Muhammad Mahdi Panju
Mohamed Mahdi Janmohamed
Jameel Walji (C)
Muhammad Abbas Jaffer Kassamali
Ali Hadi Govani
Husayn Yahya Merali
Youssuf El Jabouri
Muhammad Mahdi Dewji
Despite not having won a game all season, SJFA travelled the long 45 minute ride with revitalised vigour, and a sense of opportunity. After a quick warm up, we got underway, and it was not long before our defence was breached. Despite this, we challenged, playing lovely football, with MAJ making appearances in the centre, and Shaahid moving back to centre back. We went down by another goal, and despite an audacious lob by Zia slipping through the keepers hands, ended the half 4-1 down, with early injuries to both wingers.
Second half heralded a downturn in performance compared to the first, with Kites allowed to constantly run through us – poor decisions in the back as well as a lack of cover led to 5 goals being let in – however, it could have been many more if it wasn’t for Ali Abbas best performance between the sticks, his many double saves, and goal line clearances from both Ali Zaman and Shaahid.
Stanmore might have been able to reply had it not been for the frequency of the offside flag being put up. With both Ali Hadi and Sami being frequent offenders, Sami deserves the undesirable title of the most offsides in a match, a constant frustration.
Overall, a poor performance from SJFA, with a lack of ability to prevent mistakes and capitalise on opportunities. An easily challengeable team, and our sights go to next week where we welcome Chalfont into our maiden Cup Semi Final.
MOTM – Muhammad Abbas Jaffer Kassamali for his aptitude in being thrown into a new position and exceeding expectations.
By Husayn Merali