In our first game of the season we came up against Youngs FC with a bunch of new players with a mixture of year 4s and year 5s.
The squad was managed by Bruce as follows:
Suhail Merali (GK)
Ali Mehdi Abbas Ismail
Sajjad Husayn Kanani
Mohammed Hassan Rashid
I organised the team in a 2-3-1 formation with Adam and Mikaeel at the back, Ali Mehdi, Yacine, and Husayn in midfield, and Abbasali in attack.
We did not start well. A number of defensive lapses allowed Youngs to take a 4-0 lead in no time.
After that we started to play well. Ali Mehdi started to dominate the midfield, and produced a great pass through to Abbasali, who controlled, ran with the ball, and finished off magnificently.
Ali Mehdi continued his good form and popped up with a great finish for our second goal.
We went into half time with the score at 7-2 to Youngs.
I switched Abbasali into goal, Yacine into defence, and Adam into midfield. This seemed to work better, as the defence was able to clear the ball out of danger.
However, again due to some defensive errors we conceded far too many. Our third goal was once again scored by Ali Mehdi who was having a great individual performance.
We finished the game 12-3, one of our heaviest defeats.
SJFA 3 – 12 Youngs
This was a bad defeat, but the boys gave 100%. We will work on making sure we have suitable opponents, and on fielding teams that match the opponents’ age group – this can only happen if parents sign up to matches.
Our motto for this season: we never stop trying
Manager – Tier 3, SJFA