05 Dec MOSQUE LEAGUE MATCH DAY 9
Chesham and Maidenhead played their first match against each other and it again proved a match full of entertainment and goals. Last few matches Chesham had been misses few of its players and that proved to be damaging for their league title but they got their title bid back on track this week against Maidenhead. The core of their team was back and Toqeer, now the league’s top goal scorer again proved to be instrumental in them taking 3 points on the day with his finishing. He got 4 of their goals with Ali, Saf and Muneeb getting 1 each and Adrian grabbing the other 2. Maidenhead put up a good fight and were in the game at different points of the match. Junaid was again lighting quick on his feet with the ball and proving a handful for the Chesham team. The desire and hunger from the Maidenhead players to keep going till the end was admirable and even thou they were losing, they never give up. Having few unexperienced players this week was their downfall as the experienced players of Chesham got the better of them on the night, especially Adrian and Toqeer who with their pace, technical ability and finishing were too much for them. Chesham got their mojo back with their passing, pressing and finishing and it be will good to see if they can carry on for the rest of the league. These two have one more meeting left and it be interesting to see if the result will be the same or if Maidenhead learnt few things about their opponents for next time around.
|WISE B||READING 2-1|
What a game this was between these two teams. They were meeting for the 1st time and it proved to be a cracker. The match was very feisty and competitive with a lot of fouls and arguing between the players. It all started off calmly but things got heated very quickly and you could see the desire from both teams in wanting to win the game. Reading started off the match with a couple of players short as few players arrived late so WISE were on the front foot early to take advantage. Those early stages Reading just got men behind the ball and let WISE have it in their half and played on the counter. WISE did not use that extra man to their advantage in the early exchanges to grab an early goal. They ended the first half 0-0. The 2nd half proved again very feisty and fast paced and both teams started to go for the search of that 1st goal. They created chance after chance, foul after foul but neither could find that killer finish. WISE finally broke the deadlock a fine finish from Sulaiman Akhtar with 11 minutes left of the game. This seemed to get Reading into some urgency to get that equalizer and they started to take control of the game and WISE started to drop deeper. This proved to be their undoing as with 6 minutes left, Reading found a goal from Raheel, who struck a beauty between the crowded penalty area to found the corner of the net. Game on and that set up a frantic last 5 minutes as botteamsam went in search for the winner. WISE came on top with a goal from 2 minutes from time as Reading got hit on the counter and could not recover in time to stop Sulaiman grabbing his second. WISE held on for the last 2 minutes to take a famous win by beating one of the favorites for the title.
Having played their 1st match of the night earlier, these two met for the second time in the league and played out their 2nd match of the night. The game was very exciting, full of chances and very tight and competitive. The early exchanges were pretty even but Reading had the better of the later of the half as they took control with their pressing and eagerness to win the match and you could see they were still not happy from losing earlier in the night and wanted to make amends for it. Both teams created chances and Maidenhead were indebted to their keeper who kept them in the game with some fantastic saves. Reading finally broke the deadline early in the second half. For Maidenhead, Junaid, their top scorer, and a live wire was the one who was really giving Reading players something to think about as he was causing them problems with his electric pace and finding space all the time. With the ball at the feet, he was taking the game to the Reading players and he just kept running at them. In the end, Reading grabbed the second of the night as Maidenhead went in search of the equalizer but they were leaving space and gaps and Reading with their front 4 punished them eventually to take home the 3 points.
|WISE A||AYLESBURY 7-3|
The other fixture at 7 saw the top two meet and it was a top of the table clash that lived up to its billing. The mouth-watering clash between WISE A and Aylesbury was a crunch match with both teams going for the title. Now at the tail end of the league, you could see how much it mattered to both teams and the desire both had to want to win.
This one did not disappoint.
The in form youngsters from Aylesbury hit the ground running and you could tell their pressing and control of the game took WISE A by surprise.
The quick movement and runs off the ball were very difficult for WISE A to deal with who were trying a new formation. It showed when the first goal went in from cross/shot by Tajdar who has been in brilliant form once again for Aylesbury. The game was still tense with some chances going the other way, but a quick counter proved decisive for Aylesbury with a low driven cross being put into his own net by Suhayl with his first touch of the game.
The young guns went into halftime 2-0 up and with confidence, they could get more.
The second half proved to be no less entertaining than the first with Aylesbury picking up where they left off. Some tidy play from a corner led to a brilliant goal being scored and a 3-0 lead for Aylesbury.
10 minutes into the second half and Aylesbury started to sit back a little bit and with the belief and passion from their captain Shoaib, WISE A didn’t give up.
Some good counter attacking play and link up from the front 3 of WISE A lead to 2 quick goals from Irfan and this put the pressure right back on Aylesbury. The game was getting heated with some rough challenges from both sides, with WISE A defender Ahsan caught up in the heat of it all which lead to him being cautioned for a heavy challenge.
The fire in the game seemed to have woken up WISE A who were now on the front foot with 10 minutes left and with the fire in their bellies they managed to level it up at 3-3 with another great goal from Irfan who completed his hat trick.
Now WISE A were going for the win and some brilliant play down the right by Nathan proved too much for the Aylesbury defence to handle as the front 3 linked up well again. With 7 minutes to go WISE A were awarded a penalty which was brilliantly executed by Irfan Akhtar to make the score 4-3 to WISE A and put his team in the lead for the 1st time in the match.
Straight after the kick off however, WISE A defender Ahsan got sent off after following through on a 50/50, the ref deemed it a second bookable offence and so Aylesbury piled men forward in the hope to recover the scoreline with a man to the good, and the pressure was telling with the WISE A keeper pulling off some great saves.
The last 5 minutes were intense and as Aylesbury threw everything at the WISE A back line, the eldest player on the pitch Saj came in with some great interceptions to set the front 3 on the counter attack and this lead to an amazing solo goal from Nathan making it 5-3. The 6 men of WISE found their rhythm with Suhayl redeeming himself winning challenges in the middle to set off the attack which lead to some clinical finishing from Nathan who grabbed 2 more goals to secure a hat trick and an emphatic victory for the lads from Wycombe playing with 6 men.
The score ended 7-3 with both Irfan and Nathan getting a hat trick each.
This victory for WISE A really has put the cat among the pigeons and opened up the title race. It will be going right down to the wire and you would not want to pick a winner, although with that victory, WISE A have put themselves in the ascendancy and favourites for the title. All should be revealed in the coming weeks as we count down to the final round of matches.