Eden College continue to dominate FAI Futsal Cup
EDEN COLLEGE maintained their stranglehold on the FAI Futsal Cup when they beat Shamrock Rovers in the final of the 2013 competition on Monday, May 27, at the National Basketball Arena.
The encounter turned into yet another thrilling battle between two of the best two futsal exponents in the country and the 6-2 final score was a harsh one for the Hoops.
Rovers took the lead in their very first attack to find the net after literally five seconds in one of the fastest goals ever scored in the FAI Futsal Cup.
Hoops captain Ian Byrne - later named Player of the Tournament for the second time in three seasons - dribbled forward from the tip off and slipped the ball to Sergio Garcia and he slotted it home with aplomb.
Remarkably Eden equalised with their very first attack too so the game was level at 1-1 within 25 seconds of it kicking off! Denis Brunelli turned the ball home from close range from an Eden kick-in.
The remainder of the half was nip and tuck with the two keepers Elias Junior of Eden and John Somers of Shamrock Rovers each in very good form.
The Hoops had a big chance to take control just before half-time when Eden gave away their sixth foul of the half but Marcin Fornal came on as replacement keeper and saved Byrne's ten-metre penalty.
Byrne atoned for that miss when he smashed home a stunning strike early in the second half to put the Hoops 2-1 up and they looked good for that lead until 12 minutes from time when they imploded.
A poor pass allowed Rodrigo De Melo possession and the experienced Eden talisman unleashed a stunning shot on an angle to level matters.
Eden took the lead for the first time just over a minute later when Rovers coughed up possession in front of their own goal again and Mateus Zanettin burst forward to smash in a low strike.
De Melo then made it 4-2 from the penalty spot as the Hoops began to falter. To make matters worse Rovers had Sergiu Museata dismissed moments later and Eden made the extra man pay with William Cardoso extending their lead to 5-2.
In the final moments Rafael Souto snatched the sixth goal for Eden and they will once again progress to the UEFA Futsal Cup as they celebrated a fourth successive FAI Futsal Cup success (Their first two coming in their previous guises of Sporting Fingal EID and EID).
EDEN COLLEGE: Elias Junior; Mateuz Zanettin, Vincius Terco, Rafael Souto, Denis Brunelli, Rodrigo De Melo, William Cardoso, Lucas Duarte, Isaias Lima, Roverlei Machado, Rodrigo Paranhos, Giulheime Reginatto, Adam Kowaluk, Marcin Fornal.
SHAMROCK ROVERS: John Somers; Keith O'Kelly, Ian Byrne, Sergiu Musteata, Sergio Garcia, Benat Ituino, David Azcona, Alex Gutu, Richard Maher, Sam Oso, John O'Reilly, Kevin Keane, Shane Brady.
Eden College captain Badr Bouznig receives the 2013 FAI Futsal Cup from Noel Fitzroy Vice-chairman FAI Junior Council
Eden College celebrating lifting the FAI Futsal Cup 2013
Shamrock Rovers captain Ian Byrne receives the 2013 Player of the Tournament award from FAI Junior Council Vice-chairman Noel Fitzroy