penalty from the second penalty spot, ten metres from the goal line. Two minutes later the inevitable happened and a foul was given away by the Futsal Whites.
Futsalroos Captain and scorer from the first game, Giovaneli, stepped up to take, but Futsal White keeper Billeh did well to save.
Australia scored their first goal after the Futsal Whites were awarded a free kick, which went straight to the Futsalroos. They broke quickly to allow Zeballos to slot the ball into the back of the net.
Both sides had chances several chances, however it was the Futsalroos with another break away attack that made it 2-0. Giovaneli, who looked dangerous throughout the game, received the ball in front of goal and scored to give the Australians a 2-0 lead going into the break.
The Futsalroos came out strong in the second half – Greg Giovaneli opened with a shot that ricocheted off the bar, followed by a powerful shot from the right that just skimmed over the cross bar.
Lucas De Silva and Daniel Burns were both strong in the middle for the Futsal Whites, with Malivuk doing well in a defensive role. Vaughan and Captain Marvin Eakins both created opportunities but couldn’t finish their chances.
Konstantinou delivered a throw down the length of the court which found Seeto, who tapped the ball into the goal to make it 3-0. Minutes later, the Futsalroos were awarded a free kick. Seeto passed the ball to Adam Cooper who took a powerful shot. Billeh saved but Musumeci scored the follow up to make it 4-0.
“We’ve shown so many glimpses of what we can achieve and if we can eradicate these little mistakes that we do make then I reckon we can push Australia, if not knock them over,” said Futsal White captain Marvin Eakins after the game.
To Eakins the difference between the two teams is simply taking the opportunities. “That seems to be the difference between the two teams. Give Australia a sniff and they’ll take it nine times out of ten. At the moment we can’t buy a goal.”
With one more game to play in the Trans Tasman Cup Eakins is looking ahead. “A lot of people have come down and wellington has really got behind us. To get a result tomorrow would be huge. We’ve never beaten Australia. It’s a good opportunity.”
Match 3 of the ASB Trans Tasman Cup kicks off on Sunday July 21 at 4.00pm