Hong Kong Football Club International Women's Day 7-A-Side Tournament
Hong Kong Football Club International Women's Day 7-A-Side Tournament31 Mar 2020
To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, HKFC’s Soccer Section hosted 7-a-side ladies tournament to bring together the Hong Kong women’s football community for a day of fun and competitive 7-a-side football. The event, while scheduled relatively last minute with the recent cancellations of HKFA football across Hong Kong, managed to draw over 80 players from 7 teams from across the first and second divisions in Hong Kong.
The tournament was made up of 8 teams – two groups of 4, with cup and bowl semi-final and finals. Group stages from both sides were extremely close, with teams being separated by a single point or decided on goals for. Both HKFC 1 & 2 teams moved out of their respective groups. In the first semi-final, HKFC 2 faced off against Kitchee. The game finished in a close 1-0 win for HKFC 2, with Maddie Kwan scoring the only goal of the game to put HKFC 2 through to the final. In the second semi-final, HKFC 1 faced off against the always strong Happy Valley. Unfortunately, dreams of an HKFC final were crushed with a 3-0 win for Happy Valley.
The HKFC 2 vs. Happy Valley final did not disappoint. Despite this being the 5th match of the day for the girls, the game was end to end, with both teams exchanging multiple chances. While Happy Valley were extremely lively around the HKFC net and created numerous quality chances, key defensive plays by Imogen Short and HKFC keeper Allyson Shick kept the scoresheet at 0, bringing the game to sudden death penalties. First up to shoot was HKFC vet Khadija Webster-Matheson, who confidently and calmly as Khadija does, placed the ball in the bottom right corner of the net. With Happy Valley’s shooter unable to convert, HKFC 2 took home the champagne trophy of the first-ever HKFC Ladies 7-a-side tournament.
Overall, the soccer section is extremely pleased with how the event went, and we are already floating ideas on the next women’s football events we can host. Lastly, a massive thank you to HKFC Ladies player Mia Williams who, as usual, took the initiative to coordinate and plan yet another successful soccer section event this year. Additional thank you’s to Robbie Bacon and Chris Chan for their assistance before and during the event!