SIS Highschool Boy’s Soccer Team Takes On FC Inter(nationals) In Shekou
Thursday 4pm: The skies were dull and gray as the rain filled clouds were slowly passing over Shekou. The boy’s soccer team of Shekou International School wasn’t going to let the weather get the better of them as they finally had the chance of a lifetime. To compete against the very players they have looked up to for years. SIS – Inter was a fact.
Sure, the Sneijder’s, Cambiasso’s and Forlan’s didn’t really make it to China but having a chance to beat a team filled with SIS teachers amongst other expats was exciting as well. Inter Coach Carlos Galves used the entire week leading up to the game to prepare his team in an orderly fashion. Tactical situations and lineups were emailed back and forth between a slightly ageing squad that couldn’t stand the thought of losing against the much fitter and talented men of SIS.
As soon as the whistle blew to start the match, the SIS squad made their intentions clear. Playing fast paced, technical and attractive football was going to be their key to success. Their strategy worked perfectly for the first 15 minutes where shot after shot were fired on target. If it wasn’t for Inter Goalie Yves Yoseph’s All Star performance, the game could have been decided within the blink of an eye.
Slowly but steady the Internationals found their way on the pitch and more chances were created. The players of SIS proved to be lethal on the counter however. After intercepting the ball after an offensive play by Inter it took 3 passes within 5 seconds to put SIS Striker Jung Mok Lee eye to eye with Inter’s goalkeeper. Without hesitating Lee fired the ball in the lower corner of the goal. 1-0.
Halftime was welcomed by many of the Inter boys as most players needed to catch their breath and listen to Coach Galves talk some more strategy. The second half started a lot more promising for Inter. Not as fit, not as skilled but with experience to fall back on the Internationals stuck to their game as confidence grew. More and more combinations were made and shots were fired on goal. Inter Striker Carlos Galves found the ball landing before him on the rebound and instinctively shot the ball hard against the ropes: 1-1.
SIS regrouped and continued playing pressure football with their impressive combinations. Many chances were created but Inter’s world-renowned rock solid defense hold off any SIS attempt in taking the lead. Unexpectedly it was Inter that took the lead for the first time this game. Dutch Striker Evert van den Meulengraaf scored the 1-2 for Inter after winning a scrimmage and skillfully put the ball behind the SIS goalie.
With only three minutes left on the clock it was Jose Reyes that single handedly tore open the Inter defense and fired a rocket to settle the final score, 2-2.
As both teams were looking to go home with the win we hope to witness a rematch in the near future!