It was the third match of the league. We had lost the previous two matches so we wanted to win no matter what. We arrived determined and motivated to do our best.
We put on our washed and clean SJFA tops. We were looking so smart. We gathered in a circle and did our warm up routine. Our coaches gave us a pep talk on our objectives of the game.
The squad for this game versus King Church Amersham Harriers were as follows:
Ali Abbas Suleiman (GK)
Ali Hadi Govani
Husayn Yahya Merali
Muhammad Mahdi Panju
We were playing on our home ground in Maple Cross Playing Fields. We played really well and our wingers Tommy and Abbas gave some really good crosses to the strikers Jameel and myself.
Jameel had the ball, he skilled past the defender and shot the ball right into the net. There was a moment of silence until everyone started celebrating our first goal of the season scored by Jameel Walji. We were now ready and set to win our first game in the league.
The second goal was scored by myself and the third was a lovely 30 yard finish by Jameel.
Finally the fourth goal was scored by Tommy. I chipped the ball to Tommy and he controlled it and banged the ball above the keepers hand into the net. Our fourth goal of the season. We won 4-2.
The best part of the game was when King Church had a penalty. They hit the crossbar twice and the ball was going in but it was saved by Ali Khatau with an outsdanding header followed by a bycicle kick from Shaahid.
Our team showed an outstanding performance throughout the whole game, our teamwork was organized thanks to our coaches and the parents for supporting us.
By Sami Merali