Despite Futsal Club Toronto’s dominance Quebec finds a way to win over Penalties.
(Photos Courtesy of: Benoit Champagne)
Mississauga-This past weekend was a busy weekend for Futsal Club Toronto senior teams as the men’s and woman’s participated in two friendlies against the Quebec Provincial Futsal Teams and Saturday evening the men’s played their last match of the regular season in the Peel Halton Futsal League.
The weekend displayed two excellent games with great competition. The games were explosive and the intensity levels were high for both divisions. The games had the spectators on the edge of their seats as they watched the game from the facilities rooftop restaurant.
Quebec’s woman’s team was well prepared and was the stronger side which managed to dominate most of the game. The ladies took a comfortable lead and managed to secure the victory. However, the men’s game was a nail biting affair that kept the fans on edge throughout the entire game.
“Quebec undeniably kept us on our toes, it was quite an intense match. Although conceding three goals off of penalties in the first half and not being able to capitalize on all the opportunities that were given to us throughout the entire match definitely allowed us to lose focus and control of the game. I do believe that the outcome of the match could have gone either way, although today was not our day. I am disappointed on the result of the game but nonetheless I am proud of the girls. We have a lot to look forward to and this is just the beginning and we take it as a lesson in our journey.”–Captain, Nicole Carvalho.
Hosts Futsal Club Toronto got on the scoreboard within the first 5 minutes of the game from a powerful shot from the 10 meter mark scored by Jonathan Osorio. Quebec then bounced back on two fast breaks which caught the Toronto defense off guard marking the score 2-1. The home team bounced back with a 3-2 lead just before the half when Quebec managed to score with an equalizer prior to the break.
Quebec started the second half strong; where Toronto had conceded three early goals in the second half giving them a 6-3 lead over the reds. With ten minutes remaining in the second half; Head Coach Roy Blanche called for a time out and played the rest of the second half on power play. Quebec could not handle the pressure from Toronto’s extra attacker which broke down the defense and brought back the game to a 6-6 score mark. Toronto missed many clear chances to seal the deal and finish the game off; but the team could not capitalize on their opportunities and the match went into overtime. Both teams failed to break the deadlock on overtime and the game went into penalties; Quebec won the game 2-1 in penalties.
“The match was a very demanding match Quebec defended very well. It was frustrating to concede three goals on deflections that came from blocked shots in our defense along with all the missed chances we did not capitalize on net. I feel as though it was a game won and not lost. These are the matches we need to play week after week. Overall, I can not say I am disappointed with the loss in penalties”-Captain Alvaro Yaques.
The squad had the presence of Hrvoje Jerkovic a 36 year old Futsal International Transfer from Skripta Osijek who played in the Croatian Futsal First League. This was Hrvoje second appearance for Futsal Club Toronto this season.
The ambiance at CANLAN Sportsplex was phenomenal where we saw numerous spectators catch the high quality match along with many youth club members and families as they came to support their senior teams and get a taste of high level futsal. It’s not only important that futsal unites among the GTA but also through our neighboring provinces. Quebec was a delight and a formal invite was extended to the club for next season pre-season which will see the team travel to Montreal for another series of friendlies.
Thank you to the Quebec Soccer Federation, technical staff and players for being a part of the series of friendlies.Gallery with ID 21 doesn't exist.