School sports: St Gabriel's win 4th zonal football title in 5 years, beating Bendemeer 3-1 in final

A player from Bendemeer Secondary School attempts a goal against St Gabriel's Secondary school during a football match on April 1, 2016.
A player from Bendemeer Secondary School attempts a goal against St Gabriel's Secondary school during a football match on April 1, 2016.ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE - In a rematch of the 2014 Schools South Zone B Division boys' soccer final, St Gabriel's Secondary School defeated Bendemeer Secondary 3-1 over at Safra Tampines today to clinch their fourth south zone championship in five years.

Bendemeer piled on the pressure from the start as they fired shot after shot at the St Gabriel's goal. However, Gabrielite goalie Javan Poh made save after save in a number of one-on-one situations to preserve the score at 0-0 at half-time.

The second half was saw St Gabriel play at a higher tempo and soon enough, Ryan Van Huizen, cousin of national winger Christopher, broke the deadlock with a rocket from outside of the penalty box in the 60th minute to put Bendeemer on the back foot.

Just five minutes later, the lead was extended when Ryan Goh tapped in. Scorer Goh turned provider this time when his cross from the right was headed home by Joshua DeSouza in the 70th minute.

Bendemeer pulled one back in the 77th minute as Muhammad Raziq netted after a goal-mouth scramble.

"I guess we didn't take our chances. We had more opportunities to score, but the finishing wasn't there," said Bendemeer's teacher-in-charge Xavier Savarimuthu.

Along with St Gabriel's and Bendemeer, second runner-up St Joseph's Institution and third runner-up Ang Mo Kio Secondary School will be the four teams representing the South Zone in the upcoming Schools Nationals B Division boys' football championships.