03 Feb 2018

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Lifting the trophy   the moment that all sportspeople dream of Another title this season! Champions of BISAC

Shrewsbury Storm U13 Boys Football – Champions of BISAC

An astounding pair of free-kicks by Loogpuen and an amazing brace of goals from Pind helped SHB Storm to the gold medal today as the Storm cruised past BPS Tigers 4-0 in the final to earn our second piece of silverware this season following the Harrow Football Cup on 19 November 2017, which we won on penalties.

Mr. Darren’s U13 Boys Football team clinched the BISAC Football Trophy in scintillating style as they scored a staggering 27 goals along the way, brushing aside BPS Tigers in the final and dismantling four other teams with massive winning margins en route to their triumph. All of the outfield players in the squad made it onto the scoresheet whereas our goalkeeper Saxon shone by keeping two clean sheets and conceding just seven goals.

It was the second time since 9 June 2017 that a SHB Storm football team triumphed on home soil and we all have those memories of how Guy top-scored with 4 goals as the then U11 Boys football team swooped the FOBISIA Games football gold medal.

The opening match against the ISB Panthers saw the flair of the Storm explode. In the 5th minute, Euro crossed all the way back to Saxon from midfield much to the surprise of his own teammates, but this was a superbly intelligent play from Euro by all means. Saxon controlled the ball on the knee and swung his foot through the ball to locate our midfielders with precision. The opposition knocked the ball off track but Loogpuen was optimally positioned to make an interception, and what followed from the midfielder was a majestic first time half-volley which flew low into the centre of goal.

Just before half time, Joseph played a penetrating diagonal through ball towards Choo-Choo, who flawlessly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper to double our advantage.

The Storm were rampant in the second half. Euro swerved in a screamer from the right wing before the Panthers conceded a penalty due to a desperate handball by one of their defenders to prevent us from scoring. Up stepped JJ to clinically dispatch the spot-kick into the bottom left corner. Three minutes later, Taan leapt highest to an aerial ball to send a dipping header over a pack of players and into the net. JJ then assisted Guy to chip over the onrushing goalkeeper before JJ himself sent a right curving shot in from the left wing. A 7-0 opening win and a flamboyant display from the whole team!

Against Traill International School, two early goals from Pind and a goal from Joseph put us in command but Traill responded quickly and the score ended up 3-2 to the Storm at half-time. This match was not the easiest of games and only when goals from George, Choo-Choo and Mark scored in a quick flash of time during the second half did the Storm secure a 6-2 win which then guaranteed our progression into the semi-finals. This allowed us to experiment with some new formations and strategies against the Falcons and to play at a slightly relaxed mental state compared with the previous two matches. For this match, the brace from Pind was one of the pivotal steps towards the victory.

The NIST Falcons, our last group stage opponents, offered a stern reality check on our team. Two neat goals from Pind put us in charge; the Falcons responded by pulling a goal back and then persistently tested our defence, but Saxon was equal to everything.

Thanks to an awesome pair of saves by Saxon we still held the advantage. However, the floodgates eventually burst open as the Falcons capitalised on a defensive lapse of ours and deservedly equalised. This did not matter though, as we still went through as group winners due to our overwhelmingly superior goal difference compared with the Falcons’.

Our semi-final match against the Harrow Lions will leave indelible memories for the SHB Storm supporters. The Storm tore the Lions apart by playing some of their best ever attacking football of the season. After 59 seconds, Joseph’s through ball towards Choo-Choo was accomplished by Choo-Choo with a delightful spinning shot which found the bottom left corner, the opposition unable to cope with the awkward path of the deft effort. At six minutes, the Lions goalkeeper could only parry a shot from Pind into the path of Choo-Choo, who crossed back to midfield partner Loogpuen to accomplish a goal with a low drive. The Lions pulled one back later on but the Storm crushed any hopes of a comeback thanks to quick-fire goals from Pind and JJ. First, Pind converted from Joseph’s assist to reach his brace, then JJ lobbed his saved shot over the goalkeeper to make it 4-1 to the Storm. George then smacked a shot low and hard into the ground into the net to give us a 5-1 lead at half-time and nothing could feel better than this.

After the restart George added two more to his tally to achieve his hat-trick under a “super-substitute” status. His free-kick in the 20th minute was first-rate; he smashed the free kick through the wall into the corner leaving the opposition staring in awe. Joseph completed the rout for the Storm and a goal from an indirect free-kick in the last minute of the game from the HIS Lions capped off all the action in a pulsating encounter. An 8-3 win; George also picks up the privilege of scoring our team’s 20th goal today.

The final against the BPS Tigers was the most important match of the whole season for us as it was the last obstacle in our way before the coveted trophy. BPS Tigers had performed impressively over the course of today’s competition and recently won against the Storm last Thursday, so it was going to be a rigorous and intense challenge.

After one minute, the Tigers tested our defence with a long throw which a striker headed straight at Saxon from close range. Saxon dived to his right and saved the shot beautifully. The Tigers were the better team for quite a long while and they squeezed us back into our half, forcing us on the backfoot by launching probing crosses time and time. There was little room for the Storm to play any kind of creative football.

Just as hope seemed to fade, the Storm earned a foul in the final third in the 10th minute. The referee awarded us a free-kick which was a glorious opportunity to take the lead. If we could not score from open play, we did not squander our set pieces! Loogpuen stepped up to curl the free kick high over the wall into the far corner, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance – a charming goal to give us a crucial advantage. Three minutes later, the Storm attacked again and Taan got fouled, earning us another direct free-kick. Loogpuen emulated his achievement earlier on by curling into the top right corner – two glittering free-kicks, impeccable stuff! The Storm were 2-0 up at half-time.

Pind put on a masterclass performance in the second half and was the prominent figure in attack. In the 16th minute, Joseph’s throw-in was received by George and threaded onto Pind, who sidefooted into the bottom right corner. Pind was a precocious talent and leading role in the many more attacking routines we launched as we looked to put this game beyond all doubts. Pind was rewarded for his endeavours again two minutes before full time as he netted his second of the game. It wasn’t all over yet, but shortly after it was, and the sound of the referee’s whistle confirmed our BISAC triumph.

The boys went on to receive the gold medals and lift the trophy at the Award Presentations. They will of course look forward to winning at the U13 FOBISIA Football competition in March and look enthused to enjoy more football adventures to come.

ISB Panthers


Win 7-0

JJ (2 goals, including 1 penalty), Loogpuen, Choo-Choo, Euro, Taan, Guy (1 each)

Traill International School


Win 6-2

Pind (2), Joseph, George, Choo-Choo, Mark

NIST Falcons


Draw 2-2

Pind (2)

Harrow Lions


Win 8-3

George (3), Choo-Choo, LP, Pind, JJ, Joseph

BPS Tigers


Win 4-0

Loogpuen (2), Pind (2)

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