Adil Husayn Walji
Ilyas Ali Nazarali
The final is here!
SJFC U9’s made history by reaching the final in their tier for the first time.
With a run up including gritty, full of heart comebacks as well as games of confidence and domination, the coaches felt they had a good chance to take the Shield back to Harefield…Academy !
However their opponents were not to be underestimated, as Westwood Park have always shown they are a fierce & tricky rival!
Westwood started on the front foot, placing early pressure on SJFC. A series of saves from starting keeper Ilyas Ali kept SJFC in the game. But after many attempts, a powerful rebound was slammed in with nothing the keeper could do.
SJFC were a little shell shocked and Westwood took advantage in the second quarter to score a finely hit precise shot from distance in to the bottom corner.
However, SJFC were not done and came out in quarter 3 with the lion’s heart they have shown time and again this season. Suddenly, chances were coming freely with Westwood on the ropes. The post was rattled, keeper tested and open goal narrowly missed as the ball just not finding the back of the net!
The final quarter became an open affair, with SJ looking to make one of their famous comebacks, as Westwood looked to put the game to bed.
It finished 2-0 to Westwood Park, in a scoreline that didn’t tell the story of the match.
Both goalkeepers were valiant in their goal-keeping stints to keep the score down when SJFC were under pressure, with Ilyas Ali also distributing the ball very well, in particular providing an “almost assist” from a long pass from goal.
It wasn’t meant to be for SJFC coming up against a talented and deserving opposition, but there were only positives to take away from another heart-filled display from our fantastic U9 squad.
Bring on the next run to the final… We’ll be back!
Match Report – Zameer Nazarali (parent)