The U11 boys started the tournament against JSSL Arsenal Sanchez from Singapore and despite dominating possession, a last minute break away goal was enough for the Singaporeans to take all of the points.
However the boys from Phuket bounced back to record 4-0 and 9-0 wins against Aksil Shanghai and Bangkok Soccer league, which included 2 thunderbolts from the half way line by William Potter, a midfield master class from Rainer Oeijord and powerful forward play from Lloyd Vidotto.
The next game against FC Bangkok was very tight and excellent defensive tactics from both teams resulted in the game ending scoreless at 0-0. YFI Rovers from Delhi were the final opponents of the day and a stunning 20 yard strike by Jonah Duchowny was the pick of the goals in a comfortable 3-1 win, which lifted BIS Cruzeiro into 2nd place in the league and into the quarter finals.
Gold Star Hanoi had impressed in their group but quickly found themselves 3-0 down inside the first 5 minutes of their quarter final match. However a spirited fight back saw the game end 3-2 in favour of the boys from Phuket.
JSSL Arsenal Wilshere were the opponents for the semi final and with an academy of over 1700 players, and on a 6 game winning streak, their confidence was high.
Within 2 minutes JSSL took the lead when they fired in from close range. However, this lead to BIS Cruzeiro moving into top gear and Captain Joseph Hunter rounded the keeper to score the equaliser.
After continuous pressure from the Phuket boys, JSSL couldn’t hold on any longer and a corner by Duchowny was met by the head of James Hogan who sent the boys into the final in a display of football that can only be described as a magnificent team performance.
The final was a repeat of the first group game against JSSL Sanchez. Once again, a slow start by BIS Cruzeiro led to JSSL taking the lead. However Hunter tied the score at 1-1 with a calmly placed penalty kick.
Both sides had chances in the remaining minutes and tough tackling from Daniel Christensen and Luke Carrick, and a string of impressive saves from Theo McIntyre kept the score tied.
With the score locked at 1-1, the game moved into extra time, with the Golden Goal deciding the winner. Within minutes, a break away attack saw Christensen pass to Carrick who turned his man before laying the ball off to Hunter who crashed the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot to secure victory and the championship.
The attitude, commitement, behaviour and performance of the U11 boys throughout the tournament was commendable and they can be extremely proud of their efforts.
Report by U11 Coach Simon Bray.
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