St Peters Iver Youth U9 Lions vs SJFC U9

SJFC suffered a disappointing loss away to St Peters Iver on Saturday but deserved more than the scoreline suggested.

The lads held the hosts to a goalless first half in which they created plenty in a strong start.

But despite being the better team between both boxes, the U9s were caught out by the old enemy – counter attacks.

The St Peters winger-striker combo proved too much to deal with on the break and put their side two up at half time.

In the third quarter, Stanmore penned the hosts in but squandered four or five quality chances to reduce the deficit.

They were let off after St Peters sent a penalty wide but the tricky winger put the game out of sight minutes later with a powerful finish.

Chasing the game in the last quarter, SJFC deserved a couple of consolation goals at the minimum but saw them go in at the other end as they committed men forward.

Man of the match went to Mehdi Bhimji, who could well have had a hat trick of goals and assists in an all-action performance.

Hassan Daya was a solid presence in goal, while Aliabbas Dharas and Mehdi Lakha continued their reliable partnership at the back, with Mahdi Kermali rotating in nicely.

Hussain Dhalla had a typically creative performance on the wing, setting up the intelligent runs of Muhammad Moosa, but both were unlucky not to get their name on the scoresheet.

Danyaal Panju, in a hybrid centre/wide midfielder role, showed off his ability to carry the ball and pulled off an audacious turn which left the opposition’s star player in no man’s land.

The entire team showed up to extra training the next day, keen to pick up some points in the coming weeks.

Squad list:

Mehdi Lakha
Hussain Dhalla
Muhammad Moosa
Danyaal Panju
Aliabbas Dharas
Hassan Daya
Mahdi Kermali
Mehdi Bhimji