School sports: Hong Kah rout SJI to win B Division football championship

Hong Kah Secondary School clinched their third National B Division football championship in four years after an emphatic 6-0 victory over St Joseph's Institution on Friday.
Hong Kah Secondary School clinched their third National B Division football championship in four years after an emphatic 6-0 victory over St Joseph's Institution on Friday. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES SPORTS / TWITTER
Hong Kah Secondary School clinched their third National B Division football championship in four years after an emphatic 6-0 victory over St Joseph's Institution on Friday.
Hong Kah Secondary School clinched their third National B Division football championship in four years after an emphatic 6-0 victory over St Joseph's Institution on Friday. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES SPORTS / TWITTER
Hong Kah Secondary School clinched their third National B Division football championship in four years after an emphatic 6-0 victory over St Joseph's Institution on Friday.
Hong Kah Secondary School clinched their third National B Division football championship in four years after an emphatic 6-0 victory over St Joseph's Institution on Friday. PHOTO: JAYSEN LOW
Hong Kah Secondary School clinched their third National B Division football championship in four years after an emphatic 6-0 victory over St Joseph's Institution on Friday.
Hong Kah Secondary School clinched their third National B Division football championship in four years after an emphatic 6-0 victory over St Joseph's Institution on Friday. PHOTO: CHARLES ONG

SINGAPORE - Hong Kah Secondary School clinched their third National B Division football championship in four years after an emphatic 6-0 victory over St Joseph's Institution (SJI) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) field on Friday morning.

Making their first appearance at the national finals after a 37-year absence, SJI, who are led by former Lions defender Kadir Yahaya, conceded two goals in the opening 15 minutes of a match that was decided in the first-half.

Nuri Irfan opened the scoring for Hong Kah in the 8th minute after the right-back volleyed in after a scramble in the box.

Danial Hakim then doubled his team's advantage after his shot from the edge of the box was deflected into the net in the 13th minute.

The pick of the goals was to come in the 34th minute when Iz Hazwan Azhar scored straight from a corner with his effort inadvertently helped on by SJI goalkeeper Timothy Wong.

Hong Kah then added another on the stroke of half time after terrific play by Muhammad Al-Fian saw the winger cross for Joel Chng to head in from close distance.

Despite the presence of close to 800 SJI supporters in the stands hoping to witness a first football title since 1978, their team could not mount a fightback in the second half as Hong Kah added a fifth within minutes of the restart.

Muhammad Aidil steered in an effort past the goalkeeper's near post in the 46th minute after capitalising on a defender's error.

Hong Kah then sealed matters in the 72nd minute when Is Hazwan scored his second of the day after he skipped past two defenders before firing into the bottom corner to complete the one-sided affair.

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