Futsal Ferns win on international debut

The Futsal Ferns have begun international futsal in dominant fashion, defeating New Caledonia 14-0 last night at the Bays Park Arena in Tauranga.

The Trans-Pacific Futsal Cup fixture, which was a landmark moment for women’s futsal in this country, was marked by a complete performance from Nic Downes’ team as they overcame a spirited New Caledonia team with strong showings in both halves.

Flanker Dayna Manak made history when she scored the first-ever goal for a Futsal Fern in the eighth minute. It set up a commanding first half with the home team leading 6-0 at the break.

The Ferns looked capable of scoring every time they went down the attacking end of the court and Sophie Williams, Torijan Lyne-Lewis, Jess Verdon, Britney-Lee Nicholson and Maxine Cooper all got on the score-sheet in a one-sided opening 20 minutes.

New Caledonia were much better in the second half and harder for the New Zealand side to break down, with the visitors goalkeeper Aurelie Meandu pulling off a number of quality saves in a standout performance.

But the shots kept finding the back of the net and the Futsal Ferns added eight more in the second half for a convincing 1-0 lead in the three match series.

Skipper Hannah Kraakman scored the opening goal after half time when she was well set up by Hannah Robert and a few minutes later New Caledonia conceded an own goal to make it 8-0.

Further goals from Manak, Maxine Cooper (2) who completed her hat-trick, Verdon, Ella James and Robert completed a memorable first outing in international futsal and a performance they will look to build on throughout this series.

Both teams will dust themselves off and go again tonight at the same venue with the Futsal Ferns and Futsal Whites looking to claim the Trans Pacific Futsal Cup.

The Futsal Ferns and Futsal Whites internationals are being shown on a live stream at www.nzfootball.co.nz.


Trans-Pacific Futsal Cup
Bay Park Tauranga

Futsal Ferns 14 (Cooper 3, Manak 2, Verdon 2, Williams, Lyne-Lewis, , Nicholson, Kraakman, James, Robert, OG) New Caledonia 0 HT 6-0

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

Trans Pacific Futsal Cup
Bay Park Arena, Tauranga

September 13
Fustal Whites v New Caledonia 6pm
Futsal Ferns v New Caledonia 8pm

September 14
Futsal Ferns v New Caledonia 6pm
Futsal Whites v New Caledonia 8pm

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