School Sports: Tanjong Katong Secondary completes football double

Tanjong Katong Secondary School won the Schools National C division boys' football title on Aug 18, 2016.
Tanjong Katong Secondary School won the Schools National C division boys' football title on Aug 18, 2016.PHOTO: TANJONG KATONG SECONDARY

SINGAPORE - Just three weeks after winning their first Schools National B boys' football title, Tanjong Katong Secondary School clinched a double by bagging their first C boys' trophy on Thursday (Aug 18) to mark the school's 60th anniversary.

The school, who were also this year's East Zone champions, edged out Jurongville Secondary 4-1 on penalties, after the match ended 1-1 at the end of 60 minutes of regulation time and 10 minutes of extra time at Jalan Besar Stadium.

Tanjong Katong drew first blood in the 17th minute, when Sri Al-Fandy Rishi's cross from the left flank was headed home by Vasileios Chua.

It was the Secondary 2 striker's 26th goal of the competition, which made him the top scorer. Vasileios was also one of the six National Football Academy youths who went to Yamaga, Japan, for a week-long training trip in June.

But Jurongville equalised in the 48th minute when captain Firdaus Sulaiman scored from the penalty spot.

Tanjong Katong were dealt a blow as they were reduced to 10 men after Abdul Alim was sent-off in the 55th minute for two cautions over late challenges.

But they held on and condemned Jurongville to a runners-up finish for the second year in a row.

Besides thanking the respective groups of people who have supported them, including their parents, teachers, schoolmates and coaches, Tanjong Katong's captain Ahmad Redha paid tribute to his team-mates for their achievement.

They emerged from a tough group in the competition's second round, who included defending champions Coral Secondary. And in the semi-finals, they recorded a 3-1 victory over Seng Kang Secondary, who were last year's semi-finalists and this year's North Zone champions.

He said: "We were the underdogs throughout (the competition) but we stuck together, dug deep and fought hard. There were many other good teams, so we are humbled to finish as champions."