Ilyas Ali Nazarali
Husayn Ali Khimji
As we reach the final matches of the season, Stanmore Jafferys FC U9s played Holy Trinity Juniors U9 Foxes at our home ground. The weather was remarkably calm – no typical rain, wind or mudbath pitch to contend with.
The match started evenly, with both teams enjoying possession and early opportunities. Coach Mustafa deployed a cautious approach for this match, with two lines of defence and midfield. This proved to be a wise decision, given the U9 Foxes had some attacking players in their starting team, plus a much larger matchday squad to select from.
As the SJFC U9s started to find a rhythm and gain a foothold, the team were rewarded with two goals during the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the SJFC U9s continued to dominate with some smart interplay in the opponents half and astute defensive play. A further two goals followed, leading to a 4-0 lead at half-time.
The U9 Foxes appeared for the second half sharper and faster to the ball, and scored a couple of quickfire goals. This motivated a response from the SJFC U9s, and were able to add a further goal, now leading 5-2.
No goals were added in Q4, although both teams enjoyed possession and created chances.
Overall, a well deserved victory for the SJFC U9s based on controlled performance and excellent team play.
Javadali Muraj – played two quarters in goal and the remainder in attacking positions; an all-round superb performance.
Ilyas Ali Nazarali – shared the goalkeeping responsibilities and put in a commanding midfield display with numerous terrific runs forward.
Husayn Kermali – an excellent defensive performance, demonstrating his ability to read the play and respond courageously.
Nadhirali Rajwani – brilliant play showcasing his reliability often as the last-man whilst also supporting the midfield.
Husayn Ali Khimji – superb performance in defence, frequently called upon to clear the attacking danger despite a few knocks.
Zachariya Mohamed – brilliant performance, battling in midfield and providing support to both defence and attack. Scored two wonderful team goals.
RaihanAli Dewji – awesome play across the pitch with excellent passing and support to the attack, scoring the crucial second goal.
Hassan Merali – fantastic attacking performance, capped off with two goals. Displayed silky dribbling and created multiple goal scoring opportunities.
MAN OF THE MATCH – Zachariya Mohamed
Match report – Zahid Khimji (parent)