It was obvious after the first 5 minutes that this match will be a though battle. Both teams were fully committed to win this game. It was clear that any mistakes on either side would be punished immediately by the opponent.
In the 43rd minute, it was a MCU corner. MCU is specialized in short corners. SFI knew about this and tried to defend against it. But, the ball bounced out after the unsuccessful short corner attempt. Since an SFI defender touched the ball, MCU had a second chance with another short corner. This time, after the ball was bouncing around a couple of times, MCU #10 Yao-Hsing Yu quickly reacted and tapped the ball in the SFI goal. MCU took a one goal lead with only a couple of minutes left before half time.
One minute later (in the 45th minute), MCU #2 Yu-Hao Liu received the ball from a throw-in inside their own box. Alexsandro Silva started pressing the defender right away. Due to what it seemed like a miscommunication, the MCU goalkeeper Yung-Sheng Li was completely outside his goal area. Not knowing who to pass to, Yu-Hao Liu hesitated for a second, which was enough time for Silva to kick the ball away from the defender, directly into the MCU net. With Silva’s goal, the first half ended 1:1.
In the 57th minute, SFI’s Wen-Han Syu sent a perfect cross in front of SFI attacking midfielder Kun-Wei Wang. SFI took the lead when Kun-Wei lifted the ball over the head of the goalkeeper, directly in the MCU net.
Although the fierce battle continued between the two teams with several chances on both sides, there were no more goals in the game. SFI won the match. The final score was SFI 2:1 MCU.
SFI wins the first match of the season against Inter Taoyuan
The first half was intense. This was the first match of the season for both teams. No one took any risks, as the teams were critically assessing each other’s strengths and weaknesses..
In the 44th minute, Inter midfielder Hung-Chih Hsu scored the first goal of the match, from winger Song-Yu Gu’s brilliant pass inside the box.
Inter Taoyuan's one goal lead lasted only for 21 seconds. After the kick-off, Alexsandro Silva ran through the Inter midfield with the ball, all the way to the edge of the box. Silva passed the ball to Cheng-Jui Chang who’s powerful shot caught the Inter goalkeeper by surprise.
With Cheng-Jui Chang’s goal, the first half ended 1:1.
Just a minute after the second half started, SFI Gambian attacking midfielder Amadou Jallow sent a perfect pass from the right wing to the danger zone in front of Inter’s goal. Silva’s timing was spot on, as he tapped the ball in the net; thus, handing SFI the 2:1 lead.
In the 59th minute, Inter’s Japanese midfielder, Shinya Okada sent a long cross into the box. After bouncing around, the ball landed in front of the Inter’s Indonesian striker, Edi Rintoko. The Indonesian shot and scored the equalizer.
The score was 2:2, with about 30 minutes left. The stakes were high. Both teams knew that the next goal will most likely determine who will win this match.
Then, in the 79th minute Alberto Vale, SFI’s Brazilian midfielder dribbled his way to the edge of the Inter box. He was fouled before he could go any further.
Joao Sousa, the Brazilian defensive midfielder knew that this free kick could win the match for SFI. Sousa is a specialist in these kinds of free kicks. He was concentrating for a few seconds, then kicked the ball over the wall, curving it to enter Inter’s goal, just slightly inside the near post. With Sousa’s superb free kick, SFI wins the first match of the season 3:2 against Inter Taoyuan.
Jeh-Ming Jhang's two goals and assist keeps SFI on top spot
Alexsandro Silva's opening brace leads the way to a 5:0 victory
Kun-Wei Wang's winning goal secures a crucial victory for SFI