Stanmore Jafferys Football Academy

SJFA U8 vs St James Bisons United

Squad:

Zain Dharas
Aadam Merali
Ali Nurmohamed
Abbas Rajvani
Mikhail Rashid
Hassan Valjy
Zayn Khatau
Jaabir Merali
Shabbar Alibhai

First quarter

Zain Dharas
Aadam Merali
Ali Nurmohamed
Abbas Rajvani
Mikhail Rashid
Hassan Valjy
Jaabir Merali

SJFA started with their usual formation of 2 defenders, 2 midfielders and an attacker. Not forgetting the keeper, Mikhial. SJFA started the match off on the strong foot with Zain Dharas testing the keepers gloves with a stunning save.

A great move from the training pitch (and tactical folder), Mikhial played it from goal to Jaabir at left back. A pin point pass from Jaabir to Ali at left wing. Ali squared it for Zain D. What a goal from Zain Dharas 1-0 SJFA.

Bison’s were a constant threat in the first quarter with their best player, Xavier, being fed the ball time after time. He snaked his way on to goal twice but skewed his shots wide. Mikhial came out both times to put pressure which worked a treat.

First quarter ended 1-0 to SJFA

Second quarter

Zain Dharas
Abbas Rajvani
Mikhail Rashid
Hassan Valjy
Zayn Khatau
Jabir Merali

Good hassling from SJFA. The whole team were playing as a unit trying to keep Xavier under wraps. Jaabir and Abbas doing a resolute job in defence with help from fresh legs of Zayn Khatau.  Aadam Merali came on for an injured Abbas R. He was played the ball in by Zain D and a dribble led to him slotting the call into the corner. All in honour of the Tier manager (Raza Jaffery arriving and nothing to do with the coach on the day Jamil. 😜)

Solid attacking and defending by both teams with Hassan getting stuck in but unlucky not to find both Zain’s. Finally Xavier got his reward for another run and Bison pulled one back 2-1 with a very well worked goal.

Second quarter ended 2-1 to SJFA

Third quarter

Zain Dharas
Abbas Rajvani
Mikhail Rashid
Hassan Valjy
Zayn Khatau
Jabir Merali

The third quarter started well with Bison’s pressing SJFA goal.. The crossing and defending from both sides and defending was spectacular.

Mikhial was playing excellently in goal with a number of brave saves. Another good save from Mikael results in a corner and a good counter attack was blocked by Bison’s.

Another attack blocked and Bison’s took advantage of a double save from Mikhial but netted to make it 2-2. Which was slightly fortuitous in the way it fell to their attack

Third quarter ended 2-2 to SJFA

Fourth quarter

Zain Dharas
Ali Nurmohamed
Abbas Rajvani
Mikhail Rashid
Jaabir Merali
Shabbar Alibhai

Shabbar cane on to give his team mates a breather and made a number of important blocks. SJFA were determined to get another goal with some great football. What a run by the team and a good corner from Jaabir to Ali who played in Zayn D which went narrowly wide. Bison’s took it back to the other end, good pressure from SJFA and over the bar and brilliant defending by SJFA again .

Goal of the match then came from SJFA. Brilliant through pass from Abbas R to Ali and Ali was calm, dribbled from half way and slotted it to the keepers left. Just like a right footed Mohamed Salah.

3-2 SJFA

SJFA only had a few minutes to hold for the win. But a competitive match like this wouldn’t have allowed that. Bison’s were pressing hard and a ricochet led to a breakaway goal by Bison’s to make it 3-3

Final score 3-3.

Excellent play from SJFA to get a draw to a team they lost 5-1 to earlier in the season.

Lots of positives for the team and great to see the development of the boys week on week.

By Abbas Khatau (Parent)