On Tuesday the 28th of October our U19 Boys football team finally got their QUESS Football League under way when they travelled to participate against English Modern School (EMS).

The game was played on a small compact pitch which meant space and time on the ball were at a premium. The ISL boys started the game better and had the better of the early exchanges with Fabian Escobar and Pablo Egger both forcing good saves from the EMS goal keeper. ISL were well on top in the middle of the park with Allan Gomez, Niels Kerkvliet and Khalid Al Kubaisi all showing great strength on the ball. The home side weren’t afraid to bring the ISL boys down which saw a couple of strong tackles in the opening minutes, the referee really did have his hands full!

The deadlock was finally broken with 10 minutes on the clock, Niels Kerkvliet finding the back of the EMS net with a wonderful free kick. EMS settled after going behind and played some nice football, but they struggled to break down the impressive ISL rearguard with Michael Botting, Saif Alanimi, Jesus Perez and Abu Iqbal taking no chances and clearing their lines very effectively.    

ISL were playing like a team full of confidence, their tireless work ethic paid off once again when Abu Iqpal cleared a ball down the wing to Pablo who squared it to Allan who made no mistake with a smart finish to the corner of the net.

ISL went on to dominate the remainder of the half with Thomas Freundt, Arar AL Naimi and Mohammed Ziyad not allowing EMS to settle on the ball and were pushing ISL forward at every opportunity.

EMS were letting their frustrations get the better of them which resulted in the referee having to step in and remove one of the players, ISL however did not let this phase them and they again silenced the home side with a well worked goal Zach and Andrea combing well to find Pablo who again found Allan who sent the ball crashing to the back of the net to put ISL 3 goals up.

Just before the half-time whistle EMS did finally breach the ISL defensive line which resulted in a somewhat dubious penalty being awarded to the home side. Putu Harsha the ISL goal keeper produced a wonderful diving save to stop the penalty but unfortunately EMS pounced on the rebound and tapped the ball home to get their first and only goal of the game.

The second half was played like the first ISL enjoying must of the possession. ISL continued to work hard and created some good goal scoring chances but it wasn’t meant to be. 5 minutes from the end Fabian Escobar found himself in space and found the net with an excellent finish, but the goal was waved away for off-side a decision unpopular with the away side.

The game ended 3-1, a great all-round team performance from ISL. #YNWA

The ISL soccer teams have a busy week next week with both our U16s and U19s both having home games

Sunday: U16 ISL v Compass International School Kick off 2.30pm

Tuesday: U19 ISL v Sherbourne Kick off 2.30pm