Match 1: Brentford FC Futsal 0 Southampton ‘A’ 17
Match 2: Brentford FC Futsal 1 Chelsea FC ‘A’ 2
The EFLT Futsal South East Division resumed last Wednesday at The Guilford Spectrum with the Futsal Bees playing a double-header against Southampton A and Chelsea A. Unfortunately for The Bees they suffered two defeats. The first a heavy loss against Southampton followed by a close loss to Chelsea after a much improved performance.
First up was Southampton and this was expected to be a keenly contested match but from the whistle, it was clear that Brentford were in for a long 40 minutes as the Saints scored twice in the first 90 seconds. Head Coach, Luis Melville called an immediate time out but when the action restarted, Southampton continued their onslaught forcing error after error from the TW8 team. The Bees were at 9-0 down at half time and briefly introduced a fly-keeper but this had no effect.
At this stage, everything was coming off for the South Coast team and the few chances The Bees created were well saved or wide of the mark. When the buzzer sounded, the Saints had racked up a 17-0 win, Brentford's heaviest ever defeat in the EFLT Futsal League.
Half an hour later, The Bees faced up to Chelsea A and it was a totally different mindset from Brentford in that game. Brentford dominated the early possession but on their first counter-attack, Chelsea opened the scoring after four minutes. It was 50/50 contest with both sides keepers having to produce excellent saves.
Brentford finally got back on level terms just before the interval when some good combination play outside The Blues' six-metre penalty area saw a clinical finish from Arian Sharifi, the Bees' skipper. The second half continued along the same lines with a very open game and both goalkeepers in inspired form.
However, a long ball thrown by the Chelsea keeper, to their pivot in the Brentford six-metre area saw Bahaa Jalkhi go to punch the ball but the referee deemed a foul had taken place with a penalty awarded. The spot kick was converted with seven minutes remaining.
In an exciting finale Brentford could not conjure up an equaliser agonisingly hitting the post with ball rolling along the goal line before being cleared. Despite Chelsea having a player sent off, with only five seconds to play, this did not give Brentford enough time to take advantage as it ended 2-1 to The Blues.
Head Coach Luis Melville said afterwards: "The first game was hugely disappointing because we just didn’t compete and could not get ourselves in the game and The Saints took full advantage of that. We had a short time to lift the team and it was a totally different Brentford that played in that game. Unfortunately, we came up against the England Under-19 goalkeeper who was the difference in the end.’
Next up for the Bees is another double-header on 7 February when they take on Southend United ‘A’ and Southampton ‘B’. Follow the Futsal Bees on Twitter: @BFCFutsalClub