This year the Marlborough Straits Football was adapted to 7 a-side with great success. We saw over forty teams competing in multiple age groups across sixteen pitches. The event was a great spectacle for the College and the noise and cheers in the knockout stages were infectious across each age group.
U11 Boys & U13 Boys and Girls – Mr Wickling
The football Straits was a bittersweet tournament for the Prep School. The U11 team won 3 in a league of 6 and narrowly lost 2 to make it to the Plate final. Here we came into our own and played our most comprehensive game with structure, passing and movement. The boys won the trophy and deserve great acclaim for their performance.
The Under 13 side continued their good form from ISKL and the Johor Schools Cup by winning their group with some hard-fought results. This led to them meeting our very own 2nd team who exceeded expectations with some excellent performances within the group stages. This grudge match was played in a positive atmosphere but no one could break the deadlock and it went to penalties. We met our old foes ISKL in the final and were well beaten yet, once again the boys performed with pride and passion. The Under 13 girls were in a group of 4 and played consistently with the ISKL side being the main threat. Following a narrow loss to them and two wins, we once again met them in the final. This time they got the early goal and held onto their lead so we were runners up for the second time in the tournament.
U15 Boys – Mr Lennard
The Boys started well with comfortable wins over ISKL (B) and Dreamstars with a ‘scorcher’ top left from Tom Glynn, 35 metres out. We then played ISKL (A) in what proved to be a frustrating affair with plenty of chances going missing. A final score of a 0-0 draw, meant we needed a big finish to the day. Pasir Gudang was next, having not conceded a goal in their previous three matches. Although our performance was much improved from when we played against Pasir Gudang in the regular season, they still proved too strong in the end. Finally, we played Bandar Uda Utama in what was a playoff for 2nd place in the group stages. The team, unfortunately, fell away in the heat but did show glimpses of what the boys can produce. A final position of 3rd was a fair reflection on the group and the day proved to be a great learning experience in the build-up to the International Tournament in Phuket this November.
In the U18 Boys’ tournament, UWC Dover showed their prowess in a dominating 4-1 victory against Marlborough 1st VII who had already given their all in the semi-finals beating Stamford American International School (SAIS) on penalties in a semi-final thriller. In the U18 Girls’ competition, the teams played in a round-robin format with SAIS winning the Plate. The eventual Cup winners were Marlborough 1st VII with an emphatic performance against the Marlborough U15 Girls to claim the victory overall. In the U15 Boys’ competition, Marlborough faced a tough grouping with two academy schools showing superb ball movement and skill. Overall winners were Pasir Gudang who scored an impressive 21 goals throughout the morning’s play.
First VII Girls – Mr Dempster
The First Team Girls had an excellent Straits Tournament, putting together their three best performances of the season so far to go unbeaten on the day and reclaim the title that they won last year. The Girls played with a mix of skill and grit throughout and the highlight was managing to defeat SAIS 1-0 in what was a fantastic showcase of football. Whilst it is near impossible to highlight individual performances on the day, mentions must go to Maha Sajko for showing both strength and finesse at Right Back and Right Midfield, as well as Heather Richardson for her all-round effort and scoring five goals on the day.
First VII Boys – Mr Davies
The Under 18s First Team started slowly with a 1-0 defeat against JBI. It was a disappointing result given that the team had the majority of possession but, simply capitulated to a single goal, the goal coming from a wasteful free-kick given on the edge of the box, a deflection from the two man wall pushing the ball away from Freddie Patten’s reach. Chances were plentiful, however, failure to take advantage of numerous clear cut scoring opportunities cost the team dearly. A missed penalty in the second half magnified the disappointment as Morgan Davies crashed a ferocious drive onto the crossbar with the goalkeeper beaten. Even the follow-up hit the crossbar. It was simply not meant to be. This seemed to be the wake-up call that the team needed with games in the group stages against Uda Utama and Pasir Gudang to follow. An excellent 1-1 match against Uda Utama with the goal coming from Christian Sakhrani was followed by a highly impressive 4-1 victory over Pasir Gudang. The result was particularly impressive as MCM fell to an early goal from the Malaysian opponents. Morgan Davies quickly responded with an impressive strike from the halfway line as the goalkeeper was left stranded. Further goals from Arvin Da Silva, William Roue and a thunderbolt from Timmy Tsirtsakis left the opposition dumbfounded and MCM victorious on the way to the Cup semi-finals.
The semi-final was a well-fought stalemate with SAIS. Neither team was able to make any clear-cut chances as both seemed to nullify each other’s attack. The game ended with a penalty shoot-out. Unfortunately, Morgan was unable to capitalise on the opportunities as he missed the first penalty however, his blushes were saved as Freddie made an impressive save to keep MCM in the match. Goals followed from Dion Hii and William Roue to put the penalty shoot out into sudden death. First of all, Timmy dispatched his penalty with vigour, matched only by the opposition. Then, Markus Medcraft stepped forward with pressure building. With a calm exterior, he put MCM ahead once more. With Freddie diving to his right, the SAIS player put his shot against the post leaving MCM with a well-deserved berth in the final.
In the final MCM held UWC Dover 0-0 at half-time; however, afterwards the strength, depth and class of the opposition shone through and although Freddie was highly impressive in goals stopping numerous point-blank shots the hosts fell to a 4-1 victory. MCM simply ran out of steam and lessons were learnt.
It was a great day of football for all involved. Development was key and progress was evident. We grow, we improve, we move on. Runners-up this time, next year who knows?
|U18 Boys Ranking||U18 Girls Ranking||U15 Boys Ranking|
|UWC Dover (Cup Winners)||MCM 1st (Cup Winners)|
SMK Pasir Gudang – Cup Winners
|MCM 1st||SAIS (Plate Winners)||Bandar Uda Utamar – Cup RU|
|U13 Boys Ranking||U13 Girls Ranking||U11 Boys Ranking|
|ISKL – Cup Winners||MCM Oranges (Cup Winners)||SM Polis Kem – Cup Winners|
|MCM – Cup RU||ISKL A||Kombat Fighters – Cup RU|
|Kombat Fighters – Plate Winners||MCM Foxes (Plate Winners)||MCM Reds – Plate Winners|
Thank you to Mia Ali for assisting with the photography.