Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) was crowned champions at the All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Football Tournament final in Po Kong Village Road Park Artificial Turf Park this afternoon. They defeated YCH Yung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School (YCH) 6-5 on sudden death penalties. CDNIS’s star goalkeeper, Dan Healy, 16, was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, with his team only conceding once throughout.
The teams were held to a 0-0 draw after the full 70 minutes of normal time. YCH got off to the stronger start and comfortably retained possession for much of the game. Their Canadian opponents were relentless in defence and were able to withstand the YCH attacking forces, showing glimpses of class in their counter-attacks. Neither side was able to break the deadlock - their fate had to be decided by the penalty shootout.
YCH goalkeeper Wong Tsz-ho, 17, received a yellow card after the first penalty was taken. The referee had previously warned both goalkeepers to stay on their line when the penalties were being taken. This may have had an effect on Wong’s performance later in the shootout.
When Cheung Yoi-yeung, 18, took YCH’s sixth penalty, CDNIS goalkeeper Dan Healy predicted the direction and was able to parry it to safety.
Stepping up to take the deciding penalty was 14-year-old Julian Sheng Mak from CDNIS. He confidently side-footed it into the back of the net, sparking scenes of jubilation on the pitch. Julian confessed he was a bit nervous, but after taking a deep breath, his nerves calmed and he could focus on placing the shot.
Dan explained that with penalties, a lot of it comes down to luck.
“They shoot hard. We were fortunate to win the penalties but, overall, I think we deserved it,” he said, and also revealed his secret for success: “I just tried to imagine myself getting my hand to the ball. Always forget about the last one, get the next one.”