The anticipation for the final match of the season was palpable with the boys brimming with nervous excitement, the final fixture drawing in a large crowd of parents and SJFA OneTeam support. It was either that or the promise of chai and birthday cake to celebrate Hassan Valjy’s birthday.
With SJFA ready Chesham ran onto the pitch and took their positions, the boys were ready. The Ref blew his whistle and SJFA started strongly with Shabbar Alibhai running free and taking a sharp early shot which the keeper was equal to.
Ali Nurmohamed stole the ball deep in Chesham territory on the right. He ran to towards the goal and took a shot which rebounds of the keeper but Abbas Rajvani is there to follow up the rebound past the stranded keeper. 1-0 SJFA
The boys have worked hard on throw ins, in training and a great long throw from Jabbir Merali puts Ali Nurmohamed in behind the Chesham defence but his shot at the near post is just wide.
Abbas Rajvani’s strong tackling and visionary passing finds Shabbar Alibhai in space, whose shot was saved by an inspired Chesham Utd keeper.
Jabbir Merali continued his season long performance as our Rolls Royce in defence, with a cool head he watched a tricky Chesham player biding his time and waiting for the optimum point made his rock solid challenge stopping the Chesham attack in its tracks.
This did not deter Chesham who were having their best spell of the quarter, employing their skilful number 21 to twist and turning to lose his marker. Not to be beaten Abbas Rajvani stuck to his task, making a good tackle but conceding a corner that came to nothing.
The quarter ended with some superb tracking back and tackling from Ali Nurmohamed.
Q1 ends SJFA 1- 0 Chesham Utd Blue
SJFA were straight out of the blocks in the second quarter, the newly introduced Hassan Valjy wins the ball in midfield and after a short run picks out Ali Nurmohamed who shoots, but the keeper gets down sharply to save.
Abbas Juma was busy in midfield harrying the Chesham players, feeding the forward line; Ali Nurmohamed and Hassan Valjy combine again with Hassan Valjy’s resulting shot going just wide
Abbas Juma tries a shot from range which is well saved by the Keeper.
The throw in practice was utilised again this time from Mikhial Rashid who sent it over to Ali Nurmohamed who tried a cheeky flick with the outside of his boot to beat an onrushing keeper, which just goes wide.
Hassan Valjy robs a Chesham defender, runs with the ball and finishes close at range with the keeper having no chance. 2-0 SJFA
SJFA with a cushion, begin to take control of the match. Mikhial Rashid makes a tackle on the left wing and releases it down the line to Ali Nurmohamed who runs towards the goal drawing the defence towards him. Looking up he finds Hassan Valjy in space and with a delightful ball Hassan smashes it home for his second. 3-0 SJFA.
Q2 ends SJFA 3 – 0 Chesham Utd Blue
Chesham desperate to get back into the game start brightly, a great cross leaves Mikhial Rashid in goal stranded and the ball meets a Chesham player with an empty goal to aim for. Amazingly from nowhere Hassan Valjy makes up the ground and puts in a huge block to prevent what would have been a certain goal.
Zayn Dharas makes great run from the halfway line taking on all comers but his final shot was saved by the keeper who despite the score is having an amazing game.
Chesham make progress down the right and their striker hits a strong shot which Mikhial Rashid saves smartly to his right.
SJFA win a corner, Zayn Dhara’s dangerous ball in leads to confusion with the Chesham No 38 accidentally nodding into his own goal for 4-0.
Q3 ends SJFA 4 – 0 Chesham Utd Blue
With promise of Hassan’s birthday cakes SJFA stepped up a gear in the final quarter; Abbas Rajvani from the restart skips ‘Messi like’ through the Chesham defence and slots home for 5-0. However, this was not enough for Abbas who steals the ball from a Chesham player at the kick off and tries a repeat of his previous goal, his shot is blocked this time by the onrushing keeper. But wait the rebound falls kindly for Abbas and he makes no mistake with his second attempt sealing his well-earned hat trick for 6-0.
Abbas Rajvani turns from goal scorer to goal maker with a slide rule ball that takes out the entire Chesham mid field and defence putting Ali Nurmohamed in on goal, Ali makes no mistake and he slots home coolly for 7-0
Chesham request a sixth man on for the final 5 minutes, but this didn’t dent SJFA’s enthusiasm for more goals
Zayn Dharas drives through the middle of the pitch with strength, pace and skill. He completes the run with a strong finish into the top corner for 8-0
A handball by Chesham just outside the area brings a free kick on the left had corner of the penalty area. Zayn Dharas who stands over it with the menace of Ronaldo, lets fly a bullet through the defence into the top left hand corner with the keeper standing no chance to save his hat trick. 9-0
The last of the action saw a throw in from Mikhial Rashid to Abbas Rajvani who shot just wide.
The Ref blew his whistle drawing this Match and the SJFA U8s season to a close. The boys were ecstatic with the result and the performance in their maiden season in the league.
SJFA 9 – 0 Chesham Utd Blue
Match Report – Hassan Rashid