Week 3 Recap

Matchweek 3 wraps up with one team, Andalusia, staying perfect with 9 points, and one team, Hejaz, being on the opposite end of the spectrum without a point to their name. Here's the recap. 

Jerusalem FC     1   |   1     Sham FC

In a match that featured one team looking to go 3-0 and the other looking to avoid sitting at 0-3, Sham, thanks to the heroics of 'keeper Yasser Zia, held on to collect their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw.  Jerusalem were short-handed again with a few key starters unavailable for the match, and Sham looked to take advantage with a side focused on counterattacking.  GM Uslam Aslam again went with a 3-man backline in stretches against the Sky Blues, and his team fended off whatever chances JFC could muster up.  The counterattack paid off as Athar Siddiqui netted his first goal of the campaign to put the Orangemen up early.  Jerusalem responded with a beautiful attacking move of their own started by Atif Mian and finished by talisman Omar Sheikh to even up the tie before the half.  Jerusalem looked in full control in the second half and looked to put the match away, but Yasser Zia and his defence had other plans (as did the goal posts on repeated occasions).  Zia proved why he is one of the top goalies in the League with a stellar display in the draw, earning him Man of the Match honours. 

Man of the Match - Yasser Zia

Samarra FC     3   |   2     Hejaz FC

In a battle featuring two sides yet to collect points, one came through with three while the other remained pointless.  Samarra collected their first W of the season after an impressive performance by newcomers Danish Khan and Khizer Shahzad.  The Redblacks started off brightly with three goals in the first half - two from Khan and one by Shahzad.  Hejaz got a goal of their own from Muhammad Shah before the break and added a second from AK to add some pressure to their opponents.  However, Samarra managed to hold on and get the full three points.  Despite the loss, Hejaz played their best football so far this year in second half of the match, and look to carry that momentum into the matchup against Sham FC next week.  However, injuries continue to haunt the team as defender Farhan Ahmad joins Faheem Kotwal on the sidelines, both of which may be facing extended layoffs.  The Samarrans will be happy to collect a much deserved win, and look to turn their season around next week against Andalusia. 

Man of the Match - Danish Khan

Anatolia FC     1   |   2     Andalusia FC

This story continues to write itself - Andalusia beat Anatolia in a commanding display to put them in sole possession of top spot in the League.  Though the scoreline reads as a close matchup, this was anything but.  The Blues made their opponents look anemic with a defensive display that completely shut down the Turks.  Meanwhile, they could have made the scoreline look a lot more one-sided if not for more ruthless finishing (and a valiant display by Canaries 'keeper Umair Sheikh).  The first goal by the Spaniards featured a lovely poacher's finish by Ayaz Sethi, and a second came in quick succession by newcomer Hassan Chaudhary.  They had a plethora of chances throughout the match, but could not get the ball on target - and any shot they did was repelled away by Sheikh.  Anatolia made it interesting down the stretch with a late goal by Nehad Shihab, but they just could not collect another quality chance to try and redeem a point.  Hassan Chaudhary was a menace up front for the Andalusians and got the nod for Man of the Match.

Man of the Match - Hassan Chaudhary - MOTM video

After three weeks, Andalusia carve a two point lead on Jerusalem FC at the top of the table, and Hejaz remain pointless at the bottom.  Week 4 will see who continues their hot form, and who bounces back from disappointing displays.