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HT 4 – 3
LIVERPOOL FUTSAL CLUB
Grimsby started the game well with a long period of possession
that was immediately spoiled when Liverpool gained possession and almost
scored off their first attack. England
futsal star Thomas Obasi had an unstoppable 8 minutes that almost wrecked
Grimsby’s day. A step over at pace took
Obasi past his man finishing with a volley past debutant keeper Liam Higton.
Minutes later its déjà vie, this time a foul prevented the shot. From the free kick Obasi set up Jorge Gazape
with a great set up return pass.
Less than 10 minutes on the clock and Grimsby was calling a ‘time
out.’ Obasi had to be stopped. Daniel
Hornigold stepped up to man mark him; a job he did with huge effect for the
rest of the game; Obasi was not the same player again.
Grimsby held their nerve, never rushed the game, and got
their just deserts with a goal from Mathew Payne to bring them back into the
game 2-1. Higton in goal was giving
Grimsby a new dimension, his ability to play with the ball at his feet was
allowing his team mates time to create space; Liverpool was starting to be
opened up. Another M Payne goal and Grimsby was level (2-2).
Grimsby was in full flow when Payne broke past the last
defender, to be brought down. A red card
meant Liverpool had to play a man down for 2 minutes, unless FCGY scored within
that period when the player could be replaced. Grimsby took full advantage of
playing 5v 4 to take the lead 3-2.
Grimsby was now in full control and added a fourth to 4-2.
This could have been more as Daniel Hornigold missed a ‘free
shot’ from 10 meters after Liverpool had over stepped the 5 fouls allowed each
team in any half.
Futsal can change dramatically, and from being comfortable a
Liverpool strike reduced the half time break to one goal (4-3).
Liverpool pressed in the second period, and with Simon
Taylor straining an ankle and Sam Brooks not firing on all cylinders a body of hard
work was falling on Shane Garvey, Danny Durrosimo, Mathew Payne, Horner and
Danny Hornigold who was taking his breaks as and when his England opponent took
his. Liverpool pressed but the FCGY
defence was up to the task until 5 minutes into the second period ‘pool
equalised. How would the Grimsby team
respond, ‘pool had more players on their bench and all appeared fully fit. Payne eased the pressure with yet another
strike; last season top FA scorer was back to his best (5-4). Grimsby was back in control and a great run
into space was stopped when the Liverpool keeper tripped Shane Garvey. Up stepped Payne to blot his performance by
As time ran out Liverpool changed their keeper for an
outfield player in goal, this allows teams to ‘push on’ but leaves their goal
exposed. Grimsby called a ‘time out.’ Without advertising ‘the call’ sufficient to
say it worked to perfection; 2 goals being scored in the 1 minute 30 seconds left
on the time keepers clock when the call was made.
7-4 looks comfortable on paper, to be there was nerve
jangling, 0-2 down after 5 minutes, 5-4 with 90 seconds remaining is not
Grimsby Institute man of the match, Daniel Hornigold for
shackling Thomas Obasi.