Guam Youth Soccer Finishes 3rd In Hong Kong Tourney


Guam – The final day of the 2011 International Youth Invitation Tournament wrapped up yesterday in Hong Kong. Here’s how the two Guam teams fared:

In the Under-18 division Guam defeated Singapore 2-0.  A goal in each half saw underdogs Guam secure third place in the U18 division.

After dogged defending helped them survive early pressure, Guam went ahead in the 23rd minute after a quick counter-attack ended with Christian Schweizer being fouled in the penalty area. Captain Shawn Spindel smashed the spot kick into the top left corner and Guam held Singapore back to take the lead into halftime.

After not scoring in their first two matches, Guam added a second goal in the 60th minute with a stunning free kick from TJ Shimizu. Jon Odell was fouled some 35 yards out and Shimizu’s ambitious attempt surprised Singapore keeper Khairul Zulhanif and crashed in off the underside of the crossbar for the 2-0 lead. Singapore became desperate and threw players forward to try to get back into the game, but Guam defended with tooth and nail and didn’t let their opponents have even a sniff at goal.

Singapore’s frustration became increasingly evident and tempers flared several times in a very physical match. But in the end, Elias Jesus earned the clean sheet and Guam walked off the pitch with all three points.

In the other match, Chinese Taipei drew 2-2 with hosts Hong Kong to take first place.

The Under-15 Guam Team did not favor so well and lost to Singapore 20-0.  Guam’s U15 team didn’t fare as well in their final match as they succumbed to group winners Singapore. Irfan Azrin scored 7 goals as the Singaporeans took the match to their Guam counterparts in the dreary weather.

In the other match, Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei drew 0-0 that left Taipei in second and Hong Kong third.

The complete tournament results are:

Singapore 4-1 Hong Kong
Guam 2-12 Chinese Taipei
Guam 0-6 Hong Kong
Chinese Taipei 2-6 Singapore
Hong Kong 0-0 Chinese Taipei
Singapore 20-0 Guam

Singapore 1-1 Hong Kong
Guam 0-11 Chinese Taipei
Guam 0-8 Hong Kong
Chinese Taipei 2-0 Singapore
Hong Kong 2-2 Chinese Taipei
Singapore 0-2 Guam

Information from a press release.