Sheffield FC Futsal played their first home game of the season against a very strong York Futsal side at the English Institute of Sport on Sunday evening.
Both teams came into the fixture on the back of strong opening day wins against Leicester and Cambridge respectively but it was York that managed to maintain their winning start to the season in a very intense end to end battle that on another day could have ended up differently.
York took the lead after only 4 minutes with Mahamadu Ceesay scoring from just inside the Sheffield half with a thunderous toe-poke into the top corner. This didn’t deter Sheffield though and they kept defending at a high intensity and were nearly rewarded with Daniel Neath testing the York stopper twice.
2 minutes before the break York then doubled their lead when a Fabinho strike was miraculously turned on to the crossbar by Sam Mattocks in the Sheffield goal only for young England U19 International Michael Bulmer to knock into an empty net from 2 yards.
Sheffield increased the intensity and pressure in the second half, further forcing Myles Chadwick in the York goal into some top quality saves and these missed chances would prove costly as within a minute of Chadwick making a fantastic block, Pedras would then pinch a ball around the halfway mark before beating the last defender and cooly slotting the ball into the far corner.
However, if York thought the game was over, they were sadly mistaken as Silas Valladolid-Collins produced a moment of brilliance to beat his defender before wrong footing the York goalkeeper and finding the tightest off gaps to bring Sheffield hope.
This led to 15 minutes of Sheffield laying siege to the York goal ferociously pressing anytime they lost the ball and desperately trying to find a way past the impressive Chadwick. This left them open at the other end and both Chadwick and Mattocks had to be at their best to keep the score the same.
In the last minute York added a fourth goal to finally kill the game off when the York captain, Fabinho, once again found space from a kick in to unleash another ferocious drive into the roof of the goal.
4-1 in the end was slightly harsh on Sheffield but over the whole contest York were undoubtedly good value for their win. Sheffield will look to return to winning ways when they travel to Liverpool on Sunday 3rd November.
Sheffield goalscorer, 18 year old Silas Valladolid-Collins speaking after the game:
“We were up against a strong side, York was always going to be a tough game as they’re one of the top sides in the division but there’s lots of positives to take out of the game.
We had spells where we looked the dominant team and were really putting them under pressure but the difference at the end I felt was experience and discipline.
We’ll take the positives into the next game and improve on the areas which need work. I’m over the moon to get my first competitive goal for my home town club, Sheffield FC, in the small spell I had on but the hard work doesn’t stop here, I’m always wanting to improve.
Hopefully I can make scoring a regular occurrence. We go into the next game looking for a win as always and it’s going to be another difficult game but that’s still no reason why we can’t get a result, we have a quality group of players who put in the work.”