Grimsby Town U19s Futsal team were yesterday crowned EFL National Futsal Cup champions for the third successive year.
Franklin-GTSET Futsal students receive daily top level coaching and training in addition to completing a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (equivalent to 3 A Levels). This exciting programme prepares our students for Higher Education and provides opportunities to continue with high level sport.
In a campaign which started back in November Grimsby Town’s Youth Futsal team triumphed 1-0 over Premier League’s Southampton FC in the Final at Birmingham Arena. A single late goal from Callum Bryan was enough for The Mariners to get their hands on the trophy for the third year in a row.
In a tournament which involved 3 qualification league rounds, a knockout semi final and final the team spanned the impressive record of winning 9 games whilst drawing and losing 1 match. They scored an impressive 35 goals and conceded just 10.
In the first round in November 2017 (York Sport City) Grimsby Town finished top of Group C beating Carlisle 4-1, Preston North End 6-0 and Newcastle United 6-0.
In March 2018 for the second round Grimsby Town were drawn in Group B against fellow Mariners’s B’ side, Carlisle again and Cardiff City. They saw off the B’ squad 2-0 before beating Carlisle 3-1 and losing their final group game 3-2 to Cardiff which meant they qualified in second place for the final round.
The Final Round took place on May 10th 2018 at Birmingham Arena and involved the 8 remaining teams in the whole country. The day took the structure of 2 groups of four with the group winner and runner up progressing to a semi final.
Grimsby went into the finals crippled with 2-3 players out of the squad and several more carrying minor injuries . Despite this they started the tournament with a 3-1 win vs Newport County. In the second game against Cardiff they were dealt a further blow when top scorer Harry Burke was carried off with an ankle injury. Against the only team to take points from the Mariners in the earlier round’s games, the now depleted Town side somehow found the strength to get all 3 points from the game beating Cardiff 2-1 and securing their place in the semi finals. Grimsby knew just 1 point in their final group game vs Southampton would be enough to finish in top spot. Although Town lead twice, Southampton who needed a point of their own to qualify, held the Mariners’ to a 2-2 draw, a result which was good enough for both teams to progress.
The semi final saw a repeat of this seasons’ EFL Futsal Super Cup campaign opener with GTFC facing Peterborough United, the fixture which finished 3-3 back in October with Grimsby only taking the trophy on penalties. This game however, wasn’t to be as tight this time, with the Mariners’ winning 4-0, two outstanding goals from Alfie Usher pivotal in the tie.
The final was to see Southampton play Grimsby for the second time in the day after they beat Bristol City in their semi final. With both teams appearing out on their feet the final was always going to lack tempo but it did see Grimsby create the most chances of the game but a resolute Southampton stay strong. Despite Town’s authority in the game Southampton did force Tyler Denson in the Mariner’s net into an outstanding 1 handed save tipping the futsal onto the cross bar. With the game appearing to be heading for penalties and just under 2 minutes left on the stop clock Callum Bryan tried his luck from a tight angle. His cross come shot was deflected rather harshly into his own net by a Southampton defender. Cruel on the Saints, but just about deserved from Town and certainly a worthy scorer in Callum Bryan, who had been outstanding all day. Grimsby saw out the remainder of the game until the final buzzer which sparked huge celebrations.
Grimsby Town had their hands on the EFL National Futsal U19 Cup for the third year in a row.
Well done lads, we are very proud. Keep it going for league title!