SJFC 1st Team vs Mill End Sports Reserves

Squad:

Irfaan Kanji
Maisam Merali
Zia Dewji
Abbas Rattansi
Amir Merali
Murtaza Merali
Shahid-Abbas Jaffer
Gibran Pirbhai
Mohamedmehdi Karim
Mazharali Gulamhussein
Yaseen Valjy
MZ Kalyan

On Saturday we faced Mill End reserves at home looking to get our first 3 points of the season.

As the game kicked off, it was clear that Stanmore was the more dominant side in this game with the midfield of Gibran, Rattansi and Zia controlling the tempo of the game. Our main threats came from our wing backs Mazhar and Maisam who were feeding lovely passes into our dangerous strikers AmirAli and Murtaza who had brilliant link-up play but struggled to find the back of the net which resulted us going into half time at 0-0.

We knew we had to get this goal soon so as the second half started, we continued putting pressure on this shaky Mill end defence. 10 minutes into the second half, Stanmore had finally got the breakthrough with Mo Karim meeting the header from a beautiful delivery from Mazhar from a corner to make it 1-0 Stanmore. At this point, Mill End were struggling to put passes together and AmirAli, being alert as usual, had taken advantage of the loose touch from the defender to calmly slot it in the corner to make it 2-0.

Towards the end of the game fitness levels had slowly dropped resulting in a few chances from Mill End but with a strong defensive lineup consisting of Yaseen, Shahid Abbas, Irfaan, Mo Karim and our very own keeper MuhammadZayn who never lost concentration for one minute of the game, managed to see out our 2-0 victory keeping a clean sheet in the process.

Match report by Mohammad Mehdi Karim