fai futsal cup

16 March 2017

Waterford IT and IT Blanchardstown both participated in the FAI Futsal Cup Semi-Finals this week.

We would like to congratulate the efforts of Waterford IT and IT Blanchardstown in the recent FAI Futsal Cup Semi-Finals.

Waterford IT

Both sides progressed to the semi-final stage after both reaching the final of the CUFL Futsal Cup which Waterford won 1-0 in the WIT Arena.

IT Blanchardstown

Both sides were paired with difficult away ties against experienced futsal sides from the AUL - Puskas Hagi and Translyvania FC.

On Tuesday night, IT Blanchardstown were beaten 14-6 by Puskas and Waterford were beaten 8-2 by Transylvania. While the scores appear harsh on paper, it was a positive learning exercise for both teams with futsal still in it's early development stage within Third Level.

FAI National Co-Ordinator for Schools and Third Level Football Mark Scanlon was proud of both sides after their semi-final games. "It is fantastic to see Third Level Football being involved at this stage of the FAI Futsal Cup. Futsal is a sport we're hoping to expand upon both competitively and recreationally within Third Level".

"There is already some fantastic work being done already recreationally and I have been impressed by the professional approach that both IT Blanchardstown and Waterford IT have applied to their preparations this year," said Scanlon.

"I would like to thank Jamie, Conor and Ronan in ITB and Paul, Tommy and Robin in WIT, and both sets of players for the hard work and effort they have put in and hope they won't be disheartened by the final results," continued Scanlon, "Both of our teams faced difficult games against both AUL representatives and what they have learned will be of great benefit in years to come."

Scanlon concluded by thanking the FAI for allowing Third Level this opportunity. "Without question, all of this would not have been possible without the vision of FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin and former Competitions Officer, now SSE Airtricity League Marketing Executive, John McGuinness. We would like to thank them both and the FAI Domestic Committee for developing this format of the FAI Futsal Cup to allow Third Level Clubs the chance to compete at the highest level of the sport".

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