After a successful league cup campaign we got our league fixtures off to a start with a match against Nerazzurri Futsal Club. In our squad we included 15 year old Aiden Mackenzie for the first time.
Nerazzurri started the match the brighter team and took a deserved lead early on in the game and went on to extend that lead to 3-0 midway through the first half.
It would have been easy for the boys to let their heads go down and although we weren't playing well they all deserve great credit for continuing to work hard to try and turn things around. Things were made more difficult with Calum Forrest having to leave the court with a head injury and coming back to the squad with his head wrapped up and looking like Terry Butcher!!
Just before half time, Scott Henry found the corner of the net and scored to make it 3-1 and gave us greater hope at half time.
At half time the team talk was about forcing the game more and trying to get the next goal in the game. It was clear that although we were 3-1 down we believed we could still win the game. There's no Conor Goldson's in our squad!!
After the break we were the dominant side and restricted Nerazzurri to fewer chances and any chances they did have Dylan Fleming dealt with them brilliantly in goal.
As we said at half time the next goal in the game was vital and we deservedly got it with a debut strike from Aiden Mackenzie. 3-2 it was really game on and we were on the front foot.
We kept pushing and won a free kick just outside the box that Scott Henry expertly fired into the corner. 3-3 and there was 4 minutes to go. Could we now go on and win the game?!
We kept probing and creating chances and we had a few chances to take the lead but the Nerazzurri keeper kept us out then with 90 seconds left on the clock Aiden Mackenzie completed his debut with a terrific right foot strike into the left corner.
The last 90 seconds the boys managed the game well and took the 3 points back to Fife.
Once again this was a tremendous learning experience for the team and we done extremely well to overcome the poor start and to come back and win the game. From a coaching perspective there's a lot for us to improve on but I also have to take into account that we have a young team and we are likely to be more inconsistent. Tonight highlighted that in small sided games there's a far greater impact on the team if you are off it but even if you are off it you can work hard for the team and achieve success.
Well done boys!!!
We await further information for next weeks matches.
Scott Henry - 2
Aiden Mackenzie - 2
Man of the Match - Aiden Mackenzie