Futsal Super Sunday: Round-up
Words by Andrew Maddox.
Report from the Derby Men’s 2nd XI vs Lincoln Men’s 2nd XI
The first leg of Futsal Super Sunday provided great results for the University of Derby as they breezed past Lincoln 8-3 courtesy of a hattrick by Idris Dauda.
The hosts opened the scoring just seconds into the game, with Dauda firing low to the ‘keeper’s right. This slow, passive defending from the visitors would set the tone for the game. Time and time again, Derby’s superior footwork sliced through the visiting backline, leading to a second on five minutes. A minute later, a deflected corner spun into the air and straight onto the head of a waiting attacker.
Lincoln seemed to stabilise, but their defence was again cut open by Ben Paxton, who coolly slotted into the back of the net with ten minutes on the clock. Seconds afterwards, the away team got one back, but Dauda pickpocketed the opposing goalkeeper to restore the four-goal advantage.
The first half ended with Derby dominant, scoring a sixth just before half time. But the visitors came out firing after the break, scoring on 26 minutes. It was 7-3 by the 30-minute mark, but an eighth Derby goal killed the game and Lincoln fell with a whimper.
Report from Derby Men’s 1st XI vs Lincoln Men’s 1st XI
The University of Derby Men’s Futsal 1st XI capped off Super Sunday with a stunning 7-6 win over Lincoln, with Jack Allen getting a hat-trick.
Allen put the hosts ahead with a scrappy goal in the seventh minute as well as scoring the fourth and fifth goals.
The first was the result of a goalmouth scramble and generally poor defending from Lincoln, which set the tone throughout the game. The visitors were defensively poor and were sliced open by Lukas Kuklik and then Liam Hunt early on.
The latter got a brace before half-time, the first being the result of some great footwork to get around the defenders and a thumping effort which went in off the bar. The second came from the penalty spot.
Allen’s second goal came on the stroke of half-time. Just prior to Hunt’s first, Matt Alofe had turned the ball into his own net, giving his opponents a glimmer of hope. That meant the sides went into the interval with the scoreline at 4-1.
Like in the first game, Lincoln came out fighting after the break, scoring within ten seconds of the restart. Although Allen completed his hat-trick shortly after to restore the three-goal advantage. The away side certainly did not lie down but continued to squander seemingly easy chances, with Derby goalkeeper Cam Hall being forced into action on several occasions.
However that resistance was broken with two quick-fire goals in the 29th and 32nd minutes, bringing the score to 5-4. However the reply was instant as Jack Preston headed home from a corner just a minute later to restore a two-goal cushion for the hosts.
The game became scrappy from here with Hunt kicking out at the visitors after a foul on him was waved away. However, this was Derby’s sixth foul of the half and so a secondary penalty was awarded, which was duly converted. There was another secondary penalty moments later, but it was saved brilliantly by Hall. The home side had to rely on another stroke of luck in the final minute, with a visiting defender turning into his own net. Despite a sixth goal from Lincoln, Derby ran out 7-6 winners.