Asad Ali Bandali
Muhammad Mahdi Govani
Rayyaan Ali Merali
Venue: East Barnet School, 5 Chestnut Grove, East Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN4 8PU
On 1st April 2017, SJFA Tier 2 (U7&8) played a Friendly match against APB Academy U8. The game was spread across four 10 minute periods. The opposition had a very strong under 8 team and the score line of 0-15 reflected that but SJ boys never let that affect them, they kept going and never stopped trying to score.
Asad Ali Bandali – started in goal, making outstanding saves in the first period. When he moved inside he never stopped running and pressing the opposition. He came the closest to score but a combination of near misses and good opposition defending stopped him from scoring.
Muhammad Mahdi Govani – Played in all positions, his tackling and hassling of opposition players was excellent. Together with Rayyaan, they were the youngest in the group but they put in a good performance.
Uzayr Mawjee – defended strongly, managing to block a number of shots, one on one tackles. He also showed good passing ability and awareness, and was always keen to push up on the break.
Rayyan Ali Merali – initially he was positioned upfront, worked very hard and tried to press the opposition up front. In the later periods he tried to man mark the opposition players in order to limit the opportunities.
Haani Merali – held the back the line strongly in some periods, blocking the opposition’s shots and goal line clearance. In the third period he started as a goalie and almost kept a clean sheet with outstanding saves.
By: Murtaza Hameer (Tier 2 Manager)