Even the penalty shoot-out could not separate them and the score stood at 1-1.
Rangers lost the coin toss but Hobbits opted to defend and allowed Rangers to have a shot at goal in the one attempt winner-take-all spot kick.
Five-year-old Raull Varughese was given the responsibility of taking the penalty for Rangers.
“Just go up there and kick as hard as you can!” was the advice given by several fathers who were there to support the team.
Raull stepped up to the challenge and did not disappoint as he went on to slot the decisive goal for the sweet victory.
Rangers manager Thomas Varughese praised his charges for the tremendous progress made since the beginning of the league.
“They were at the bottom of the league but they put up a good fight to win this tournament,” said Thomas.
In the league, Rangers only won two out of 10 matches and conceded more goals than they scored.
Coach Scott Carter said it could be frustrating training the children, who mostly had short attention spans.
“It was almost like trying to herd cats together. However, it was also very fulfilling because they learned very quickly. We trained once a week and we saw them improving along the way,” he added.
It was also a tightly contested match between league champions Casablanca and Fiore in the Premier (Under-14) final.
After the match ended with a 1-1 draw in regulation period, Casablanca scored a hard-earned victory when the favourites prevailed in the sudden-death penalty shootout.
Meanwhile, Hawks edged Rhinos 1-0 in the Major (Under-10) category while Hurricanes triumphed over Cyclones with a narrow 1-0 score in the Senior (Under-12) section.
*Sumber dari The Star