The Girls travelled to CA in Japan to participate in the toughest group of football teams I have ever seen in 6 years of APAC competition. The first game was against Shanghai Puxi, who were the inform team coming into the tournament unbeaten. We put up a really good performance losing 2-0 (ISB lost 8-0) and followed this up with a game against last years SuperAPAC finalists and hosts CA but pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament thus far with a 1-0 win and it kept our dream of a medal place alive. The second day saw us take on Shanghai Pudong and based on what we saw the previous day, we felt we could get a result against them (also 0-0 at Tri-Cities). With 7 minutes to go we were 2-1 in front and a probable place in the final, but we fell asleep and amazingly Pudong scored 2 goals to win the game and crush our spirits.
Somehow we had to regroup and prepare to face unbeaten Brent (last years Super Apac champions) and the in form team at the tournament. The game was tough, very tough, but we hung on for a vital 0-0 draw and a place in the 3/4th was assured if we could beat our old Nemesis ISB the following day. We had not beaten ISB this season (loss and a draw) but it was today that counted and we beat them easily 3-1 (lets ignore the bumpy 20 mins in the 2nd half) and it was a medal battle with Pudong for 3rd and 4th and a game we felt we should win having let them off the hook the day before. It was a very close game with both teams creating chances, but they had too much firepower up front and took a 1-0 win to leave us empty handed without a medal for the 2nd year in a row.
It was a depressing few hours after the game, but we all bounced back to reflect on a very competitive tournament and we certainly got a lot of respect and praise from the other coaches and players and can look forward to a more forgiving group next year and who knows, another chance of a medal.