The U11 boys started with a stutter against a much improved Cempaka team in the opening game of this year’s Volkswagen Cup 5-a-side futsal competition held at the Allrounder Sports centre in Petaling Jaya. The boys came from 1-0 down to draw the opener 1-1 after a neat finish from Ali.
The second game looked like it was aiming for a 0-0 stalemate until Jiang Rong slotted home to give the GIS boys their first and much needed taste of victory. It would be the same player who would steal the points for GIS as the boys beat an unconvincing German B team 1-0. Despite the first three fast paced futsal games only delivering three goals, the GIS boys had played some neat football and were beginning to develop more of a positional understanding.
The team from the Japanese school looked to be a severe threat to GIS’s taking of the U11 crown but after some great link up play and movement of the ball around the enclosure, the Japanese team were swept aside 3-1. Christian, Ali and Justin getting on the scoresheet this time around. It gave GIS a much needed lift going into what turned out to be a hard fought game against the German school A team. The scoreline went back and forth in favour of both teams only to result in a 2-2 draw which was probably a fair result if judged by any on looking neutral.
GIS looked set to lift the title but needed to ensure a draw at the very least against REAL from Shah Alam. Goals came at a flurry and GIS led 3-0 after only a minute and a half! The team saw a multitude of player rotations and the goals continued. 7-1 the final score. Christian claiming a hat-trick while Justin and Jiang Rong bagged a brace each.
When all was said and done, all that was left was for the GIS boys to take to the top of the podium to claim their trophy and medals for their deserved winning placing. It was to prove a productive morning of football and served as the perfect way to start the season. However much work is to be done on the training ground, if this team of skilled individuals is to make as equal an impact on the international stage later in the year.
I would like to thank all the boys for their hard work at the tournament and all the parents who came and supported.