SJFC 1st Team vs Knebworth Reserves


Kumail Merali
Abbas Rattansi
Yaseen Valjy
Gibran Pirbhai
Maisam Merali
Mohamedmehdi Karim
Zaamin Valjy
Mahdi Hemraj
Murtaza Merali
Shahid-Abbas Jaffer
Ali Abbas Suleiman (GK)
Hussein Abdulla
Mahdi Merali
Amir Merali

15 minutes into the game deadlock was broken, free kick for Knebworth: the ball managed to beat everyone in the box and find the back of the net. Minutes later Knebworth doubled their lead as they were first to pounce on a rebounded shot. Stanmore dominated the possession but found themselves 2-0 down at half time. After a motivational speech by Abraar at half time Stanmore felt motivated to turn the game around. It wasn’t an ideal start for the second half as Knebworth scored another goal putting them 3-0 ahead. Stanmore started the second half with encouraging build up play and this payed off as Yaseen was tripped in the box. Stanmore were awarded the penalty, Murtaza Merali calmly slotted the penalty into the net and Stanmore were back in the game. On the wing, Mahdi was causing problems for the opposition for the entire game. Mahdi’s perfectly timed cross found Hussain Ramzan in the box who powerfully headed in Stanmore’s second goal. Stanmore found themselves only one goal behind (3-2) and back in the game! Stanmore were able to create a couple of chances but unfortunately were not able to get on equal terms. All in all a good fight from Stanmore with lots of positive lessons to learn for the next game.

Written by Abbas Rattansi