|FROM JALAN BESAR STADIUM
By Khalis Rifhan
The Singapore Sports Council/Football Association of Singapore National Inter-schools Football Championship 2013 ‘B’ division girls category have a new champion after Bowen Secondary inflicted a 3-0 defeat on defending champions Woodlands Secondary on Tuesday at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Revenge was on the cards for Bowen as they had earlier lost to Woodlands in the group stage.
Despite being the defending champions, Woodlands looked a pale shade of themselves as they crumbled in the second-half after holding their fort well in the first-half.
Bowen went into the half-time interval with a one goal lead after Nur Faradila Rafidi struck a spectacular volley from a tight angle to the bottom corner that stunned Woodlands goalkeeper Najha Noh Azmay.
The start of the second-half saw yet another moment of brilliance from Bowen Secondary, this time through Siti Nor Aysah Jasmani's individual solo effort.
Siti started the attack from her own half, playing the one-two with teammates before before her trickery brought her away from her markers. The 15-year old then slammed the ball home for her teams’ second goal of the match.
There were tears running down the cheeks of several Woodlands players midway through the second-half as they went further behind and were losing grasp of the championship medal.
A harmless shot by Bowen’s captain Sasi Kala Tamang from the edge of the box was met with a wicked deflection from a Woodlands defender and the ball landed at the back of the net for the third and final goal of the match.
Bowen did not only bring home the championship medal but their captain Sasi was also named the ‘Most Promising Player of the Tournament.’
For Bowen Secondary teacher-in-charge Gary See, he felt proud of his students and congratulated them for their hard earn victory.
“I must give credit to Woodlands for putting up a good show but I am happy for my girls as they worked really hard and they deserved it,” said See.
“Sasi did well today and is always a player who we can count on and is also someone that the players looked up to. I am happy that she won this award.”
In the third and fourth placing match, which was played prior to the final, Queensway Secondary took the second runners-up spot as they trounced Henderson Secondary by 5-0 and their striker Sitia Niwati collected the golden boot award after scoring a staggering 19 goals in the competition.