U14 Under 14 Boys Football RSAC
For team 2 it was like men against boys playing against a well-organised and structured BISJ team. The boys stuck to their playing philosophy and continued to try to play good football when they had the ball and work hard when they didn’t. Unfortunately, when the final whistle came, BISJ were comfortable 10-0 winners.
Heads were down amongst the JPGS team, but a break between games gave them time to reflect and improve.
The next round of games saw Team 1 play against a well organized Yanbu team and Team 2 play against KAUST. As in the previous game, Team 1 started slowly and a substitution and change of formation seemed to bring a change of fortunes around and two quick goals meant JPGS went into half time 2-0 up. After a quick 5 minute break, they came out firing on all cylinders and won the game 7-0.
Team 2 played against Kaust Team 1. A change of formation and outlook gave the team hope and belief, and this saw positive results in the 1st half as the schools went in at 0-0. However, due to the change in formation and heat the team ran out of steam and ended up losing 3-0.
Team 1 played their 3rd game against a very energetic Kaust 2nd team. With a few tired limbs after 60minutes of football and very short breaks substitutions came a plenty with every member having a rest and even our goal keeper playing a half on the pitch to help out. JPGS ran out winners 9-0.
This saw team 1 have a well deserved rest and team 2 played their next game against Dar Jana. Again, following the change of formation the team played with increased confidence and started the game stronger, forcing the Dar Jana goalkeeper into two good saves in the space of one minute. With excellent pace shown from Khallid D down the wing and the midfield dominance from Hamza Alireza, and with two minutes of the first half remaining Dar Jana was handed a penalty. Hassan Khatri showed how good he had already been with a fine penalty save to ensure the scores were level half time. However, as time went on and tiredness crept in Dar Jana scored 3 quick goals finishing the game 3-0.
The last two games of the group stages came with team 1 facing BISJ 2 and team 2 facing AISJ 2. The lunchtime had come at the wrong time as both teams had been starting to play good football. AISJ 2 took an early lead against JPGS team 2, with a well-crafted goal. JPGS came back at them and hit the post on two occasions. However, time ran out for JPGS who eventually lost the game 3-0.
For the fourth time in the day, team 1 started the game slowly and found themselves under pressure from BISJ 2, with Jawad making some fine saves to keep the score even. JPGS eventually came to light and started passing the ball and moving into space like experts. As the game progressed the more JPGS dominated the game and came out winners 5-0. This result meant that JPGS 1 found themselves playing BISJ 1 in the final of the competition.
With both teams earning four wins and no losses from the group stages it was going to be a tense but entertaining affair. As you would think with a final, it was a close affair with no inch give by either coaches or teams. The two teams were a credit to themselves, their coaches and their schools. It was so nice to see such a fierce rivalry between two teams who played the game with excellent sportsmanship. The game finished 0-0 and so went to penalties. JPGS missed their first penalty and faced an up hill battle to claw it back especially as there would only be three each. Saves from Jawad and some excellent penalties saw JPGS win the shootout 6-5 after going to sudden death.
Congratulations to JPGS team 1 who won the final and are U14 RSAC Boys Champions.
Team 1 Squad Members
Jawaad Abubakker, Mohammed Al Qouad, Hamza Sheikh, Louay Accaoui, Ismail Kurraim, Mohammed Droubi, Hazem Ghamil, Austin Biju, Yassin Merdan, Yousef Demirahan
Team 2 Squad Members
Hassah Khatri, Obadah Aleisawi, Mohammed El Gazzah, Mohammed Hamden, Ali Tawbah, Khallid Dallol, Nejah, Elyas Mejai, Faisal Alamoudi, Hamza Alireza, Ahmed Sajjad