In a match that saw a well-balanced Kurukuru side dominating a much higher ranked Futsalroos, the excitement of the match was evident to all the supporters.
Kurukuru regrouped from a very tough first half, which Futsalroos lead by a goal to control almost the whole second half.
The scoreline was at 3:1 to Australia courtesy of a Jeffery Bule strike to close the gap. In a rampage yet very constructive show from Kurukuru, the game was turned on its head as Kurukuru totally dominated the second stanza.
Elliot Ragomo came really close with an overhead kick but sailed inches over the crossbar. The referee disallowed a goal although Kurukuru players were all claiming it. Indeed, these moments showed just how close the team came on causing a major upset.
However, some of the special mentions were of two pioneers Kurukuru players, James Egeta and Jack Wetney who both made an impressive contribution to the team.
Mr. Wetney who not many people expected to be in the squad was present and his experience was vivid as he demonstrated why he is considered one of the best in Oceania.
The reigning Pacific champions tested Futsalroos all through the second half and after 3 minutes of power-play format using the goalkeeper, they broke through with a spectacular goal by the experienced George Stevenson.
Futsalroos who is ranked 23rd in the FIFA futsal ranking was not totally out of the game as their experience showed in the way they manage to organize their defense.
For the Oceania champions who are ranked 47th on the FIFA futsal ranking, the goal now is to continue polishing up their gameplays and look forward to the upcoming World cup qualifiers.
The entertaining match concluded with the score locked at 3:2 in favor of Futsalroos.