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Week 1 Recap

Week 1 of season 3 is officially in the books and some teams are already drawing attention around the league. All three games were lopsided affairs with the winning sides dominating throughout the match. Here are the results: 

Anatolia FC     6   |   3     Samarra FC
 
Anatolia FC started off their season with a vengeance with a lopsided 6-3 win over Samarra FC. Zain Khilji broke a BISL record with 5 goals on the game and ruining Samarra keeper Taha Iqbal's debut. Zain got his first with 10 mins into the match on a defensive giveaway and then added his second a few minutes later to go up 2-0. Samarra would strike back with a Numair Bari blast that beat keeper Umair Sheikh. Anatolia would score 2 mins into the second half on a Khilji goal on a feed by Kamil Lotia. Khilji would complete his hat-trick a minute later on a feed by Nehad Shihab while Nehad would score his own a few minute later to give Anatolia a quick 5-1 lead. Numair Bari would score a second and Umair Jabbar would one but the Samarra defence gave the match away with a flurry of second half miscues. As expected, Anatolia's offence is a powerhouse and will score a ton of goals. Samarra will be looking to change up their defensive rotations after a horrid 5 minute spell in the second half. 

Man of the Match: Zain Khilji



Sham FC     0   |   3     Andalusia FC

In a matchup of two new GMs, Junaid Mirza and Usman Aslam have been yapping all week about their encounter. This time, Andalusia got the better of them with a 3-nil victory. Early in the first half, Sham gave the ball away in front of their net with Shaharyar Khan bouncing on the miscue to put his side up 1-0. Andalusia seemed to dominate all the scoring opportunities and fill in keeper Abdul Ahad Ahmadzai kept his team in the match. In the second half, Andalusia won a free kick in front of the Sham goal and Zain Khan set up Ali Chaudhry for a header to take a 2-0 lead. A few minutes later, Ali Chaudhry would find his second on a set up from Hassan Chaudhary to give blue a comfortable lead. Sham struggled to string together passes to get quality scoring chances. Sham will need to change up their offensive strategy. Andalusia starts off their season on a winning note and will hoping they can continue this form against Hejaz next week. 

Man of the Match: Zain Khan 
- MOTM Video 
 
 
Jerusalem FC     3   |   1     Hejaz FC
 
In the final matchup of the night, we had a rematch of last year's finals. Both teams looked poised to start off their campaign. In the early going, it was all Jerusalem with them ringing the posts twice in the first few minutes. Midway through the first half, Omar Sheikh intercepted a pass and found Umair Wasim on the counter to open the scoring. Hejaz struggled to get behind the Jerusalem defence and played the long ball. To open the second half, Umair Wasim intercepted an errand pass by Hejaz keeper Faheem Kotwal to score his second of the match. With 5 minutes remaining, Omair Sheikh fed Furhan Azmat a through ball that Furhan somehow blast shortside to get his first of the season. Hejaz would find a goal in the final minute on a defensive lapse that found Muhammad Shah open in front of the net which he deposited to break the JFC clean sheet. Jerusalem looked solid all round while Hejaz looked like they were still learning to play with each other. We expect Hejaz to be much better after 8 new guys played together. Jerusalem move on to play Samarra next week. 

Man of the Match: Umair Wasim - MOTM Video