Cornwall FA welcomed over 50 teams to Bodmin Leisure Centre for the annual County Qualifiers in the Pokemon Youth Futsal Cup. The tournament took place across two weekends and the players had a whale of a time trying out this fast-paced and technical format of football.
Up for grabs was a place in the Regional Finals in Wolverhampton and the chance for the players to test themselves against the best teams from across the Midlands and South West. Here is how the action unfolded:
The competition kicked off our youngest age category and it was great to see so many girls getting involved. For many of them it would have been their very first taste of futsal action. Argyle Community Trust came out on top and became the first side to book their place in the next round.
On the Saturday afternoon, there was every opportunity for the sides to hone their skills as every team played six games in the competition. Pool JFC conceded just two goals in over an hour of futsal en route to the trophy.
A fantastic tournament to start the mixed banding. Teams competing showed great skills with some fantastic goals scored. After the group stage concluded we saw a thrilling final where Newquay beat Culdrose 5-4. Both teams led before extra time saw a late winner for the Newquay Mini Mints.
Two hotly contested groups showcased some great football. Teams quickly got to grips with the different format of game, with shots raining in at all opportunities! In the end, the final saw two contrasting styles with Newquay facing off against St Agnes. St Agnes triumphed 2-1, finding a late winner to settle the game.
A particularly close group saw things go down to the wire in the final game of the competition. Saints South West sat atop the table and sat out the final round of fixtures as Truro City needed a big goal difference swing to close the gap. Truro got the goals they needed right as the clock wound down, finishing with a goal difference of +26 to Saints’ +24!
The mixed u16s played out a fiercely contested round robin competition with 93 goals hitting the back of the net – including some truly special strikes. One in particular stood out from eventual winners Goonhavern – a spectacular overhead kick that flew right into the top corner!
In a high-quality age category, the u12 girls competed across two groups with St Agnes and Wadebridge making it through to the final. A back-and-forth contest was level at 3-3 come the final whistle, and extra time saw no further goals. Spot kicks were the only way to settle it, and it was St Agnes who came out on top after a penalty shootout.
The final age group got off to a rocky start as Bodmin suffered a pair of injuries leaving them with less than the required five players. All the girls took it in their stride and, in a great show of sportsmanship, the competition continued with Bodmin playing friendly matches while borrowing players from the remaining teams.
The tournament went on with plenty of smiles on faces and the eventual winners Charlestown completed the line-up of Cornish teams representing the County in Wolverhampton.
Cornwall FA hopes all of the players enjoyed the tournament. Some of the skill on show was superb and it was great to see the high standard of youth football within the county.
A warm congratulations to all of our winners and the very best of luck in the next round – it would be fantastic to see some Cornish representation in the National Finals in July.