Congratulations to our Under 19 Football team, who reached the Semi-Finals of the Inter International Schools tournament in October, before unluckily going out on penalties to the eventual winners.

The team had taken the tournament by storm with an incredible 6-0 win over British School in Colombo, last year’s winners, in their opening match. They went on to score a record 20 goals in their first four games, to top their group and establish themselves as favourites for the whole competition. Unable to break down their defence-minded opposition in the semi-final, however, the match was settled by the lottery of a penalty shoot-out, which we narrowly lost.

Coach Mr. Patrick Van Twest says: ‘Despite being one of the youngest sides in the tournament, the boys showed much courage and skill, and scored more goals than any other team. Their defence was also outstanding, only conceding one goal in regular time during the entire competition. I commend the team for the attractive brand of football they played, and I suspect that opposition coaches feared playing our side more than any other. Captain Arshad Rasheed led by example during both matches and practices and will be greatly missed next year.’

Pool Matches: British School Won 6-0 (Jaah 3, Arshad, Khayyam, Hong)

Belvoir Won 6-0 (Pravan 2, Khayyam 2, Aron, Yohann)

Alethea Won 2-1 (Arshad, Jaah)

Gateway, Kandy Won 6-0 (Jaah 3, Khayyam 2, Arshad)

Gateway, Colombo Drew 0-0

Semi-Final CIS Lost 0-0 (lost in penalty shoot-out 4-5)

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