AFF Futsal through to semis

AFF Futsal stormed into the last four of the National Women’s Futsal League after an 10-1 thrashing of Central Futsal Hawke’s Bay in their last group game.

A blistering start saw the Nic Downes-coached side rattle home six first half goals with two from Jess Verdon, a top quality long range strike by Rebecca O’Neill and one each from Annie Byrne, skipper Hannah Kraakman and Maisy Dewell.

Central Futsal Hawke’s Bay started the game solidly but once the floodgates opened they struggled to resist an AFF Futsal team sharpening their attacking game just in time for the playoffs.

Central Futsal Hawke’s Bay did manage to get on the scoresheet themselves courtesy of an own goal.

Shivy Anthony notched AFF Futsal’s seventh when she slotted home after a fine team move that swept the length of the court just after the restart.

Dewell and Byrne then picked off one each to complete their own personal doubles while Maxine Cooper notched AFF Futsal’s tenth bundling the ball home from close range following a set-piece move.

AFF Futsal lacked no motivation in their search for goals knowing that an 8-0 win would enable the Aucklanders to finish top of Group B setting up a semi-final showdown with the Group A runners-up later tonight.

Jess Verdon reflected the team’s satisfaction with their performance.

“We weren’t thinking about placings we focused on making sure we delivered plenty of quality out on the court.

“We wanted to put our best foot forward to make sure we qualified for the semi-finals.

“Playing the fifth man role was brand new for me but we wanted to experiment with this on the other side of the court once we got into a good lead,” she said.

AFF Futsal’s semi-final clash is scheduled for 8.30pm tonight.

The action will be livestreamed via the home page of New Zealand Football and the direct link can be found by clicking here

To view the National Women’s Futsal League draw please click here


Match Result
Saturday 25 February 2017
National Women’s Futsal League
Central Futsal Hawke’s Bay 1 (Own Goal)
AFF Futsal 10 (Jess Verdon 2, Hannah Kraakman, Rebecca O’Neill, Maisy Dewell 2, Annie Byrne 2, Shivy Anthony, Maxine Cooper)
Halftime: 1-6

Next Fixture
Saturday 25 February 2017
National Women’s Futsal League Semi-Final
AFF Futsal v Central Futsal Manawatu
Kickoff: 8.30pm