Confidence Through Football U8 vs SJFC U8

STANMORE put on an inspired team performance with an efficient victory and a clean sheet on Saturday.

Perked up by the weather and immaculate pitch at Iver Heath, the U8s continued their massive improvement when it came to starting games strongly to go up by five goals within the first half.

Noah Hussein started the glut off with a deflected effort from distance, before completing his hat-trick with another two well-struck efforts.

Hussein Dhalla showed off his ball-carrying ability down the left wing to help SJ gain territory, while Mehdi Bhimji played a number of sweeping passes out wide as the Jaffer-ball philosophy really started to manifest itself.

Mehdi Lakha filled in all over the pitch – left wing, centre back, even in goal – showing off the positionless football philosophy the U8s have come to develop this season.

SJ were tested a couple of times at the back, but stand-in keeper Ali Hussain Sumar was equal to a couple of long-range efforts from the hosts.

Aliabbas Dharas, meanwhile, put in another imperious shift at the back, hoovering up any through balls and starting SJ on the counter a number of times.

Noah notched his and Stanmore’s fourth of the game shortly before the half-time interval before Ali Husayn Walji slotted home the fifth with a first-time finish off the post.

Mahdi Hassan Lalji went close a number of times in the second half but a renewed stubborn effort from the opposition – who were now playing with an extra man as per league regulations – kept SJ at bay.

Credit must also go to Confidence Through Football, who battled throughout the game and fought till the final whistle.

Squad:

Noah Hussein
Mehdi Lakha
Hussain Dhalla
Aliabbas Dharas
Mehdi Bhimji
Mahdi Hassan Lalji
Ali Hussain Sumar
Ali Husayn Walji