Monday 27th of March saw Futsal step up for the third instalment of the Nottingham Varsity Series. Women’s Futsal fell just short, losing to UoN on Penalties, whilst Men’s Futsal capped off a brilliant season with a win in the final seconds.
After a good season in the same league as UoN, finishing just below them, it was fair to say our Women were ready to give them a game and take some glory home.
The close finish in the league transferred to this varsity match, with both teams failing to score in the first half.
In the second half both teams pushed hard again, however neither side could break the dead lock; Trent came closest with a goal in the last minutes of the game being unfortunately disallowed. 0-0 at the end of normal time meant that the match was forced into a penalty shoot-out.
You could feel the tension in the air, from the crowd, and the teams on court. The tension manifested in both sides missing their pens early on, however it was UoN who prevailed, as they were able to convert in the latter stages, winning 2-0 on Penalties.
Men’s Futsal were confident going into the match and they had every right to be. Coming of a sensational season for them, finishing top of the Premier division, and finishing Runners up in the cup, NTU Men’s Futsal were coming off a high for the season.
NTU’s confidence and quality showed early on in the match, with the Men’s going 3-1 up. Trent showing their dominance, and possibly over confidence, as they allowed UoN back into the game. With a quick succession of goals UoN went in at half time 4-3 up.
However 20 minutes is an eternity in Futsal, and that played into Trent’s hands. Although, no one could have predicted how the second half turned out.
Trent start on the front foot, getting back in the game making it 4-4 and then 5-4, back on top. A narrow lead and everyone in the David Ross Sports Village could feel it, with just over a minute to go UoN score, tying the game at 5-5.
The pressure was on NTU’s Men, thoughts of doubt loomed, would they let the varsity match slip away?
With seconds remaining, NTU were able to score the winning goal and take the victory. NTU win 6-5.
We caught up with Men’s First Team Captain Tom Edgeley to get his thoughts on the match.
“I was speechless at the end of the game at one point.” Tom told us, “I didn’t know where to look, everyone congratulating everyone it was a moment I will never forget.”
Tom had high emotions and high praise for his squad, saying, “The whole was magnificent yesterday, Futsal is a team game, all about team work, every sub is important.”
Tom encapsulated his, and we’re sure his team’s feelings after the match stating “It was like a dream.”
Clearly and important moment for Futsal and for the varsity series in general, bringing the series closer, in an overall 3-2 to UoN.
By Ola Fisayo.