York City Futsal are out of this season’s FA Futsal Cup with a 5-2 defeat to an impressively well-organised FC Salisbury United at the YorkSport Arena.
The Minstermen enjoyed plenty of early possession while applying a measured, slick and rapidly interchanging passing approach.
But Salisbury were appearing firm and resourceful in initially attempting the longer game, before themselves beginning to enjoy a greater level of ball retention.
It continued to be a particularly tight affair between a couple of well-matched sides, until City’s England Under-19 international Michael Bulmer broke forward and was only denied by goalkeeper Sean Bryant.
Robbie Bettson then moved in court and sliced wide, although it was Jordan Matthews suddenly finishing inside the near post for the opening goal at the other end.
And Salisbury soon had another when a swift cross from the left was this time helped in at the far post.
City’s Tom Blackburn was in turn twice denied by Bryant before Juan Garzon converted Fabinho Almeida’s pass to reduce the deficit just ahead of the interval.
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York City Futsal are out of this season’s FA Cup at the last sixteen stage of the competition
Skipper Almeida poked an early opportunity behind upon the restart and Connor Millar instantly replied wide of the mark.
However, Bryant twice thwarted Robbie Bettson and Almeida also volleyed over from a corner, with the visitors soon going close as Jamie Bettson recovered to challenge while Martin Michels then saved low from Matthews.
And Salisbury did grab a crucial third goal on the counter when Millar calmly slotted into the corner.
Undeterred, Blackburn burst forward and was only kept out by Bryant, until Spaniard Victor Ramos, like his fellow countryman earlier, also claimed his first-ever York goal to cut the lead again.
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England international Robbie Bettson on the ball against FC Salisbury at the YorkSport Arena
Matthews once more called Dutch keeper Michels into swift action, and Oliver Toseland responded wide before George Plank turned behind for the visitors at the far post.
But visiting captain Bryant was again reacting well following a shot by Almeida; although his colleagues remained a clear threat on the break and decisively increased their advantage to 4-2 when the ball was invitingly squared across.
Bulmer’s reply was then almost turned in by Robbie Bettson, only for Millar to strike again from distance with York now operating a fly keeper for the remaining five minutes of the contest.
The hosts tried to rally during the final moments, with Almeida again being frustrated by Bryant and Bulmer also hitting an upright.
But it’s their opponents next hosting Reading Escolla in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Photos by kind permission of Ian Parker