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JISAC U9 Invitational Football Tournament

The football season has kicked off with a bang this week at the JISAC U9 Invitational event held at Harrow International School Beijing. The tournament pitted both our U9 Boys and U9 Girls teams in a series of group games against opposing schools from within JISAC.

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The U9 Girls team made up from a strong contingent of children from Y3, got the ball rolling with a hard earned 1-0 victory over BIBA. The first half started with an onslaught of attacks by BSB Sanlitun with Jenny Xu firing shots left, right and centre, only to be denied by fantastic string of saves. Loppi and Indira were keeping the door shut at the defensive end, Lily was pulling the strings in midfield and Jenny was a constant menace in attack. It was a matter of time before the deadlock was broken and a lovely waited pass from Lily found Jenny on the left hand side as her first time shot arrowed into the far corner of the net!

The boy’s first game was a tightly contested with CISB which ended in a 0-0 stalemate. The boys worked tirelessly throughout and thought they had snatched the win in the dying minutes when Roy Ophir played in Andres Urdaneta who hammered the ball against the post with the goal at his mercy.

The girls suffered a setback in their next game, losing 1-0 to BCIS. After a string of missed chances, a defensive lapse in concentration allowed BCIS to steal a crucial goal just before halftime. Mr. Magson shuffled his pack, pushing Indira further up the pitch to support Lily and Jenny in attack but BCIS held on to halt the girls unbeaten start.

The boys pushed on from their promising start to record an impressive 2-0 win at the hands of BCIS. Two swift first half finishes from Andres put the boys in a commanding position going into the interval. For all their domination the boys were unable to add to their score during the second half. Jaemin Soh was a rock at the heart of the defence alongside Robert Campbell and Jack Armstrong as BCIS were unable to mount any sort of pressure to trouble Hamoudi in the BSB Sanlitun goal.

The girls’ final game saw them grind out a nervy 1-0 victory over Harrow. The girls started brightly with Indira causing havoc in the opposition penalty area. Following intense pressure by Jenny and Indira, the ball broke to Lily Kuenstner whose powerful shot cannoned off the post and into the back of the net! The girls held on to record a great win, finishing with a very impressive record of 2 wins and a defeat from their first 3 games together as a team.

The boys’ final game was a classic 2-2 draw with BIBA! After falling behind early through a defensive error, goals from Roy and Andreas either side of half time looked to have given the lads a much deserved win. However, they were to be denied with one of the last kicks of the game as BIBA broke away to snatch a point just before full time! The boys finished unbeaten after their 3 games with 1 win and 2 draws.

All in all, after 6 fantastic games, Mr. Magson could not hide his delight with all children who represented the school. Fantastic attitudes, excellent team work and superb results capped off a brilliant day of football for our children at BSB Sanlitun. The footballing future certainly looks bright!

 

By Thomas Magson

P.E. Teacher

 

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