Verdon pleased with ruthless start

Words: Nick Brown

Friday 20 November 2020

Picture: Phototek

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Two important wins for the Futsal Navy Blues leaves assistant coach Jess Verdon beaming as the Men's Futsal SuperLeague National Series got underway at the Pulman Arena in Auckland today.

The Futsal Navy Blues were in surgical mood after they knocked over Capital Futsal 3-1 in a tight game before turning in a ruthless display as they put six past Central Futsal in a 6-0 thrashing.

The two wins gives the Futsal Navy Blues 12 points from their last five games and sets them up nicely for two tricky encounters with Southern United and then Canterbury United.

Verdon was pleased with the two wins but pointed out several key elements that gave the Futsal Navy Blues coaching staff plenty of positives to mull over as the National Series heads into its second intensive day of competition.

"Obviously we're superstoked to takeaway six points. Its the perfect way to start the weekend in quite a big series so it does take a bit of pressure off moving into tomorrow which is great.

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Auckland City FC · Verdon pleased with ruthless start

"I thought the guys did a fantastic job in both games and really showed how we can play and ended up getting some really good goals.

"Capital Futsal is always tough opposition so we're stoked to get a win against them. They're organised and fight to the end and they can play some quality Futsal, so we're proud we stuck to the game plan and managed to get a win against them as well," Verdon told www.aucklandcityfc.com.

The Futsal Navy Blues last outing was a damp squib after they were beaten 6-2 by Waikato Rapids at The Peak a fortnight ago but Verdon expressed satisfaction her side had found their ruthless streak in front of goal today.

"We've been a bit more clinical in front of goal than we were in the Northern Series. I think we were really composed in front of goal and scored some very good back post goals which is really great to see.

"But it's another tough day tomorrow and its a really tough weeknd for the guys and so we're looking forward to taking it to the South Island teams and getting more points.

"Its been a fantastic start to the tournament and hopefully we can continue that on Saturday," she said.

The Futsal Navy Blues start Match Day 2 with a tough encounter with Southern United who knocked over the Waikato Rapids earlier in the day. That game kicks off at 11.30am.

In the late game, the Futsal Navy Blues take on the Canterbury United Dragons Futsal side at 4.00pm.

Ends

Men's Futsal SuperLeague - National Series

Match Result
Men's Futsal SuperLeague
Friday 20 November, 2020
Auckland City FC 3 (Sean McINTEE, Yousif AL-KALISY, Matthew LIESHOUT)
Capital Futsal 1
HT: 2-1.

STARTERS: 1. Mike ANTAMANOV (GK), 4. Aalok PAUDEL, 7. Marvin EAKINS, 9. Steve ASHBY-PECKHAM (c), 15. Sean McINTEE.

BENCH: 2. Yousif AL-KALISY, 3. Myron MANICKUM, 4. Matthew LIESHOUT, 5. Jimmy BANKS, 6. Thomas PICKEN, 11. Hamish GREY, 12. Elias BILLEH (GK), 16. Adam PAULSEN, 17. Connor McCONCHIE.

COACH: Nic DOWNES.
ASSISTANT COACH: Jess VERDON.
MANAGER: Shivy ANTHONY.
PHYSIO: Aaron COLLIN.


Match Result
Men's Futsal SuperLeague
Friday 20 November, 2020
Auckland City FC 6 (Yousif AL-KALISY, Aalok PAUDEL, Thomas PICKEN, Hamish GREY, Sean McINTEE, Myron MANICKUM)
Central Futsal 0
HT: 3-0.

STARTERS: 12. Elias BILLEH (GK), 4. Matthew LIESHOUT, 5. Jimmy BANKS, 9. Steve ASHBY-PECKHAM (c), 4. Aalok PAUDEL.

BENCH: 1. Mike ANTAMANOV (GK), 2. Yousif AL-KALISY, 3. Myron MANICKUM, 6. Thomas PICKEN, 7. Marvin EAKINS, 11. Hamish GREY, 15. Sean McINTEE, 16. Adam PAULSEN, 17. Connor McCONCHIE.

COACH: Nic DOWNES.
ASSISTANT COACH: Jess VERDON.
MANAGER: Shivy ANTHONY.
PHYSIO: Aaron COLLIN.

Match Day 1 - Results

Friday 20 November, 2020

Canterbury United 4-4 Northern Comets
Southern United 4-3 Waikato Rapids
Central Futsal 5-3 Bay of Plenty Surge
Capital Futsal 6-6 Northern Comets
Canterbury United 2-2 Waikato Rapids
Southern United 2-1 Bay of Plenty Surge

STANDINGS

Southern United 13pts GD: +8
Auckland City FC 12pts GD: +18
Waikato Rapids 10pts GD: +21
Central Futsal 8pts GD: -1
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Capital Futsal 5pts GD: -2
Northern Comets 3pts GD: -15
Canterbury United 2pts GD: -9
Bay of Plenty Surge 1pt GD: -20

GOLDEN SHOE
Rahan ALI - Southern United (8)
Hamish GREY - Auckland City FC (6)
Adam COWAN - Central Futsal (6)
Federico MARQUEZ - Waikato Rapids (6)
Eduardo EXPOSITO - Northern Comets (5)
Jay SILCOCK - Bay of Plenty Surge (5)
Kareem OSMAN - Capital Futsal (5)
Yousif AL-KALISY - Auckland City FC (5)
Kyle WISNEWSKI - Waikato Rapids (5)
Tim O'FARRELL - Southern United (4)
Nicholas CARRICK - Central Futsal (4)
Jordi DITFORT - Waikato Rapids (4)
Melvin RUMERE - Central Futsal (4)
Casey SHARPLIN - Waikato Rapids (4)
Carlos HERRMANN - Southern United (4)
Thomas PICKEN - Auckland City FC (3)
Lucas SILVA - Capital Futsal (3)
Ethan MARTIN - Waikato Rapids (3)
Micky MALIVUK - Capital Futsal (3)
Aaron SCOTT - Waikato Rapids (3)
Adam LARCE-PAULSEN - Auckland City FC (3)
Jimmy BANKS - Auckland City FC (2)
Aalok PAUDEL - Auckland City FC (2)
Josh MARGETTS - Auckland City FC (2)
Sean McINTEE - Auckland City FC (2)
Myron MANICKUM - Auckland City FC (1)
Matthew LIESHOUT - Auckland City FC (1)
Stephen ASHBY-PECKHAM - Auckland City FC (1)

 

 

 

 

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