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FA Futsal Cup Finals 2016/17 preview

by Riegan Thompson

Interim Head Coach Sam Richardson spoke to us ahead of a mammoth weekend for Manchester Futsal Club in the FA Futsal Cup. It all kicks off with a tricky tie against Sussex Futsal Club in thesemi-final on Saturday 17th June at the University of Wolverhampton, 12:45pm kick off. Can Manchester go all of the way this weekend and lift the FA Futsal Cup for the second time in their 11 year history?


Reflecting on the last game, a 5-3 win away at Durham he said, “We made I tough for ourselves, but in the end we showed good character to come through it. We controlled for long periods but the goalkeeper for them had a good game and we just weren’t clinical enough in taking our chances. Before the game we said we needed to take our chances as they’ve got a good young team and are quite direct, so we were wary of that.”


Richardson went on to add, “Carlos got the first goal and we went into the second half one up so we thought if could get the second goal we could ride it out. But credit it to Durham, they got a goal and kept digging and got a good transitional goal, which we could see coming and it was exactly what we thought we might succumb to.”


Richardson believed there was a key period of the game that turned the fixture round, “We were just about to try fly keeper because it was coming to the end of the game but then we got the goal back anyway. Then everyone stepped it, I think everyone finally woke up and it went to 5-2 in the first half of extra. I don’t think the guys wanted to do penalties!”


Speaking ahead of the semi-final of the FA Futsal Cup against Sussex Richardson was keen to add in what his remit has been since taking over from former Head Coach Chris Vernon, “The way I see the FA Futsal Cup are the extra games for us, the main focus was the London Baku United play-off games and I didn’t have too much time to mould what I wanted there. So the FA Futsal Cup games gave us competitive games before that, we’ve done really well to get through. Getting Sussex in the semi-final means we’re going to have a tough time of it. They’ve beaten a few top teams to get here so it’ll be a good game.”


He continued, “Obviously, we want to play the teams from around the country to see where we are because right now the league’s split (north and south) and we don’t know much about the southern teams. Every player wants to be in the final and wants to win the trophy, including myself.”


Being a three time FA Cup finalist himself, Richardson spoke about what it would mean to him on a personal level. “My personal record is relatively decent, I’d be happy to get to the final but I have won it before. I’ve also lost twice to London Baku United when they had a professional set-up. For me it’s about actually winning the final as oppose to reaching the final. Getting to the final is part of the pathway to winning it, which is all that matters for me.


The action gets underway tomorrow – be sure to follow @MFC_Futsal for all the LIVE updates!

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