Football: Meridian Junior College win fourth straight A Division title after beating Victoria

MJC's Fikri Amin B Rohaimi fights for the ball with VJC's Jordan Ng Jun during the National A Division Football (Boys) final between Victoria Junior College and Meridian Junior College.
MJC's Fikri Amin B Rohaimi fights for the ball with VJC's Jordan Ng Jun during the National A Division Football (Boys) final between Victoria Junior College and Meridian Junior College.ST PHOTO: DAVE LIM

SINGAPORE - Meridian Junior College (MJC) were crowned champions of the boys' A Division football championship once more, after beating rivals Victoria Junior College (VJC) 3-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday (May 23).

This is the school's fourth consecutive victory and eighth in 11 years.

The match began with both teams defending strongly against potential attacks. But at the end of the 40-minute mark, both teams could not break the deadlock.

With renewed energy, the teams kicked off the second half at blistering pace as both looked to take the lead. Eventually, VJC conceded a penalty in the 59th minute that was put away by MJC's hat-trick hero and captain Justin Hui.

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However, VJC responded in the next four minutes as Nicholas Chan slotted home a low cross to equalise.

But the three-time defending champions were unfazed by the slip-up, as they scored two goals in the next five minutes to seal their win.

Speaking to The Straits Times after the win, MJC coach Fabio da Silva said: "It was very difficult and even though we went 1-0 up, they came back fast to make it level. But the key point is that we were able to come back very fast. The comeback was amazing.

"We might have won four times but there are many amazing teams who are on the same level as us. We are extremely blessed to get the win today."