Sheffield fell to a first defeat of the season as Jogabola run out 9-8 winners in this closely fought tie.
Both teams went into this game with a 100 percent record as Sheffield hadn’t lost in 4 games with the result against Manchester was overturned. As the league found Manchester guilty of fielding an ineligible player as a result Sheffield was awarded the victory and remained top of the table going into this fixture. As for Jogabola who’ve only played 2 games before this weekend winning both and sitting 3rd before kick-off.
It was Sheffield to open the scoring with a first-time low effort from Adam Derradji halfway into their attacking half which found the bottom left corner to open the scoring. But the lead only lasted mere seconds as a mistake from Goncalo Andrade at the back and Jogabola had the simple task of slotting it home against a stranded Jordan Wildey in goal.
This became a feature in the first half for both clubs as this quick back and forth of goals between the two sides was evident. Jogabola take the lead to make it 2-1 before Sheffield equalize through Danny Neath who just moments earlier cleared the ball off the line to prevent a goal. Then Sergiu Didici put the visitors back in lead with a devastating run through the middle and with a nick of the Jogabola goalie it found its way into the back of the net. But this lead would only last a few seconds as Jogabola equalised with a short, ranged strike to the right of Widley’s goal.
Jogabola would then retake the lead and for the first time in the match extend their lead to 2 goals, but Sheffield never gave up and made it 5-4 through another Derradji goal and was nearly level once again but Wildey saw his effort cannon back off the post. Sheffield was level once again through Neath and looked as though they would into the break level but 2 quick-fire goals saw Jogabola go into the break 7-5. Sheffield having all to do in the second period.
Sheffield came out of the traps putting Jogabola under pressure as they looked to take the result away from Jogabola but with early efforts not making an impact as Andrade came close as he hit the post. Jogabola countered Sheffield to make it 8 this saw Sheffield committing more men up the court and were caught out as they went with the fly keeper, as Jogabola had the easy task of putting it away in an empty net to make 9.
But this Sheffield side never say die under head coach Jordan Wildey and continued their pressure and was awarded towards the end of the game with a sublime hattrick from Rhys Butterworth saw the Sheffield side claw it back to just one goal but it was too little too late for the South Yorkshire side as the full time buzzer sounded relief for Jogabola to take the win and continue their unbeaten run to 3 games now only 3 points of league leaders Sheffield. Here’s what Wildey had to say on the match;
“Very disappointed with the result obviously, but we always knew it was going to be a struggle. We’ve had a few struggling with illness this week including myself and we had a few big players out. So, it was always going to be a test. Having said that in the second half I thought we played outstanding futsal. In terms of performance, I am happy with what I saw. We were dominant against a good side and I’m still struggling to comprehend how we didn’t get a result from this game. Their goalkeeper was undoubtedly the man of the match for me.”
This defeat doesn’t change Sheffield’s standings in the league, and they remain top of the table with 12 points with Jogabola just behind them. Sheffield will look to put this right next week when they travel to face Poulton Victoria who currently occupies the bottom spot in the league with only a point to their name and are yet to win a game this season.