Dubai Britih School U14 Girls came through a nailbiting sudden-death penalty shootout over Uptown School to claim the DASSA 7's Cup at JESS Arabian Ranches yesterday.
The event, which featured over 20 international schools from across Dubai, was the culmination of the girls' DASSA football season, with four trophies up for grabs. The trophy which each team competed for was determined by their performance in the months leading up to the event, meaning the matches were extremely evenly matched.
In Goup four, it was GEMS Wellington Silicon Oasis who took home the spoils, whilst Dubai College battled their way to victory in group three.
Kings Al Barsha reigned supreme on pitch number two, whilst a score draw between Dubai British School and Uptown meant it came down to the lottery of penalty kicks to see who would take home the main trophy.
After a series of thumping strkes and heroic saves from both sides, DBS's stand-in Goalkeeper emerged as the hero of the hour, saving Uptown's eighth and final penalty to seal a 4-3 victory and send their boisterous travelling support into raptures.
Head organiser of the event, Ryan Beasant (JESS), was delighted with the day and impressed by the skills on show:
"There's been a lot of organisation leading up to the event and we're delighted it's all gone smoothly. The standard of play has been outstanding; girls football has gone from strength to strength in the time I've been here, and long may it continue."
A selection of photos – taken by GYS Media Team members Nour and Mohammed Halloum – from the awards ceremony can be viewed above. Check out the Gulf Youth Soccer facebook page for more images from both the girls and boys U14 competitions.