School sports: Bowen strategy pays off with victory in National B Division girls' football

Ong Yan Ting shows her glee after coming off the bench to score Bowen's first goal of the B Division girls' football final against Queensway yesterday. Bowen reclaimed the title with a 2-0 win.
Ong Yan Ting shows her glee after coming off the bench to score Bowen's first goal of the B Division girls' football final against Queensway yesterday. Bowen reclaimed the title with a 2-0 win. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Broad-shouldered, armed with a deadly right foot and prowling the field with powerful strides, Ong Yan Ting has proved to be a goal machine in this year's Schools National B Division girls' football tournament.

Coming off the bench, the 15-year-old netted the opener as she connected sweetly with a low cross in the 57th minute for Bowen Secondary School in yesterday's 2-0 win in the final against Queensway Secondary at Serangoon Stadium.

It was her 22nd goal in just seven matches in the campaign and she accounted for more than 40 per cent of her team's total of 52 strikes for the year.

" I feel great to have won the top scorer's award. But I owe it to my team," said Yan Ting. "Scoring the first goal was good because it encouraged my team to push on and be more confident."

Although lethal, the striker was not in Bowen's starting line-up as she was suffering from pain in both her knees from playing too much football.

Bowen coach Yeong Sheau Shyan said: "After last year's B Division, Yan Ting had knee issues and stopped training for a while.

"I had to find a way to use her as an impact substitute since the fitness wasn't there to play an entire match.

"Our strategy in the first half was to play hard and have our three forwards pressing high at the defence to force a mistake. Then, we put in our main attacker in the second half to score the goals."

After her introduction, Yan Ting's surging runs from deep made all the difference as she broke through to score. Bowen captain Riddle Reneelyn Sison netted the second goal in the 59th minute to reclaim the title they lost to the same opponents last year.

Yesterday's triumph was also the school's third championship in four years.

In the third and fourth place play-off, Hong Kah Secondary School claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Woodlands Secondary School.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2016, with the headline 'Bowen strategy pays off with victory'. Print Edition | Subscribe