SJFA U9 vs Wealdstone Youth Stadium Tournament

On Saturday 29 April 2017, SJFA Tier 3 U9 boys were entered into a 6 a-side tournament at the Vale, home of Wealdstone Youth FC. 80 teams Participated in the event over the course of the weekend.

Our squad was as follows:
Suhail Merali (GK)
Ali Ismail
Adam Valjy
Sajjad Suleman
Sajjad Husayn Kanani
Abbas Ladha
Husayn Asgher KG

The results
All U9 teams were divided into four groups of five. Unfortunately, SJFA were put into the strongest group and were up against teams who play in the top divisions of the Harrow league. We played four 12-minute games against much bigger, stronger, and experienced teams.

We rotated Abbas, Sajjad Kanani, and Husayn KG at the back, and played Ali Ismail, Adam, and Sajjad Suleman further up the pitch in a 2-3 formation.  Our plan was to press from the start not allowing our opposition too much time on the ball. SJFA battled well in all games, defending bravely and creating some good chances.

Despite losing all our games, SJFA must take great heart from all their performances as their commitment could not be faulted; if we continue with that desire we will get better and better.

Safraz Valjy
Coach – Tier 3, SJFA