The match on the 2nd of February was held at Chalk hills academy, The building looks absolutely amazing. Our team had really good potential and hopes were high we were going to win this. This match was part of a whole bunch of matches for a league, called the Luton league.
The team were really good at warming up, mostly by running around in circles! :-). During the prep, by kicking footballs everywhere, Malik kicks one a bit too hard and it hits a car right on he centre of the roof. The guy in the car look scary. 8-O.
Once the match started it was a tense moment, both teams were in the middle of the pitch, once the wind starts blowing, to our goal, we start moving, back. Chalk hill shoot but miss our goal by a finger. They try again and score to the right of our goal. Well that’s 1 to chalk hills. Charlie tries his best to defend our goal and he was pretty good. Malik helps us get near the oppositions goal, by doing one large kick and hoping for the best. Sadly we were pushed back to our goal, where one of the oppositions players kicked for our goal but our goal keeper Saqib saved it. The ball went back and forth for a long time after that. Soon we get a free kick just inside Chalk hills’ half, to which Umar stepped up. With an audacious attempt Umar shoots and unbelievably he scores… 1-1 is now the score.
The opposition took note and pushed us back again, and we had quite a number of close calls, and they score again. They scored twice in a row, making it 3-1. Skipping a bit as they scored again 3 times. Making it 6 to Chalk hills, 1 to us. After a little ‘motivational’ speech by Mr. Chopra, our team gets up and starts fighting back hard. With the side switch, the wind was on our side, with hopes we could win. With a little wind help we score a goal.
Our teams hopes get rejuvenated and We get a fresh hope we may win. After that for about 20 minutes nothing happened, that ball stayed in the middle of the field, both sides trying to take control of it. Chalk hills finally take control of it and keep missing our goals, but the shots were really close. They continue to get 2 goals and make it 8-2. After that we take control and head in to take the final goal, making it 8-3.
Overall it was a tough match, we did lose by 5, but we aim to beat the opposition at the next match. Mr Chopra said that the biggest issue on the day was defending corners, so make sure the team are all at training this Thursday for some serious work on corners.
There were stand out performances from a number of the boys including Charlie in the heart of defense, Saqib again not losing a 1-on-1 and Malik who did his best trying to constantly fight for the ball back in the middle of the pitch. But the man of the match was awarded to Azeem by Mr Chopra for an outstanding performance in the middle of defense and working extremely hard all over the pitch for his team.