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NMI U18 National Team streaks in HK

THE NMI U18 Boys National Team bagged their second straight victory in Hong Kong Training Camp defeating Chelsea SS HK U18, 2-0 last Tuesday at the Tuen Mun venue.

“[It’s] another great game for the team winning 2 – 0 over Chelsea SS HK U18. Goals provided by Sebastien and Sunjoon through their persistent pressure forcing costly mistakes and a lucky goal,” Russell Zapanta told Variety in an email.

With their first victory over Kitchee, the team entered the field with much more confidence.

“The boys were moving the ball much better; building up play from the back and trying to create chances moving forward. Possession of the ball felt quite even between the two teams as they played end to end soccer,” Zapanta said.

Their undying effort on both ends of the field kept them in control fighting for the ball and regaining possessions in key areas to keep the offensive going.

The NMI U18 Boys National Team members smile after their victory over Kitchee during their trip for the Hong Kong Training Camp.  Contributed photo

NMI played safe pushing the ball back when they felt threatened but went for the attack then they saw fit. Their goals came during the second half thanks to Sunjoon Tenorio’s cross pass finding Sebastian Manabat for the long shot for the 1-0 lead.

Their persistency was awarded with a second goal just a few minutes later made by Tenorio who slid for the finish beating Chelsea’s goalie to put them ahead, 2-0.

Chelsea SS HK U18 tried but failed to get past NMI’s defense as they were left scoreless settling for defeat.

“The match started on a high and ended even higher with a consecutive win. I would say the team is much more confident, trust among players is growing on the pitch and it reflected in their play,” Zapanta said.

“The Chelsea boys were no doubt just as skilled or better as they tried to put the ball over our defenders but the unity of the players was tough to breakdown,” he added.