Date: 11th February 2018 at 6:26pm
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York City Futsal are now seven games without a victory but fought back magnificently to rescue a late 2-2 draw against Manchester at the YorkSport Arena.

The visitors appeared to have the contest under control with Jordan Edge and Jamie Vinas on target either side of the interval.

But Jamie Bettson offered the Minstermen renewed hope with only three minutes of the contest remaining, before elder brother Robbie deflected in fly keeper Vladimir De Paula’s firm strike in the final seconds of a dramatic encounter.

Robbie Bettson had already clipped the outside of an upright during the opening exchanges; although it was the opposition taking the lead when fellow England international Edge turned in Joaquin Garcia’s pass at the far post.

Photo: Ian Parker

Jamie Bettson (second left) got the home side back into the game late on

York’s early play was suffering from too many misplaced passes, until Tom Blackburn stabbed narrowly wide when exchanging possession with Robbie Bettson. Raducio King’s inviting delivery was then almost converted by sliding goalscorer Edge.

However, Manchester keeper Braulio Pinto was called upon to fend away a rising drive from Robbie Bettson, while Edge had a reply deflected against the crossbar and Sam Richardson also volleyed onto an upright.

Blackburn next struck beyond the far post for the hosts, whose keeper De Paula twice reacted well at the other end before similarly charging down from Richardson just ahead of the interval.

Robbie Bettson was immediately thwarted by Pinto upon the restart, and Daniel Pedras also deflected skipper Fabinho Almeida’s fierce shot wide.

Edge then smartly tricked his way into forcing De Paula to parry, before a superb individual break witnessed Vinas claiming a high-quality second goal for the visitors courtesy of an excellent finish.

Back came York in determined fashion as Almeida had a further attempt blocked and Pedras was twice denied by Pinto; that after Garcia had already fired against an upright at the opposite end.

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Leading goalscorer Daniel Pedras had a late long penalty parried by the keeper

The Minstermen decided to push up fly keeper De Paula with ten minutes remaining, and a superb break from Pedras almost allowed Robbie Bettson to set up brother Jamie, who was then frustrated by the alert Pinto at the far post.

Pinto next reacted to a header from Pedras, and the seven-goal marksman rapidly found only the side-netting as the increasingly desperate hosts continued to press for an elusive breakthrough.

Manchester were a constant danger on the break and Garcia soon chipped narrowly over, until Jamie Bettson suddenly reduced the deficit from out wide with only three minutes remaining.

With the home supporters now right back into the contest amid a rousing crescendo of drum beats, Pedras had a long penalty brilliantly parried by Pinto, while De Paula also crucially saved one at the other end.

And then in York’s final attack, advanced keeper De Paula’s firm drive was diverted into the net by Robbie Bettson with just a couple of seconds left.

The drama wasn’t quite over, however, and both goalkeepers, De Paula and Pinto, were sent-off at the final whistle.