TCFC SCORE BIG AT SINGACUP 2017
Last weekend, Turf City FC Under 8 and Under 10 took part in SingaCup 2017 tournament. The tournament was held in Kallang Cricket Field. This is the 4th edition of the tournament and it has attracted many teams from around the region in the past years. This time around, TCFC boys played against teams from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, India and of course, Singapore.
Both teams started early on Saturday morning with a win. Under 8 beat a local Singaporean team, Bermuda SS 1-0. The Under 8 struggled to find the net against another Malaysian side, SJCSC. It wasn’t an easy tournament as the pitch was really small with tiny goals. The opposition chose to sit back and defended with 4 players and TCFC Under 8 couldn’t find the goal despite the many chances created.
Under 10 won their first game in the most dramatic way possible by scoring the winning goal in the last kick of the match. They played their second match against a very strong Malaysian side, N9 Grassroots and unfortunately lost 2-0.
Under 10 won the first game in the most dramatic way possible by scoring the winning goal in the last kick of the match!
TCFC Under 10 then played their 3rd game of the day against BSS Jakarta and it was nerve-wrecking. The boys needed a win to be in a better position to qualify for the knockout stage but this Indonesian team were not pushovers and resilient. At the start of the 2nd half, the Under 10 boys went a gear up and played with more speed and hunger to win with their 1st goal through Joseph who weaved through 3 BSS players before scoring.
Few minutes later, on the counter attack, Joseph again was involved and received the ball on the left side. He beat a man and played an early through ball to Owen who went 1 on 1 with BSS goalie and scored the second goal.
What a way to bounce back!
First up for Under 8 was against Albirex Niigata. The Under 8s came out firing early in the morning with 3 goals. Aiden scored the first goal through a cross from Stephen on the left side but it was Colin (also known as CJ) made it possible from a strong tackle in the middle of the park to stop the opposition’s attack and played a beautifully weighted pass to Stephen. Team captain, Robert made it 2-0 after a great run down the left. Arjun scored the 3rd goal from the right side after a smart move from a throw-in.
Under 10 played their last group game in the morning and was unable to find the goal but no worries as they only needed a point to qualify for the quarters.
The match ended 0-0 and the Under 10’s are through to the quarters together with Under 8.
However, it is not over yet for the Under 8. Another win in the last group game could give them a big advantage in the Quarterfinals as they will play against the 3rd best team of another group. The boys are going out for a win in the last game in the group. They face JPV Malaya and TCFC won the match 1-0 through Aiden’s goal. That put the Under 8 at the top of their group.
Under 10 faced JSSL in the Quarterfinals and it was tough battling match. Unfortunately for TCFC, the boys crashed out of the tournament with 1-0 defeat.
The Under 8 played against ActiveSG team in the Quarterfinals and beat them handsomely. 4-0 victory to us and a tough opponent awaits in the Semifinals. Phuri FC from Thailand gave TCFC Under 8 a big challenge in the semifinals with the match being end-to-end. Both teams struggled to score and the match went on to penalty shootout. Scores were tied after 3 kicks each team and it came down to the sudden-death penalty shootout. Will Robinson, TCFC U8 goalkeeper made the saved and Stephen stepped up to take his kick and he scored.
TCFC U8 are through to the final!
In the final, TCFC faced JSSL, a team from Singapore and it was an entertaining match. Both teams had chances to break the deadlock but after regular time, it was 0-0.
Here comes penalty shootout again. JSSL won the coin toss and chose to take their kick first and missed. Both teams missed after 2 rounds and JSSL missed their 3rd kick. Robert, the captain of the team stepped up to take the last kick. A goal would mean TCFC Under 8 the SingaCup champions and he placed it with power on the middle right side of the goalkeeper. Absolutely no chance for the goalkeeper.
TCFC Under 8 are the champion of SingaCup 2017!