Talented teams from across the UK tackled each other at a fast-paced futsal tournament in Wrexham last Sunday.
Liverpool Futsal Club took home the Macron Store Wrexham Futsal Open 2012 trophy after a decisive goal from Mattone Awang saw them edge out Peterborough Futsal 3-2 in a gripping final at Brymbo Enterprise Centre.
Both teams progressed to the final after qualifying from Group Two of the competition, where they took the top two slots despite spirited opposition from local teams Wrexham Futsal and Whitegates Dynamite, who shared eight goals in a 4-4 thriller in a section dominated by high-scoring contests.
In Group One Team Derby Futsal and Saltney Town saw off the efforts of Wrexham Lager and Overton to also advance to the semi-finals.
Liverpool’s experienced and sizeable squad proved far too much for Saltney Town in the first knockout game as the reds strolled to a 7-0 victory.
The second semi-final was a much tighter affair, however tournament favourites Peterborough staged a remarkable recovery from 3-0 down to see off Derby 4-3 in a topsy-turvy encounter, before narrowly losing out in the final.
Wrexham Futsal is a fast-paced weekly local indoor football competition played on Friday nights at Brymbo Enterprise Centre. A non-contact version of traditional five-a-side played with a smaller, heavier ball, futsal puts a greater emphasis on touch, technique and creativity.
Wrexham Futsal Secretary Richard Jones said: “It was a fantastic experience for our local teams to pit their wits against some outstanding opposition. We were treated to some top-class and highly-entertaining Futsal on the day, with the lads from Liverpool proving very worthy winners.
“Big thanks to all the teams who travelled to take part and also to referee Arthur Smallman and event sponsors Macron Store Wrexham. Any teams interested in taking part in next year’s tournament, or our weekly local league competition, should get in touch by emailing Richard@totalfutsalwxm.co.uk or visiting our website www.totalfutsalwxm.co.uk.”