Just seems all ur effort seems to b promoting magpies, thought you could of at least mentioned gunners winning the league and stopping magpies winning there 4th consecutive league(correct me on the number if rong) just seems funny!! thanks dale!! Well done Gunners Wacth for winning the league boys [wink]
Magpies have probably the hardest group:
Kickers are an all Brazilians team residing in London. They were 2nd placed in this years Futsal Premier League (Southern Conference).
London White Bear won the tournament in 2004 and 2006. They have twice played in the UEFA Cup for futsal. Last week they beat England 7-1 in an exhibition match at the Rioch Stadium.
Futsal Preston is an unknown quantity; which makes then dangerous in a different way.
From the 6 8th July the FA will be staging the FA Umbro Futsal Cup Finals at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The National Finals will be contested by 16 teams originating from 40 Regional Leagues or Tournaments with the winning team gaining the right to become Englands representative in the 2008 UEFA Futsal Cup UEFAs club competition for Futsal. The Finals weekend will also feature the first Womens Senior Competition involving 16 teams as well as eight categories of youth competitions.
Futsal will be a new sport for many people but it is the world and European form of small-sided football. It has its own UEFA competitions and a FIFA World Cup. It is fast and skilful and encourages the development of technically gifted players. Futsal sustains professional leagues in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Italy, Brazil and Argentina. It is a new game that has enormous potential to develop and excite young people.
The finals will run at two venues The English Institute of Sport and Ponds Forge Sports Centre – from 1.00pm on Friday July 6 to 5.30 pm on Sunday July 8. Although you would be welcome to join us for any part of the Finals we would be delighted to invite you to attend the semi finals and finals of the Mens and Womens Championship competition from 12.30 a.m on Sunday. The Finals of the Womens and Mens competition start at 3.30 and 4.00 pm respectively.
any chance of getting a history section up? it’d be good for the newer players / teams to see lists of previous cup / league winners for all the divisions.
Magpies captain Mark Huntley about to convert penalty vs. Leeds Barca
Leeds Barca 3 Hull Gemtec 8
Hull Gemtec 2 Nicol Magpies 2
Leeds Barca 4 Nicol Magies 10
Magpies Nicol will once again represent Grimsby in the FA National Futsal
Finals in Sheffield after winning the regional qualifying tournament in
dramatic fashion on Sunday.
Magpies went into the final game of the tournament needing a victory by at
least five goals against Leeds-based FC Barsa to clinch a place in July’s
finals and they achieved it with an emphatic 10-4 victory.
After topping the Grimsby Futsal League, Magpies had to travel to Hull’s
Gemtec Arena to face the leading teams from the Northern Premier Futsal
League for a much-sought after place at the prestigious National Finals. Despite missing influential striker Paul Goodhand through injury, Magpies
took a strong squad to the North Bank – six of the eight-man squad
represented Magpies in last year’s National Finals.
In the opening game of the day, FC Barsa faced Hull Gemtec. The experienced
team from Hull, packed with former professional and semi-professional
footballers, eased past the Barsa youngsters eight goals to three. A notable
performer for Hull was former Stoke, Southampton and West Brom full back
Graham Potter, whose cultured left foot proved the catalyst for much of
Hull’s attacking play.
In the second game, Magpies came up against Hull Gemtec. In a cagey opening,
Magpies spent much of the first half on the back foot, defending resolutely
against the speedy Hull forwards. Magpies were unable to sustain any
possession and goalkeeper Dale Spalding had to be quickly off his line to
thwart several Hull attacks. As the half went on, Magpies settled and began
to hit their opponents on the break and they got the breakthrough goal with
a well taken strike from Danny Durusemo.
In the second half, Magpies continued to defend with excellent shape and
discipline, closing down attackers and throwing themselves in front of
goal-bound shots. Excellent challenges from Danny Webber and Craig Ashworth
denied the dangerous Potter any chances on goal. Still Magpies were
dangerous on the break and they were rewarded with a second goal, again the
superb Durusemo applying the finish. At 2-0 down, Hull threw more men
forward and their pressure paid off with a good strike to make it 2-1.
Magpies had their chances to finish the game off but back came Hull with an
equalising goal five minutes from time. In a frantic finale, both sides
could have gone on to win the game but the draw was a fair result.
