Words: ACFC Media
Sunday 8 November 2020
HAMILTON, New Zealand - The Futsal Navy Blues have been beaten by Waikato Rapids 6-2 in the Men's National Futsal SuperLeague at The Peak in Hamilton.
Both sides came into the game off the back of impressive wins over NFF Comets and Bay of Plenty Surge and something had to give as the two unbeaten sides looked to claim top spot in the Northern Series and affirm their title aspirations for 2020.
Shaun Morgan and Kyle Wiznewski gave the Rapids a 2-0 advantage in front of a vociferous home crowd but they fell silent when Yousif Al Kalisy halved the deficit just before the break.
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Hamish Grey tied the game up with a timely equaliser to set the match on a knife edge but a brace from Federico Marquez and further goals by Wiznewski and Jordi Ditfort handed the home side a huge boost for the National Series in Auckland in a fortnight's time.
The Futsal Navy Blues now turn their attention towards the National Series which takes place at the Bruce Pulman Arena on November 20 to 22nd.
In the day's other match, NFF Comets and Bay of Plenty Surge shared a point in a 2-2 draw.
Men's Futsal SuperLeague
Sunday 8 November, 2020
Waikato Rapids 6 (Shaun MORGAN, Kyle WIZNEWSKI 2, Federico MARQUEZ 2, Jordi DITFORT)
Auckland City FC 2 (Yousif AL-KALISY, Hamish GREY)
STARTERS: 1. Mike ANTAMANOV (GK), 4. Aalok PAUDEL, 5. Jimmy BANKS, 8. Josh MARGETTS, 9. Steve ASHBY-PECKHAM (c).
BENCH: 12. Elias BILLEH (GK), 4. Matthew LIESHOUT, 6. Thomas PICKEN, 7. Marvin EAKINS, 11. Hamish GREY, 13. Jake BESENYI, 16. Adam PAULSEN, 17. Yousif AL-KALISY, 18. Todd BROADHURST.
COACH: Nic DOWNES.
ASSISTANT COACH: Jess VERDON.
MANAGER: Shivy ANTHONY.
PHYSIO: Aaron COLLIN.
Saturday 7 November
Waikato Rapids 10-0 Bay of Plenty Surge
Auckland City FC 9-2 NFF Comets
Waikato Rapids 9-1 NFF Comets
Auckland City FC 8-1 Bay of Plenty Surge
Sunday 8 November
Auckland City FC 2-6 Waikato Rapids
Bay of Plenty Surge 2-2 NFF Comets
Waikato Rapids 9pts - GD: +22
Southern United 7pts
Auckland City FC 6pts - GD: +10
Central Futsal 5pts
Capital Futsal 4pts
NFF Comets 1pt - GD: -15
Bay of Plenty Surge 1pt - GD: -18
Canterbury United 0pts - GD: -9
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