Futsal Ferns claim series win

New Zealand celebrate a goal. International Futsal, Futsal Ferns v New Caledonia, ASB Baypark Arena, Tauranga, New Zealand. Tuesday, 12 September, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz

The Futsal Ferns celebrated a clean-sweep in the Trans Pacific Futsal Cup last night at BayPark Arena in Tauranga.

The Ferns, who were playing in their first international series and had won 14-0 and 15-0 in the opening two games, defeated New Caledonia 9-2 in a dominant performance.

The Ferns got off to a strong start again with Torijan Lyne-Lewis, Britney-Lee Nicholson and Shivanthi Anthony and scoring in quick-fire fashion to get the hosts out to a 3-0 lead.

New Zealands Shivanthi Anthony collides with New Caledonia goalkeeper Aurelie Meandu. International Futsal, Futsal Ferns v New Caledonia, ASB Baypark Arena, Tauranga, New Zealand. Tuesday, 12 September, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz

After a promising start, there was a mix up in the defence for New Zealand and Christiane Whaap took full advantage to score New Caledonia’s first-ever international goal.

The Ferns responded and Jessica Verdon scored from a good drive into the corner to make it 4-1 at half-time.

After the break, Maxine Cooper continued the scoring for Nic Downes’ side before the New Caledonia team had another goal to celebrate through Sylvaine Toibat who finished on the end of a long ball.

New Zealands Maxine Cooper. International Futsal, Futsal Ferns v New Caledonia, ASB Baypark Arena, Tauranga, New Zealand. Tuesday, 12 September, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz

Further goals from Sophie Williams, captain Hannah Kraakman, Ella James and Dayna Manak saw the home team complete a great start to international futsal.

The focus for the futsal community now turns to the age group national teams who will compete in October for the first time.

The New Zealand U-18 Men and New Zealand U-18 Women will compete in the OFC Youth Futsal Championship, which are qualifiers for 2018 Youth Olympic Games, from 4 – 7 October at Bruce Pulman Park in Auckland.

Trans-Pacific Futsal Cup
BayPark Arena Tauranga
Futsal Ferns 9 (Lyne-Lewis, Nicholson, Anthony, Verdon, Cooper, Williams, Kraakman, James, Manak) New Caledonia 2 (Whaap, Toibat) HT 4-1

Futsal Ferns; 1. Rivalina Fuimaono, 2. Shivanthi Anthony, 3. Jessica Verdon, 4. Ella James, 5. Sophie Williams, 6. Dayna Manak, 7. Hannah Kraakman, 8. Tilly James, 9. Torijan Lyne-Lewis, 10. Hannah Robert, 11. Britney-Lee Nicholson, 12. Mikaela Boxall, 13. Leah Gubb, 14. Maxine Cooper. Coach Nic Downes

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