Futsal Whites secure clean-sweep

The Futsal Whites celebrated a clean-sweep in the Trans Pacific Futsal Cup last night at BayPark Arena in Tauranga, but it did not come easy.

In the early game, the Futsal Ferns defeated New Caledonia 9-2 in a dominant performance, but it was much closer in the Futsal Whites match as Marvin Eakins’ team prevailed 3-1 over New Caledonia to complete a series white-wash of their own.

New Zealands Benjamin Lapslie celebrates his goal. International Futsal, Futsal Whites v New Caledonia, ASB Baypark Arena, Tauranga, New Zealand. Tuesday, 12 September, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz

The Futsal Whites got the job done but were made to work hard by a New Caledonia team who proved hard to break down.

With both goalkeepers injured, New Zealand took the chance to practice their five man power play swapping between captain Kareem Osman, player-coach Marvin Eakins and Lucas Cordeiro Osorio Da Silva in goal.

This paid dividends with the Futsal Whites scoring off the fifth man through Lapslie, who impressed in his debut series for New Zealand, and Stephen Ashby-Peckham to take a 2-0 lead into the break.

In the second half Osman, the four goal hero and man of the match from game two, spent the majority of the time in goal and made a number of great saves as Eakins opted to stop playing the five-man formation.

The skipper’s saves proved crucial as New Caledonia got within one when Ridge Ue found the back of the net. Pivot Jonathan Steele finished the job for New Zealand with a late goal to complete a 3-1 win.

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 Whites 3 (Lapslie, Ashby-Peckham, Steele) New Caledonia 1 (Ue) HT 2-0

Futsal Whites; 1. Ata Elayyan, 2. Jonathan Steele, 3. Jordan Ditfort, 4. Thomas McGowan, 5. Luc Saker, 6. Kareem Osman, 7. Marvin Eakins, 8. Joshua Margetts, 9. Stephen Ashby-Peckham, 10. Dylan Manickum, 11. Lucas Cordeiro Osorio Da Silva, 12. Hamish Mitchell, 13. Benjamin Lapslie, 14. Luke Maynard. Coach Marvin Eakins

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