SJFA U10 vs Indian Gymkhana

Amirali Jaffer (GK)
Ali Ismail
Adam Valjy
Suhail Merali
Munsif Kassamali
Husayn Gulamhussein
Sajjad Suleiman
Deen Pirbhai

The under 10’s had two matches to play today.  First match was against IGK, we have played this team before.  They’re very well organized and drilled.

SJFA U10 vs Indian Gymkhana
The game started quite evenly, and we had two kids from our under 9 group to join in to make the numbers.  The boys passed the ball well and were in contention for a lot of the game.  The game was going well, when suddenly IGK got the ball and with a few accurate passes their left sided forward smashed the ball in.

The boys were taken back a bit; they tried to reorganize, but it wasn’t meant to be, as a low cross by IGK into our box  took a few deflections and once again the ball was in the back of our net.

The boys tried to rally on, and they did much better in the latter part of the game.   The passing was crisp and precise, but we just missed that finishing touch.

Not to worry, we will learn from this and play better next time.

The second match was against AVA, we had played them two weeks ago and we had lost 14-2, so they brought their under 9 team to face us this time.  This time the team played really well. We took the lead with a long distance shot and added a second very quickly.  BUT our arrogance got the better of us, and the boys thought it would be a walkover.  Complacency kicked in, and before we knew it, it was 2-2.

With a talking to by the manager, and their captain.  The boys got focused once again, and went on a rampage.  The passing was good, the crosses were accurate and we scored a bag full of goals.  We were defending well and attacking as a team.

So over two games, I hope the boys learnt a lot; that if we don’t panic and just play the way we know and can.  We can go on and beat the likes of  IGK and the Under 10 AVA in the next few months.
Some performances to talk about:

Amirali Jaffer – our under 9 goalkeeper was superb in goal, in both matches and saved us a lot..

Deen  – Another under 9 player, was solid at the back in the first match and down the wing in the second, scored a rare header in the secnd game

Ali Mehdi – played well and linked up well with Adam and scored a bag full of goals

Adam Valjy – Our captain for the day.  Played well, kept the team together and shouted out instructions as a captain.  Even managed to score a couple of goals in the second match.

Munsif – Really shone through in the second game, good pieces of skill and link up play.

Suhail – Once again as that’s two games on the trot.  Very skillful and saw the pass almost every time

Sajjad – Started off in attack, but I think found his new position which he liked and got really stuck in in defense.

Husayn Gulamhusein – Our little Rottweiler, not scared to throw a tackle or two above his weight.  Very rugged player and full of determination.  Was always breaking up play and nearly managed to score too.

1st Match Man of the Match goes to Amirali Jaffer
2nd match Man of the Match goes to Ali Mehdi