Westwood Park U10 Typhoons vs SJFC U10

Following the extended break, the SJ Under 10s eagerly awaited the season restart. Fresh from an impromptu training session the previous weekend, the boys were keen to show they were ready to pick up from last season.

Whilst the English Premier League relies on the new imports of Haaland, Antony and Nunez, our Under 10s are able to call upon their resilience, determination and strong work ethic – much more important!

SJFC started the match at an incredible pace – permanently camped in Westwood’s third. The boys demonstrated incredible interplay, passing the ball with ease, creating multiple attacking chances. The offensive paid off with a superb team move ending with Javadali’s calm finish. 1-0 to SJFC!

Westwood – part of an admirable coaching setup – were fast to respond with an equaliser just moments later. 1-1.

No further goals in Q2, however plenty of goal scoring opportunities created by SJFC, denied by heroics from the Westwood keeper. In Q3, Westwood took the lead – arguably against the run of play. 2-1 to Westwood.

As we entered Q4, SJFC were in desperate search of the goal their performance thoroughly deserved. Coaches Sadik and Mustafa continued to make calculated substitutions, maintaining defensive and attacking balance. As the match reached its final moments, Javadali added to his tally with the equaliser! 2-2.

On this occasion, there was no ultimate comeback which this SJFC team is famed for. Nonetheless, the boys can take plenty of heart in their first outing. As they build on match fitness and practise drills at Sunday training – we are in for yet another exciting season ahead!

Nadhirali Rajwani – Controlled and measured display, clearing his lines countless times.

Husayn Kermali – A defensive force, demonstrating comfort playing on the ball.

Husayn Ali Khimji – Solid defensive cover capped off by a goal-saving clearance at a critical time at the start of Q3.

Ali Rahemani – Demonstrated his versatility yet again with an excellent performance both in goal and on pitch.

Zachariya Mohamed – Displayed wonderful ability to mix things up with short and long passes, often under pressure.

RaihanAli Dewji – Covered the length of the pitch, providing defensive support and creativity in attack

Muhammad Yusuf Dhirani – Showed his attacking intent constantly creating and looking to press forward.

Yusuf Merali – Completed a number of goal creating opportunities with darting runs in the final third.

Javadali Muraj – Man of the match for two superbly taken goals and strong goalkeeping display

Hassan Merali – Created a plethora of wonderful opportunities for himself and teammates. Denied his first half goal by a very close VAR decision.

Match report by Zahid Khimji