U19 Football Tournament in Bangkok
At the weekend students from Network International School travelled to Bangkok to take part in the SEAIS Football Tournament at Concordian International School.
You can read the match reports from the weekends game below from Tr. Brad. Well Done to all the students who took part!
Saturday (group stages)
The tournament couldn't get off to a better start. The team have been through two nail biting 0-0 draws against BCIS and AIS. They really found their form in possession and passing but just could not find the back of the net. Morale was hit hard after suffering a 0-3 loss to our friendly local Yangon School, Botahtaung. With 62 minutes of football played and no goal from a network player the team realised we had to rally if we were to reach the knockout stages. With motivation high the team were outstanding in our 4th game against Wells school who were at the top of the group with Tim breaking our goal drought in the 3rd minute. With spirits high it didn't take long for Moses to follow with a superb free kick aiming straight for the left corner.
This put us in an interesting position due to the amount of games drawn and head to head ruling in our group. Players gave it their all in the final game of the afternoon against Bangkok team SISKY. Our defence were phenomenal with Thyn Syt steady as a rock and Justin and James in close support. May made a lovely pass which found Oli for a tap in. Gu Gu was unlucky beating two defenders and finding the cross bar. This was closely followed by May who finished from close range. Tim's speed was too much for the SISKY defence using his right foot to drive a low shot at speed across goal to secure a 3rd for Network closing the game at 3-1.
With the results in and 3 teams out of 6 tied at 8 points it was announced that Network at top of their group and they progress to the semi finals tomorrow morning.
We have a tournament players dinner at Concordian School with all 12 teams this evening to celebrate.
Couldn't be more proud of the team today in terms of their spirit and their sportsmanship at this tournament. We lost our semi final match against family sport FC which is a charity team who work with young at risk children to keep them off the streets of Bangkok. This game finished 0-1 and we had several opportunities to equalise but we're unlucky to do so. As a consolation, this team went on to win the whole tournament with some of the best football displayed across the weekend.
This meant we were to face Wells International school for the second time for the 3rd place play off. Network used their speed and link play producing some fantastic opportunities. I counted nearly 10 shots on target but through cat like reactions from the Wells keeper he managed to keep the score line 0-0. With network pressing hard in attack the opposition managed to break and have 3 chances on goal. They scored twice. This was hard to process with Network having nearly 80% of the possession.
Overall Network enjoyed success and defeat this weekend but have learnt a lot about the game of football. For being one of the youngest teams in the tournament and for their first international tournament to end up 4th out of 12th teams is impressive to say the least. They look forward to next weeks Misac tournamet where they look to put what they have learnt into practice.