By Fiona Lee/Red Sports
Meridian Junior College, Monday, May 6, 2013 — Meridian Junior College beat Raffles Institution 1–0 in Round 2 to take a step closer to the semi-finals of the National A Division Boys’ Football Championship.
The teams were tied 0–0 at half time.
The win gives Meridian top spot in their group with four points. In their previous game, Meridian had drawn 1–1 with Anderson Junior College while Raffles had beaten St. Andrew’s Junior College (SAJC) 1–0.
Meridian controlled the play and dominated possession in a first half with few clear chances. The second half began in similar fashion as Meridian continued their attacks and tried for goals. Navin Farhan Mohan (#19) of Meridian had a shot on goal but fired it over.
Both teams continued playing at a high intensity with Raffles countering Meridian’s attacks with long balls back into the latter’s half. In the 28th minute, Chris Tran (#21) and his teammate #15 combined to almost give RI the lead with the RI #15 getting a clear shot on target. However his effort was saved by Nicholas Lee in the Meridian goal.
Meridian’s relentless attacks finally paid off when Ahmad Afiq bin Adam (#17) powered a convincing shot into the back of the Raffles’ goal for the only goal of the match.
Kelvin Chan (#6), captain of Meridian, felt that his team had played a much better game as compared to their previous one against Anderson.
“Raffles are a very good team – strong and determined. Credits to them and I wish them all the best in their future matches,” said Kelvin.
He continued: “We still have a long way to go and there’s definitely room for improvement and we can do much better.”
Kelvin also revealed that his team’s goal was to win the championship. He added that SAJC, Victoria Junior College and Anglo-Chinese Junior College are their toughest opponents in the competition.
Meridian’s next match will be against SAJC at Millennia Institute on Friday, May 10, at 4 p.m.
Meridian vs Raffles
1st half: 0–0
2nd half: 1–0 (1–0)
Ahmad Afiq bin Adam (#17) — 1 goal
Nicholas Lee (#1), Elijah Yeo (#3), Abdul Mteen bin Mohamed Nagib (#4), Muhammad Faiz bin Mohd Basir (#5), Kelvin Chan (#6), Syabil Anwar bin Badrul Hisham (#7), Nazri bin Nordin (#8), Johnny Phua (#9), Mohamed Faizal bin Mohamed Raffi (#10), Muhammad Faisal s/o Md Malik (#11), Alan Yap (#12), Ernest Teh (#14), Hilman Aqil bin Mohd Shari (#15), Ahmad Afiq bin Adam (#17), Joel Chan (#18), Navin Farhan Mohan (#19), Michael Paul Hendrick (#20), Bryant Tan (#21), Haritharan Shamin Kumar (#23), Muhammad Syafie bin Makmor (#25)
Loo Wee Toh (#3), Lek Hui Meng (#16), Chris Tran (#21), Damian Setiadi
We asked for but were denied the RI name list.