Success continues for Futsal Navy Blues

Words: ACFC Media

Saturday 24 February 2024

Picture: Phototek

TAURANGA, New Zealand - Auckland City FC, in partnership with Northern Regional Football, pick up two wins on the first day of action at the Northern Travel Series at Mercury Arena, Tauranga today.

A come-from-behind 4-2 win over Waikato Rapids put the Nic Downes-coached side in good shape for a winning start to the Series with a brace by Denny Twigg combined with a goal each for Thomas Picken and Kern Platts-Mills enough to cancel out strikes by Rapid's duo Todd Broadhurst and Casey Sharplin.

With those points wrapped up in the early afternoon, Picken delivered another eye-catching performance after grabbing a hat-trick in a 5-1 beating of Bay of Plenty Surge.

Caeden Rogers was on target for Surge but a red card for their skipper Mario Ramos Jr made for a tough afternoon as Denny Twigg and Tasuku Yoneto registered a goal each for City.

POST-MATCH INTERVIEWS - NIC DOWNES/THOMAS PICKEN

Tommorrow's action sees the fixtures reversed with City taking on Surge at 8.00am then Rapids at midday.

The Futsal Navy Blues, in partnership with Northern Regional Football, then wait for the Ford Futsal SuperLeague National Series One at Akau Tangi Sports Centre in Wellington on March 16-17.

National Series One involves Canterbury United, Southern United, Capital Futsal and Palmerston North Marist.

Click here for fixtures and results.

Ends

Match Result
Ford Futsal SuperLeague - Northern Travel Series
Saturday 24 February 2024
Auckland City FC 4 (Denny TWIGG 2, Thomas PICKEN, Kern PLATTS-MILLS)
Waikato Rapids 2 (Todd BROADHURST, Casey SHARPLIN)

Auckland City FC 5 (Thomas PICKEN 3, Tasuku YONETO, Denny TWIGG)
Bay of Plenty Surge 1 (Caeden ROGERS)

Other results:

Waikato Rapids 8-1 Capital Futsal
Bay of Plenty Surge 4-3 Capital Futsal

Next fixtures:

Sunday 25 February 2024
Capital Futsal v Waikato Rapids - 8.00am
Auckland City FC v Bay of Plenty Surge 8.00am

Waikato Rapids v Auckland City FC - 12.00pm
Bay of Plenty Surge v Capital Futsal - 12.00pm

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