Defending Futsal champions suffer from second shock threat

POSTED: 09/12/11 12:34 PM

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The defending champions in Futsal suffered another disappointing defeat Sunday when they were hammered 9 – 1 in their match against AUC. This is their second loss of the 2011 Futsal Tournament, which is being played at the L.B. Scot Sports Auditorium.

It was pressure from the very start for the defending champions. By half time AUC were ahead 3 – 1 and all efforts in the second half to equalize or get ahead were denied.

Nikfarjam Paymon, who scored a hatrick was the star player for AUC. Hiroto Brett and Keravouri Eero, who scored two goals each also contributed to the win. Singles from Mc Give Michael and Shelton Brian also contributed to the pummeling. Sebastian Baletti scored Internacional’s lone goal.

The Strikers, who already had three wins from three games, copped a fourth victory in the second match in the second game of the afternoon. They defeated Team Veendam 7 – 2. Sunday’s loss means Veendam has one win and two losses.

The Strikers were the sure favorites going into Sunday’s game. The first goal was scored by Elmond Chase and then Kevin Hajari and Eric Chase worked together to equalize the score three minutes later. The game remained deadlocked until a little over three minutes before half time, when Loen Brown converted a pass from Cohen Palmer into a goal.

Veendam players tried without success to equalize shortly after that, but could not capitalize on their opportunities. The Strikers would then go ahead 3 – 1 when Chase deflected a ball into his goal. Hajari added another goal shortly after to take the score to 4 – 1.

Hajari went on to score a third goal later and Stewart added another goal and Chowcat added his own goal with less than two minutes left in the game.

The third game of the day was a Surinam affair with Tel Star and Nagico Funmakers facing off. The latter eventually won the match and now have one win, one draw and one loss. Jerry Kidjo was the first to score and then Norbert Graves equalized the match in the 17th minute. A goal from Salman Salman in the 25th minute gave Telstar the edge, but Iwan Bakas scored the equalizer two minutes later. Salman Hani would then go on to score goal number three for his side and former St. Maarten Futsal Association President Johnny Singh would reply with an equalizing goal of his own. Kidjo, Bakas and Singodikromo would all then add more goals to take the score to 5 -3 in favor of the Funmakers.

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