Battling performance but defeat for TRFC Futsal
Tranmere Rovers Futsal put in a spirited display but found Birmingham too strong in their FA National Futsal Super League fixture on Sunday afternoon.
Rovers had a number of injury absentees and named a youthful squad against a side battling for honours at the top of the table.
It was always going to be a tough match, but Rovers acquitted themselves admirably and the result doesn’t give a true reflection on how close the game was at times.
After a bright start by the hosts forcing a couple of early saves from the Birmingham goalkeeper, it was the visitors who struck the first blow with a low shot past Bone in the Tranmere goal.
It was 2-0 soon after with a lovely bit of play. A mazy run ended with a lovely fade to shoot, ghosted past the defender and then slotted home.
Birmingham had opportunities to further extend their lead but it was Rovers the next on the scoresheet when a great one-touch move was finished off by Bateman.
The two-goal advantage was restored soon afterwards when a low shot from distance deceived the goalkeeper before a tap in just before the interval gave Birmingham a 4-1 advantage at half time.
A spirited fightback at the beginning of the second half saw McGrath hit the post with an excellent effort for Rovers before a flurry of two goals in the space of a minute brought them back to within a single goal.
Gomez got the goal to make it 2-4 after a lovely move before a break down the middle was tidily finished to make it 3-4.
The visitors didn’t panic, though, and more good play led to two excellent finishes which the goalkeeper could do nothing to prevent.
Fly goalkeeper was operated by the hosts and Birmingham capitalised with two late goals, the first after an interception which was placed into an empty net before they concluded the scoring in the final seconds when they countered and used a overflow to slot home and make it 3-8.