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MFC 4-4 Helvecia: Match report

by Aaron Russell

Manchester came from behind three times to earn a hard fought point in a 4-4 draw with Helvecia at the National Cycling Centre to round off the Super League campaign.

Ed Bryers struck with two minutes left to ensure the spoils were shared in a game that the North champions were unfortunate not to win.

The first real shot of note came with five minutes gone following a cagey opening when Miguel Mota rattled Jordan Parker’s crossbar after a quick break from the visitors.

Bryers then came close to opening the scoring before Helvecia broke the deadlock when Edou Mota wriggled free and fed Carlos Pagliuso who slotted through Parker’s legs.

Sam Richardson and Stuart Cook both came close to an equaliser for MFC before the duo combined to make it 1-1 with seven minutes of the half remaining. After patient build up in the Helvecia half, Cook picked out Richardson who got the deftest of touches to divert the ball past Mario Gazzoli.

And within the blink of an eye, MFC were ahead as Ben Seol tapped home from close range to round off a wonderful team move having been picked out by Ilya Ovechkin.

But Manchester were soon pegged back as Miguel Mota crashed a thunderous free-kick into the top corner five minutes before the interval.

The hosts came flying out of the blocks after the break and almost took the lead on a number of occasions, only to be denied by Gazzoli who was staking a claim to be man of the match.

However it was Helvecia who grabbed the next goal as Edou Mota lashed the ball home following a slick counter attack from a Manchester corner.

Gazzoli was on hand to deny Bryers and Giles Collier as MFC pressed for an equaliser, before Rob Ursell diverted the ball away from his own goal to keep the visitors ahead.

But the resistance eventually broke as Seol notched his second of the game to pull MFC level with four minutes left as he tucked home Ovechkin’s neat pass.

That goal sparked a mad couple of minutes as Helvecia broke once more and Edou Mota bagged his second with a low drive beyond Russell Astle-Coates.

It looked as though the game had slipped away from Manchester but Bryers burst clear and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner from distance to equalise with two minutes remaining.

A point was no less than MFC deserved and had it not been for a string of fine saves from Gazzoli, the hosts would have ended the campaign on a high.

Now attention turns to the Manchester International Futsal Tournament in a fortnight before the FA Futsal Cup finals a week later.

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