ABU DHABI // The British School Al Khubairat (BSAK) emerged winners of the annual Onion Bag Under 19 football tournament at the Jebel Ali Shooting Club. They edged out Emirates International School (EIS) 1-0 in the final match after being beaten by them in the group stage. BSAK adopted a counter attack strategy by using the flanks as effectively as possible and this worked for the majority of the first half. Ebi Sheikh floated in a cross which was handled by an EIS player and a penalty was awarded.
Jake Harris, the team captain and the top-scorer in the competition, converted from the spot. The two-day tournament drew eight teams including sides from Bahrain and Kuwait. BSAK was drawn with Bayan, Emirates International School and Dubai British School (DBS) and they had to win two games to qualify for the cup competition. BSAK lost the first game to EIS 1-0, despite dominating play and possession.
The left back Ray Hasan brought down an EIS player inside the box to concede a penalty that was converted. But BSAK edged out DBS and Bayan by the same 1-0 score to qualify for the cup competition. Letabele Molale and Karima Tayara scored the winners. They made a bright start on the second day with a 3-0 result over St Christopher's from Bahrain but were held to a 1-1 draw by Jumeirah College, which made their final clash with EIS a must-win game.
Budding cricketers in the capital got some special surprise visitors when the West Indies cricket team paid a visit to the Zayed Cricket Academy and provided some coaching. The team played a friendly with an Abu Dhabi Select side before flying to New Zealand on Sunday for two Tests, two Twenty20s and five ODIs. Many will remember Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the Test Cricketer of the Year, who allowed some of the youngsters to bowl at him and then providing catching practice. But the one who entertained in typically calypso style was the former wicket keeper and assistant coach David Williams.