NYL Juniors second game was against the team that failed to turn up for the NYL Allstars first game. NYL were hoping to start the game much in the manner they played against Leyton Athletic last week, but the truth was NYL did not even get out of second gear and did not need to.
From the onset NYL dominated this match, and as much a spirited performance Walthamstow Wanderers’ players put in, they seemed no match for the technically superior NYL team and as early as the 6th minute NYL stamped their authority in the match when striker Alim headed in his first goal of the season, after some superb work by Suhel on the left wing. Ashikur again winning the midfield battle for the NYL not letting anything go past him, set up Shurayh for NYL’s second goal in the 9th minute, and after that goal there was no comeback in the game for Walthamstow.
The ever energetic Shariful and the flamboyant Zaeem dazzled both the opposition and the spectators with their trickery and flair but NYL’s third goal did not come until the 34th minute when Abdullah rose highest from a Zaeem corner, to head past the helpless Walthamstow keeper. The game went into half-time with the score at 3-0 to NYL.
The second half started quite lacklustre with neither team creating any real openings for the first fifthteen minutes, as Walthamstow battled hard determined not to get crushed by NYL. However in the 55th minute, NYL’s persistence and class showed as Zaeem scored his second of the campaign with a fine finish from a good passing move, instigated again by Ashikur. After this goal, the Walthamstow Wanderers players heads had dropped and NYL started cruising and in particular Shurayh. He upped the tempo with another thunderbolt in the 57th minute as he bolted a shot into the bottom left corner of the Walthamstow goal to make it 5-0 to NYL.
He needed to show his authority in the game as his usual sidekick; Shariful had to be taken off as a precaution due to an ankle injury, but at this time NYL were pulling all the tricks and there was some beautiful skill and passing on show. And this was epitomised by NYL’s sixth goal in which every player had a touch of the ball until it eventually was passed out to the left to Suhel who cut in and then out, taking on two players and sent a delightful chip over the oncoming goalkeeper, delighting his team mates and manager alike.
The final score was wrapped up by an impressive Shurayh who tormented the opposition all throughout the game and scored with another good finish, set up by a good lay-off from Ferdous, to produce his hat-trick in what was a comfortable victory. The score could and probably should have been more but this was a professional performance and a job well done by the NYL boys.
Hamza (7 – had little to do but improving all the time. Looked comfortable in goal but needs to come off his line quicker)
Ziyad (7 – was rarely tested in defence, a solid performance and pleased about his controlled temperament)
Abdullah (8 – scored a well deserved goal, was a rock in the defence and seemed to really enjoy the game)
Farhan (7 – another good solid performance, forming an impressive partnership with Abdullah)
Nahidur (7 – was given more freedom in this game, Ashley Cole watch out!)
Ashikur (Ricky) (9 – broke down every Walthamstow attack, is in great form and well deserved his man of the match)
Zaeem (8 – scored another goal, and played with a thigh injury.)
Shariful (7 – had to be taken off as he was limping, but a gutsy energetic performance. All that was missing was a goal)
Shurayh (9 – an excellent hat-trick and contender for man of the match, caused all kinds of trouble to the opposing team)
Suhel (8 – was always a threat and scored a fantastic goal, has so much to his game and was a joy to watch)
Alim (7 – scored the first goal and should have scored more, worked hard throughout and will surely score more goals)
Abdul Rahman (7 – Came on for the injured Shariful and is playing very good football at the moment.)
Ferdous (7 – came on as a sub and set up the last goal, has assisted two goals now and getting accustomed to his new striking role)