The SJFA Tier 3 has 56 registered players, a manager, and 3 coaches.
Competitive friendly fixture
On Saturday 7th January, a fixture was arranged against Northwood FC. The squad was:
Hassan Dossa (GK)
Ali Mehdi Abbas Ismail
Ali Mehdi Merali
Sajjad Husayn Kanani
Mohammed Hassan Rashid
Yousif Al Shamary
The game kicked off slightly late but when it did it was fairly even with good football coming from both teams. SJFA had a few early chances but were unable to apply the finishing touch. SJFA kept the ball well, however some good pressing led to the first goal of the game to Northwood FC.
SJFA dusted themselves down, regained their shape and defended against some very good attacking football. Abbas Chandoo was superb, covering a lot of ground and making crucial tackles.
SJFA were unlucky not to be on the score sheet after some great play through the middle with Haider al-Hilli and Yousif Al Shamary. SJFA were unlucky to concede 3 more goals before half time.
In the second half, Ali Mehdi Merali and Mohammed Hassan Rashid were introduced. Hassan Dossa continued to make some great saves early on. The boys were again playing some great football. With most playing in new positions, they stuck to keeping the ball and creating some decent chances with good link up play between Ali Mehdi Ismail and Ali Mehdi Merali. Northwood FC gradually started to exert more pressure and more goals followed.
The positive from the match was without doubt the ‘never die attitude’. The boys kept fighting until the end. Their togetherness and team spirit was never brought into question. It was pleasing to see new players being introduced into the team following impressive performances in training.
Luck certainly wasn’t on SJFA’s side and the score line did not reflect the performance, even though Sheikh Hilli was requested to make dua throughout the game.
Result: Northwood FC 11-0 SJFA
Coach – Tier 3, SJFA