13 Dec MOSQUE LEAGUE MATCHDAY 10
First up on Match day 10 was Chesham and Reading. It was the second time the teams were facing each other in the league and just like the 1st encounter, the match was very tight, competitive, feisty and full of incident. Both teams were going for the title and were level on points coming into the game, albeit Chesham had played a game less.
Chesham had brought a full squad as they knew that they were playing 2 matches on the night and victory in both would more or less secure the title. Reading had other ideas and the match proved to be a thriller.
Both teams were determined to gain the upper hand and in the early exchanges, Chesham took the initiative and were on top. This has been a trend when it comes to Reading as they have started few of their games slow; this could be due to travel time involved and players arriving late.
Chesham got into their stride quickly, with their pressing and intricate passing and touches. It was not long before Chesham took the lead and they could have had more as Toqeer, the league’s top goal scorer was proving a really handful for the Chesham defenders.
Chesham did not have all their own way as Reading were still producing the quality that they have shown all the way through along with their tough tackling and aggressive style of playing. Along with that, they showed their own array of excellent touches and passes to trouble the Chesham players.
Both keepers were being kept busy as both teams attacking intent was clear and both were going for a win. Chesham took the lead again and the game now was becoming very feisty and Ref had to keep stopping and given free kicks as the foul count was climbing very y high and the booking tally was also going up with couple lucky to still be on the pitch.
Things were getting out of hand but the football still was the key and both teams were great at that and taking aside the frequent fouling and handbags, they were producing some brilliant stuff.
In the end the spoils were shared and the match ended 2-2 with both teams gaining a vital point in their quest for the title.
|WISE A||MAIDENHEAD 5-5|
The second game on the night was between WISE A and Maidenhead and it proved to be another thriller. With WISE A joint second in the table and going for the title playing Maidenhead, the team sitting bottom of the league but who have been getting better each week and proving to be very hard to beat, which they showed again in this brilliant tussle.
WISE A started the match fast paced and took control from the kick off. The quickness, high pressing and movement took Maidenhead by surprise and that slow start saw them fall behind with a minute of the match starting as WISE A opened them up easily to take the lead.
WISE A was bossing the game and this was looking like it could be a long night for Maidenhead. They had their keeper to thank as he was having another astounding game with save after save. Coupled with some poor finishing and great saves, the score stayed the same. This galvanised the Maidenhead players and WISE A were pushing for the next killer goal but they were leaving spaces at the back, with sometimes leaving 1v1 or 2v 1 at the back. This proved costly as Maidenhead hit on the counter to pull an excellent goal back and equalize.
This thou did not deter WISE A and their tactics as they kept pushing forward and creating chance after chance but at the same time leaving gaps at the back for Maidenhead to exploit on the counter.
It was up to WISE A’s most experienced player, Saj to come up with a beauty of a strike with his weaker foot to give WISE A the lead again and show the front boys of how to finish.
After that it was Shoaib’s turn to turn on the style and he produced a brilliant solo effort for WISE A to extend their lead. The game was very fast paced and open. Both teams were leaving spaces and creating chance after chance.
The second half was the same and both teams were creating chances, missing chances and both keepers were kept busy.
Talha, WISE A keeper had a howler to let Maidenhead back in the game but it was Saj again, with another wonderful strike for WISE A from 20 yards to keep them ahead in the game.
Then came a crucial moment in the game as WISE A were adamant that Maidenhead player Junaid, who had tracked back to help out the team handled on the goal line with the keeper beaten and a certain goal. With the Ref unsighted and it happening so quickly, the Ref could not give it due to not being 100% sure and Maidenhead player pointed top of shoulder but WISE A were adamant it was hand.
This seemed to anger WISE A players and they lost the momentum and focus as they were still wining and all they had to do was to see the game out and manage the last few minutes of the game. With couple of minutes left, they gave a needless free kick 25 yards out and from the Resulting Free Kick, Maidenhead scored with a wonderfully executed strike into the top corner.
That made it 5-5 and WISE A did push for the winner but the clock beat them to it.
The draw denting WISE A title hopes with 2 games to play and Maidenhead again proved they are improving all the team and will have a say in the title race as they still have to play Chesham and Aylesbury who both are going for the title.
|CHESHAM||WISE B 8-2|
The final game on the night was Chesham v WISE B and this also proved to be an excellent encounter, full of goals and entertainment.
The match was played in a good manner without any malice or feistiness.
Chesham controlled the game from the kick off and with the squad they had brought, even thou it was their second game of the night, looked real sharp. They knew this game was their game in hand and a win would take them top of the table and 3 points clear with 2 games to play. Even with their top scorer Toqeer on the subs bench due to an injury sustained in the first match they were finding the net with some great finishes.
Amjid personified that by scoring a sublime chip over the keeper to turn on the style for the pick of the goals for Chesham.
WISE B was missing a few players and it told in the game but they still worked brilliantly and kept creating chances and had moments in the game. They never gave up but by chasing the game, they left spaces which Chesham exposed brutally.
Chesham in the end ran out comfortable winners and returned to the top of the league. They know if they win their remaining 2 games, they will be crowned champions.
With 2 games left for each team and top 4 separated by 4 points, it will all come down to the last match day fixtures to see who will be crowned Champions of the inaugural WWSET Mosque League.
Bring on Match day 11.