It was a cold Saturday morning but the Eagles were all charged up and ready for their football game against strong opponents Westwood. Playing Westwood has always been a challenge for the Eagles – there was some trepidation but also determination that we weren’t gonna give them and an easy ride !
The formation as advised by Coach Jamil was a 9 player diamond shape with the following players available : Zain D as a striker, Ali N, Abbas R, Mikhail R, Hassan H, Hassan V in the midfield and our solid defenders Jaabir M, Hussein B, Amaan M and super goalie Ammar Hussein L
Eagles were on the attack and pressing through the Westwood players. Within the first few minutes we witnessed 2 shots at the goal first one from Zain D followed by a second attempt very shortly by Mikhail. Still in the Westwood goal area – a beautiful pass by Ali gave Zain D a second opportunity to have a shot at the goal which was once again denied by the Westwood goalie
Westwood now challenged and were beginning to counter attack with a free kick awarded from a foul marginally missing Ammar Hussein’s goal – a lucky escape phew !
Eagles 1st goal came from Hassan Hussein with a fantastic assist from Zain D
Westwood were on the attack again however our solid defence of Hassan V, Amaan M, Jaabir M and Hussein B were ready for them. Ammar Hussein L as usual displayed some excellent goalkeeping skills denying Westwood their first goal
Once again with some strategic and tactical passes from the midfield – Zain D managed to get through on and score a goal !
SCORE: 2 – 0
Westwood now even more determined capitalised on the Eagles now looking a bit tired – but Eagles held on making sure that they didn’t concede. Along with some amazing versatility shown by the midfield players Mikhail R and Abbas R there was also a great goal line clearance from Ali N
Things livened up again in the last quarter with both team playing extremely well. Players from both sides were exhibiting some great footballing skills with lots of great short / long passes and good coordination and communication amongst team members.
Ammar Hussein determined to maintain a clean sheet made 2 amazing saves. Although Hassan Hussein was a denied a second goal with a great save from Westwood goalie – Zain D managed to get his 2nd goal from a beautiful long pass by Hussein B
SCORE: 3 – 0
Our men of the match was Mikhial for showing lots of energy and drive. And secondly Hasan Husein playing on the left with a goal and constantly running and great touches.
Overall a great game to watch and fantastic skills displayed by both teams!
Well done Eagles – enjoy your Xmas break and look forward to some more games in the New Year !
Match Report by Yusuf Nurmohamed (Parent)