The opening game of the day on 29th May, 2021 saw BSB take on Harrow. BSB controlled the game from the very beginning of the game. Avuylie and Siphele Mgodeli giving BSB a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The second game of the group stage was against a young YCIS side. The BSB Team established the lead in the first 20 seconds of the game with a slick passing move, finished off in style by Siphele Mgodeli. Pako Mosekwa got off the mark with two goals and Avuylie continuing his goal scoring form. BSB dominated the game with the final score ending 6-0, allowing for regular substitutions to be made with ever rising temperatures.
The third and final group stage game was against ISB. This proved to be the most challenging of the three games, with ISB being resilient to the high-tempo, high-pressing tactics of BSB. As anticipated, the game was intense and despite BSB creating the more clear-cut chances, goals were scarce. BSB dominated in midfield and saw the crossbar being rattled on two separate occasions and Ediz Yilmaz missing a golden opportunity from the penalty spot. However, he made up for this shortly in to the second half with a thunderous free-kick into the top corner, putting BSB 1-0 and relieving some of the pressure. Once BSB has taken the lead, they seemed to take the foot off the gas a little and allowed ISB a couple of chances, but due to a lack of composure, they were unable to capitalise. This victory confirmed BSB’s position at the top of the group and progressing to the semi-final versus Daystar Academy - an unknown entity.
After a short break in proceedings, allowing for the other group stage game to conclude, it was time for the semi-final game. The temperature was now at its peak and proving an additional challenge for the teams to perform at the same tempo as in the earlier fixtures. Nonetheless, BSB were compact, composed and express themselves confidently, playing some fantastic free-flowing football, whilst remaining solid at the back with the ever-present Gwanmin Kim and Matias Sutter. Goals from Avuylie Mgodeli (2), Dongseok (Chris) Kim (1), saw BSB comfortably through to the final.
Up until this point, BSB remained unbeaten for the entire season having won the previous ISAC tournament. The final game proved to be the toughest challenge of the tournament, which was to be expected against the high-pressing, confident and technical WAB. At the very start of the game, it looked like quite equal, however, due to a lapse in concentration WAB quickly went 2-0 in front, scoring two goals in rapid concession. These types of mistakes continued throughout the first half. Against a team of WABs caliber, it is simply something that teams cannot afford to make. BSB seemed to be stunned by the intensity of their opponents as they are usually the ones dictating the tempo of games and commanding the midfield. Half-time came and was needed, allowing BSB to regroup, refocus on both individual and team tasks.
The second half saw a much more solid, compact, and confident BSB. The introduction of Dominic Billingham in the centre of defence solidified things up for BSB. Sefa and Ediz Yilmaz both stamping their mark on the midfield and Avuylie Mgodeli imposing himself on the WAB defence. It was little too late. The damage had been done in the first half and the BSB side were beaten by the better team.
Won 2nd Place!
Although they were trailing with a huge difference in goals, they played for pride and grabbed 2nd Place of the tournament. The last game of the season and the event was disappointing and painful, but the boys should be proud of themselves by what they achieved over the season – plenty of goals, clean sheets, and wins. Congratulations for winning 2nd place and it was a great experience for the boys.
Head of Secondary PE