FFA Futsal championship enters day 3 of competition
By Taromane Martin
THE Solomon Island national U-14 and U-17 futsal teams has bounced back after suffering defeats in day one of the Australian Futsal Champions yesterday.
After losing 4-2 to Victoria in their opening match on Monday, the national U-14s picked up their first three points in the competition, courtesy of an 8-2 win over West Australia Black Swans.
Raphael Reitasi scored five goals for the Solomon’s with Owen Bunaboe finding the net twice while David Buna grabbed the final goal in the 39th minute of the game.
The national U-17s who also lost their opening match 7-2 to Victoria State on Monday also bounced back to claim their second point in the competition.
After losing 6-4 to the NSW Thunders and drawing 4-4 with the NSW Lightning’s on Monday, the Junior Kurukurus were able to fight back for another draw, drawing 3-3 with Canberra yesterday.
Canberra led 2-0, thirty minutes into the game, Elie Darwich striking in the 27th and 30th minute before team mate Andre Aitchison made it three 36 minutes into the game.
Trailing three goals down, White River School player Leon Kofana pulled a goal back for Solomon Islands in the 39th minute before futsal sensation Raphael Le’ai leveled the scores 3-3, striking twice in the 39th and 40th minute of the game.
Day 2 of the competition was yet another successful day for the national U-12s who picked up another win in the competition yesterday.
They trashed Canberra U-12 team 14-0 yesterday to see them go top of their group with six points.
Paul Francis, Grayham Aneka each completed a hatrick. Paul Ruaewa scored four goals while team mate Tony Ainifiti found the back of the net once to secure the three points for the visitors.
Meanwhile, matches for the 2018 FFA Futsal Championship will continue today with the national U-12s taking on NSW Country before taking on the West Australia Gold Swans.
They will play the NSW Thunders in their final pool game on Thursday.
The national U-14s will play NSW Lightnings before taking on the Black Swans again in their final pool game on Thursday.
The Junior Kurukurus will play the Queensland Metros for their fourth match before playing Victoria in their final pool games on Thursday.