Cometh The Hour, Cometh The Man
National “B” Division School Premier League 1 Final
Singapore-Selangor Schools Challenge Cup
This was it. 2 rain delays and 100 minutes had resulted in a 2-2 draw, and penalty kicks were now needed to determine the winner.
Marc Ryan Tan Wei Ming, Singapore Sports School’s fourth kicker, quietly stood over the penalty spot.
Muhammad Nur Adam Abdullah, Muhammad Ryaan Sanizal and Ashley Yong Cheng Wai had already converted from 12-yards to give Sports School a 3-2 advantage over Meridian Secondary School.
With Meridian having missed two of their penalties, Marc knew a successful spot kick would see Sports School crowned National “B” Division School Premier League 1 Champions.
He took a deep breath, and began his run up as he opted for power over finesse. And like so many times this season, the ball hit the back of the net after leaving the forward’s foot.
This goal on 20 April however, was more significant. After all, Marc’s penalty sealed a 4-2 penalty win, and more importantly, Sports School’s seventh National Schools title in 11 years.
“I have scored over 15 goals this season, but I will remember this one the most. I will definitely treasure this experience forever,” Sports School’s top scorer said.
Victory however, did not come easily after our footballers went behind twice in the game.
They narrowly avoided defeat when Adam curled a free kick in the last minute of regulation time to cap a man-of-the-match performance at the Jalan Besar Stadium, after Abdul Rasaq Ishiekwene Akeem had a goal sandwiched between two Meridian efforts.
“I had actually hit the post earlier in the game, so I was quite confident of getting the shot on target. Besides, it was already injury time, so I knew I needed to score,” Adam said.
Despite the win and the efforts of his teammates, Marc found time to pay tribute to the supporters.
“I may have scored, but credit must go to our supporters,” Marc said, “their cheers from the sidelines really encouraged us to the last minute. They were our twelfth man.”
Our Under-16 footballers followed that victory by winning the inaugural Singapore-Selangor Schools Challenge Cup on 6 May at the Singapore Sports Hub. They beat the Selangor Combined Schools 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1 at full time.