Husayn Ali Khimji
The match began fairly balanced with both teams pressing, until Stanmore Jaffery’s U9 first goal towards the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw Stanmore Jaffery’s start to dominate with a mixture of controlled attacking play whilst containing the Kings Church attack. A further goal added to SJ U9 lead.
An action-packed Quarter 3 saw three further goals – clearly the encouraging half-time words from coaches Mustafa and Sadik worked a treat. Kings Church were able to pull a goal back in each Q3 and Q4.
The muddy conditions in Amersham were more bearable with the deliciously flavoursome and much enjoyable cup of chai, courtesy of Fayaz.
SJ U9 continue to demonstrate how the regular coaching combined with frequent matches contributes towards confidence and a strong team ethic.
Murtaza Mehrali – assured and calming performance in goal followed by a midfield showing, capped by a wonderful goal.
Ali Rahemani – strong defensive play with commanding challenges, adding to a stint in goal.
Nadhirali Rajwani – excellent performance in defence breaking up attacks, and fantastic distribution to midfield.
Husayn Ali Khimji – astute defending with critical interventions followed by a solid midfield performance.
Husayn Kermali – superb defensive performance matched with some silky footwork.
Aaqib Kazmi – excellent first match performance in midfield, helping in both defensive and attacking positions.
Owais Chandoo – awesome wing play providing an outlay, smoothly connecting defence to attack.
Yusuf Merali – hat-trick hero matched by brilliant all round play, scoring in each of the first three quarters.
Hassan Merali – wonderful display of dribbling and constant attacking intent, with a goal in the second quarter.
Javadali Muraj – cameo appearance in goal providing cover to help see out the victory.
Match report by Zahid Khimji