A brace from Honey Vastenholt-Lewis ensured British School of Al Khubairat (BSAK) retained the Varsity trophy after the girls’ side comfortably beat Brighton College Abu Dhabi 5-1 at Zayed Sports City.
The annual match, which is now in its third edition, saw the schools’ Under-19 boys and girls’ teams battle for glory at the National Stadium in the capital.
Previous meetings this season between the boys’ teams have been closely-fought and their latest encounters have been no different. With the format of the event working on an aggregate score from both games, there was plenty to play for.
The boys played out a 1-1 draw with Jake Milton opening the scoring for BSAK before Brighton equalised just before the break. The score remained the same despite both sides going close.
The result meant the winner of the girls’ match would clinch the Varsity Cup and Brighton made a quick start to the game by taking an early lead.
BSAK gradually found their game and was rewarded when Nour El Attar headed home the leveller. BSAK then took the lead through Libbi Murphy before Caitlin Heyes made it 3-1 at half-time.
In the second half, BSAK continued to gather momentum and were celebrating again when Vastenholt-Lewis capped a smart move to make it 4-1, before completing her double with a stunning free-kick to win 5-1.
The aggregate scores finished 6-2, meaning BSAK retained the Varsity trophy for the third time and their head of football Robert Kirkland lauded both set of players.
He said: “The Varsity is always a fantastic curtain raiser to the football season here in Abu Dhabi and what a spectacular setting to play the final game.
“The boys, who won the treble this season with the League, Cup and BSAK 7s were unlucky not to win their match outright, but in the end had to rely on the girls convincing victory to win the overall shield. The girls showed their class, scoring some great goals in the National Stadium, that was graced by Real Madrid only a few months before.”
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