The 2-2 scoreline meant that in the final game, Magpies had to beat FC Barsa
by a bigger margin than Hull’s 8-3 win over the Leeds-based side to win the
tournament. Magpies attacked from the first whistle and a couple of early
goals from skipper Mark Huntley gave them the belief that they could go on
to achieve the task in hand. However, Magpies were reduced to four players
when defender Ashworth saw red for a rash tackle. The extra man paid off for
FC Barsa and they got themselves back in the game at 2-1. That was the
wake-up call Magpies needed and after being restored to five players, they
played some scintillating futsal. Goals from Danny Hornigold (2), Lee
Wilkinson (2) and Durusemo put Magpies 7-1 up with the game just fifteen
minutes old. Barsa pulled one back but Huntley completed his hat-trick from
the penalty spot to restore Magpies’s six goal advantage at half-time. If
they could remain six goals ahead, Magpies knew they would be heading for
the Sheffield finals. As Magpies tired in the second half, they began to
give away possesion and made things difficult from themselves at times with
some sloppy passing. Barsa pulled two further goals back to make it 8-4 but
Magpies were not to be denied. The tireless Wilkinson added his second and
Durusemo deservedly completed his hat-trick to make it 10-4 to put the
joyous Magpies team through.
Magpies will eagerly await news of the draw for the Finals on 6th to 8th
July at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, where they will be
looking to improve on last year’s performance as Plate runners-up.
2-1 down at half time Wanderers lose 9-7 to sporting French side. Reports filtering back say game was to a high standard.
A win was essential to finish off the 2007 Futsal Premier League season in a positive mood for the next league season. York University is always difficult opposition, they have a large squad training and if they get all their best players out they will give most teams a serious game. This was the case in this game; Grimsby was always the better team but never far enough in front to be safe. The sweat the players produced was a testimony to the graft they had to put into the game. Missed chances were again the Grimsby problem, yet again the ratio of chances to goals was not acceptable, and we have to score more from our opportunities. Eventually the goals came and we eased towards half time 2-0 ahead and under no real stress, one goal against changed all that and for a short period were under sustained York pressure. Out of the blue Luke McClelland scored a super controlled volley to ease the Grimsby palpitations and take us to the break 3-1.
The second period was Grimsby control with no rush to score as they kept the ball and watched the clock. At 4-1 & 4-2 the game was won barring a disaster. That came when DH was shown a red card for an over zealous tackle. I dont stick up for players; but the decision was harsh. With the minutes left on the clock we were a player short, York scored 4-3; fortunately in futsal a sent off player can be replaced if you concede a goal, could we hold out, the balance had changed? The referee blew for another free kick, York pushed everyone forward, Lee Graves in the Grimsby goal was a step ahead of everyone, the free kick was for a foul on a Grimsby player, and with the game in disarray he chipped the free kick 40 yards over the advancing York keeper, 5-3. Futsal can have more twists and turns than the big dipper at Alton Towers.
D Hornigold (Magpies), D Durosimo (Harvest), L McClelland (Kent St), B Smith (Kent St), L Graves (FC Nelson), D Webber (Magpies), S Harris (StreetSoccer).
Futsal league updates
Grimsby Futsal League
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Breaking News – Triple futsal crash – Magpies, Gunners and Littlefields lose!!!
College 2001 achieved what no team in 43 games had managed, they beat Nicol Magpies. The Magpies run included 39 wins, a truly remarkable achievement.
Gunners Watch then lost only their 2nd match of the league X season. A win over Grimsby All Blacks would have given them the title.
Down at Kent St top placed Littlefields lost to the Kent St. Only their second lose of the league season.
One more slip and any one of the three will see a seasons work up in smoke.
Whilst all this is going on Wanderers, winners of the Grimsby Futsal Cup are enjoying their prize sun bathing and playing futsal in France.
In the Tuesday league Second Ave is the only team without a loss, Auditorium, StreetSoccer, Youngs & Magpies are all in contention.
The Wednesday league sees undefeated Piemonte at the top whilst top scorers Grange de Saloa is a close second.
Referees, do you want to referee futsal, a course to update those with 11v11 qualifications to futsal is penciled in by LFA for September. We need more referees and trainee officials.
Junior futsal coaching futsal coaching courses have started for all ages.
Details of above from Kevin Bryant 235704 / 07980 286663
div 2 & 3
Football Development Officer (Equity)
Lincolnshire FA / Lincolnshire Sports Partnership
"Enhancing the Football Experience For All Within Lincolnshire"
Lincs FA 01522 524995