SJFC U9 vs Chalfont Park FC U9 Kites

STANMORE Jaffereys put in a fluid performance of quick passing and good movement – but couldn’t find their finishing touch and were undone by the long ball.

In an frantic start to the game, both teams threatened before the Chalfont striker managed to find space to finish smartly past Ali Husayn Sumar, who was commanding in goal otherwise.

Noah Hussein wrestled SJFC back into the game with an arrow into the far corner minutes later and the U9s were looking good on the ball.

But the Chalfont goalkeeper’s powerful goal kicks were too much for the SJ defenders to deal with, and the second quarter saw plenty of high balls in behind the defence.

With players not allowed to head the ball at this age, it proved very difficult to deal with, and Chalfont were able to score twice more to go 3-1 up into the break.

When it came to playing on the deck, SJFC had the upper hand – Mahdi Kermali and Aliabbas Dharas were launching passing moves incisively from the back, while Mehdi Lakha, in typical gallant fashion, was outmuscling larger attackers to win the ball back on numerous occasions.

The lads conceded a similar goal shortly after half-time when, despite sitting deeper, they were caught out by the bounce.

But it was now time for one of this team’s famous second half rallies.

After the barnstorming Mehdi Bhimji – who was absolutely everywhere in his centre midfield role – won the ball back, he laid it off to Hassan AliMohamed, who played a lovely ball through back to Bhimji.

Another through ball sent Ali Husayn Walji through on goal, and the striker – nicknamed ‘Aubameyang’ (the Arsenal version) by some – made no mistake, placing the ball in the bottom corner.

From then on it was all Stanmore. Danyaal Panju provided stability on the wings and at the back, while Hussain Dhalla worked himself into a couple of brilliant positions but couldn’t quite find the finish.

Noah Hussein stung the keeper’s gloves with a late free kick while Dhalla, Walji and Bhimji all saw efforts saved.

Up the other end – just minutes after a point-blank effort from Noah was saved – a mix up at the back saw the opposition winger finish at the far post.

Make no mistake – this performance deserved much more than the scoreline reflects. With three games left before the New Year, the U9s will hope they get the points their play merits.

Squad list:

Mehdi Lakha
Noah Hussein
Aliabbas Dharas
Hassan Alimohamed
Hussain Dhalla
Mehdi Bhimji
Danyaal Panju
Mahdi Kermali
Ali Hussain Sumar
Ali Husayn Walji