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New Zealand given futsal benchmark by Solomon Islands
Monday, 09 August 2010 05:01
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Single New Zealand given futsal benchmark by Solomon Islands The New Zealand futsal team have a clear idea of the level they need to reach to win next years World cup qualifying tournament after succumbing to reigning champions Solomon Islands 4-8 in the OFC Futsal Championship in Suva, Fiji on Monday night.

The Futsal Whites starting 5 line up for the anthem.

OFC Media August 9, 2010 AUCKLAND The New Zealand futsal team have a clear idea of the level they need to reach to win next years World cup qualifying tournament after succumbing to reigning champions Solomon Islands 4-8 in the OFC Futsal Championship in Suva, Fiji on Monday night.

The Futsal Whites made the perfect start when Wellingtons Micky Malivuk gave them a 5th minute lead but soon found themselves behind thanks to goals from Micah Leaalafa and Jenan Kapu.

But the reintroduction of Malivuk again caused problems for the Kurukuru, with the Capital City Futsal target man completing a first half hat trick to give New Zealand a 3-2 lead at the end of the first 20 minute half.

Leaalafa drew the Solomons level within seconds of the restart kick-starting a devastating four goal scoring spree from the champions that he finished himself with another two goals in the 29th minute.

Futsal Whites captain Marvin Eakins found himself unmarked on the edge of the D and cut the deficit to two with 10 minute left to play but a late double from Elliot Ragomo inflated the final margin to four.

New Zealand coach Matt Chandler was pleased with the way his side started not only the match but also the campaign to qualify for the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand via qualifiers next year.

?We always knew it was going to be difficult against a team like the Solomon Islands, Chandler said.

Weve been together for a few weeks so far and the Solomon Islands have already been to a World Cup and train twice a day.

I was pleased we started so well and won the first half.

Our fitness told but once that improves and we can defend tactically like we did in the first half for the whole game, well have a great chance.

New Zealands next game is 6.30pm on Tuesday against Vanuatu, who share the jointly lead the seven team standings with the Solomon Islands.

All games from the OFC Futsal Championships will be streamed live on www.oceaniafootball.com.

2010 OFC Futsal ChampionshipsVodafone Arena, Suva, Fiji New Zealand 4 (Micky Malivuk 5 13, 14; Marvin Eakins 30)Solomon Islands 8 (Micah LEA'ALAFA 5, 21, 29, 29; Jenan KAPU 11, Jack WETNEY 26', Elliot RAGOMO 36, 38)Halftime 3-2 New Zealand squad: Elias Billeh (GK), Clayton Chapell (GK), Tariq Assad, Marvin Eakins, Miro Major, Dylan Manickum, Lucas Da Silva, Miroslav Malivuk, Said Solimanpour, Issac OHara, Khalid Razouk, Brayden LissingtonCoach: Matt Chandler?? ScheduleNew Zealand v Vanuatu Aug 10, 6.30pmNew Zealand v Tahiti Aug 11, 4.30pmNew Zealand v Fiji Aug 12, 4.30pmNew Zealand v Tuvalu Aug 13, 6.30pmNew Zealand v New Caledonia Aug 14, 8.30pm Standings ?TeamPWDLGFGAGDPTSSolomon Islands2200176116Vanuatu220012576Fiji11002023Tahiti Nui21014223New Zealand100148-40New Caledonia2002614-80Tuvalu2002111-100? ? Related News: ?New Zealand face tough Solomons opener in futsal champs?-?05-08-10 15:53 <- Back to: News Fixtures & Results View Calendar Aug 9 Futsalwhites v Solomon Is.

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