SJFA U7 vs AVA Football Academy

24th February 2018
Time: 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Location: Northwood Academy

SJFA Team List:
Mahdi Abbas
Husain Bhaloo
Zain Dharas
Aiden Hussein
Abbas Juma
Zayn Khatau
Mateen Massoumian
Aadam Merali
Jaabir Merali
Ali Nurmohamed
Abbas Rajvani
Isa Ali Sumar
Hassan Valjy
Ali Jawad Taqi
Ammarhussein Lalji
Coach: Jamil Merali, Murtaza Hameer & Sajjad Taqi

On a bitterly cold Saturday morning, 21 under 7’s were very keen to play one of their first competitive matches of 2018. Given the number of under 7s available to play, the players were split into three teams.

As AVA only had 1 team, this was played as a round robin with each of the three SJFA teams playing AVA once, and then SJFA playing each other a few times.

The games were played in very good spirit. SJFA played with a lot of fight and determination. There was some great defending play and very determined attacking play in some periods.

In the first game, AVA took the lead and scored a few good goals. SJFA battled back and stopped the stem of goals and pulled one back, and nearly had 2 more goals. It ended 3-1.

In the second game, AVA found it hard to break down SJFA, but eventually scored. Ended 2-0.

In the third game, we changed the format from 6-aside to 8-aside so that more kids could have more game time. This game was much closer and hard fought. Game ended with handshakes and a team photo.

As a parent and a coach of this tier a few years ago, I saw a lot of improvement in the ability and aggression. No doubt there is still room for improvement, which will come through with more games and active participation during weekly SJFA training.

Report by Coach – Jamil Merali