Little Heath Saturday First vs SJFC 1st Team

Squad:

Muntazir Ramji
Maisam Merali
Hassan Padhani
Kumail Merali
Jameel Walji
Yaseen Valjy
Ali Somani
Shahid-Abbas Jaffer
Amir Merali
Zia Dewji
Gibran Pirbhai
Tauseef Kanju
Mazharali Gulamhussein
Imran Ladha
Mohamedmehdi Karim

After another long away trip and having returned to the pitch on the back of a defeat you may have thought that the boys wouldn’t be as motivated, however an intense pre match warm up and the first half an hour of the game said otherwise. Once again, we went with a 3-5-2 formation which allowed more control in the midfield, who had the support of the wingbacks, allowing us to keep possession for long periods of time in the early stages. The defence held strong as well and we looked dominant at the start. However, as the game progressed, the home side began to trouble us with a few set pieces which they were able to do through their intimidating heights. It felt like being at the Giraffe Park in Nairobi! However, some class saves from Tauseef Kanji kept us in the game just before the hosts got a quick couple of deserved goals before the break.

A motivational half time talk from Hussein Uncle was exactly what we needed as we came out onto the pitch for the second half. Despite being two goals down we didn’t let our heads drop and a wonderful flowing team move led to our best chance of the game. Mo Karim fired a sweet strike which was just about hooked of the line by the opposition. We began to gain control of the game once again winning our individual battles all over the pitch as we even pressured their keeper into a few mistakes, but we failed to capitalise on these chances. However, in the last twenty minutes or so, it is fair to say we were caught up by some controversial refereeing decisions which made our heads drop for the first time all game. This resulted in the opposition catching us on the break and firing home a third to kill the game off. Full time: Little Heath3-0 Stanmore Jafferys

Despite the loss there were many positives to take from the game including some of the long spells we had where we were on top. However, something we need to work on is our fitness which is understandable since this is just the second game back this season. This was pointed out by our new head coach, who we are all looking forward to working under. Our focus now shifts to Monday training and our first home match of the season on Saturday.

By Zia Dewji