Manchester secured a fantastic victory with the last kick of the game as Raducio King gives our development side the victory from the penalty spot with a 4-3 win at St George’s Park in a friendly match against England U19’s.
The Blues played with a development side that featured first team regulars Giles Collier and Raducio King and were 3-0 up before half time, only for the young Lions to claw back and nearly upset the spoils thanks to King’s efforts.
This gave Russell Fryer’s side two straight victories in all competitions and building great hope for Manchester Futsal’s future. He told ManchesterFutsal.com after the game how proud he was of his players to step out onto the hallowed court.
“I remember the first time I came here and it was so inspiring for myself so I can imagine how some of my players feel coming away from that court today, turning up here the home of England. The crowd was great and it was good to see some first team England players and coaches were watching some of the lads too. You cannot buy that experience anywhere.”
“It was end-to-end stuff and they got back into it in the second half. There was some tasty fouls going in and they conceded five fouls which showed their level of commitment as they pressing quite aggressively.”
“All I ever say to the lads is take what you do training and put it onto the court. Every single week they are progressing. The future is only going to be great for this club and this group of players have no right to get results against some of the teams that they play against so fair play to them.”
“I thought Adam did well although he didn’t get many minutes. He put himself in the shop window with his performance today and I am delighted that he had his first appearance for England today.”
Captain Ryan Williams lining up in the tunnel before leading the team out onto the hallowed turf, St George's Park. A special moment.
Both sides had a lot of the ball early on but could not find a way through each other in the first five minutes.
Eight minutes in Raducio King turned his marker and forced a low save from England’s young shot stopper, James Black.
Manchester called a time out moments later and it looked to lease new life into the Blues who found the net shortly after Raducio King picked the ball up on the right hand side, drove forward and shot low and hard into the back of the net and gave Manchester the early advantage.
Connor Collins-Cooper and James Curzon linked up superbly and a hot from Collins-Cooper forced a low save yet again from James Black.
Just before half time Manchester doubled their advantage Byeong Dae So played an intricate through ball to Elliot Fenton who rounds keeper James Black and slots home to double the host’s advantage.
The second half began and the Blues carried on from where they left off as Byeong Dae So picked up the ball from centre and his silky skills created an opening for a shot and his effort drilled into the bottom corner. A great finish.
Straight down the other end England found their feet and got themselves back into the game after Jake Charlton fired a shot low and hard shot past Manchester’s Johnny Walker to give England a lifeline.
The young Lions then scored again as Henrique do Carmo drove down the left-hand side and finished confidently past Johnny Walker to bring England right back into the game.
The fightback from England was completed as England & Reading Escolla captain Jared Rand chipped Johnny Walker to bring the scores level once again.
From there on it was end-to-end stuff with both teams having their fair share of chances. The feeling that this game was a friendly soon diminished as frustrations started to grow.
Right on the buzzer, a penalty was awarded to Manchester as England had committed five fouls moments before and Raducio King had the job of putting Manchester back into the lead with the last kick of the game, which he did calmly and confidently and gave Manchester the win.