As the first ISACK season of the 2016/17 calendar comes to an end, those students at BSK who were selected to represent the U19 Football team will be reflecting on what was a truly fantastic season. Having won the ISACK championship last year, there was pressure on the team to repeat this feat for a second year running and the odds would seem to be against BSK after losing a number of influential players from last year’s squad.
However, this year’s squad took no notice of this and displayed their intentions early in the season, overcoming English School Fahaheel 4-0 in their opening fixture. Victories over The English Academy and New English School followed and the path to the semi-finals was paved with one game to spare.
BSK continued their hard work in training and even gave up time during their October break to arrange a friendly fixture to keep the squad fresh for the upcoming semi-final. Overcoming New English School on penalties after a hard fought draw in open play proved the saying 'you earn your luck' to be true. On the bus to the final against Kuwait English School, a team who had previously beaten BSK in the group stages, the students seemed nervous but focused.
Within in the opening 15 minutes Mihail Vizitiu scored what can only be described as a wonder goal and followed up with a second goal shortly afterwards. This seemed to inspire the players to press KES and limit them to very few chances. In the end KES pulled one goal back thanks to a moment of brilliance of their own but it was too little, too late and BSK were crowned U19 ISACK Football Champions for the season 2016/17.
A victory in the 5-aside tournament solidified BSK's position as the team to beat in ISACK football and rounded off what was a remarkable season for everyone involved. Coach Scott Fusco would like to thank the players for their hard work and dedication to practices, on top of their numerous additional responsibilities. Here's hoping the basketball and volleyball squads can have similarly successful seasons.