British School of Khubairat (BSAK) put themselves into the record books after becoming the first ever team to win the Varsity Trophy.
The new tournament, designed to close the Abu Dhabi International Schools Sports Association (ADISSA) football season, saw BSAK face familiar foes, Brighton College, in two U-19 encounters at Zayed Sports City Stadium.
Each school fielded a girls and boys team, with the overall winners decided on the aggregate score of the two matches.
In the first encounter between the girls, Catherine Richards and Jen Young both began to find space but were unable to create clearcut chances. They were rewarded through Grace Freeman, who unleashed her shot to give BSAK the lead.
Brighton fought back in the second half, making things difficult for their opponents. But captain Heather Magill doubled BSAK’s advantage, beating three opponents to find the back of the net.
In the boys match, Brighton took the lead through a fantastic freekick from Jack Pearce. BSAK equalised through Saif Khazal to make it 1-1.
With still all to play for, Charles Smith slotted home to give BSAK a 2-1 lead. But Brighton fought back through Patrick Kilding to level the scores. The 2-2 draw meant that BSAK won the Varsity Trophy with a 4-2 aggregate victory.
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