Football NSW Metro Thunder has claimed the U13 Girls title at the 2020 FFA National Futsal Championships with a resounding 5-1 win.
Both sides went through the group stages undefeated and faced off in what would be a thrilling derby encounter in the decider.
NSW Thunder had the bulk of the early chances, causing problems for the Storm defence but struggled to get the ball in the back of the net.
It wasn’t all Thunder though as Storm also created their own chances, but like the Thunder they lacked the finishing touch needed to go ahead.
Maya Lobo had a great chance to open the scoring with a clear shot on goal, but Hannah Callaghan saw it all the way and gathered it easily.
Minutes later and Thunder opened the scoring through Milly Boughton. After a misplaced pass at the back from Storm, Maya Lobo laid the ball off to Boughton who went straight for goal and watched it sail over the deflect off the keeper and into the back of the net.
Not long after and Thunder were in again, this time through Emily Brewster. After a quick counter-attacking play, Brewster was on hand to tap the ball in and double the Thunder’s lead.
Storm didn’t sit back however and continued to push for the remainder of the half but struggled in the final third as they went into the break down by two goals.
It was the Thunder that started quickest in the second half, a quick counterattack resulting in Maya Lobo receiving a through ball and slotting the ball into the back of the net.
Despite their best efforts, Storm couldn’t hold out a potent Thunder attack as Maya Lobo added a second, shotting from the touchline.
Taking a time-out to catch their breath, Storm came out firing after the stoppage scoring almost instantly as Alvina Marie-Khoshaba tapped the ball into the back of the net to pull one back for her side.
Despite their best efforts to get back into the game, the Storm would only fall further behind as a cross from Madeleine Caspers was deflected into the back of the net by Savannah Murray sealing the result for the Thunder.
Not long after, and the referee called time on a highly entertaining decider with NSW Metro Thunder claiming the U13 Girls Futsal Nationals title with a resounding win, five goals to one.