On Saturday 7 October 2017, Tier 3 played against a Northwood FC side. The team managed by Bruce was:
Suhail Merali (GK)
Ali Mehdi Abbas Ismail
Abbas Ali Ladha
Husayn Asgherali Gulamhussein
The manager and boys got there early and warmed up with great enthusiasm.
We played 2-2-2 to start off with. Abbas Ali and Husayn were in defence, Ali Mehdi and Adam were in midfield, and Abbasali and Sajjad were up front.
We got off to a very positive start and started playing attacking football straight from the kick off. The first goal came from a wonder strike from Adam from the right wing in to the top left corner to make it 1-0 to SJFA.
At the same time, our defenders consisting of Abbas Ali, Husayn, and Mikaeel were very disciplined at the back, preventing the opposition any clear cut chances on goal and allowing us to play with freedom.
Ali Ismail was instrumental in the middle making great runs and delivering some well timed passes for our forwards Abbasali Muraj and Sajjad to race on to. Both forwards had some good chances only missing marginally.
Not long after the first goal Ali Ismail scored our second with a lovely finish into the bottom right corner. Just before the half was over Northwood got one goal back to make it 2-1.
The second half started in the same fashion as the first with SJFA dominating possession. It was a pleasure watching our boys play confidently from the back using both wings as outlets from defence. We scored another two goals with Ali and Adam both scoring again from close range. Northwood started to press higher up the pitch making it harder for us to get out of defence, leading them to get a goal back and make it 4-2.
With 10 minutes to go our boys raised the tempo and started to move the ball around more comfortably. Our fifth goal come from a great solo run from Adam on the right wing, ending the run with a great shot which the keeper could not keep out.
Northwood scored again after a slight defensive error, but this only inspired us to raise our game for the final few minutes. Ali ismail scored one more with a composed finish to round off a great performance.
Result: SJFA 6 – 3 Northwood
Our motto this season: we never stop trying
Coach – Tier 3, SJFA