Emerald Futsal League off to a flyer
Last Saturday saw the Emerald Futsal League get underway with four exciting and closely contested games played from 12 noon onwards. Spectators attending the impressive BRL Umbro Arena at Trinity Comprehensive school, Ballymun were treated to a great day of Futsal.
Proceedings began with Futsal newcomers Dublin Santos facing Shamrock Rovers futsal and what a match we saw. Both teams were evenly matched and only moments of outstanding skill from Tony Kane and Alban Hysa edged Santos ahead. The score continually changed in each club’s favour but Santos finally secured the three points after a hard fought encounter.
League favourites Sporting Fingal Futsal and an impressive St. Patrick’s Athletic played out an exciting 2-2 draw with Fingal managing to secure their first point with a last minute goal. There is surely more to come from the Fingal outfit who boast four Irish Futsal internationals including skipper Mark Langtry and National Team coach, Junior da Silva.
Newly formed clubs Alpha United and ISL Futsal produced an exciting game with Alpha pipping their opponents by 6-5. Both teams showed promise and are sure to make an impact in the new Emerald league.
The final game saw a young Bray / Joeys outfit narrowly beat newcomers North County Dublin Futsal Club by 5-3. Both teams produced some impressive play but the experience picked up by the Bray/Joeys players in last season’s Futsal League of Ireland was enough to overcome a brave display by the North county newcomers.
All in all, it was a great first day for the new league which promises to have a bright future in the football calendar.