Futsal Whites secure fine comeback win

New Zealands Kareem Osman is taken out by Mathieu Wassin . 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 have secured the Trans-Pacific Cup against New Caledonia after a strong second half display at BayPark Arena in Tauranga.

It was a hard fought affair for the new-look men’s team who opened the night’s action. They were put under pressure by a determined New Caledonian team who pressed them hard and took a 3-2 lead into the break. New Zealand had a number of 10m penalties in the opening 20 minutes but couldn’t convert and New Caledonia made them pay.

Marvin Eakins’ team, who won the opening fixture 3-1, rallied in the second half with a spirited performance to secure a come-from-behind 7-4 win and claim the Trans Pacific Futsal Cup.

Captain Kareem Osman was at the heart of the resurgence. The Auckland flanker led the way with four goals in a man of the match performance.

“Our team put in blood, sweat, and tears for the Silver Fern tonight and that won us the game,” Osman said following the game.

In the end it was the experience of players such as Dylan Manickum, Osman, Lucas Cordeiro Osorio Da Silva and Eakins who delivered when it mattered most to get the result for their team.

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

Player-coach Eakins, who found the back of the net, said it was a special moment to defend the Trans-Pacific Futsal Cup with a young and exciting squad.

“It was even more special with my first experience as a player coach as well as it being my 50th cap for New Zealand,” he said. “This has been a great series with the first ever Futsal Ferns internationals and them making history. We are looking forward to seeing an improved performance again from our team [tonight] with the goal to win the series 3-0.”

Trans-Pacific Futsal Cup
BayPark Tauranga

Futsal Whites 7 (Osman 4, Manickum, Osman 4, Eakins, Da Silva) New Caledonia 4 (Saihuliwa, Humuni, OG, Ernest Atinoua) HT 2-3

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

Trans Pacific Futsal Cup
BayPark Arena, Tauranga
September 14
Futsal Ferns v New Caledonia 6pm
Futsal Whites v New Caledonia 8pm
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