Schools: Ryan plays key role in St Gabriel's win

St Gabriel's players piling on top of scorer Ryan Goh in celebration, after he notched the side's second goal in the 65th minute. He went on to provide an assist later as well, as they triumphed 3-1.
St Gabriel's players piling on top of scorer Ryan Goh in celebration, after he notched the side's second goal in the 65th minute. He went on to provide an assist later as well, as they triumphed 3-1.ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

Having groomed Singapore internationals like Hariss Harun, Indra Sahdan and Hafiz Sujad in the past, another potential star has rolled off St Gabriel's Secondary's production line.

Right-winger Ryan Goh played a pivotal role, scoring once and assisting in another goal, in his side's 3-1 victory against Bendemeer Secondary School in the Schools South Zone B Division boys' football final at Safra Tampines yesterday.

That helped his school win a fourth zonal title in five years.

"It's very hard to describe the feeling (of scoring and assisting). There was this rush of happiness in me," said Ryan. "The second goal I scored was a crucial one and my assist also helped bring the team up, making them more confident."

For his display in the final, Ryan was named Man of the Match.

The 17-year-old will be heading to Brazil in November to begin a six-month training stint with top- flight club Boavista's Under-17 side.

"I'm feeling excited about it, and I'm just eager to go there to prove myself," he said. "I really hope to play professionally for Boavista.

"It's a dream come true to play overseas and it means much more to play under a club like them."

St Gabriel's football teacher-in-charge Brandon Low praised the player, saying: "Ryan is one with a lot of potential. He is a quick player with good speed and great control of the ball."

St Gabriel's took the lead through a piledriver from Ryan van Huizen, cousin of national winger Christopher, in the 60th minute.

Ryan Goh's speed and incision was on parade as he tapped in his team's second goal in the 65th minute. Five minutes later, he crossed for Joshua de Souza to round off the scoring. Bendemeer's consolation goal came from Muhammad Raziq in the 77th minute.

Another St Gabriel's player who shone was goalkeeper Javan Poh, who pulled off a slew of saves in the first half when Bendemeer took several shots at goal.

The 15-year-old said: "When they came up against me one-on-one, a lot of things went through my mind. You can feel the pressure of the school on your shoulders."

Bendemeer's football teacher-in-charge Xavier Savarimuthu credited the victors, saying: "They're hard-working, they took the coach's instructions, which is not always easy for teenagers. It paid off and hats-off to them."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 02, 2016, with the headline 'Ryan plays key role in St Gabriel's win'. Print Edition | Subscribe