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Manchester Futsal 2-4 Reading Escolla - MATCH REPORT

by Nathan Linley

Carl Wilkinson


A disappointing afternoon for the Blues at the Belle Vue Sports Village as they went down 4-2 to a very talented Reading Escolla side.

It might have been a case of the 'wrong place at the wrong time' for Manchester against a side who are currently gallivanting at the top of the Super League with a vastly superior goal difference to the rest of the division.

To make things worse, Manchester's shot stopper Marcos Malgahaes was dismissed during the half time interval after throwing the ball at the scoreboard official in frustration.

Goals from Escolla's Alejandro Garcia, Jorge Gomes and Jared had put Manchester on the back foot early on the game and the Blues found themselves 3-0 down before half time.

Doug Reed and Jordan Edge provided a glimpse of what could have been in terms of a fightback but it wasn't enough as Ryan Walsh compounded the host's miseries with a fourth goal for the visitors.


Carl Wilkinson


Despite the defeat, Manchester first team coach Sergi Saldana remained upbeat and his focus is purely on the next game away at Tranmere Rovers.

"It's shame but at the end of the day there are positives to take from this game. If we make mistakes then it's easier for our opponent to score goals and we were up against Reading [Escolla] who are one of the best teams in the country."

"I didn't see the red card. I spoke with the referee after the game and they said to me if they show a yellow card then they can change it to a red if they want.  It's crazy because we play with only three player but still score a goal, but we cannot do these kind of things because when we are chasing the game with one player down, we play futsal with no sense, you cannot play futsal in this kind of way."

We have more training sessions now because of the international break. The training has been much better and if we continue to do what we are doing in training, then I am confident we can get our first away win of the season at Tranmere in two weeks time."