Mahdi Hassan Lalji
Ali Hussain Sumar
Despite being put to the sword in the toughest of conditions, Saturday’s fixture away at Westwood Rangers was truly a game of two halves.
With icy rain battering the pitch, Stanmore were unable to play their usual silky passing game – while the opposition used long balls effectively in the first half to score from crosses.
Zaynali Mohamed made a string of saves in goal to reassert his status as a great keeper of the future.
But Westwood’s quality showed as they went in 3-0 up at half time.
SJ worked the offensive plan out after the break, with Mehdi Bhimji and Mahdi Hassan Lalji driving down the flanks to create a litany of chances.
Hussain Dhalla and Ali Dharas, filling in up top after SJ saw their three first choice strikers all unable to make the game, peppered the opposition goal but were denied by blocks and the side netting.
A whistler from Lalji was the closest Stanmore came in a pulsating third quarter.
But three goals was too much to overcome in the last ten minutes of play.
More aggressive counter attacking play helped SJ up the pitch before being done by their own game, twice.
The players may not be getting the desired results that their play warrants, but the New Year presents a chance for them to work on target areas and strengthen their knowledge of the game.
Manager Kumail Jaffer simply invoked his coaching idBy Manager Kumail Jaffer
“Trust the process.”