Last Saturday was Greenfields Cup semi-finals day held at the BSJ venue and served-up an exciting list of close results and entertaining football. The winners will go on to contest the final on the leagues gala day on May 30th, details to follow.
The U8 encounter between high flying Tara Salvia in U8E and BSJ Blue from U8C had everyone on the touchline shouting at the top of their voices as Tara Salvia front-man and season top-scorer Fadli Perwira hakim scored all 3 goals in their narrow 3-2 victory. This went one better than Kim Gun Woo’s double for the home side and ended the hosts 2015 season in disappointment in only their second defeat in 10 game season campaign. Tara Salvia move-on to play Highscope Bintaro in the final who beat Global Jaya 7-3 thanks to a 4 goal haul from Kordial Zanadi.
In the A/B competition it took a 4-2 penalty shoot-out for Japan School to eventually extinguish the hopes of ACG A after a nail-biting 2-2 draw which included both normal time goals and a penalty conversion from Ikuma Nishiyama. JJC meet the winners of BSJ Red and Al Fath who meet on May 2nd.
The U10’s held no real surprises as A division champions BSJ Red overcame a spirited Al Azhar by 6-2 with yet another 3 goal haul from the prolific Callum McCombie upfront. The British School team will meet the winners of Dragons PIE and ACS who finished second and third in the table. In the C/F competition Cita Buana consolidated a successful season with a convincing 3-0 victory over Ar Rachman and will play SIS United in the final who crashed out a gallant Victory Plus School by 5-2 with another hat-trick from Salim Sheldon.
In U12’s, SD Avicenna sent BSJ Blue to a second semi-final defeat when Ramdanu Aimer scored late-on to take his school through to a May 30th encounter with Binus Serpong who defeated The Korean School by 4 goals to 2. In the A/B event Mentari Jakarta A enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 victory over a depleted JJC A side and will contest the final against either BSJ Red and Dragons who meet on May 9th.
There were mixed fortunes for JJC in U14 when the A side scraped through with a 2-1 win over Insan Cendekia thanks to a second half strike from Tomoki Furusho only for the B team to go down by the same score line to Lycees Francais when Elias Morgan went through in a solo effort to snatch the winner for the French side.
The Girls competition had a busy weekend in both cup and league held at JIS on Saturday and the British School on Sunday. Open Age Girls leaders BSJ cemented the championship title in the Coca Cola League with a 3-0 defeat over JGS Dragons and followed that up with a 4-0 win over Deutsche International School in the Greenfields Cup. They will play the winners of JGS Tigers and Dragons in the final.
In U13 Girls, there was a nail-biting finish to the Greenfields Cup semi-final between home side BSJ when they held on to a 1-0 lead against GJS Leopards through to the final whistle and secured a final spot. And finally, in the All Girls U10 competition there were 2 penalty shoot-outs increased the tension for the large crowd when JIS PEL eventually defeated TISB in the first game only to go out in the semi-final to ACG 4-1 again on the penalties. The U10 final will be contested between BSJ Red, who squeezed past JIS PEL, and ACG on 30th May.
The Gala day event has posed a number of problems this year to the size of the league and the number of teams participating. The league committee will be issuing a bulletin with details on what is going to happen on Gala Day where the emphasis will be on less formality and fun.
For those teams who have now completed their 2015 season, a very well done form all of us at the JSFA.