The bank holiday weekend still saw plenty of futsal action across the country, outdoor events still being universal for adults due to continuing COVID restrictions. Our weekly round-up of the London Futsal League and the Futsal Premier League continues, as well as having some reports left over from the previous weekend.
Futsal Premier League
ProFutsal Gold 8-1 Uni of Herts
Another good performance by Pro Gold after a shaky start puts them back in contention for a top two finish in Group B. Next week’s match-up with Genesis will decide their fate with advantage to Genesis who only need a draw. UoH will be disappointed after their excellent win last week against Newham, since a victory here would have put them on level terms with Genesis for second place, whereas now the best they can hope for is third place.
Genesis 9-2 London International
Genesis dominated this match from the start, making another tough week for LIFC. Genesis were 3-0 up at half time, London International almost looked like they might threaten their lead at 4-2 after goals from Rui and Amando, but Genesis upped the intensity and blew them away with excellent and ruthless finishing.
Wessex 7-0 Newham
Wessex are the runaway leaders of Group B and it showed here as they dominated from the start. Early goals meant they could sit back and hit Newham on the break at will. Both teams played substantial periods with fly goalkeepers. Another three from Matthews, as well as goal from Barr, Millar, New, and Mackie made it look bad for Newham, who will be disappointed to not have made a better fist of it.
Cambridge 3-4 Reading Royals
What looked like a tight game on paper proved to be the case on the court, with an exciting competitive game of futsal played with intensity until the very last seconds. Reading had a dream start with a deflection on a strong shot by captain Phil Lant. Reading dominated the early stages and took a 2-0 lead through Brayden Lissington. Cambridge started to build well and got a goal back, the game increased in intensity as every ball was fiercely contested before Lant increased Reding’s lead with another well taken shot. Cambridge kept going and made it 3-2 just before the break. The intensity didn’t let up and Cambridge scored a well worked kick-in deflecting off Lant to complete his “imperfect hat-trick”. Cambridge continued to press, hitting the post twice and missing a number of chances. With the minutes rapidly falling away, it was left to seventeen year old Noah Joyner to score from an improbable angle, near the corner of the pitch, putting Reading in prime position to qualify in second place in group A.
ProFutsal Dev 3-7 360 Talent Academy
An entertaining match between two young sides that saw plenty of really nice movement from both sets of players. 360 Talent have impressed everybody at the tournament and are still in contention since their win here ensures a three way shoot-out for second place next week, where they face Reading. They’ll need to beat Reading by four goals to have chance of pipping them to the finals, but interestingly any kind of victory could open the door for Cambridge who play bottom team Brunel next week.
ProFutsal Blue 15-0 Brunel Pro
What is there to say? Brunel devastated by the top quality and experienced ProFutsal team – who didn’t let up and kept hammering away.
London Futsal League
Old Boys 4-3 Dronken Piraten
Old Boys pulled off an epic comeback in this match after trailing at one point by 3-1. Old Boys saw plenty of the ball in the first half, but it was the pirates who got the goals with some excellent counterattacking on display. Old Boys hit the woodwork several times and saw many more efforts saved by the keeper. But Old Boys never gave up and goals from Slater, Cullimore, Bejti, and an outrageous 30m lob by Richardson saw them clinch the game in the dying moments.
Los Benjamines 5-3 Modo Leyenda
Erick Jurado’s team go marching on. Los Benjamines strated with a high intensity and maintained it throughout. Rain disrupted the flow of this match – the first inclement weather in four consecutive Sundays was bound to happen at some point – and certain areas of the court became sifficult to keep a footing. Modo Leyenda were close to drawing level on a number of occasions but opposition keeper Luis was excellent and stopped everything that came his way in the second half. Four goals for Erick, and following other results Los Benjamines will be tipped as the hot favourites.
