Rare goalless draw costs Revolution in County finals
END-TO-END action and goals are normally guaranteed in the hectic world of futsal, so to lose out to a 0-0 draw was something of a surprise to the Gloucester Futsal Revolution.
While the Under-tens side recorded a draw and a defeat in the Gloucestershire County finals on Saturday, it was a rare goalless draw that saw the Under-12 side suffer.
In the Under-tens age group, Gloucester Futsal Revolution came up against Tewkesbury Town Colts and Bristol Futsal Club.
The game against Tewkesbury was a thriller with Gloucester taking the lead thanks to first half strikes from Abdullah Brown and Ibrahim Veeva.
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Tewkesbury hit back to score twice after the interval to seal a draw, while the second game saw Bristol run out 7-0 winners against Gloucester to progress to the regional rounds.
The Bristol boys were also the winners in the Under-12 age group, taking a 4-1 victory against the Revolution, who then beat Leckhampton Rovers to have a chance of progressing.
But the tournament boiled down to a crunch clash between Gloucester and Lydney in the final round-robin game – with the winner having a chance of progression.
But the game ended in a rare 0-0 draw allowing Bristol to progress and Hart left to reflect on what could have been.
"The game against Tewkesbury Town Colts was the best of the ones in that age group. We started really well and we saw the goal of the day from Abdullah Brown," he said.
"He flicked the ball up after it came in from the sideline and hit it on the full volley and it sped into the top corner.
"In the older age group, we got a bit of a cuffing in the first game by Bristol, but the lads had a chat among themselves and they came out in the next game and did much, much better.
"But it came down to the Lydney game and both goalkeepers were outstanding, you don't get many 0-0 draws in this game, but we had one then and it allowed Bristol to go through.
"Futsal is like ice hockey in that it goes from end to end and as it's young lads who are running around and loving playing the game, you just let them get on with it.
"It's fast and furious and the players just love playing the game and have the thrill and buzz of competing."