Around 50 spectators watched the inaugural home match of the 2015/16 season in what was the last friendly of the year. The game was played at the state of the art University of Cambridge Sports Centre, with local referees Sam Ingrey and Jordan Marin.
The game started off at a very high pace, and Cambridge United were quick to rise to the same level of intensity as the Oxford players. Cusumano was kept busy in the U's goal with a couple of chances hitting the woodwork. It wasn't all defending for United though, as efforts from Morcillo, Rijo and Martinez were just wide of the post. A quick counter attack from Oxford on the 10 minute mark gave the visitors the lead, but United were quick to react only to be denied by the Oxford goalkeeper once again. With just under a minute to play Chadwick was denied a penalty after going past the Oxford defence and being brought down by the opposition's goalkeeper.
The second half didn't start too well for the U's as they found themselves 2-0 down following a 3v2 counter-attack by Oxford. However, from that point onwards the U's kept Oxford on their toes and eventually Chadwick found the back of the net after some great foot work dribbling past the goalkeeper. With chances going on both ends, and since it was a preparation game, Oxford decided to play 5v4 ("fly" goalkeeper) which surprised the hosts, who managed to get their tactics and setup right, and eventually broke out for Morcillo to score the 2-2 equaliser with six seconds remaining on the clock. With the buzzer ever near, Martinez still had a chance on the empty net, but with some legal obstruction from the Oxford defenders managed to kick it just wide, leaving the final score as 2-2.
Cambridge United will be very happy with this scoreline, coming back from behind to level up a game against last year's grand finalists of the FA National Superleague, who boast a couple of professional players on their side, shows how much Futsal is growing at the club and the city, in a game where the spectators were treated to a great Futsal game, with all the intensity and suspense that only this sport can provide!
Next week's first FA Futsal League match will be against Bath Futsal Club, with kick off scheduled for 3pm. Tickets are available here: https://venuetoolbox.com/cambridgeunited/ASP/bookTickets.asp?dept=Spectators
You can view the photos taken by Alex (c) on the day on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeUnitedFutsal
For more information on CUFC Futsal, visit their website: https://cufcfutsal.teamapp.com/