Qatar’s Evolution Soccer Academy (Evo) took on the Kuwait FA Under 14’s in an international friendly – the first time the academy has competed in a match of this kind in its 10 year history.
“All the players were really excited when they arrived for the match – it's a fantastic occasion for the whole club and our players were focused on making everyone proud,” said Operations Manager Tom Marsh.
In a tough match against strong opposition the Under 14 Academy tried to impose their brand of football on the game. In a closely-fought first half neither side were able to create many chances.
It was the Kuwaitis who struck first, making the most of an opportunity towards the end of the first half to take a 1-0 lead.
As the second half started, the Kuwait National Team started to dominate possession, and made it 2-0 with a goal from a well-worked corner.
In spite of the challenge now facing Evo, the team dug in got their reward on the 70th minute, when Davi Cruz broke found himself in space and produced a neat finish from close range.
With ten minutes remaining, the fitness of the Kuwaiti's began to show and the visitors grabbed a decisive third goal to run out 3-1 winners.
Academy Manager David Wallace was full of praise for his Evolution side, and felt his side matched the Kuwait FA squad for large periods on the game.
“I cannot not fault the player's effort and commitment this evening. During large periods of the match, they played some wonderful football and everyone at the club should be proud of what they achieved today. I would like to thank the Kuwait FA for setting up this match.”
Wallace continued: “It was a pleasure to play such a wonderful team and meet a great group of coaches. I would also like to thank Megarme, our sponsor. It’s through their support we are able to make events like tonight possible.”