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Manchester Futsal 1 -11 London Helvecia: Match Report

by Lewis Wiseman

Manchester got off to a bad start to the season in an 11-1 home loss against London Helvecia.

After a promising pre-season, the Blues were left humbled by an impressive Helvecia side who were deserved winners on Sunday.  The first half ended goalless and was a tight defensive affair, conversely the second half had all 12 goals and was a real domination from the travelling side.

For the first five minutes of the first half there was hardly a chance as both sides were working their way into the game. The first real opportunity for the north London-outfit fell to Guilherme Monti, his shot hit the post after moments earlier struck the crossbar

In what can be seen as the highlight of the half for Manchester, goalkeeper Cristiano Pinto made at least five saves to keep his side in the match.

The second half was a stark contrast to the first and it started quickly for the visitors as Stuart Cook opened the scoring in the first minute of the half. It was 2-0 shortly after, as Calvin Dickson smashed a free kick into the corner, Pinto got a hand on it but it wasn’t enough to keep his effort out.

The goals started flowing for Helvecia and it was soon 4-0 in the 26thminute when Sergi Saldana called a timeout. His team talk calmed the side momentarily, and in the 30thminute both teams scored, Manchester through a close-range effort from Sam Richardson.

However, after Manchester got their only goal of the game, Helvecia went on a scoring run as they scored 5 goals in 7 minutes and it was 10-1 and with four minutes left on the clock all hope seemed lost. The Blues picked up five fouls again, however they fought till the end in an attempt to show some pride.

To sum up the afternoon, Stuart Cook performed a silky skill move and calmly finished in the bottom corner in the last minute of the match.