Trento Free School’s push for honors in the Under-14B division received a crippling blow from Jakarta International School B on Saturday. Despite plenty of opportunities for both sides, JIS edged ahead with a solitary goal from Shan Robyn in the second half and kept the orphanage kids at bay until the final whistle to win 1-0.
Trento was the first team to complete its league program, finishing with 15 points from five wins and three defeats while sitting in third place. Lycee Francais remains the only unbeaten team in the division and looks poised to take the U14B league trophy.
“We have had a great time playing in the league every week” Trento midfielder Luki Darmawan said. “We did well winning five games. We’d like to keep playing if we can.”
Trento Free School is part of an initiative run by the British International School. It not only identifies and organizes orphanage students to take part in the football league but also provides the resources and infrastructure to organize long-term free education and skills development for a lucky few.
JIS, which has the largest student base to choose from, is in contention in a number of divisions. In U8, JIS PEl remains on maximum points after six games, as is JIS PIE in the B division. They face two tough upcoming games against BIS A and BIS Blue which will determine the final league standings.
The U10A and U12A divisions are set for a similar fate as BIS and JIS are on a collision course for titles. BIS fields a total of 17 squads in the league, by far the largest representation. Its rosters total more than 200 players, and as a founding member of the Jakarta Schools Football League it has the experience to be a force at every level.
JJC A and Sekolah Cita Buana played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. With goals from Hiroya Iyori and Riku Sugimoto, the JJC U10 team’s season ended. JSFA chairman Brian Dallamore hailed the JJC coaches and players for an excellent example of team spirit and fair play.
Finals day, which also includes league and cup awards, takes place on April 24.