ANOTHER BIG WEEKEND of futsal across the country saw outdoor youth tournaments starting in Wiltshire, indoor youth matches being played in the North of England between Bolton and West Yorkshire and outdoor adult leagues continuing in London and Bristol – as well as a number of teams getting back to internal training activity outdoors for the first time in a while. Clearly everyone’s appetite to play has not been diminished by the long period of inactivity – rather the opposite.
Wiltshire Youth Futsal League
After a 14 month hibernation, the Wiltshire Youth Futsal League roared back into action thanks to funding from LNFS England alongside Wiltshire Councils Area Board. On a glorious sunny spring day, Over 80 players from 12 teams coming from six different clubs took part across three age groups (u12, u14 and u16). The event saw 14 matches played over four hours at the venue in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Further match days are taking place in May and the league and Wiltshire FA are keen for more clubs to get involved in future. Organiser Stuart Garnett said “it’s been a long wait for the kids to get back playing and we are delighted with so many coming today and wish to thank all the players, parents and coaches for helping make today such a success.”
Futsal Premier League
Newham 2-2 ProFutsal Gold
Newham and ProFutsal Gold were both looking to bounce back after one goal defeats to strong opponents in the first round last week. Another tight, high quality, low scoring match saw ProFutsal take the lead in the first half. Newham worked hard to equalise early in the second half, only to immediately go behind less than a minute later. Newham upped the aggression levels pressing higher and higher, and eventually with barely a minute remaining found the equaliser through last season’s NFL Championship top scorer Nikita Podberiozkin. Both teams should be satisfied with their first points on the board – although catching their group leaders (Genesis & Wessex) will be tough.
Wessex 4-2 London International
Last week’s hero for Wessex – Jordan Matthews – opened the scoring against a London International team that was looking to get its first points of the campaign. After not conceding for 75 minutes in the FutsalPL, LIFC finally got the equaliser. Northern Ireland captain Adam Barr’s brace allowed Wessex to pull away – the first a majestic knee into the top corner, the second from a free kick which had been awarded after a professional foul and a red card by London International whilst playing fly to try and get back in the game. It didn’t put them off – they continued to play fly and it looked like it might pay off as the got one goal back to make it 3-2. Unfortunately for London International fans, last week’s hero became this week’s hero, as Matthews capped off a great move involving Ryan Desouza and Connor Millar to ensure Wessex claim victory by four goals to two.
UoH 0-2 Genesis
Genesis came away with three point against a tough and robust Uni of Herts team. Genesis forced mistakes by pressing them well which was impressive given the new look of their line-up. New signing, from Enfield & CM, Evander Lopes caused particular trouble for the Herts defence, and another great performance from Owen Locke in the Genesis goal contributed to a clean sheet.
360 Talent 1-5 Cambridge
Last weeks’ victors 360 Talent Academy struggled this week against a more experienced Cambridge outfit, who performed much better in round two than they did last week. A dominant display by Cambridge saw goals from Hardwick, Martinez, Griffins, and a brace from Jose Enrique.
ProFutsal Dev 2-2 Brunel
Brunel started the match strongly scoring one and missing a string of chances in the first half. ProFutsal’s young team found their way into the match and began to dominate with sharp movements and some clinical finishing, scoring two goals and missing further opportunities to increase their lead. Brunel managed to recover and the contest became more even, with Brunel eventually getting an equaliser still with plenty of time to play. A cagey final ten minutes saw both teams create a few half chances, and right at the end Brunel had an excellent 2 v 1 opportunity to take the three points, but we unable to convert. Another 2-2 draw in the excellent and exciting match.
Reading Royals 2-4 ProFutsal Blue
ProFutsal were without Ward and Rand, whilst a change in goal for the Royals saw Lant come in for them. ProFutsal were able to take the lead after dominating the first five minutes, eventually breaking through after a set piece by Denerson. Royals came back and were able to capitalise on their first real chance of the match to level it at 1-1 after a defensive error by ProFutsal. The hosts of this excellent tournament settled after this and began to crank through the gears and by mid-way in the second half found themselves in a comfortable 4-1 lead. Reading managed to get back in the game with a few minutes left – but this experienced ProFutsal team were able to deny them any further opportunities and saw the game out.
London Futsal League
Dronken Piraten 3-11 LDN Movements
Another runaway victory for LDN Movements, who look a very strong outfit. Goals were flying in from the start against a weakened Piraten team who were missing a few players from the last round. Zaid scored four goals for LDN Movements and now has eight in two matches.
Newham Res 6-4 Modo Leyenda
A great comeback for Newham who were at one point 0-3 down in this match. A confident Modo Leyenda probably pressed Newham a bit too much in the second half which left them overexposed and allowed Ben Protheroe in behind to score a hat-trick on the way to victory.
InterGen 7-3 West London
Important points on the board for InterGen after their defeat in round one – the two LNFS England clubs both fought hard with a very even first half finishing 2-2. West London lacked the same intensity in the second half, and a superb performance by Leon Bonah earned himself a hat-trick and InterGen the three points.
Los Benjamines 7-2 Old Boys
Passion, strength, skills, and dedication from Los Benjamines gave them the three paoints again this week. Nothing went Old Boys way, who hit the post several times and drew a string of excellent saves from the opposition keeper. Hat-tricks for Erick Jurado and David Alvarez were the difference on this occasion.
It’s great to see so many players and clubs enjoying futsal again, and playing matches regularly. We will continue to round up as much English futsal activity each week as we can – if you want to feature on any future round-up get in touch with us at [email protected]