AFF/AUCKLAND – Auckland Futsal Federation will enter Series 2 of the ASB National Futsal League as the top side after finishing the opening weekend of the competition unbeaten following Sunday’s win over Capital Futsal at the ASB Stadium in Kohimarama.
The 2011/2012 champions were forced to come from behind at halftime for the second time in their last three games, Futsal Whites Marvin Eakins and Dylan Manickum again instrumental in the fight back, both on the score sheet along with youngster Matthew Lieshout as the hosts recovered for a 4-3 win.
Eakins and his Auckland team mates won four of their matches in Series 1, drawing only their Friday night encounter with second-placed Futsal South.
The southerners, semi-finalists in 2012/2013, continued their strong showing in the competition, also completing an unbeaten weekend with three wins and two draws.
Sunday’s final outing produced a 5-2 victory over Central Hawke’s Bay with Michael Sannum scoring a hat-trick.
Bottom of the 2012/2013 competition, Central Futsal Manawatu ended Series 1 in the top four after Sunday’s 3-2 victory over defending champions Northern Futsal.
Former YoungHeart Manawatu ASB Premiership player Nathan Cooksley, influential all weekend along with team mate Adam Cowan, scored twice in the upset win while Jerram Tuck, a regular scorer for the Central side throughout the weekend, was also on target.
Jan Fischer and Futsal White Bakr Al-Saudi scored Northern’s goals but it wasn’t enough for the favoured side as Manawatu and Northern finished level on points from their weekend’s work.
Mainland also finished tied on points with Northern and Manawatu, only an inferior goal difference keeping the south island side out of the top four after a 4-3 win over Capital in their final match. The victory came via four different scorers including goals from Futsal Whites Daniel Burns and Jakub Sinkora.
Central Futsal Hawke’s Bay occupy sixth position after a win and a loss on Sunday, the victory coming over the young Waikato Bay of Plenty side as Nathaniel Wright, Simon Stallard, Dylan Cozens, Daniel Ball and Harrison Gregory were all on target.
Capital Futsal, runners-up in the 2012-2013 event, could only register one victory in their five outings, ending the weekend in seventh place. They could consider themselves a little unlucky with Futsal White Miroslav Malivuk in hot scoring form while the side’s two losses came by just a single goal.
Waikato Bay of Plenty will enter Series 2 at the bottom of the standings with their youthful side registering their first point on Sunday in a 5-5 draw with defending champions Northern.
The ASB National Futsal League continues with Series 2 in Wellington from November 15-17 with Series 3 in Napier in late November.
ASB National Futsal League 2013 – Series 1 ?Day 3?
WaiBOP 5-5 Northern (half: 2-0) ?
WAI: Shaun Morgan 2, Ben Wallace, OG, Dominic O’Sullivan
NFF: Ouadhah Ragued, Bakr Al-Saudi, Charl Compaan, Hicham Kamri, OG
?Futsal South 5-2 Central Hawke’s Bay (half: 2-1)?
FS: Michael Sannum 3, Peter Rae, OG
CHB: Josh Stevenson, Tai Barnham
Mainland Futsal 4-3 Capital Futsal (half: 2-0)?
MAI: Sam Mitchell, Daniel Burns, Kaiea Karennang, Jakub Sinkora
CAP: Miroslav Malivuk 2, Shingo Ina
WaiBOP 1-5 Central Hawke’s Bay (half: 0-3)?
WAI: Bahram Ahmadi
CHB: Nathaniel Wright, Simon Stallard, Dylan Cozens, Daniel Ball, Harrison Gregory
Central Manawatu 3-2 Northern (half: 2-1)?
CMW: Nathan Cooksley 2, Jerram Tuck
NFF: Jan Fischer, Bakr Al-Saudi
Capital Futsal 3-4 Auckland Futsal (half: 2-1)
CAP: Lucas Da Silva 2, Miroslav Malivuk
AFF: Marvin Eakins 2, Dylan Manickum, Matt Lieshout