On Saturday 21 April, SJFA Tier 3 played against Youngs FC. Due to a poor response from Tier 3 parents, some players were borrowed from Tier 4 after their game.
The team managed by Bruce was:
Ali Mehdi Abbas Ismail
Abbas Ali Muraj
Husayn Ali Abbas Ismail
We lined up with Jaabir in goal, Husayn and Yasin in defence, Ali and Suhail in midfield, with Adam and Abbas Ali as forwards.
Youngs FC proved to be a good side, full of speed and very physical. From the outset, it was obvious our boys could not really cope with their physicality and also any high balls that required heading away.
The first half was fairly tight, and we went into the break 3 – 1 down, our goal scorer was Suhail Merali with a well taken goal.
In the second half, a few mistakes, lack of tracking back, and not being able to match Youngs’ physical side, meant that we leaked a lot of goals very quickly, and could not get into the game for long enough periods.
The final score was something like 13 – 3, Suhail getting his second of the game, and Ali Ismail also getting on the scoresheet.
- Jaabir Walji – outstanding in goal and great attitude
- Husayn Ismail – very effective in midfield in first half and hit the post with a great solo run
- Yasin Merali – solid in defence, played intelligently
- Adam Valjy – changed from left wing to striker, produced some great shots on goal
- Suhail Merali – very well taken brace of goals and good runs from midfield
- Ali Ismail – strong second half, finished off a great move for his goal
- Abbas Ali Muraj – youngest player on the pitch, gave 100% and great attitude
Our motto this season: we never stop trying
Manager – Tier 3, SJFA