IFA Under 17 World Cup round up: day one
The much-anticipated IFA Under 17 World Cup finally got underway in Dundee last night. The opening two fixtures, Australia v Pakistan and Scotland v USA, provided the crowd with excitement, sublime play and plenty of goals.
With the reverberations of the bagpipes still ringing in the players’ ears Australia and Pakistan kicked off in the tournament’s opening match up.
The Aussies played some simply sublime futsal as they found themselves 13-0 up by the half time break. Two back-heeled finishes by Liam Dawson were a particular highlight.
After the break the exquisite play continued as the Australians added a further 18 goals to finish the match with a final score of 31-0. It’s fair to say that it was a mightily impressive winning start.
The second fixture of the evening saw host nation Scotland take on the United States of America in what proved to be a hotly contested tie.
The USA took an eighth minute lead before Scotland drew level later on in the first half. However, the Americans upped their game and, had it not been for some stunning saves from Scotland ‘keeper Lewis Forbes, they could have had a greater lead than the 3-1 advantage they enjoyed at half time.
In the second half Scotland soon reduced the deficit but the USA responded perfectly to make it 4-2. It remained that way up until the final few minutes when the game really exploded.
Scotland captain Sam Pirrie made it 4-3 shortly before Liam Kelly scored the leveler five minutes from time. Then, with just a minute to go, Callum Downie scored to give Scotland a 5-4 lead.
The USA, however, soon silenced the home crowd as they equalized, through Pablo Altamontes, in the final few moments to make it 5-5. It was a cracking end to a sublime game between two ruthlessly determined teams.
Two games and 41 goals on the opening day of the Under 17 World Cup: that’s futsal for you.