Match Report
Shrewsbury International School, Riverside Varsity Boys Football vs  Lanna International School
On: Sunday, 08 Nov 2020
Venue: Away

Shrewsbury dominated the game in the early stages, controlling possession, switching play with ease and creating some half-openings. Lana forced a corner and a short-corner routine was worked to their player just outside the box who slammed one in off the post. Shrewsbury were clearly rattled and struggled to maintain any rhythm in their play after this. If it was not for Saxon, Lana could have had another one. Schaab stepped in and we failed to pick up at the back leaving their striker free resulting in a quick transition and 1v1 opportunity. Euro recovered well to put pressure on their man which thankfully forced him to rush his shot. Half-time, the score was 1-0 and the message was to relax and stick to our game plan. Shrewsbury began the 2nd half with more composure and scored not long after the restart when Tee turned his man to advance into the box and finish low at the near post. From then on it was all Shrewsbury as Lanna tired and we began to dominate possession again. 1-1 the final score as we entered extra-time and the dreaded golden goal. Deep into the 2nd half of extra-time, Earth did brilliantly down the right to beat his man and square it across the box. After a half clearance it popped out to Pind, on the edge of the box. This goal reminded me of Steven Gerrard's winner against Olympiacos in their dying encounter of that champions league match, with Liverpool going on to beat AC Milan on penalties in the final. Thankfully, Pind's strike meant we did not have to go through the tension of a shootout on this occasion and a deserved 3rd place finish for the boys. They really gave everything over the 3-day tournament, showing great camaraderie and togetherness which enabled them get over the line.

Player of the tournament was Pind, not only for his crucial goals but also his fantastic work ethic. The future is bright for him. Special mentions firstly to Josh, who stepped up for his first Varsity games and put in some great performances.

We say goodbye to Schaab, Tee, Tan and Sage and thank them for all of their efforts in the gold and green.