Victoria JC's (in yellow) commanding 3-0 lead was enough to earn them the title of A Division Boys Champions, despite a spirited fightback by Raffles Institution (photo by VOXSPORTS).
Jalan Besar Stadium was packed with students from Victoria Junior College and Raffles Institution (Junior College) yesterday evening at the SSSC/FAS ‘A’ Division National Inter-School Soccer Championship finals where Victoria JC emerged champions with a 3-2 win over the Raffles boys.
The game that lasted 80 minutes saw the Victorians being very dominant from the start of the game. RI only managed to find their rhythm in the later part of the second half and they pushed hard to make a comeback.
VJC did not waste any time in getting the ball rolling and it was only six minutes into the game when number 7, Muhammad Deferdauz scored the first goal of the game. Deferdauz did not stop there as he scored the second goal only five minutes later. He curled the ball in from the left hand side of the field and it went pass the goalkeeper, landing at the bottom right hand side of the net.
The Victorians continued pushing and maintained possession of the ball. It was no surprise that another goal came in at the 37th minute as countless shots on targets by Victoria were fired. Dominic Ho was one on one against the goalkeeper when he lightly tapped the ball past the keeper, ending the first half with a score of 3-0.
The second half showed RI having greater spirit as they pushed hard. They tightened their defences to prevent VJC from scoring as they tried to breach their opponent’s defenses. At the 67th minute, RI were awarded a corner and scored from the resulting own goal off the head of VJC’s Koh Jin Kai as his failed clearance found his own net.
RI sensed that the tides had turned and pressed on. They were rewarded less than sixty seconds later via their number 8, Jesse Chang. Jesse shot the ball from a position slightly outside the penalty box and the Victorian keeper caught the ball but it slipped out of his hands, giving RI their second goal.
Jubilant scenes from the Victorian camp after the final whistle as the players celebrate the A division football title (photo by VOXSPORTS).
Three minutes of extra time were added to the second half and the boys pushed themselves to the end, RI pushing for an equalising goal and Victoria pushing to prevent an equalising goal. The final whistle blew and both the Victorian players and fans rejoiced in victory.
When asked on how he felt about the victory, Mr Tan Yew Hwee, coach and teacher in charge for the VJC soccer team responded, “We were very confident in the first half and our game plan was to only play our strengths and it worked.”
VJC celebrated as they took home two trophies, one for their boys’ team and one for their girls’ team, who won 2-0 over Milennia Institue earlier on that afternoon.