Although the big city derby took place last week, two Dundee futsal rivals are set to go head-to-head in Scotland’s top tier for the first time tomorrow.
It’s not got the global appeal or draw of Dundee against Dundee United but Dundee Futsal Club and Dundee West plan to showcase what the growing sport is all about when they face off in the Super League.
The city’s two biggest teams have never met at this level before, with West only gaining promotion to the top flight after winning the regional SFL–Dundee league last season and Dundee members since the competition’s inception in 2017.
That makes their meeting at DISC tomorrow afternoon a historic occasion before a ball is even kicked.
And West goalkeeper Rob Black (18) is hoping a bumper crowd head down for the 4.10pm kick-off.
“It adds to the tension, especially with it being the first Dundee derby as such, so we’re really looking forward to it and, hopefully, we get a bigger crowd than usual tosupport the boys,” he said.
“I’ve played for a few teams in the last couple years and it’s always been a hard game against Dundee.
“We know what they’re like, they’ve got some really good players and we’re just hoping for a good competition. That’s what we like to see at the futsal.”
West sit bottom of the table after promotion to the Super League last season, with Black hoping they can pick up some much-needed points in the derby.
The Monifieth lad added: “We knew it was going to be difficult when we came up but we’re ready for the challenge.
“We needed a few games to get used to it and we feel we’re ready to pick up as many points as we can now.
“There’s still more than half of the season to go so there’s plenty more opportunities to move up the table.”
Conversely, Dundee are riding high in fourth spot and experienced squad member Faisal Ahmed (22) hopes they are able to build on their recent winning form.
“It’s the first time we’ve played each other in the Super League, both teams are looking forward to it and it should be a good game.
“We’ve been in good form recently, I don’t think we lost a game in October so boys are feeling confident.
“It should be a good crowd, adding atmosphere for the game. We used to have that a few years ago and it took our game to a whole new level.
“This my third Super League season so it’s only me and a couple of other boys who have been here since the start.
“Since then we’ve had a lot of new faces so I do feel like one of the older and more senior ones, even though I’m only 22.”
Also in action at DISC on Sunday are Five Cities and TJ Slovak Lads who kick off earlier at 2.10pm.
Entry is free.