01 Nov MOSQUE LEAGUE MATCH DAY 5
Chesham 6 Vs 3 WISE A
What a treat we had on matchday 5. Each game was full of thrilling football and very exciting match play. Pitch 1, League Leaders Chesham hosted WISE A and it proved an exceptional match, full of endeavor and quality. Chesham started off excellently and their young guns again proved their match winners with some scintillating football and finishes. WISE A by no means were being completely being dominated or outplayed, they played their part in this exciting match and they were always in the game and showed glimpses of what they were all about but missing couple of players from last week’s starting 7 showed and Chesham eventually showed their superiority and class as they controlled most of the match. In Aneel Ahmed they had the maestro who controlled the game in the middle of the park, dictating the pace and opening up WISE A at will with his clever movement and passing and in Toqeer Butt, they got a real finisher and a technically very gifted striker who got another 4 on the night by his movement, finishing, and pace. The understanding of the Chesham players about each other’s role, abilities and trusting each other in possession and each of them having an understanding of the game, gives them a very good advantage and shows why they are leading the league and will be a force to stop. In front of Aneel they had Ali, Toqeer and Shaz interchanging and making non-stop runs off the ball and creating space for each other, making life very difficult for WISE A. At the back, with Sheroz and Safeer, they have solid pair, who help the front 4 to just play and cause havoc to the opposition with their no no-nonsense defending, calmness under pressure and reading of the game. Again, they complement the front 4 and vis versa in their trust and understanding of the game/roles. The interchanging of the Chesham players was a joy as each player never held his position when the team was in possession and all played with freedom but controlled and disciplined freedom.
WISE B 3 Vs 3 Maidenhead
This was another cracking game of football with non-stop action and thrills.
The game started off with both teams on the front foot and the early exchanges were evenly matched between the teams. Both teams were playing football which was easy on the eye and in the late stages of the first half Maidenhead took control of the game with some quick movement and incisive passing to take the halftime lead 3-1 but it could have been more for both teams but Maidenhead just edged it with their clinical finish and less individual mistakes as WISE B looked to be tiring near the end. The halftime team talk and break did WISE B good as they came out determined, sharper and confident about getting back into the game. They started to create more chances, put more pressure on Maidenhead and started to make them make mistakes. The Maidenhead players tried to consolidate and are calm under the pressure and went into their shell a little bit. This allowed WISE B to grow more in confidence and grow and take control of the game. Through this, they found the goal they needed straight away after the break and that put more pressure on Maidenhead. The equalizer came not long after that and with just over 5 minutes left, it was 3-3. This seemed to release the Maidenhead players from shackles of defending and they started to play in the last 5 minutes to find the winner. Both teams searched the winner and both could have won it in the end with the chances they created but in the end, the game ended in a frantic draw, which was a fair result and a point was deserved by both teams.
Aylesbury 6 Vs 3 WISE A
Game 3 was another thriller as the young guns from Aylesbury showed their class and ability. WISE A looked tired after already playing their opening hard fought and competitive game against Chesham, which looked like had taken its toll on them. Aylesbury took full advantage of this as they were quicker, sharper and more clinical right from the start of the game. Their ability on the ball and also off the ball was exceptional, especially from Taj and Abu, who was running the game. Some of the touches, movement, and passes were joy on the eye from the young lads along with some clinical team goals and individual finishes. Having said this, WISE A keeper, Talha Khalid, kept them in the game in the first half with some fantastic saves. The first half ended 3-0 to Aylesbury but for Talha and coupled with some poor finishes; it could easily be 6 or 7 nil.
The second half proved to be a different beginning as the break did WISE A the world of good as they came out a different team. They were more organised and determined to get back in the game and quickly got 2 goals to get back in the game. The Aylesbury players looked shocked as they had literally gone into their shells and the break seemed to stop them playing in the opening 5 minutes. You thought as they were such a young team they might crumble and it looked like it as soon as the second goal went in and it did look like all their hard work in the first half might go to waste and those misses would prove to be costly but the second goal alerted them and woke them up. WISE A were bouncing and joyful at the start and having scored 2 quick goals that they shut off for a split second and you are at your most venerable when you have scored and that was the case here because Aylesbury got the next crucial goal straight away after WISE A had scored and that seemed to break the WISE A players and bring energy to the Aylesbury team. From that moment, they started to do what they were doing in the first half, took control of the game again and looked confident again on the ball and off it. They started to create chances, find space and do those clever little movements and passes. They quickly scored 2 wonderful team goals to go 6-3 and were in total control of the game. Playing 2 games started take effect on the WISE A players as they were beginning to be second to the ball, losing out in challenges and were moving much slower than their Aylesbury counterparts that looked fresher and being younger, fitter. The WISE A players started to get injured and couple were playing with injuries and when Shoaib went down with about 10 minutes left of the match and no sign of him carrying on as it was his groin, that was a sign for WISE A to call an end to the game as they had no substitutes and coupled with other players carrying injuries, it was a sensible thing to do. Both teams shook hands at that point and Aylesbury had claimed a very impressive win with their performance.