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AUL Futsal League kicks-off with Blue Magic installed as the team to beat!

THE AUL Futsal League is up and running with action kicking-off at the National Sports Campus indoor arena at Abbotstown last Monday and Wednesday.

By EAMON SCOTT

And having lost several clubs on the 11-a-side front, the Athletic Union League has been greatly encourage by the arrival of several new clubs to the five-a-side discipline with one new entry – Summa arriving into the league from their Wexford base.

League President Tony Martin was in attendance at Abbotstown for Wednesday’s action which saw Bohemians B defeat league debutants DCU in their first division clash on a 3-2 scoreline.

That game was followed by a cracking Premier Division encounter between Saints and Scholars and Puskas Hagi with the latter coming from behind to triumph on a 10-8 scoreline. It was a result that was a little harsh on S&S who had led for long periods before eventually caught close to the final whistle.

“We’re delighted with the new additions and it’s great to see clubs like Bohemians FC add a second team to their roster,” said Martin.

“The game of Futsal is beginning to gain a little traction and it’s great to see clubs like Dingle United, Diaeuro Ireland and Tolka Rovers coming on board and I’m looking forward to an exciting season for the AUL Futsal divisions,” added Martin

The FAI Futsal Cup offers Irish clubs the quickest route into European action with the winners going forward to represent the country in the UEFA Champions Futsal League. It take just four or five matches to claim the title and ensure your passage into European competition.

This yea’s representatives were Blue Magic FC and while they lost their first game in Greece, they followed up with two battling draws and gained massive experience from their European adventure and ill be the team everyone wants to defeat this season.

It remains a mystery why League of Ireland clubs do not engage in the FAI Futsal Cup programme as the winners also receive a UEFA grant to help cover travel costs while the experience of international club competition is something that all players involved would cherish as a memorable benchmark in their playing CV.

While the AUL has kicked off with a Premier and First Division, the AUL has indicated that if there is interest from junior clubs in Dublin to enter team in the Futsal League, they will happily facilitate the creation of a third division and kick it off over the next six to eight weeks.

Currently, most teams play out of the indoor arena in Abbotstown which has state of the art facilities on offer and viewing area also facilitates spectators from the first floor gallery area.

Entry to the games are free and would be entrants or clubs who would like more information about participating in the AUL Futsal League can visit on a match day or contact the league.

Certainly, the top flight matches are laced with serious entertainment and the skill level of some of the players is really a sight to behold with their close control and ability to eke out scoring chances right out of the top drawer.

DCU were starting out on their journey in th game last Wednesday and although going don to a 3-2 defeat the players gave a good account of themselves and will have learned hugely for the experience.

The Premier game between Puskas Hagi and Saints and Scholars – who incedently – have merge their combined resources with Clontarf Vikings with Matin Pericavalle and Sinisa Sicar sharing the management responsibilities.

Blue Magic Futsal will go into the season as red-hot favourites and it ill take a major effort on all the challengers to dislodge them from their commanding position they currently enjoy but teams like St Itas Futsal and Bohemians have learned the ropes well since coming onboard and if they continue to make the strides they have done to ate, expect a more home based challenge to emerge.

Check out Monday’s Herald Striker Fixtures to see when the action takes place next week. Well worth a visit.

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