Scotland roared on to almost complete perfect comeback
After an unassailable win for Australia over Pakistan, it was over to Scotland and the USA in the IFA Under 17s Futsal World Cup. The spectators were treated to some good free flowing futsal from Australia and the spectators were away to see a tight, competitive game in the 7:45pm showing at the International Sports Complex, Dundee.
USA showed their attacking intent early in the game with chances through Diangelo Smith-Gleaves and Carlos Armendariz with both players being unsuccessful in their efforts in the opening exchanges however it set up the game very well and the spectators were in for a right treat.
Scotland had their first opportunity in the fourth minute with Liam Kelly playing a great ball into Alex Chingwalu however the forward’s effort went wide of Alejandro Gonzalez’s goal.
USA opened the scoring in the eighth minute with Jonathan Franco scoring after the ball came into his path. Franco then slotted the ball with ease past Lewis Forbes in the Scotland goal who had a good game up to that point.
Scotland were very keen to get back into the game immediately and Liam Kelly had a chance after a ball from captain Sam Pirie, however, it was wide. Both teams were definitely going for it even in the early stages of this keenly contested game.
Diangelo Smith-Gleaves was a constant threat for the Scotland rearguard and a powerful effort crashed off the woodwork, which eventually went out for a Scotland throw. You could tell this was going to be a thriller.
Scotland then pulled level after a Sam Pirie ball was only cleared slightly by the USA and there was Liam Kelly on the spot to rifle the ball home and draw Scotland level in this pulsating tie.
Scotland had committed five fouls and USA were then given five second penalties after respective fouls. Up stepped Carlos Armendariz but his effort was saved by Lewis Forbes. The officials then awarded a re-take in which Armendariz stepped up again before being denied by Forbes’s left foot.
USA then had a penalty on the stroke of half time and this time Dell Newlands stepped up to take the penalty and he put America back in front dispatching the ball past Forbes. A fourth spot kick was to follow for the States in which Lewis Forbes was to the rescue for Scotland.
Diangelo Smith-Gleaves then had a penalty saved by Forbes and USA went into the interval with a two goal advantage.
Half Time: Scotland 1-3 USA
Scotland knew that they had to get back into the game at the start of the second half and a great ball from Cammy Robertson found its way into Alex Chingwalu which forced a good save out of Alejandro Gonzalez in the USA goal.
Robertson was then to be in the bad books of the Tartan Army after he received a sin bin for speaking back to the referee 8 minutes into the second half.
Scotland reduced the leeway and it was a better attacking performance from the Scots with Sam Pirie finding Liam Kelly who gave the Scots something to cheer about and give the spectators some extra motivation to cheer on their country with Kelly scoring a tap-in.
USA then got themselves back in front after a great ball found Diangelo Smith-Gleaves who slotted home past Lewis Forbes in the Scotland goal. There was a lot more entertainment to follow and probably a few bitten nails towards the tailend of the game.
Sam Pirie then gave the Scots some hope once again towards the end pulling another goal back. 5 minutes left and it all started to kick off after that point. The Scotland fans then started to get more louder cheering on their respective country.
Pirrie was then the provider for Liam Kelly to level things up. The great escape for Scotland looked a distant memory a short time ago however it looked a real possibility as the game entered its final few minutes.
With a minute left, Scotland saw themselves in front for the first time in this match with Callum Downie getting in amongst the act and giving the Scots some hope going into the last minute of this pulsating encounter.
USA however broke Scotland hearts once again and made sure it was a share of the spoils with Pablo Altamontes tapping the ball in past Lewis Forbes. Both sides will be a little bit disappointed not to pick up the victory however it was a great match and this is only day one of the tournament with a lot of exciting moments set to follow during the IFA under 17s Futsal World Cup.
Full Time: Scotland 5-5 USA
Scotland: Lewis Forbes, Daniel Gilbride, Callum Downie, Cammy Robertson, Sam Pirrie, Sam Noble, Liam Kelly, Alex Chingwalu, Ross McLaren, Dell Newlands, Cameron Robertson, Blair McCord, Andrew Santos, Ciaran Pugh
Star Player: Forbes
USA: Alejandro Gonzalez, Diangelo Smith-Gleaves, Pablo Altamontes, Luca Scotzniovski, Adrian Medina, Carlos Armendariz, Jonathan Franco, Ricardo Duarte
Star Player: Smith-Gleaves