On Friday 15th of March, 14 of our students travelled to Monaco to play football in the Riviera Cup hosted by the International School of Monaco (ISM). We were due to play teams from ISM, the International School of Nice (ISN) and Mougins School.
Having arrived in Monaco, we made our way to Stade Didier Deschamps which is just across the road from Monaco’s stadium Stade Louis II. Along with the vertiginous mountains, we were provided with a stunning background for the afternoon. There were two groups of 4 teams with only the top two teams from each group going through to the semi-finals, so we knew that we had to do well in the group stage in order to play more games.
Our first game was against Nice and we adapted to the big pitch very quickly. After just a few minutes, Daris set off on one of his mazy runs through the defence, cut it back to Bruno who hit it first time and scored our first goal of the afternoon. We defended well and some great individual skill led to three more goals. First game, first victory: 4-0 against Nice 2.
We then played our next game straight away, but thanks to our large squad, the players were able to get some rest too. We were up against a well-organised ISM team and despite battling well, we lost the game 2-0.
This meant that the last game against Mougins 2 would be crucial if we wanted to progress to the semi-finals. Sebastien scored a fine individual goal and two more were soon added. With our second victory under our belts, we had done enough to get to the semi-finals. Job done...for now.
We were up against Nice 1 in the semi-final. They were tactically astute and passed the ball around very well. Enzo made some great saves to keep us in the game and with 1 minute left to play, we were heading towards penalties to decide the winner. Sadly they sneaked a late winner which meant we would go into the 3rd and 4th playoff game instead of the final.
Despite the loss, we had probably played our best game of the tournament in the semi-final against the eventual winners. We lost the 3rd and 4th playoff game 2-0 against Mougins 1 and therefore finished the tournament in 4th place out of 8 teams.
It was a wonderful experience for our students and they progressed throughout the afternoon. They would not have been able to participate without the assistance of some of the parents who kindly drove us to and from Monaco. A big thank you to Fabrice Dubief, Tere Portal-Cacique, Jeremy and Rebecca Brown, Andrej and Agnes Ozarionkov, and Jean-Sebastien Mingeonnet. The boys did extremely well to reach the semi-finals and hopefully learned a lot in the process. A special mention must go to Daris in PY5 who came home with the trophy for the best player of the tournament. Well done Daris! I was very proud that our ebica team demonstrated fair-play and respect throughout the tournament. Well done to all of our students who participated.
PY4 - Enzo, Paul Victor, Milan, Flynn
PY5 - Eliott, Yann, Daris, Lelio, Sebastien, Hugo, Ipolit, Magnus, Valentin
PY6 - Bruno
Coach - Colin Macnab