OXFORD CITY FUTSAL NEWS
Yesterday we travelled up to PlayFootball in Birmingham, a familiar venue from previous FA tournament finals, to play in the new format semi-final for the FA Youth Futsal Cup 2019.
For our age group there were supposed to be two groups of 4 teams, with the winner from each group playing against each other at St George’s Park in May. Unfortunately, Reading Royals were unable to field enough players, so our group had just three teams in it. Several of our players were caught up in a tailback from a nasty accident on the M40 before Birmingham, but we had luck on our side – the jam was cleared with time to spare, and we were put in the group with three teams. Even better, this meant that our group played longer matches of 12 minutes each-way as opposed to teams in the other group, which played 15 minute one-way matches. All our players made it on time, even Tom who managed a mad dash from Gatwick airport and was helped by the fact that our first game was played after 6pm.
We kicked off against Sutton Coldfield – big football lads who are used to winning. They scored the first goal, but this was nicely responded to by Omar who made it 1-1 after a few minutes. Sutton got a goal back, but Tom got us another equaliser to make it 2-2. This pattern repeated itself, with Freddie taking us ahead before Sutton equalised to take us to 3-3. Minutes before the half-time whistle Timmy banged in a shot to take us to 4-3. After a "discussion" with Enrique the boys came out strong, with Tom scoring to take us to 5-3. Sutton fought back hard and the game got physical, but they failed to score and soon Harry took us to 6-3. The stuffing went out of our rivals after this, and Pat scored our final goal just before full-time to make it 7-3.
Our second match against Bury was theoretically easier, as they had lost against Sutton in the first game, but they also put up a strong fight. Tom kicked off proceedings with a fine goal to take us to 1-0 before we unfortunately conceded after a rebound. There was some commotion after one of our attacks, and Bury ended up scoring an own goal in the confusion to make it 2-1 to us. Bury equalised before half time and, once again, a half-time "discussion" with Enrique was required. Just after half-time Pat moved us ahead to 3-2 and the match was sealed when Josh scored a fourth goal, bringing the final score to 4-2.
The finals will be at St Georges Park on May 6th. All are welcome to watch us play against Go4Goal.