Difficult weekend leaves Southern United tied for third

Southern United remains in the mix but it was not the weekend it wanted on the futsal court.

A loss, two draws and a win its final game netted just five points from the men's futsal super league southern travelling series in Wellington over the weekend.

Southern started and finished brilliantly, but it battled through the middle.

Three goals in the opening nine minutes of the weekend sent an ominous warning to its opponents.

Daniel de Souza and Kasam Ali set each other up for to share the first two, before they combined to put Mike Sannum in for the third.

But it all came crashing down after halftime.

Central scored four in a row to take the lead, leaving Southern's Reid Hulleman to finish on a Ben O'Farrell cross and salvage a 4-4 draw.

That was followed by a 5-2 loss to the table-topping Capital.

Southern trailed 4-0, before pulling two back, but it was unable to overhaul the host.

It bounced back with a 2-2 draw against Capital yesterday morning, the first time Capital has dropped points all season.

Hulleman gave Southern an early lead after finishing a cross from O'Farrell.

Capital hit back through Luc Saker after the break, before Arnon Tapp finished another cross from O'Farrell to give Southern a 2-1 lead with less than four minutes to go.

But Lukas Da Silva saved the home side, replying straight away to salvage a point.

The final game yielded a win for Southern, scoring the final three goals to beat Central 4-2.

O'Farrell and De Souza both answered the first two goals from Central, before Matt Brazier finished a nice pass from Oban Hawkins to take a 3-2 lead.

Sannum then clinched the win with a brilliant piece of individual play, dribbling up court and scoring from range.

The results leave Southern tied for third with 11 points, although it is yet to play four of the top five teams.

In the national youth football league, Southern was beaten 4-0 by Auckland City at the Logan Park turf.

The national women's league side had a bye.

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