The highly talented under-10 squad of SDI Al Azhar lost for the first time this season, falling 3-2 to British International School Team A in a thrilling match in the Jakarta Schools Football Association on Saturday.
In front of a crowded touchline, Al Azhar, in the club’s black and gold change strip, went ahead 2-1 with goals from Berliando Javier and Magistra Nuari Llmi.
With a number of desperate tackles coming from its tenacious midfield, some great saves by keeper Gijs Berkhout and the help of the woodwork on three occasions, the BIS-A side began clawing its way back with 10 minutes left in the match.
With an equalizer arriving early in the fourth quarter courtesy of Charlie McFadden, it was left to a right-foot strike from Jeremy Hillock that sailed high into the top corner of the net with four minutes to go to seal the hard-earned victory.
In the under-10 A standings, BIS now sits in second with nine points, just behind Jakarta International School on goal difference. Al Azhar fell to third, tied with two other schools with six points.
When asked how he felt when he saw his shot go in, an excited Hillock said, “I was so happy to score. I knew that there were only a few minutes to go and that we could still win. We all worked really hard and are so excited because [Al Azhar] is a very good team.”
There were a number of other close games that were played out during a busy fixture program held at seven different venues on Saturday.
BIS played a hard-fought match against Al Azhar before winning 6-5 in the under-19 competition. The victory put BIS in second place in the U19 standings, level on six points with the French German Team, which has a better goal difference after its 4-0 win over Santa Laurensia.
The under-16 match between BIS and ACG/Raffles International Christian School was also tightly fought, with ACG winning 4-3, its first victory in the tournament. It lost 5-3 to Central School in its previous match.
In other U16-B matches, Jakarta International Korean School won 5-2 over Kampung Jombang, while Sekolah Bogor Raya beat SMP Bani Saleh 1 3-0.
Based on statistics provided by Jakartafootball.com, 228 matches have been played and 1,528 goals scored after Week Three of the 12-week season, an average of 6.7 goals a game. Brian Dallamore