York City Futsal 7-2 F.S. Derby
YORK City Futsal earned their 12th win of the campaign at home against Derby this weekend to extend their unbeaten run in the league to 13 matches. With just a single league fixture to go, against bottom of the table, Nottingham Trent, an undefeated season is within the Minstermen’s grasp.
Two goals from Captain, Daniel Pedras, as well as strikes by Joe Iggulden, Luis Rodriguez, Victor Manuel and a double from James Briars was enough to see off the challenge of an in-form Derby side in a 7-2 win. Pedras began the scoring by smashing in on the volley from a corner with a deflection off a Derby player sending the ball beyond the reach of the Derby ‘Keeper, Jez Poulson. The lead did not last long though as lax defending from City let Derby in behind the York defence with the helpless Jamie Bettson unfortunately diverting the ball into his own net.
The Minstermen took charge once more however, as James Briars weaved between two Derby defenders before firing into the bottom corner. A strong save from Phillip Codd maintained City’s advantage before a disastrous error from the Derby goalkeeper resulted in Joe Iggulden’s tackle rolling tantalisingly into the empty net to make it 3-1. Derby reacted strongly, winning a free kick on the edge of the area which was blasted into the top corner by Sam Huntingdon via a deflection from the City wall.
With the scores still close at 3-2 at the break, York leapt out of the blocks in the second half with Pedras getting his second with an unstoppable strike before setting up Victor Manuel just moments later. Derby were left with an uphill struggle as one of their players was shown a second yellow card for dissent and the Minstermen took full advantage as James Briars rounded the stranded Derby goalkeeper to make it 6-2.
Finally, there was still time for Luis Rodriguez to put the icing on the victory, sweeping in after a fine through ball from Miguel De Vicente. York City Head Coach Junior Roberti was in buoyant mood after the second half display, saying: "In the second half we controlled the game and really showed our quality."
"It was good to see two of the club’s youngsters, Luis and Joe, on the scoresheet, they've been very patient in waiting for their opportunity and I'm glad they got their reward today."
City are due to play Nottingham Trent away from home in April in their final league match with the FA Futsal Cup still to come later this season.