Written by Tara Sekhar & Jess Lazaro (Team Captains),
Day 2 of the annual U15 FOBISIA event held this year at Garden International School, saw the girls football tournament. A round robin competition meant that every game was vital, with 4 challenging games to play, the Alice Smith girls were eager and determined. Their first game was against Dulwich College Shanghai and the team were intent on getting points on the board as early as possible. Though Dulwich managed to score the first goal, the girls didn’t drop their heads; instead a beautiful cross from Gabi Thijs allowed Izzy Thesiger to score an equalising goal. However Dulwich were able to come back, scoring from a throw in that was tapped in at the back post.
Unfortunately for the Alice Smith girls the game ended with a final score of 2-1 to Dulwich. We were unfortunate not to achieve a draw and a special mention goes to our defenders, Holli Ella and Chloe Bernard, who played tremendously! Although disheartened by that first outcome, the team went into their second game against GIS, with their heads up, but two early free kicks to Garden allowed them to take a 2-0 lead. However a cracking penalty taken by Jess Lazaro lead to a 2-1 halftime score. The second half of the game saw another goal from Garden International School, but with some great teamwork and passing, Kailey Fejer managed to score a second goal! Sadly, this did not lead to a victory and after a 3-2 loss KLASS were once again left wondering how we lost a game when we deserved at least a draw.
Our penultimate game was against The British School Kuala Lumpur and we knew we had to win our last two matches to achieve a medal position. The game saw intense pressure on the opposition defence as we went out determined to put the first two results behind us. Incredible teamwork led to our first goal, a pile driver into the roof of the net scored by Tara Sekhar! This was followed by five other goals! Sophie Galvin set up Gabi and then Jess to make in 3-0, Kailey scored and then set up two for Lily Williams, created by some good passing which started with a combination of Ellie Sill and Chloe in defence. The final score finished 6-0 and could have been more with Leila Purchase shooting just over with powerful shots on a couple of occasions.
Our last game was against Shrewsbury Bangkok, to determine who took home the bronze medal. It must be stated that the team played incredibly well. Stunning saves were made by Bea Cardone and defenders Holli and Chloe did a spectacular job, intercepting opponents and clearing the ball. This allowed for the attackers to take their time with the ball, passing it round with full control. However a corner to Shrewsbury and a great looping header into the top corner gave them a 1-0 advantage. The Alice Smith squad came back fighting and a magnificent individual goal from Tara after taking the ball past three opponents, was the highlight amid some excellent first half football. Jess made it 2-1 just before halftime with a powerful drive into the corner. A second goal from Jess in the second half allowed us to secure a bronze medal with a 3-1 win.
As a team we were thrilled to have achieved a medal position and Mr Moore was proud of the character and determination the team displayed to turn things around after a disappointing start to the day. On behalf of the squad, I would like to thank all those who came to support with a special mention going to Mr Moore who has dedicated himself to a terms' worth of intense and demanding training, that has clearly paid off. Mr Moore would also like to add his thanks for all the parental support throughout the term at the various tournaments and to all members of the U15 squad for their commitment and positive attitude both in training and in competitive fixtures.
More photos can be found here. A special credit goes to Mr. Richard Ella for the fantastic shots.
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