After dominating in the group stages and achieving the highest number of goals scored, RIASA head into the quarter-finals with confidence. The team hoping to give RIASA their first defeat of the tournament was Spin United FC of Beijing.
On a scorching hot Wednesday morning, the student-athletes opened the scoring early via Phillipe de Leiderkerke of Belgium, assisted by Dylan Turner (1-0). Setting the stage for what would prove to be another goal-fest for the student-athletes. 6 minutes later, De Leiderkerke bagged his second of the game to give RIASA an early 2-goal lead (2-0).
It was in the 19th minute that RIASA would concede their first goal of the tournament from a corner, with captain, Angelo Calfo unfortunately deflecting the ball into his own net – scoring an own goal and gifting the opposition with the chance to even things up before half-time (2-1).
Tensions rose on the pitch for the remainder of the half as Nathaniel Stewart was awarded a yellow card in the 25th minute. After taking some control of the game, RIASA scored a 3rd just a minute before the half-time whistle via Sol Griffin to send them into the break with a 2-goal cushion (3-1).
With the coaches emphasising the honour of reaching the quarter-finals in their half-time team talk, the student-athletes were re-energised and ready to show Spin United FC that they are the best team at the tournament. It didn’t take long before De Leiderkerke smashed him his hat-trick to tell the opposition that RIASA did not plan on slowing down any time soon (4-1).
It would be almost 15 minutes before Nathaniel Stewart scored in the 63rd minute, assisted by the ever-present Phillipe (5-1). Not one to miss out on the fun, Phillipe scored his fourth just 3 minutes later to round off his scoring for the day (6-1). In the 78th minute and assisted by dangerous winger, Victor Davis, Immanuel Kinuthia scored the sides 7th goal, equalling De Leiderkerke’s top-scoring tally of 8 for the tournament (7-1).
Davis bagged one of his own on the full-time whistle to confidently put RIASA through the semi-finals of the International Junior Football Championship 2019.
Full Time: 8-1