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EMOTIONAL GRAND FINALE TO THE NATIONAL A DIVISION FOOTBALL (BOYS) CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012


Meridian Junior College beat Saint Andrew’s Junior College 2-0 to win their third consecutive National A Division Boys Football title. (Photo: SSC)


Joy; heartbreak; disappointment, and finally a sense of relieve.

It was an emotional rollercoaster of an evening at the Jalan Besar Stadium, both for the supporters and the players, in the National A Division Football (Boys) Grand Finals.

It was much more than another football match. More than just another victory to fight for, the school’s pride and history were at stake.

With the expectation of the entire school, who filled up the stadium’s grandstand to its’ rafters, and the proud history, the players of defending champion Meridian Junior College (MJC) have everything to play for.

“We are all here as we are very supportive of the school. All of us are expecting the boys to bring back the trophy again for the third year running,” said a second year MJC student.

It was MJC eighth appearance in the final, having won the last two in a row.

The weight of expectation could clearly be seen in the players as they were held to a goalless draw at the end of the first half by Saint Andrew’s Junior College (SAJC).

The second half proved different with the appearance of substitute Mohamed Amsyar B Omar Abdullah, who gave MJC more options at the front.

With the deafening support of the crowd, MJC surged forward with wave after wave of attack, looking for that opening goal.
 



Saint Andrew’s Junior College simply could not contain Meridian Junior College Mohamed Amsyar, who was awarded the Man-of-the-Match. (Photo: SSC)


They were rewarded shortly afterwards when Mohamed Amsyar, despite playing through injury, made contact with a long throw, directing the ball past a helpless SAJC keeper.

Amsyar scored his second minutes later when he was put through on goal. He held his nerves and calmly side footed the ball past the keeper, sending MJC supporters into euphoria.

The excitement soon died down as MJC supporters anxiously count down the minutes to the final whistle.

The nervy buzz around the stadium soon turned into loud raptures of screams when the final whistle was blown, cementing this MJC team into the school’s history, as they lift their third straight title, comprehensively beating SAJC 2-0.

SAJC teacher-in-charge Roland Lee was proud of his boys’ effort despite the defeat. “We fought well and was resilient till the end. Meridian deserved to win, but I am really proud of the boys, there’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

MJC vice-principal Mr Tan Kuo Cheang said: “I’m beyond words. I feel happy winning it three times in a row. MJC football is a niche sport, and is proving to be our best sport.”
 

 

Anglo-Chinese Junior College was undone by the sheer determination of Victoria Junior College, who came back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 after extra time. (Photo: SSC)


The earlier matchup in the grand finals saw Victoria Junior College (VJC) edge-out Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) 3-2(after extra time) in an exciting 3
rd/4th placing encounter.

ACJC was seemingly heading to a victory before an injury-time equalizer by VJC forced the match into extra time. VJC needed a slice of fortune as ACJC keeper fumbled a free kick into the bottom corner of his goal, handing the victory to VJC.

Muhammad Aqil Bin Mat Noor, an ACJC crowd favourite, reflected on the defeat after the match.

He said, “In terms of the result, it was disappointing, but in terms of performance, I don’t think so. We displayed perseverance despite being down one goal for most of the match.”

However, don’t count Aqil and his school out, for ACJS and the other schools will be back stronger next year, to try and dislodge MJC from the top.


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