Following their comfortable 3-0 friendly victory over BCIS the previous Wednesday, the BSB Sanlitun U9 boys’ team kicked off their campaign with an emphatic 4-0 victory over BSB Shunyi C. After a slow start, persistency paid off with midfield dynamo Taylor Lam helping himself to a hatrick whilst Jespers’ tireless work rate up front earned himself a place on the scoresheet.
BSB Sanlitun’s second group game was a convincing 3-0 victory against a stubborn and hard-working BIBA outfit. A tense and nervy game was settled in the final 5 minutes as BSB Sanlitun finally made the breakthrough with Sean Jang firing the boys ahead before Taylor added two late goals to put some gloss on the scoreline.
The boys made it 3 wins from 3 games with yet another resounding win, putting 5 goals past DCB B. Taylor and Sean both scored a brace whilst Jesper’s continued hard work up front was rewarded with another well taken strike. Tim and Ryan were proving to be a rock-solid partnership at the back whilst Din-Jay was reliable when called upon in goal. Gabriel and Da Da were providing the team with some much needed energy from the bench as things were starting to fit nicely together for our U9’s outfit!
BWYA provided the boys with their toughest test of the group stages so far as a single goal was enough to separate a tight affair. Taylor broke the deadlock with a stunning strike from outside of the area as the boys managed to hang on with resolute defending from Tim Wisila and smart goalkeeping from Din Jay.
BSB Sanlitun finished their group stages with a 100% record after dispatching NTA B team with a controlled 3-0 victory. In a physical contest, the boys pulled away in the second half as goals from Sean, Taylor and Jesper ensured that the lads would progress into the quarterfinals as group winners!
The knockout stages where to provide much sterner tests for the boys, as the quarterfinal pitted BSB Sanlitun against Dulwich. A nail-biting contest was settled by a single goal with Sean Jang firing home the winning goal with only minutes remaining on the clock!
Onto the semifinals we went, and once again a single goal was enough to book our place in the final. However this time it was Taylor Lam who got the better of several defenders to fire home against a rejuvenated and spirited BIBA team who the boys had faced earlier in the group stages.
The stage was set, as the final saw BSB Sanlitun take on our rivals from BSB Shunyi. An evenly matched contest saw opportunities at both ends before BSB Shunyi broke the deadlock with a goal mouth scramble in the Sanlitun penalty box resulting in an own goal. Taylor then found an equalizer as he smashed home from inside the box midway through the second half. The game could have went either way and shortly after the boys had a goal ruled out for a foul throw in the buildup, a rare BSB Shunyi attack saw the ball bundled home past Din Jay to make it 2-1 to BSB Shunyi. The boys gave everything but couldn’t find a second equalizer of the game as time ticked away and the final whistle was blown.
Although disappointed not to win the final, the team should be extremely proud of their efforts as a newly formed side and have set the bar very high for the remainder of the season. There was still time for them to collect the 2nd place trophy at the awards ceremony with smiles on their faces and much promise for the coming months of football!
Outstanding effort boys, well done!
By Thomas Magson