Indonesia pummels Pinay5 to enter tri-nation futsal tourney final

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Indonesia moved on to the final of the PFF Women's Tri-Nation Futsal Invitational after trampling debuting Pinay5, 9-4, on Thursday night at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Indonesia struck first as Nisma Rusdiana converted from the top of the penalty arc off a corner kick, while Insyaf Salsabillah made it 2-0 with a clinical finish off a counter-attack.

Alya Hendrita added Indonesia's third goal of the night with a long-range effort in the ninth minute of action, while Fitri Rosdiana took advantage of Pinay5 keeper Mykaella Abeto overcommitting a bit in defense and slotted the ball past her to the open goalmouth for the 4-0 count in the 12th minute.

The arena finally rocked with exactly eight minutes left in the first half when Jada Bicierro put Pinay5 on the board with a left-wing rocket.

Sari, however, made it 5-1, as she took advantage of a three-on-one counter-attack and slotted the ball from the right wing.

Isabella Bandoja then converted a three-on-one break of her own as Althea Rebosura found her wide open from the right flank too to make it 5-2 in the 16th minute.

Rebosura, however, dished out a bad pass which led to Indonesia scoring its sixth goal of the match through Hendrita in the 17th minute.

Ikeu Rosita opened the second half scoring by quickly slotting the ball past a committing Abeto to make it 7-2.

Lanie Ortillo, though, completed a quick counter-attack by Pinay5 off a dispossession in Indonesia's own half to cut the lead down to four, 7-3, with 12:35 left.

Rosdiana then recovered the ball off a loose ball scramble from point-blank range and simply flicked the ball into the open goalmouth for the 8-3 count.

Fitriya Hilda capped Indonesia's offensive prowess with the team's ninth goal in the 35th minute, but Bicierro somehow had the last laugh as she nutmegged Citra Adisti for Pinay5's fourth goal of the match.

The Pinay5 will face New Zealand twice over the weekend, the first on Friday night to determine which team will enter their Saturday rematch as the second seed.

The second match, however, has a bigger bearing as the winner will face Indonesia again in the final on Sunday.

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