It was another goal frenzy at the Belle Vue Sports Village as Manchester Futsal secured a 6-3 victory over Tranmere Rovers on Sunday.
An inspired performance from Spaniard Joaquin ‘Kimet’ Garcia was the main influence as he scored four goals to send the Blues on their way to three points, goals from Jordan Edge and Adam Lavin made the points certain.
Ignacio De Leon, Federico Fradl and Tom Bateman got the goals for the visitors, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Blues.
Manchester hit the 20-point mark after Sunday’s victory, Tranmere find themselves three points from safety in the relegation zone.
Head Coach Sergi Saldana was very happy with the performance and the contribution that his players made, although he still feels his side need to work on their mentality in certain stages of the game.
"The result was very good but there is one thing that we must change. When we are winning, we need to stay calm down and keep possession of the ball because sometimes we are winning, and it seems that we are losing, trying to attack very quick. When we start to play with a lot of transitions, everything can happen, and it is not the best option for us when we should be taking control of the game."
"Kimet is scoring more goals lately but because he was unlucky for a long period this season with most of his efforts hitting the post and not taking chances but when he finally scored, he grew in confidence and that's good for the team. As a squad we are playing well and if Kimet scores more goals, then that is also down to his teammates. I am happy with his goals but even more with all the players that are making their contributions."
Skipper Sam Richardson said the game wasn’t as comfortable as it looked from a spectator’s point of view.
“I thought we played well enough to win, but through a combination of poor finishing and their goalkeeper making some great stops, it was becoming a bit nervy. I think the third goal straight after the break decided it, and it gave us that insurance, that was key for us.”
The hat-trick hero Joaquin ‘Kimet’ Garcia was very happy with his team’s performance today and pleased to be helping Manchester out with his goals.
“I’m loving my futsal currently. Now the team are starting to understand Sergi’s new system and we are playing well. I’m happy because in the first part of the season I didn’t score, and I was hitting the post too many times. After the first goal, I felt liberated and now it’s easier to score goals and help the team. Now we are playing better, and I think that we can finish this season very strong. If we play like today for the last remaining games, we can do great things."
The game started lively and the Blues quickly took control and dictated the play through the likes of Jordan Edge and Doug Reed.
Tranmere Rovers shot stopper Kai Bone was put to the test in the first three minutes with some fabulous saves from Kimet who has been in great form of late.
The Spaniard would get his goal in the sixth minute, he took the ball down the right-hand side and finished superbly into the top right-hand corner to give Manchester the lead.
The momentum was in the Blues’ favour as more chances came their way through our skipper Sam Richardson. He turned inside elegantly from the left, but his shot was easily saved by Kai Bone in between the Tranmere sticks.
It wasn’t long until Tranmere Rovers got themselves back into the game. Federico Fradl stole the ball from Kimet and drove towards goal, his toe punted effort caught out the returning Marcos Magalhaes to level the scores at 1-1.
Despite conceding, Manchester continued to dictate the pace of the game as Kimet and Edge kept their liveliness up which was irritating the Rovers defence at times.
A few lapses of concentration in the middle of the court gave the visitors a few chances in the latter stages of the first half. Ignacio De Leon and Tom Bateman had chances which kept Manchester goalkeeper Marcos Magalhaes on his toes.
Manchester committed their fifth foul with four minutes to go in the first half which left the crowd very nervous, eyes were on the clock as it crept closer to half time.
They did however manage to take the lead two minutes later through a rare mistake from Tranmere skipper Sam McGrath, Adam Lavin took full advantage and gave the Blues the lead once more.
Federico Fradl almost doubled his goal tally just seconds before the whistle as his side footed effort from a resulting corner was only just wide of the far post with Magalhaes rooted to the spot.
The hosts started the second half as they finished, a counter attack started by skipper Sam Richardson found Kimet in space to get his second of the afternoon.
Tranmere’s tenacity and their willingness not to throw the towel in was something to be admired. They pressed very high and aggressively from the off and continued to put pressure on the Blues defence as Rovers skipper Sam McGrath’s close-range effort was well saved by substitute goalkeeper Cristiano Pinto.
Kimet continued to cause all sorts of problems as he kept Kai Bone busy in between the sticks.
Moments later he secured his second hat-trick in two games through another counter attack, this time it was initiated from Adam Lavin who found Kimet in acres of space to slot home and make it 4-1 to Manchester.
One minute later the Spaniard then scored a sensational solo goal, beating three Tranmere players and then finished from an acute angle to score his fourth goal of the game, a goal of the month contender.
The visitors then played a fly-keeper to try and salvage something from the game, the Whites refused to lie down.
They did manage to get a goal back from a resulting corner that was partially cleared, Ignacio De Leon drove a low effort from 10 yards to make it 5-2.
All hopes were taken from them straight from kick off, Jordan Edge latched onto a loose ball whilst the visitors were playing fly-keeper and the England international rolled the ball into the empty net to put the game out of sight.
With second to spare however, the visitors scored again. Ignacio De Leon did well to weave through attempted challenges and found Tom Bateman in space who had an easy tap in.
MFC; Kimet 6’, 21’, 34’, 35’ Lavin 18’, Edge 37’ TRFC; Fradl 8’, De Leon 37’, Bateman 40’