Berkeley Girls Go Close Against TISAC Champs

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Berkeley Girls Go Close Against TISAC Champs

12 February, 2016

Berkeley girl's varsity team are unfazed by the recent 2-0 defeat against the current TISAC champions Ascot International School.
The game was hosted by Ascot and there was a good crowd on hand to cheer on the teams.


The game started close with both teams showing danger on the break. Ascot hit the post early on after a free kick was awarded in their favor. M.Wilson made a string of fine saves as did the Ascot keeper down the other end to keep the game 0-0 after 15 minutes.


It was noted by all the Berkeley girls that Ascot played a very physical game with many an arm and elbow being thrown about. S.Ballesteros and S.Hodgekinson raised their game down back and were holding the line solid with a string of fine clearances and screen plays.


N.Wilson the Berkeley midfield captain on the day was starting to become disgruntled with some of the poor refereeing decisions as they were beginning to influence the eventual outcome.


N.Wilson said ' there was a clear penalty to us in the first 5 minutes that the referee didn't call - we all knew he saw it, and his arm really does seem to go up in one direction. We're fouled from behind by them and they get the free kick, and when we come in with a fair tackle the Ascot girls like to fall over and get the free kick.'


Shortly before the break on 24 minutes Ascot scored a long range bouncer that slide past the players in the box and caught the Berkeley keeper off balance. 1-0 to the home side.


The second half began with more of the same. F.Roy and J.Barbour were constantly threatening the Ascot defense and came close on 5 occasions. Ascot scored their second on 45 minutes with a very well taken long range solo effort.
E.Roy played well in defense and the Berkeley midfield was enhanced by the introduction of N.Sokolov.
The game finished 2-0 for the home side.


Phillip the Ascot coach was very praising of the teams after the game, 'I thought both teams played a very similar style of football and both were dangerous in front of goal. We're looking forward to some more matches again soon.'


Berkeley coach L.Wilson was also very praising of the football. 'Ascot have the best girls team in the TISAC. For us to come here today and play the way we did shows much for our talents and skill. Despite the defeat our girls are happy with the way they played and our irrepressible sportsmanship and fairness. With our GBAC league games and tournament coming up this was a good indication of what we hope to achieve in the next 4 weeks'


The Berkeley girls will be playing their next GBAC league match at home to Anglo Singapore on February the 16th at 3:30 pm.
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