Newham Reserves 2-3 InterGen
Newham 2 Anderson Velez 3. Another excellent display by the InterGen man leads them to the semi-finals. Newham were much improved especially in defence than in previous weeks, and former club captain Joaquin scored in his first futsal match in almost three years, but Cristian was immense in goal for InterGen and Newham couldn’t find the goal to make it level and take it further. Can InterGen challenge Los Benjamines for the title?
West London 5-4 LDN Movements
LDN Movements had been devastating in the group stage, topping group B by a distance and putting all their opponents to the sword. West London were the opposite, losing every match in group A. So no-one predicted this outcome. LDN Movements were missing Zaid, who had scored 12 goals in the previous three matches, but West London were much better and four goals for Osama saw them blow Movements away, and they weren’t able to recover. This completed a clean sweep for group A teams, winning defeating all their group B opponents to make the play-offs of this competition all repeats of group fixtures.
Royals futsal festival (continued)
Last week we reported on the men’s section of the festival but it was the women’s section that opened the futsal festival, taking place on the Saturday morning. Three futsal clubs competed with the hosts Reading Royals entering two teams (red and white) who will compete in the NFS Women’s Super Series next season alongside Bedford Futsal and Rushmoor Ladies from Hampshire. All teams took this opportunity to develop and implement their knowledge and skillset from training into a game environment alongside receiving invaluable match minutes.
All three clubs came away from the festival feeling positive, with excellent skills and game understanding shown across all players. With an emphasis on wide participation it gave teams a platform across all ages and ability levels to challenge one another and enjoy playing competitive futsal again. With positive feedback received by all clubs, there will almost certainly be similar events taking place in the near future.
The youth part of the festival immediately followed the women on the Saturday afternoon. Four futsal clubs and five football clubs made up a total of 17 teams across four age groups – U7/8s, U9/10s, U11/12s and U13/14s. For many of the children involved, this was their first experience of playing futsal and for some, their first time of being part of a team.
With the emphasis of the festival being on “futsal being the winner” (rather than having a tournament set-up), this was a great introduction to the children’s futsal experience, as well as many of the parents and families who had come to watch. The spirit with which the youth festival was played was wonderful to see and, in spite of the natural differences of abilities between players and teams, the fun and enjoyment had by so many was evident throughout.
Having spoken to children, parents and coaches during and after the festival, there is no doubt there is an appetite to do it all again! Across the entire festival 11 clubs participated entering 25 teams and involving over 200 players. Well done to everyone involved!
Cambridgeshire Futsal Youth Festival
Saturday 24th April 2021 saw the first Cambridgeshire Futsal Youth Festival organised by Cambridge Futsal Club and City of Peterborough Futsal Club. These monthly futsal festivals are designed to encourage youth players and teams to return to sport in a safe environment. It has been a difficult season for youth futsal players and we hope these festivals will be a fantastic experience.
The festival welcomed Black Panthers FC, City of Peterborough Futsal Boys, City of Peterborough Futsal Girls, and x2 teams from Cambridge Futsal Club at U9/10. Followed by Black Panthers FC, St Ives Futsal Club, Cambridge Futsal Club, and City of Peterborough Futsal Club at U11/12. Approximately 90 children took part across the age groups.
The day was an amazing success and it looked like all the players had an amazing time. Unfortunately, parents weren’t allowed in the hall to watch their kids playing, but it was live streamed so they could watch the games. Having cameras in the hall and a live PA system added to the atmosphere, and we saw some fantastic celebrations following goals. With nearly 1000 views of the live stream already it just shows how many family members would love to watch their kids playing again.
These festivals are all about the players, winning and losing does not factor. Players who show stand out performances are selected for team of the week. We hope towards the end of the season to get these selected players to play each other for an exhibition game. Here is the team of the week from the first festival.
To see the goals from the under 9/10’s go to click here
The festivals will be available for U7/8, U9/10, U11/12 and U13/14 teams, and open to both boys and girls teams. Follow the event on twitter @cambsfutsal_y and subscribe to their YouTube Channel. We will continue to round up all the action from around the country every weekend – if you’d like your event to feature please get in touch with us at [email protected]