The University of East London Womens’s Futsal team fell to a 10-2 defeat at the Sports Dock.
Despite the result coach Trevor Tamatave was upbeat about his side’s display. “I was pleased with the girls’ performance as it was their first game together. The score didn’t really reflect the game. I was happy how some of the new girls played. Martha and Demi [were] excellent for their first game and also Daisy was great.”
He added “We had no goalkeeper and only one sub which reflected in the game. I am sure we can build from this performance. I was really happy with our attack. We produced a lot of opportunities and plenty of shots on target. I felt we missed Jodie (Richards) as she is a good player and would have helped the team today.”
The East London side started brightly passing the ball well and came close to taking the lead after a long shot from Daisy Davis was tipped over the bar.
In the third minute South Bank broke the deadlock as they slotted the ball past stand in UEL keeper, DJ.
Tamatave’s side were finding it hard to break down the South Bank defence as they were well organised and restricted UEL to only long-range efforts.
Tamatave took the initiative and introduced forward, Matal Patel in an attempt to turn the game around.
Depsite the change South Bank went on to take a 4-0 lead before UEL captain Davis pegged one back for the home side. The goal gave the Blues momentum and they began to launch more spirited attacks.
However it did not take long for South Bank to add another goal to their tally before Kamilla Hjelmsbu made the score 5-2.
Tiredness began to creep in to the UEL team with the lack of substitutes and they were unable to stem the flow of goals from their rivals
The final score of 10-2 did not reflect the game with the girls putting a lot of heart into their performance.
‘Learned a lot’
After the game Tamatave looked on how his side could improve saying “I learnt a lot. It was our first game together. Martha and Demi showed they have the ability to play futsal and produce a good performance which I can work on.”
“We need a goalkeeper as DJ is an outfield player and not a keeper. Also we need to work on defending but we need more players. If we can get a goalkeeper and add three or four players to the squad then I think we can have a good season.”
He also added how influential captain Davis has been to the side saying “Daisy is really important for the club. Daisy has an excellent attitude. She has been the driving force this year of recruiting players and has been really positive with promoting the club. She wants the club to succeed.”