MSA & Frenford FC 4 - 3 Peckham Pigeons FC

Goalscorers: Shifa (3), Tayyiba

MShifa scored a hat-trick as MSA & Frenford made a stunning comeback in a thrilling second half to beat PPFC 4-3. The ladies were 3-0 down at half time but turned it around with a performance that displayed belief, determination and grit. It was a fitting end to a season that has seen plenty of nail-biting encounters.

PPFC took advantage of the huge gaps in our defence during the first half, finding plenty of space to move the ball about. The ladies struggled to string more than a couple of passes together and it quickly went downhill when the opposition took advantage and scored three goals in quick succession.

All hopes of a comeback and potential league win seemed to be gone.

The sides returned to the pitch for the second half with MSA determined not to end an excellent season on a low. With nothing to lose, Shifa was moved from her usual defensive position to strike, with Pooja and Zaina manning the defence. The tactical change made an instant difference. MSA pulled back three goals before Shifa scored the winner five minutes before full time, sealing three points and a 2nd placed finish.

The ladies gave it their all throughout the season and whilst it was unfortunately not enough to win the league, there is plenty to be proud of, and plenty to look forward to next season.

MSA & Frenford FC 2 - 1 Club Local

Goalscorers: Yasmin + Sara

MSA & Frenford edged out rivals Club Local in a tense encounter on Wednesday evening. It was not the goal-fest we were anticipating but it was certainly a high-tempo match, with excellent football from both sides.

Player-coach Yasmin scored yet another goal to increase her tally this season to twelve goals. Club Local responded quickly and made it 1-1, before Sara scored at the start of the second half to make it a 2-1 lead. This set up a tense ending to the game. Club Local piled on huge pressure in the last five minutes in the search for an equaliser, with the MSA team all forced into their own half to defend. Solid defensive organisation and superb saves by Aamina in goal helped us to just about hold on to the lead. The ladies breathed a collective sigh of relief at the sound of the full time whistle. It was a must-win game for both teams, and we came out on top.

The ladies now have a couple weeks off before the final game of the season against PPFC, where the title will be decided.

MSA & Frenford FC 1 - 4 Brockwell United

Goalscorer: Pooja

MSA & Frenford continued their return back to the Super 5 League with a defeat against Brockwell United.

There were some bright spots for the ladies, particularly for Pooja who scored her first goal for the team. Brockwell lost the ball with all their players committed forward in attack. Pooja was unmarked on the right wing, and her low shot into the bottom left corner could not be stopped by the keeper. Aside from this, the opposition defence remained firm throughout the match, preventing runs by the forwards and were clinical in front of goal, managing to put four past the keeper.

This was a tough test for the girls against a strong Brockwell side. It is another difficult game next Wednesday against Club Local, who now sit top of the table. The challenge for the league is still on, and hopefully we will be able to collect all nine points available from the remaining games.

MSA & Frenford FC 4 - 0 Hamsters FC

MSA & Frenford FC maintained their position at the top of the Beginners League with a well-deserved 4-0 win against opponents Hamsters FC.

The team knew how vital a win would be, with only a point separating the three teams at the top of the table.

Player-coach Yasmin opted for a diamond formation with Aamina in goal, Shifa in defence, Zaina and Pooja in midfield and Yasmin leading the attack. The team played with confidence, dominating possession and displaying a combination of defensive discipline and attacking prowess. A goal soon followed thanks to a superb assist by Zaina, putting the team 1-0 ahead. Excellent link up play between the front three led to Tayyiba’s low cross picking out Yasmin unmarked in the middle, who doubled the lead. Pooja had an excellent game on the right wing, and was only denied multiple shots on target by some impressive saves from the Hamsters goalkeeper.

We made it three when a short throw in by Zaina allowed Tayyiba to get in front of the Hamsters defender and slide a goal in at close range. This was followed by another goal from Yasmin, who made it 4-0 with a cool finish.

Hamsters FC continued to press forward down the flanks in the search for a goal, but Shifa was resolute in defence. Her strength and speed made it tough for the Hamsters to get a shot away and great goalkeeping from Aamina meant the team maintained a clean sheet. This may prove to be crucial in the closing few weeks of the season.

We will see the Beginners side again next Wednesday against 3rd placed Brockwell United in what is sure to be a thrilling match.