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Futsal Tigers 5 YMCA Spartans 3
(Half Time 4-0)
Not an easy game to report as I was coaching YMCA and caught
up in the second by second, minute by minute decision making. It’s a strange position to be in, all three
substitutes are itching to get on – no one is itching to get off. It’s a final, do you give every player equal
playing time or do you play to win, which in its worst case scenario could mean
a player not getting to play at all? The
game dictated this decision………….
YMCA started with their most experienced outfield four
(Josh, Joe, Lewis and Matty). Winning
the ball from the kick off YMCA created a half chance without testing the
keeper. This proved to be the big first half difference between the teams. Futsal Tigers was clinical in front of goal, you
just new when they got a chance there was a high probability of a goal. Tigers had the mental balance just right,
confident, but not cocky, the team had intensity about them, they was ‘up for
Tigers went 1-0 up, 2-0 up; YMCA just could not get a foot
hold in the game. From a coaches angle I
could not fault them, they was against a team that was winning play high up the
pitch, getting the ball before YMCA could get into a passing mode. YMCA did test Matty in the Tigers goal, but
for every shot on the Tigers goal there were three at Jack in the opposite
goal. As well as winning the shots on
target league, Tigers most importantly was winning more tackles, to often
tackles in YMCA’s last third. A
dangerous area to lose the ball, the defender has no cover. And so it continued
3-0 – 4-0 half time.
Not knowing what to do is not an option for a coach. The YMCA players was above criticism, they
had played well but was behind to a better team. No point in beating ourselves up – would not
have helped. The players were asked to
win their tackles, pass faster and most importantly press high up the pitch,
what had we to lose. Lastly to get a
goal, simply logic but when you have that goal you have a base for a second and
Almost from the kick off the plan took a kick in the teeth,
a missed placed pass the Tigers fed off as they had done previously, 5-0. This was a crucial point for the YMCA players
future development, obvious danger was they would crash, it did not
happen. They got stronger raised their
game, pressed two players against the player with the ball, started winning the
ball high up the pitch. YM’ hit the bar,
a scramble on the Tigers line, would the ball never go in? YM’ deserved a consolation goal. A ferocious Matt’
shot was brilliantly tipped over the bar by his Tigers name sake.
Then Gooooal!! And then
like buses a second (5-2). What a gaol, best YMCA goal I have witnessed. From goal keeper to defender to forward the
ball zig zagged across the pitch (did Tigers get a touch?), and into the
net. The big crowd applauded their
Time was running out when Joe Tees put his foot through the
ball for it to speed some distance into the top corner of the Tigers net, a cracker,
and a great moment for Joe (5-3). Very
difficult to impress your Granddad when he is Town Legend Matt Tees.
Had Tigers taken their foot of the ball? Would YMCA have equalised with longer to
play? Yes and No if I am honest. Did the best team win? Yes. Did both teams do credit to the game of
futsal, most defiantly. Was the game
played in good spirit again most defiantly.
Thank you to current GTFC star Bradley Woods & Town legend Matt Tees for watching and presenting prizes.